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Trump issues ultimatum to Republicans over Obamacare

US President Donald Trump on Thursday told Republicans to back his plan to repeal and replace Obamacare or lose all opportunity of reforming it, US media reported.

Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry dead at 90, police say

Chuck Berry, the pioneering rhythm and blues guitarist and singer who was one of rock and roll's most influential performers, died Saturday aged 90.

Trump plans to appeal US judges move to block six-country entry ban

US President Donald Trump's new ban on travellers from six Muslim-majority countries was kept from taking effect Thursday, with federal judges on opposite sides of the country blocking the policy.

Reports: Trump approves CIA drone strikes

US President Donald Trump has authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to approve drone strikes, US media reported Tuesday.

VW delivers guilty plea in US court for emissions cheating

A Volkswagen executive entered a guilty plea on behalf of the German carmaker Friday in a US court, formalizing the company's admission of cheating on diesel emissions.

US Congress hears warning of Russian election meddling in Europe

Estonian ex-president Toomas Hendrik Ilves, whose government withstood a suspected Russian cyberattack a decade ago, warned Thursday that major European elections will be the "main battlefield for the next year" of online warfare.

White House vows to find American missing for 10 years in Iran

US President Donald Trump's administration vowed Thursday to find a US citizen who went missing a decade ago in Iran, the White House said.

Report: US Marines equipped with artillery deploy to Syria

US Marines have arrived at an outpost in Syria as the United States weighs a plan to take back the city of Raqqa from Islamic State, a news report said Wednesday.

WikiLeaks claims release of CIA hacking arsenal

WikiLeaks published thousands of documents Tuesday that it claims detail the US Central Intelligence Agency's covert hacking programme and the development of devastating cyberweapons.

Report: FBI director asked to dispute Trump's claim

FBI Director James Comey has asked the Justice Department to issue a statement rejecting President Donald Trump's claims that his predecessor, Barack Obama, ordered the tapping of Trump's offices, the New York Times has reported.

White House demands probe into whether Obama abused powers

US President Donald Trump is demanding an investigation into "very troubling" allegations that the administration of his predecessor, Barack Obama, abused its powers ahead of the 2016 election, the White House said on Sunday.

Jilted lover arrested over threats against Jewish community centres

A Missouri man was arrested Friday in connection with several threats against Jewish institutions, which federal prosecutors allege was part of a revenge scheme against a former lover.

Report: Pence used private email for state business

US Vice President Mike Pence routinely used a private email account for state business as governor of Indiana, the Indianapolis Star reported on Thursday, including for sensitive issues.

US Attorney General Sessions will recuse himself from Russia probes

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he would recuse himself from Justice Department decisions on investigations related to President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, as questions swirl about its connections to Russia.

White House stands by embattled Attorney General Sessions

The White House remained firmly in support of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, even as top Democrats called Thursday for resignation over his testimony denying contacts to Russia.

Pentagon says US forces struck al-Qaeda off-shoot targets in Yemen

The US military attacked several targets of an al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group in Yemen on Thursday morning, the Pentagon said.

Sessions denies discussing Trump campaign with Russia

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday denied any wrongdoing after local media reported he had failed to disclose two meetings he had with the Russian ambassador last year, hours after a lawmaker said allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow would be investigated.

Fresh look, softer tone, same old right-wing populism from Trump

In his first speech to a joint session of Congress, though, Trump finally followed in the footsteps of his predecessors, reaching across the aisle on issue after issue.

Barack and Michelle Obama make book deal with Penguin Random House

Former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have agreed to a book deal with Penguin Random House, the publisher announced Tuesday.

Best quotes from President Donald Trump's first speech to Congress

During his first speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump spoke about a wide range of topics including immigration, terrorism, employment and defence.

Trump address to focus on economic opportunity, national security

US President Donald Trump will focus on economic opportunity and national security in an address laying out his plans to a joint session of Congress late Tuesday, White House officials say.

Key congressman has 'no evidence' of Trump contacts with Russia

The chairman of the US House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee said he is not aware of any evidence of improper contacts between Russian officials and Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

Trump touts 'security budget' with 10-per-cent defence spending hike

US President Donald Trump says he will present a "public security and national security budget" that hikes military spending by 54 billion dollars or about 10 per cent.

Father of dead Navy SEAL says he didn't want to meet with Trump

The father of a Navy SEAL killed in late January during a raid in Yemen chose not to meet US President Donald Trump when the soldier's casket arrived back in the United States, the Miami Herald reported Sunday.

Trump: I won't attend White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

US President Donald Trump said Saturday that he does not plan to attend the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year.

US Democratic Party chooses Tom Perez to be next party chief

The US Democratic Party elected former labour secretary Tom Perez as its next party chief at a meeting in Atlanta on Saturday.

