USA & CANADA

Jerusalem: Opposition to mooted Trump Israel announcement grows

Opposition is growing in the Arab world to an expected announcement by Donald Trump that the US will recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Reports say the president will make the statement this week but will further delay acting on a campaign pledge to move the US embassy to the city. The head of the Arab League, Jordan and ...

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Trump-Russia: Flynn's dealings were 'lawful'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Donald Trump has responded to a guilty plea by his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, saying Mr Flynn’s actions as a member of his transition team “were lawful”. Mr Flynn has entered a plea deal and agreed to co-operate with an inquiry into alleged collusion with Russia. The deal, for a lesser ...

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North Korea: US in race to address threat, says HR McMaster

Media playback is unsupported on your device White House national security adviser HR McMaster says the US is “in a race” to address the threat from North Korea. The potential for war is increasing every day but armed conflict is not the only solution, he told a defence forum. His comments came three days after North Korea carried out its ...

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ABC's Brian Ross suspended for erroneous report on Flynn plea deal

US news network ABC has suspended its chief investigative reporter after he made a “serious error” about Donald Trump’s former top aide, Michael Flynn. Brian Ross reported Mr Trump was a candidate when he directed Michael Flynn to make contact with Moscow. After his report, stock markets fell. But he later clarified that the orders came when Mr Trump was ...

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Cohoes fire: Amateur US blacksmith burns down buildings

An amateur blacksmith started a fire that engulfed three blocks after attempting to imitate a sword-forging scene he had seen on TV, reports say. John Gomes from the town of Cohoes in New York state was trying to bend metal in imitation of the TV series Forged in Fire when the yard blaze started. The series shows professional bladesmiths competing ...

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White House logs show problem with ants, mice and cockroaches

Mice, cockroaches, ants and a broken toilet seat are some of the dozens of issues reported to maintenance workers by Donald Trump’s White House staff. The work-order logs were obtained by NBC Washington along with those from the last year of Barack Obama’s administration. Rodent sightings were reported in the Navy mess food service area as well as the Situation ...

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Canada province urges shopkeepers to stop saying 'Bonjour-Hi'

The unofficial greeting in the bilingual Canadian city of Montreal has long been a friendly “Bonjour, Hi!” But that standard is no more since a motion mandating store clerks to greet customers only in French was passed in Quebec’s provincial legislature. The move reaffirms French as the primary language in the province, where use of English can be controversial. The ...

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Trump-Russia: Michael Flynn admits lying to FBI

Media playback is unsupported on your device Ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about meetings with Russia’s ambassador weeks before Donald Trump became president. The charges were brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as part of his inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election. Mr Flynn is the ...

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Why Rex Tillerson is in trouble

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson dismissed as “laughable” on Friday reports that his job security is uncertain. But rumours that the White House is considering a plan to replace him because of tensions with President Donald Trump have swirled in Washington DC for months. In a tweet, Mr Trump categorically denied the rumours as fake news, saying Mr Tillerson ...

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US woman admits testing homemade ricin on neighbours

A woman living in a US nursing home has admitted making ricin and testing it on other elderly residents. Betty Miller has been charged after ricin was found in a care home in Shelburne, Vermont. Investigators said Ms Miller made the highly toxic powder from castor plant seeds. Ms Miller told authorities she made between two and three tablespoons of ...

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