June 15, 2021

John McCain: Tributes as Vietnam veteran and six-term senator dies at 81

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From BBC Tributes from former US presidents and across the political spectrum have poured in for Republican Senator John McCain, who has died aged 81. Barack Obama, who beat him to the White House in 2008, said they had shared a “fidelity to something higher”. George W Bush described him as “a patriot of the […]

Trump in UK: Pomp and protest as visit stokes culture war

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By James Cook From BBC News As the son of immigrants, Donald Trump has his own special relationship with the United Kingdom. His mother, Mary MacLeod, was born and raised in the village of Tong, on the Outer Hebridean island of Lewis, on Scotland’s wild and beautiful north-western fringe. A less Trumpian upbringing is hard […]

US: Brett Kavanaugh picked for Supreme Court by President Trump

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From BBC US President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, setting the stage for a bruising confirmation battle. In a primetime announcement at the White House, Mr Trump praised his pick as a “brilliant jurist”. The nominee, a District of Columbia appeals court judge, is a former adviser to ex-President George […]

Migrant children: Trump speaks of plan to halt separations

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From BBC US President Donald Trump has promised action to “keep families together” amid fury over separations of undocumented child migrants from adults. “I’ll be signing something in a little while that’s going to do that,” he told reporters at the White House. The Department of Homeland Security has reportedly drafted an executive order to […]

New York sues Trump Foundation, alleging ‘extensive’ lawbreaking

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From BBC New York’s attorney general is suing the Trump Foundation, as well as Donald Trump and his children, alleging “extensive and persistent” lawbreaking. Barbara Underwood said the charitable foundation had engaged in “unlawful political co-ordination” designed to influence the 2016 election. The lawsuit seeks to dissolve the foundation and $2.8m (£2.1m) in restitution. The […]

Korean leaders meet in surprise summit

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From BBC The leaders of North and South Korea have met in the demilitarised border area between the two countries. The meeting is only the second between South Korea’s Moon Jae-in and the North’s Kim Jong-un. It comes as the two sides continue efforts to put a historic US-North Korea summit back on track. US […]

North Korea frees three US detainees ahead of Trump summit

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From BBC North Korea has freed three US citizens from prison, according to a tweet from US President Donald Trump. It is viewed as a goodwill gesture ahead of a historic summit between Mr Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. Mr Trump said he would greet the men when they return with Secretary of State […]

Iran nuclear deal: Trump pulls US out

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From BBC US President Donald Trump says he will withdraw the US from an Obama-era nuclear agreement with Iran. Calling it “decaying and rotten”, he said the deal was “an embarrassment” to him “as a citizen”. Going against advice from European allies, he said he would reimpose economic sanctions that were waived when the deal […]

Rex Tillerson: Secretary of state fired by Trump in Russia warning

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From BBC Sacked US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has warned of Russia’s “troubling behaviour and actions” in a parting statement after being fired by President Donald Trump. He pointedly failed to thank Mr Trump or praise his policies. The former ExxonMobil chief had a series of public rifts with the White House after being […]

10 explosive revelations from new Trump book

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Donald Trump was “befuddled” by his election win, did not enjoy his inauguration and was scared of the White House, according to a new book. Journalist Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House also purports to lift the lid on Ivanka Trump’s secret presidential ambitions. The book details Mr Trump’s regard for […]