White House bars major news outlets from press briefing

Major news organizations, which were Friday blocked by the White House from attending an informal press briefing, condemned the move just hours after President Donald Trump described parts of the media as "the enemy of the people."

Trump says he represents America, 'not the globe'

US President Donald Trump said Friday his aim is to serve the United States and not the rest of the world, doubling down on his "America First" message in wide-ranging remarks to a conservative conference.

Trump attacks media at conservative gathering

US President Donald Trump lambasted the media in remarks to a gathering of conservative activists outside Washington Friday, doubling down on charges that some parts of the press are the "enemy."

Report: FBI rejected White House request to deny Trump Russia links

The FBI declined a recent White House request to deny media reports about contact between campaign staff for US President Donald Trump and Russian intelligence before last year's election, CNN reported on Thursday.

US, Mexico take "important steps" even as Trump voices indifference

Top US and Mexican diplomatic and security officials met on Thursday in Mexico City, as President Donald Trump in Washington expressed ambivalence about relations with the United States' southern neighbour.

US Supreme Court's Ginsberg emphasizes value of free press

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg expressed optimism about the political future of the United States despite the polarized and combative political atmosphere that has marked the fledgling presidency of Donald Trump.

Top Trump aide Bannon points to promises kept, media fight

Top White House strategist Steve Bannon said Thursday US President Donald Trump is keeping the promises he made during his campaign on issues from immigration to job creation.

New York Times launches brand campaign for 'The Truth' with Oscars ad

The New York Times is using Sunday's Academy Awards show to launch an advertising drive with an ad spot that capitalizes on President Donald Trump's confrontational relationship with the paper and other mainstream media.

Trump blasts Mexico as top diplomat holds talks in Mexico City

US President Donald Trump expressed ambivalence about the US relationship with Mexico as he blasted the country Thursday for what he claims is an unfair trade relationship.

Trump administration reverses transgender bathroom protections

The Trump administration on Wednesday withdrew Obama-era guidance about the use of school and university bathrooms by transgender students, local media reported.

Several Dakota Access Pipeline protesters arrested as deadline passes

Several people at a camp protesting against a controversial oil pipeline in the US state of North Dakota were arrested Wednesday after a deadline to vacate the land passed, local media reported.

Breitbart editor resigns after release of paedophilia comments

Milo Yiannopoulos, a controversial editor at the far-right Breitbart news website, resigned Tuesday after the emergence of recordings in which he appears to defend sexual relationships between young boys and older men.

Trump administration opens door for mass deportations

The US Department of Homeland Security laid the groundwork Tuesday for mass deportations of immigrants living illegally in the United States under an executive order by President Donald Trump last month.

Trump condemns "horrible, painful" anti-Jewish incidents

US President Donald Trump condemned a recent spate of threats against Jewish community targets across the United States, during a visit Tuesday to the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.

US Army General McMaster tapped as Trump's national security advisor

Army Lieutenant General HR McMaster will be the new White House national security advisor, US President Donald Trump told reporters Monday.

Unhappy Presidents' Day: Trump still manoeuvring after Sweden comment

Donald Trump used his first Presidents' Day in office to continue trying to talk his way out of comments implying a terrorist attack in Sweden that never happened.

SpaceX rocket blasts off from historic launch pad en route to ISS

A commercial rocket built by SpaceX is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) with a load of research equipment, cargo and supplies, NASA said Sunday.

Trump attacks media, touts own progress at campaign-style rally

US President Donald Trump launched a fresh attack on the media and renewed his pre-election promises on Saturday at a rally in Florida, which had echoes of his electoral campaign appearances last year.

Hitler's travel phone up for auction in the US

The personal travel phone that once belonged to Adolf Hitler and which was taken from his Berlin bunker just days after the German capital fell in 1945 is currently up for sale at an auction house in the US.

Five numbers from Trump's 77-minute free-for-all

Donald Trump is a political novice without electoral or military experience, unlike any other president in US history.

Victory: Trump's among smallest, but insists it's "very substantial"

US President Donald Trump won the election on November 8, and he doesn't want anyone to forget it.

Trump lambasts media, says stories about ties to Russia are a 'ruse'

US President Donald Trump went head to head with reporters Thursday at a wide-ranging news conference in which he denied having any dealings in Russia and accused the news media of being negative and dishonest.

Trump: Wall Street records show "great level of confidence" in plan

President Donald Trump is celebrating the stock market rally on Wall Street since his election and promising to unveil reforms to the US corporate tax system.

Trump denounces "unfair" treatment of his fired top security advisor

Donald Trump is decrying the "unfair" treatment of his former national security advisor, two days after ousting Michael Flynn over what the White House said was an "erosion" of the president's trust in the retired US Army general.

