30 April 2017
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US Politics

US judge blocks Trump order on sanctuary cities

A US judge on Tuesday blocked an executive order by President Donald Trump that could deny billions of dollars to so-called sanctuary cities as punishment for harboring illegal immigrants.

Tech firms urge court to toss Trump travel ban

Scores of technology firms including Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft joined a legal filing urging a judge to toss out President Donald Trump's latest travel ban.

Korean crisis

US missile defence equipment reaches South Korea site

US troops began delivering a missile defence system that has infuriated China to a deployment site in South Korea, amid heightened tensions over the North's...

North Korea marks military anniversary with firing drill

Nuclear-armed North Korea on Tuesday marked a military anniversary with a massive conventional firing drill, Seoul said, as a US guided-missile submarine docked in South Korea amid tensions over Pyongyang's weapons ambitions.

The largest city in the Midwest

According to the Chicago Tribune newspaper 1,008 people have been shot in the city -- at least 182 fatally -- since the beginning of January 2017

1,000 shot in Chicago so far this year

Chicago hit a grim milestone Tuesday, with more than a thousand people shot in the Midwestern US city since the beginning of the year.

US charges four in NY police gun license bribery case

Three former New York police officers and a lawyer were arrested and charged Tuesday in a bribery case that allegedly plied police for years with exotic holidays, prostitutes and thousands of dollars in exchange for issuing gun licenses.

Syrian crisis

US President Donald Trump says the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is up to the Syrian people to decide

Trump says Assad's future «not a deal breaker» on Syria: Russia's UN envoy

US President Donald Trump told UN Security Council ambassadors that the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was «not a deal breaker» in negotiations on ending the war, Russia's envoy said Tuesday.

Turkish strikes kill Kurdish fighters in Syria, Iraq

Turkish warplanes killed more than two dozen Kurdish fighters Tuesday in strikes in Syria and Iraq, where the Kurds are key players in the battle against the Islamic State group.

US-Australia relations

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will travel to the US to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea during World War II

Trump, Australia's Turnbull to bury the hatchet in New York meeting

Donald Trump will meet Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in New York next week, rebooting a relationship that got off to a rocky start shortly after the US president's inauguration.

US to honour «dumb» refugee deal with Australia: Pence

The US will honour a controversial agreement with Australia to take refugees from Pacific island detention centres, Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday -- a deal Donald Trump had previously branded «dumb».


UN says corruption in Afghanistan a challenge despite progress

Corruption remains a serious obstacle to peace in Afghanistan, the UN said in its first report on the issue released Tuesday, in which it welcomed the government's efforts but said implementation is still a challenge.

Iraqi Conflict

IS terrorises Mosul civilians as Iraq forces advance

Iraqi forces advanced in west Mosul Tuesday, closing in on the Old City where jihadists executed civilians in a desperate bid to prevent an exodus and hold on to their stronghold.

Frontline clinic window on hell of IS-held Mosul areas

The horrific wounds and gruesome accounts of the victims filling a frontline clinic in west Mosul in Iraq offer a window on the hell inside the last jihadist strongholds.


US Supreme Court takes narrow view on tribal immunity

The US Supreme Court took a narrow view Tuesday on the immunity from lawsuits enjoyed by Native American tribes, which are treated in some respects like sovereign states that cannot be sued in American courts.

US Politics

Ex-Trump aide Flynn did not report Russia payments: lawmakers

Former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn never reported receiving payments from Russian entities on his top-level security clearance form, a senior US lawmaker said Tuesday.

NATO, Russia, Merkel, Brexit: Trump unleashes broadsides on Europe

NATO is «obsolete», Germany's Angela Merkel made a «catastrophic mistake» on refugees, Brexit will be «great» and the US could cut a deal with Russia: Donald Trump unleashed a volley of broadsides in interviews with European media.

US official

Toll now 144 in Taliban attack on Afghan base

The death toll from last week's Taliban attack on an Afghan military base stands at 144, a senior US defense official told AFP on Tuesday.

US blasts «unconscionable» Taliban attack in Afghanistan

The US State Department on Monday described last week's Taliban attack in northern Afghanistan as «unconscionable,» but stressed America has no intention of giving up on the country despite more than 15 years of brutal war.

US Politics

Shutdown threat ebbs as Trump relents on wall funding

Donald Trump and US lawmakers inched closer to a deal on Tuesday avoiding a government shutdown, as the president, eager to showcase a win marking his first 100 days, retreated from a demand to fund a border wall.

Pence the clean-up act in Trump's first 100 days

Mike Pence has spent many of his first 100 days as US vice president ironing out Trump-induced problems at home and abroad, but he's also been steadily building political capital of his own.

The trial continues Wednesday

South African suspect taken to scene of family axe murders

The 22-year-old South African man on trial for murdering his wealthy family with an axe was taken on Tuesday to the home where his parents and brother were killed.

Henri van Breda pleads not guilty to slaying his South African family

In a case that has gripped South Africa, the 22-year-old son of a wealthy family pleaded not guilty Monday to slaughtering his parents and brother in a frenzied axe attack.

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Bitter rift rocks AOC as Coates fights for job

Powerful Australian Olympic Committee head John Coates is facing a bitter campaign to oust him after 27 years, with his media chief stepping down Wednesday amid bullying claims rocking the organisation.

US misunderstands NAFTA, North American business body says

The US government doesn't have a clear idea of what NAFTA covers, a business body representing several big North American multinationals said on Tuesday after Washington picked a trade fight with Canada.

Baby whales «whisper» to mothers to avoid predators

Newborn humpback whales and their mothers whisper to each other to escape potential predators, scientists reported Wednesday, revealing the existence of a previously unknown survival technique.

US judge blocks Trump order on sanctuary cities

A US judge on Tuesday blocked an executive order by President Donald Trump that could deny billions of dollars to so-called sanctuary cities as punishment for harboring illegal immigrants.