Category: USA

USA – Kennedy to retire

WASHINGTON – Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy said on Wednesday he plans to retire after three decades as a pivotal vote on the highest US judicial body, giving president Donald Trump an opportunity to make the court more firmly conservative. Kennedy, who turns 82 in July and is the second-oldest justice on the nine-member court, […]

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US: Trump cancels Kim summit amid North Korea ‘hostility’

US President Donald Trump has cancelled a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, saying the world had “lost a great opportunity for lasting peace”. He said his decision was because of “tremendous anger and open hostility” in a recent North Korean statement. The summit aimed at ridding the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons and […]

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USA – Trump declares US leaving ‘horrible’ Iran nuclear agreement

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the landmark nuclear accord with Iran Tuesday, declaring he was making the world safer in restoring harsh sanctions. But he also dealt a profound blow to allies, deepened his isolation on the world stage and revived doubts about American credibility in the most consequential foreign policy […]

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USA – Cosby convicted

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — After decades of whispers, lawsuits, investigations and close calls — and a multitude of women who lost hope anyone would ever believe their word against that of America’s Dad — Bill Cosby could be on his way to prison at age 80 for the remainder of his life. The comedian was convicted […]

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USA – France’s Macron challenges Trump in Congress speech

WASHINGTON – A day after flaunting his friendship with Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron forcefully challenged many of the United States (US) president’s policies on Wednesday, urging the United States to engage more with the world, step up the fight against climate change and stay in the Iran nuclear pact for now. Capping a […]

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USA – Trump says Iran will pay if it restarts nuclear program

WASHINGTON — Weighing US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accord, president Donald Trump declared on Tuesday that if the Iranians “restart their nuclear program, they will have bigger problems than they’ve ever had before”. Trump issued his warning alongside French president Emmanuel Macron in the Oval Office, where the two allies discussed the multinational nuclear […]

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USA – One dead after jetliner blows an engine in flight

PHILADELPHIA — A Southwest Airlines jet apparently blew an engine at about 30,000 feet and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window and damaged the fuselage Tuesday, killing a passenger and injuring seven others, authorities said. The plane, a twin-engine Boeing 737 bound from New York to Dallas with 149 people aboard, made an […]

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USA – Efforts on to arrange unprecedented meeting between US and North Korean

PALM BEACH  – President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the United States is engaged in direct talks at “extremely high levels” with North Korea to try to set up a summit between him and its leader, Kim Jong Un. Trump made the comment as he and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe opened two days of […]

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USA – Trump puts off Syria strike decision, will talk to allies

WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS –  President Donald Trump and his national security aides on Thursday discussed United States (US) options on Syria, where he has threatened missile strikes in response to a suspected poison gas attack, as a Russian envoy voiced fears of wider conflict between Washington and Moscow. Worries about a confrontation between Russia, Syria’s big […]

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NEW YORK – Facebook to notify on Cambridge Analytica data misuse Monday

Facebook will begin alerting users whose private data may have been compromised in the Cambridge Analytica scandal starting Monday. All 2.2 billion Facebook users will receive a notice on their feeds titled “Protecting Your Information.” It will have a link to information on which Facebook apps they use and what information they have shared with […]

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USA – Trump begins informal prep for potential Mueller interview

President Donald Trump has begun the initial steps of preparing for a possible interview with the special counsel, a White House official and a person familiar with the situation said Friday, a sign the President’s legal team is intensifying its deliberations over whether to allow him to come under Robert Mueller’s questioning. One source familiar […]

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USA – Facebook scandal

. . . affected more users than thought: up to 87 MILLION NEW YORK — Facebook revealed Wednesday that tens of millions more people might have been exposed in the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal than previously thought and said it will restrict the user data that outsiders can access. Those developments came as congressional officials […]

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USA – Trump secures border

Impatient for wall, US president wants military to man border WASHINGTON — Frustrated by slow action on a major campaign promise, President Donald Trump said Tuesday he wants to use the military to secure the United States-Mexico border until his promised border wall is built. Trump told reporters he’s been discussing the idea with Defense Secretary […]

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Trump keen to meet Kim after ‘successful’ China talks

US President Donald Trump has said he is keen to meet Kim Jong-un after being told the North Korean leader’s trip to China “went very well”. But Mr Trump said maximum sanctions and pressure on North Korea would continue ahead of proposed talks in May. He added that denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula was now […]

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HONOLULU – Hawaii woman charged in sexual assaults of Japanese student

Authorities say a woman who recruited international students for programmes in Hawaii has been charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old Japanese exchange student. An Oahu grand jury on Thursday indicted 36-year-old Rika Shimizu on five counts of second-degree sexual assault and four counts of fourth-degree sexual assault. Authorities say Shimizu operated a boarding home for Japanese students […]

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USA – Death row inmate sues Alabama, Asks for Vacated Sentence

ALABAMA – An  death row inmate whose execution went wrong is asking that his death sentence be vacated. The attempted execution was “botched and bloody,” as the inmate’s lawyer put it, and left the inmate under “physical and mental duress.” Doyle Lee Hamm was convicted in 1987 of committing murder during a robbery and sentenced […]

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USA – Top economic adviser Gary Cohn leaves White House in wake of tariff rift

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser Gary Cohn is resigning, the White House announced on Tuesday. Cohn, who had once been rumored as a potential next chief of staff, will leave the White House in the wake of his fierce disagreement with the President’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. […]

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