Trump lashes out after reports of campaign connections to Russia

US President Donald Trump attacked major media, US intelligence agencies and former president Barack Obama on Wednesday, after reports that his campaign had contacts with Russian intelligence officials during the election campaign.

Two-state solution in question as Trump and Netanyahu meet

Washington/Tel Aviv (dpa) - The so-called "two-state solution" to finding peace between Israelis and Palestinians came newly into question Wednesday, hours ahead of a meeting between Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and new US President Donald Trump at the White House.

Report: Trump aides had repeated contact with Russian intelligence

Associates of Donald Trump, including campaign aides, had "repeated contacts" with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the new US president was elected, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

White House scurries to respond to ouster of Trump's security advisor

The new US administration was in damage control Tuesday as questions lingered over the ouster of the White House national security advisor just 25 days after President Donald Trump took office.

Top Trump aide Flynn resigns over Russia calls

A top advisor to US President Donald Trump resigned late Monday in the first senior-level departure from the White House since the administration took over less than a month ago.

Canadian PM Trudeau won't "lecture" Trump on refugees

Canada admitted 40,000 Syrian refugees last year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pointed out during a meeting with US President Donald Trump, who is seeking to block people fleeing the war in Syria from entering the United States.

Canada's Trudeau says US NAFTA renegotiation hopes "a real concern"

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau argued Monday for the continued free flow of trade with the United States, after a meeting with new US President Donald Trump, who is seeking to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Trump welcomes Canada's Trudeau to Washington with trade on agenda

US President Donald Trump received Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday at the White House for talks expected to address the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Trump adviser: All options on table in legal battle on immigration

A senior policy advisor to US President Donald Trump said Sunday that the White House is looking at all options to reinstate a temporary travel ban on foreigners it considers at high risk of being terrorists.

US officials take hundreds into custody after immigration raids

More than 100 immigrants without residence permits have been detained following raids in several US states, US media reported Saturday.

Trump, Abe play golf in sunshine as reporters sit in blacked-out room

US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe were scheduled to play a round of golf in the Florida sunshine on Saturday, though journalists were prevented from watching the match.

Trump aide who plugged Ivanka fashions says president supports her

A close aide to US President Donald Trump who raised ethics questions by promoting the Ivanka Trump clothing line said Friday the president supports her.

Trump says new security measures coming due to 'tremendous threats'

US President Donald Trump said Friday the United States would announce additional security next week in light of "tremendous threats" against the country.

Court ruling upholds temporary halt to Trump travel ban

A US appeals court in San Francisco on Thursday unanimously rejected the US government's request to reinstate President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Trump blasts senator for airing Supreme Court pick's criticism

US President Donald Trump lashed out Thursday at a Democratic senator who repeated criticisms by Trump's own Supreme Court nominee.

Trump attacks retailer Nordstrom for dropping daughter's designs

US department store chain Nordstrom treated Ivanka Trump unfairly by dropping her clothing collection, said US President Donald Trump Wednesday as he jumped to his daughter's defence.

Trump blasts 'disgraceful' arguments against immigration order

US President Donald Trump complained Wednesday that legal arguments being made against his policy to limit immigration and refugee arrivals were "disgraceful," even as a federal appeals court weighed the president's halted executive order.

Dakota Access Pipeline construction to get go-ahead from US Army

Construction of a controversial oil pipeline in the US state of North Dakota appears more likely to go ahead as planned under the Trump administration, according to a court filing Tuesday.

Pence breaks tie on US education pick; fends off Democratic challenge

The US Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as President Donald Trump's choice for education secretary Tuesday, with Vice President Mike Pence casting an historic tie-breaking vote amid vocal Democratic opposition.

Trump resumes NY Times attack after unflattering article

Donald Trump continued his attacks on the US media on Monday, singling out The New York Times, after the newspaper's coverage suggested that the new president is personally isolated inside an understaffed and inexperienced White House.

Trump vows "strong programmes" to vet immigrants

The US needs "strong programmes" to vet would-be immigrants and refugees, says President Donald Trump as a legal challenge to his executive order suspending the refugee programme and banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations winds its way through the courts.

States tell US court that restoring travel ban will 'unleash chaos'

The legal fight surrounding President Donald Trump's controversial immigration order resumed Monday, with two states telling an appeals court that restoring his travel ban would "unleash chaos."

Federal appeals court to review request to restore Trump's travel ban

The legal fight over President Donald Trump's travel ban resumes Monday when a US federal appeals court considers written arguments from both sides.

