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Advisers Urge Trump to Hire an Outside Lawyer Advisers Urge Trump to Hire an Outside Lawyer
WASHINGTON Several White House advisers and personal associates of President Trump have urged him to hire an experienced outside lawyer to help him deal with issues arising from a surging controversy over whether his campaign had ties to Russia, according to several people briefed on the conversations. The recommendations came even before a special counsel was named on Wednesday to lead the i...
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Trump travel ban challenge in appeals court Monday Trump travel ban challenge in appeals court Monday
President Donald Trump's travel ban is back in the spotlight Monday with a high-stakes legal battle in front of a dozen federal judges in Richmond, Virginia. Nearly two months ago, a federal judge in Maryland imposed a nationwide halt to the core portion of the President's revised executive order that sought to bar foreign nationals from six majority-Muslim countries from entering the US for 90...
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U.S., Philippines scale back next month's military drills, no more 'war games' U.S., Philippines scale back next month's military drills, no more 'war games'
About 5,000 American and Philippine troops will hold humanitarian exercises next month instead of annual war games, scaling back military drills in response to President Rodrigo Duterte's disdain for their longstanding defense alliance. Troops taking part in "Balikatan" will simulate a response to a devastating super typhoon in the central Philippines, modeled on typhoon Haiyan in 2013, which k...
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US military defends dropping 'mother of all bombs' on ISIS in Afghanistan US military defends dropping 'mother of all bombs' on ISIS in Afghanistan
The US military has defended its decision to drop the country's most powerful non-nuclear bomb on ISIS positions in Afghanistan, describing it as a "tactical" move. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordinance Air Blast bomb (MOAB) was dropped Thursday night on a network of fortified underground tunnels that ISIS had been using to stage attacks on government forces. The strike, in Nangarhar province near th...
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Trump: If China doesn't help, the US will solve 'the North Korea problem' without them Trump: If China doesn't help, the US will solve 'the North Korea problem' without them
President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that the US will "solve the North Korea problem" alone if China refuses to help. "North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A," he tweeted. "I explained to the President of China that a trade deal with the US will be far better for them if they solve the North Kor...
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Trump to pressure China's Xi for help dealing with North Korea Trump to pressure China's Xi for help dealing with North Korea
WASHINGTON President Trump's patience for North Korea's provocations is running out, White House aides said Tuesday, with little time left for the regime to comply with demands it give up its nuclear weapons. "The clock has now run out, and all options are on the table for us," a senior White House official told reporters Tuesday. The North Korea situation is a matter of "urgent interest" ...
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Jared Kushner to be questioned over alleged Trump-Russia ties Jared Kushner to be questioned over alleged Trump-Russia ties
President Donald Trump's son-in-law and aide, Jared Kushner, will be questioned by a US committee investigating alleged ties between the Trump team and Moscow. Mr Kushner has volunteered to speak to the Senate Intelligence Committee, the White House said. It is examining Russia's alleged interference in last year's election. The US intelligence community believes alleged Russian hacking during ...
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Trump 'looks forward to visiting China' - Tillerson Trump 'looks forward to visiting China' - Tillerson
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has told China's President Xi Jinping that President Donald Trump looks forward to visiting his country, and to enhancing understanding between the states. Mr Tillerson met the Chinese leader in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, as his East Asian tour comes to an end. Mr Xi said he was glad to see good progress from Mr Tillerson's meetings. "You said that C...
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Trump issues revised travel ban for six majority-Muslim countries Trump issues revised travel ban for six majority-Muslim countries
President Trump took a second swing at his temporary travel ban Monday, this time targeting travelers from six majority Muslim countries and crafting his executive order in ways intended to survive challenges in U.S. courts. The new ban, which goes into effect March 16, no longer restricts travel from Iraq, one of seven listed in the original order. The 90-day ban now is limited to Iran, Libya,...
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US launches airstrikes in Yemen US launches airstrikes in Yemen
The United States conducted 20 airstrikes against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen overnight, the Pentagon said Thursday. Multiple locations were struck with the US military targeting militants, equipment, infrastructure, heavy weapons systems and fighting positions in the Abyan, Shabwa and Baydha regions. Two US officials told that manned and unmanned aircraft were used and that the...
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