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Trump ends refugee ban with order to review program for 11 countries

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Executive order ends 120-day suspension of refugee processing as White House refuses to name 11 countries facing 90-day review Donald Trump has signed an executive order ending his temporary ban on refugee admissions to the US, while calling for a 90-day review of the program for 11 countries his administration has deemed high risk. The president had previously suspended the processing of all refugees to the US for a period of 120 days as part of a previous executive order, issued in tandem with the his travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries. The 120-day window came to a close on […]

Trump commerce secretary’s business links with Putin family laid out in leaked files

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Wilbur Ross stands to profit from company run by Russians, some of whom are under US sanctions Donald Trumps commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, is doing business with Vladimir Putins son-in-law through a shipping venture in What are the Paradise Papers? video Peter Harrell, a senior state department official under Barack Obama, who worked on sanctions against Russia, said: Im frankly surprised. Maybe I shouldnt be, given that with this administration, there seems to be a Russian in every closet. Rosss press secretary, James Rockas, said in a statement that Rosss holding would not conflict with his government duties on trade […]

Donald Trump vows to step up ‘extreme vetting’ after New York attack

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President sends condolences to victims in New York and tweets: We must not allow Isis to return or enter our country. Enough! Donald Trump said he had ordered the Department of Homeland Security to step up its extreme vetting program following a vehicle attack in New York on Tuesday that left eight people dead. I have just ordered homeland security to step up our already extreme vetting program. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this! the president wrote on Twitter, hours after a man driving a pickup truck ploughed through a bike path in lower Manhattan in what […]

Trump in Moscow: what happened at Miss Universe in 2013

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The pageant and the presidents attempts to get close to Putin have become a focus of the investigation into Trumps links to Russian interference in the US election Sitting in a makeshift studio overlooking the Moscow river on a crisp day in November 2013, Vladimir Putin, the brash New York businessman could not resist boasting. I do have a relationship with him, Trump said. Russias strongman had done a very brilliant job, Trump told MSNBCs Thomas Roberts, before declaring that Putin had bested Barack Obama. Hes done an amazing job hes put himself really at the forefront of the world […]

Trump travel ban extended to blocks on North Korea, Venezuela and Chad

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Presidents proclamation may throw major hurdle in front of ongoing court challenges to ban which blocked travel from six majority-Muslim countries Donald Trump has announced new travel restrictions on visitors to the United States that will expand his controversial travel ban to eight countries. The new proclamation, which will come into effect on 18 October, will continue to target travellers from Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Libya and Iran, but also adds North Korea, Chad and Venezuela to the list of targeted countries. Sudan has been dropped from the administrations list of nations and Iraqi citizens will be subjected to additional scrutiny […]

A blunt, fearful rant: Trump’s UN speech left presidential norms in the dust

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His maiden address was unlike any delivered by a US president, and when it was over a sense of incoherence and menace hung in the air Donald Trumps maiden address to the UN general assembly was unlike any ever delivered in the chamber by a US president. There are precedents for such fulminations, but not from US leaders. In tone, the speech was more reminiscent of Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro or Hugo Chvez. It did echo George W Bushs 2002 axis of evil speech. That was delivered to a domestic audience, and there was little doubt that in his mind […]

Trump threatens ‘military option’ in Venezuela as crisis escalates

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In a surprise intervention, Donald Trump said he would not rule out using military force as the country descends further into civil unrest Donald Trump threatened a US military intervention in Venezuela on Friday, a dramatic escalation in his administrations stance toward the Latin American country which is descending into political chaos. Trump made the remarks in response to questions from reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Asked what options were available for the US in dealing with Venezuela, which has descended into civil unrest under the leadership of president Nichols Maduro, Trump responded by explicitly not […]

‘One week left’ to pass Zika funding bill in US House, Democrats warn

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Calls mount for House speaker Paul Ryan to get funding bill on presidents desk before Congress adjourns for the summer The head of the Centers for Disease Control, congressional Democrats and the second-in-command at the Department of Homeland Security called for Republicans to bring a Zika funding bill to the floor again. The call comes two weeks after a measure passed the House around 3am, loaded with unrelated provisions Democrats called poison pills, and after the Senate attempted to advance a $1.1bn bill. Weve got one week left, said Kathy Castor, a Democratic representative for the Tampa Bay area, along […]

Congress’s failure to fund Zika bill fuels fears virus will continue to spread

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Government-funded clinical vaccine trials will grind to a halt by August without congressional action, researchers warn, as 1,300 have been diagnosed in US Congress left town on Thursday without funding any emergency preparations against the Zika virus. Frustrated vaccine researchers predicted clinical trials would grind to a halt by August. Local mosquito control departments, without federal resources, will maintain wildly disparate resources, leaving some cities and towns with $1.1bn for emergency preparations died in the Senate. And a House bill for $622m sank, Republican criticism that fueled a $5.4bn Ebola response before the 2014 mid-term elections. The virus, primarily spread […]

Trump did not ask Argentina’s president for business favor, spokesman says

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Local media reports alleged US president-elect asked Mauricio Macri, a longtime business acquaintance, for help with his stalled office project in Buenos Aires A spokesman for Argentinas president has denied that let three of his children Ivanka, Donald Jr and Eric run his business interests while he attends to the duties of commander in chief. But the Trump children are on his transition team and concerns have been raised that the president-elect is already mixing business interests and official duties. dozens of foreign diplomats reportedly attended a sales pitch last week at Trumps new hotel in downtown Washington DC. Like […]
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