Trump expresses 'strong support for NATO' in call with Stoltenberg

US President Donald Trump expressed "strong support for NATO" and discussed the situation in eastern Ukraine in a Sunday telephone call with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Trump says his respect for Putin doesn't mean they will get along

US President Donald Trump brushed off a description of Russian President Vladimir Putin as a "killer" and said Iran had "total disrespect for our country" in an interview broadcast Sunday.

Pence: Trump's travel ban is 'fully consistent' with US law

US Vice President Mike Pence is defending President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration.

Court rejects Trump move to immediately restore suspended travel ban

A San Francisco court has rejected a motion by the US Justice Department to immediately reinstate US President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban.

Trump defends Putin, says US has 'got a lot of killers'

US President Donald Trump has brushed off a description of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as a "killer," saying, "What do you think? Our country's so innocent?"

Trump slams ruling by 'so-called judge' who blocked his travel ban

US President Donald Trump on Saturday criticized a ruling by a Seattle federal judge who blocked his ban on travellers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, and vowed to have it overturned.

US military releases, then withdraws, old video of new raid in Yemen

The US military released a video meant to be from an operation in Yemen last month, but quickly withdrew it later Friday after realizing it was old footage already circulating on the internet.

Approval ratings for new US president worst ever, surveys say

Donald Trump has the worst approval rating of any US president at this point of their tenure, according to several surveys published Friday.

US judge temporarily blocks Trump travel ban; White House to appeal

A US federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's order banning refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country, in a major blow to the new administration.

Major US department store drops Ivanka Trump's fashion line

A major American department store chain said Friday it has dropped Ivanka Trump's clothing collection because of low sales.

Trump signs orders rolling back financial regulation

US President Donald Trump signed two orders Friday aimed at rolling back financial regulations put in place after the 2008 global financial crisis.

US hits Iran with sanctions over missile test

The US imposed fresh sanctions on Iran Friday in response to a ballistic missile test over the weekend as President Donald Trump signalled that his administration will take a tougher tone with Tehran.

Uber CEO pulls out of Trump's business council

The chief executive of Uber has backed out of a business advisory council set up by Donald Trump, a week after the new US president issued an immigration order that raised concerns for the ride-hailing company and its employees.

US Senate rolls back Obama water pollution rule

The US Senate voted Thursday to undo a rule approved under former president Barack Obama aimed at keeping coal mining waste out of waterways.

"Nothing's off the table" toward Iran, Trump says

US President Donald Trump made clear Thursday that military action was not "off the table" after the White House warned Tehran over its weekend missile launch.

US modifies Russia sanctions to allow technology sales

The US tweaked sanctions with Russia on Thursday to allow the sale of some technology that had been impacted by measures taken against Moscow over its alleged election-related hacking.

Trump disappointed in "dumb" Australian refugee agreement

President Donald Trump is "unbelievably disappointed" in a deal struck with Australia to take hundreds of refugees from Australian-run detention facilities, the White House said Thursday, after Trump slammed the agreement as "dumb."

Tillerson reaches out to disgruntled State Department employees

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sought to smooth tensions with diplomats concerned about the policies of President Donald Trump as he took the helm at the State Department Thursday.

'Pray for Arnold' on Apprentice ratings, Trump tells prayer breakfast

US President Donald Trump told thousands gathered for a National Prayer Breakfast in Washington that they should pray for former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has taken over Trump's television show The Celebrity Apprentice.

Trump slams 'dumb deal' with Australia on refugee resettlement

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday slammed what he called a "dumb deal" with Australia to take hundreds of refugees from Australian-run detention facilities on Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island.

Former ExxonMobile chief Tillerson confirmed as US secretary of state

The US Senate confirmed Rex Tillerson Wednesday as President Donald Trump's secretary of state.

White House puts Iran "on notice" over ballistic missile test

The White House had tough words for Iran on Wednesday over a recent ballistic missile test, calling the move a provocation and a violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

Fed leaves benchmark US interest rate unchanged

The Federal Reserve left its benchmark interest rate unchanged Wednesday amid slowing fourth-quarter growth and a recent uptick in unemployment in the United States.

Trump picks conservative Gorsuch for Supreme Court

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday chose Neil Gorsuch as his nominee to fill a seat on the US Supreme Court that has been vacant for nearly a year.

Trump spells out cybersecurity order, but doesn't sign it

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday outlined an executive order aimed at strengthening the cybersecurity of government and private-sector computer networks.

Under-fire White House seeks to clarify refugee ban

The United States will admit 872 refugees this week despite an executive order by President Donald Trump halting the US refugee programme and banning most travellers from seven Muslim-majority nations.

Trump fires acting attorney general as opposition to travel ban grows

US President Donald Trump wasted little time Monday in removing the acting attorney general from office after she said she would not defend his executive order on immigration in court.