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Russia’s Putin calls leaked Trump memos ‘utter nonsense’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has described allegations his country holds compromising material on US President-elect Donald Trump as “utter nonsense”. Mr Putin questioned what reason Russian intelligence would have had to spy on Mr Trump before he entered politics. He

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Mexico BPM music festival: Gunman opens fire at club

A gunman has killed at least four people at a club hosting an electronic music festival in the Mexican resort of Playa del Carmen, the organisers say. People attending the BPM festival’s closing night at the Blue Parrot club said

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Trump-Lewis row: Democrat inauguration boycott grows

The number of Democratic members of Congress saying they will boycott Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday has increased to 26. Many have cited as a reason the president-elect’s recent attack on civil rights icon and fellow congressman John Lewis. Mr

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Trump worries Nato with ‘obsolete’ comment

A statement by US President-elect Donald Trump that Nato is “obsolete” has caused “worry” in the alliance, Germany’s foreign minister says. Frank-Walter Steinmeier said it was a contradiction of comments made days ago by Mr Trump’s incoming defence chief. Mr

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Guantanamo Bay: Oman receives 10 released inmates

Oman says it has received 10 prisoners released from the US military detention centre at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. The foreign ministry said it had responded to a request from the US and acted “out of consideration for the men’s

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Donald Trump says Merkel made ‘catastrophic mistake’ on migrants

US President-elect Donald Trump has said German Chancellor Angela Merkel made “one very catastrophic mistake” by admitting more than 1m migrants. He said Mrs Merkel was by far Europe’s most important leader, and that the EU had become a vehicle

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Stolen baby found alive in South Carolina 18 years on

A girl stolen as a newborn from a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, has been found alive in South Carolina after more than 18 years, police say. Kamiyah Mobley, who was abducted in July 1998, was found after a tip. Authorities

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US Congress takes big step to Obamacare repeal

The US House of Representatives has taken the first step toward demolishing President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, known as Obamacare. Republicans passed a budget measure to introduce a bill – which Democrats cannot block – to roll back the

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Trump ‘willing to work with Russia and China’

US President-elect Donald Trump says he is willing to work with Russia and China, providing they cooperate. Mr Trump told the Wall Street Journal that newly-imposed sanctions on Russia would remain “at least for a period of time” but could

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Tearful Joe Biden awarded freedom medal by Obama

President Barack Obama has awarded an emotional and surprised Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest US civilian honour. Mr Obama praised his vice-president for his “faith in your fellow Americans, for your love of country and your

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New York boy, 12, ‘demands chicken nugget at gunpoint’

A 12-year-old boy is accused of pulling a gun on a girl and demanding one of her chicken nuggets, New York police say. They say he asked for a nugget in a McDonald’s fast food outlet in Harlem on Tuesday.

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Donald Trump promises report on election hacking

Donald Trump has promised to issue a report within 90 days on allegations of Russian hacking during the US presidential election campaign. In a series of tweets, the president-elect called the claims “made-up facts by sleazebag political operatives”. US intelligence

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Trump claims intelligence chief denounced ‘false’ dossier

Donald Trump says the US spy chief called him to “denounce the false and fictitious” report that Russia held compromising information about the president-elect. Mr Trump again tweeted that the report was “made up, phony facts”. Director of National Intelligence

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Trump top nominees Pompeo and Mattis warn of Russia threat

President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees for defence secretary and spy chief have been talking tough on Russia at their Senate confirmation hearings. General James Mattis, defence secretary nominee, warned Nato was under its biggest attack since World War Two. Mike Pompeo,

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Trump Organization handover plan slammed by ethics chief

The director of the US Office of Government Ethics has sharply criticised Donald Trump’s plan to hand his global business empire to his sons before his inauguration on 20 January. The plan does not match the “standards” of US presidents

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