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Pastor denounces Donald Trump, with Mike Pence in the congregation

A Maryland pastor denounced President Donald Trump’s alleged vulgar description of African nations from the pulpit on Sunday – while Vice-President Mike Pence was sitting in the pews of his church. Maurice Watson, pastor of Metropolitan Baptist church in Largo, said remarks in which Trump reportedly used the word “shithole” to describe Haiti, El Salvador and African nations were “dehumanizing” and “ugly”. W ...

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Malnourished and dirty: Police find 13 children and siblings chained in California house

Thirteen malnourished siblings ranging in age from two to 29 have been rescued from a house in California where some of them were chained to beds, and their parents have been charged with torture, police have said. Officers made the discovery after a 17-year-old girl escaped the house in Perris, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles, on Sunday and used a mobile phone she had found in the house to call them, th ...

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Trump says ‘I’m not a racist,’ keeps door open for DACA deal

US President Donald Trump insisted on Sunday “I‘m not a racist” in response to reports that he had described immigrants from Haiti and African countries as coming from “shithole countries.” Trump also said he was “ready, willing and able” to reach a deal to protect illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children from being deported but that he did not believe Democrats wanted an agreement. He tw ...

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UK and France may drift apart after Brexit, warns former ambassador

Britain and France are in danger of drifting apart as a result of Brexit, undermining defence and security cooperation, according to Lord Ricketts, a former UK national security adviser and former ambassador to France. In order to counter this, the UK and France will have to work harder at the relationship, stepping up bilateral meetings, he says. Ricketts, who was ambassador from 2012 to 2016, issued the w ...

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Young Emmanuel Macron wrote racy novel inspired by wife, claims new book

A new biography of the French first lady, Brigitte Macron, says her husband penned a racy novel inspired by their early romance – when he was still a teenager and she his married drama teacher. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, who turned 40 last month, fell for Brigitte during rehearsals for a school play at the Providence high school in Amiens, and defied his parents’ disapproval to pursue the relati ...

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Saudi Prince Alwaleed in settlement talks with government

Saudi Arabia's billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, detained for over two months in an anti-corruption crackdown, is negotiating a possible settlement with authorities but so far has not agreed on terms, a senior Saudi official said. Prince Alwaleed, whose net worth has been estimated by Forbes magazine at $17 billion, is chairman and owner of international investment firm Kingdom Holding, and one of the ...

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Iran nuclear deal : Sanctions waived as Trump begins countdown to keep US in

Donald Trump has waived a raft of sanctions against Iran as required under a 2015 nuclear agreement, staying within the deal for the time being, but the US president warned European allies and Congress it will be the last such waiver he signs if they fail to agree to radical changes. With his announcement, the president in effect began a four-month countdown until the US ceases to comply with its obligation ...

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Porn star paid hush money to keep affair with Trump secret

A lawyer for US President Donald Trump allegedly paid an adult film actress $130,000 in October, 2016 to prevent her publicly discussing a purported sexual encounter with Trump, The New York Times reports. Stephanie Clifford, who used the stage name Stormy Daniels, was reportedly considering sharing her account with ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ and online magazine Slate. In a series of interviews in August ...

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US grand jury indicts man accused of Manhattan terror attack

The Bangladeshi man accused of attempting a suicide bombing in a busy New York City commuter hub in the name of Islamic State in December was indicted on US terrorism charges by a grand jury on Wednesday. Akayed Ullah, 27, faces charges that include supporting a foreign terrorist organization, using a weapon of mass destruction and carrying out a terrorist attack against a mass transit system, according to ...

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Julian Assange’s stay in London embassy untenable, says Ecuador

Ecuador’s foreign minister has said Julian Assange’s five-and-a-half-year stay in her country’s London embassy is “untenable” and should be ended through international mediation. The WikiLeaks founder has been holed up in Knightsbridge since the summer of 2012, when he faced the prospect of extradition to Sweden over claims that he sexually assaulted two women. He denies the accusations. Swedish prosecutors ...

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