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Steve Bannon subpoenaed to testify in Mueller's Russia investigation – report
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:25:05 GMT
  • Bannon reportedly summoned by Mueller to go before grand jury
  • Trump aide speaks to House intelligence committee on Tuesday
  • Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House – tell-all burns all

The House intelligence committee on Tuesday questioned Steve Bannon, the one-time confidant to Donald Trump. The New York Times reported, meanwhile, that Bannon has been subpoenaed by the special counsel, Robert Mueller, as part of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Related: 'It's all explosive': Michael Wolff on Donald Trump

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Attack by Turkish forces on US-backed Kurds in Syria thought imminent
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:22:06 GMT

Operation targeting ‘terror nests’ would risk inflaming tensions between Trump administration and Ankara

Turkish troops and tanks near the Syrian border are making final plans to attack the US military’s Kurdish partners inside northern Syria as tensions between Ankara and Washington near unprecedented levels.

Ahead of a widely expected incursion, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, threatened to “destroy all terror nests”, a reference to Kurdish forces that the US has used as proxies in the fight against Islamic State (Isis) and Turkey views as a subversive threat.

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EU declares war on plastic waste
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:50:22 GMT

Brussels targets single-use plastics in an urgent clean-up plan that aims to make all packaging reusable or recyclable by 2030

The EU is waging war against plastic waste as part of an urgent plan to clean up Europe’s act and ensure that every piece of packaging on the continent is reusable or recyclable by 2030.

Following China’s decision to ban imports of foreign recyclable material, Brussels on Tuesday launched a plastics strategy designed to change minds in Europe, potentially tax damaging behaviour, and modernise plastics production and collection by investing €350m (£310m) in research.

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Alec Baldwin criticizes stars denouncing Woody Allen: 'Unfair and sad'
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:47:53 GMT

The actor has launched a defense of the film-maker on Twitter, calling it one of the ‘privileges of his career’ to work with him

Alec Baldwin has defended Woody Allen on Twitter and called other actors “unfair and sad” for voicing their regrets over working with him.

Baldwin, who worked with Allen on Blue Jasmine and To Rome With Love, is the latest actor to speak publicly about the film-maker, following on from Greta Gerwig, Mira Sorvino, Rebecca Hall and Timothée Chalamet.

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Pope Francis expresses 'pain and shame' for clergy's sexual abuse of children
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:18:56 GMT
  • ‘We commit ourselves to ensuring such things do not happen again’
  • Pontiff’s Chile visit overshadowed by firebombing of nine churches

Pope Francis has admitted his “pain and shame” over the sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy on a visit to Chile which has been overshadowed by the firebombing of nine churches – allegedly by activists claiming a high-level cover-up.

Speaking in Santiago in the presence of the Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet, legislators, diplomats and other officials, Francis asked for forgiveness.

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Dow Jones tops 26,000 for first time as stock market boom continues
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:02:41 GMT

US share index rises 1,000 points in 12 days – but sceptics warn rise could be last hurrah before a crash

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has topped the 26,000 mark for the first time, a new landmark in the Wall Street stock market boom that has gathered pace since the new year.

The leading index of US shares has risen 1,000 points in just 12 days – and six stock market trading sessions, given that Wall Street was closed for Martin Luther King Jr Day on Monday – fuelled by an upswing in the global economy and the prospect of bumper company earnings thanks to Donald Trump’s corporate tax cuts.

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian announce birth of third child
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:45:56 GMT

The celebrity couple have said they are ‘incredibly grateful’ to their surrogate after the birth of a healthy baby girl

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have announced the birth of a third child via a surrogate mother.

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Justice department asks supreme court to intervene in fight against Daca
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:07:56 GMT

Department asks high court for ‘direct review’ of ruling that temporarily blocks Trump administration from phasing out Daca

The Department of Justice said on Tuesday it is appealing against a federal judge’s ruling that temporarily blocked the Trump administration from phasing out the Obama-era program granting protections to young, undocumented immigrants – and asking the supreme court to intervene.

The department said it had filed an appeal in the ninth circuit court and intends to “take the rare step” later this week of seeking a fast track to the supreme court.

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British tourist missing in Israel may have Jerusalem syndrome
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:12:45 GMT

Authorities say Oliver McAfee, 29, may have condition which leads those affected to believe they are biblical figures

Israeli authorities are searching for a British man who is missing in the Negev desert amid fears that he could be suffering from Jerusalem syndrome, a psychiatric condition whose sufferers believe they are prophets or other biblical figures.

Oliver McAfee, 29, a devout Christian, was last seen on 21 November while cycling near the southern Israeli town of Mitzpe Ramon. Hikers found his wallet, keys and computer tablet earlier this month, and other possessions, including his bicycle, bags and shoes, were found separately.

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US must do more to force Assad to negotiate, says Syrian opposition leader
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:50:42 GMT

Nasr al-Hariri, chief negotiator for Syria’s umbrella opposition group, says without pressure there will be no settlement

The US is showing a new commitment to forcing the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad to make concessions to end the country’s seven-year civil war, but must still do more to persuade Russia to put pressure on Assad to negotiate, the Syrian opposition leader has said.

Nasr al-Hariri, chief negotiator for the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Syria’s umbrella opposition group, said he welcomed the US keeping 2,000 troops inside Syria, so long as it helped bring a political settlement.

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