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Trump team assesses legal options on travel ban

President Trump is assessing all of his legal options on a proposed travel ban from seven Muslim countries, with options ranging from appealing to the Supreme Court to revising the executive order that has triggered massive protests, a senior adviser said Sunday. “The bottom line is that we are pursuing every single possible action to keep our country safe from …

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Pregnant Beyoncé brings down the house with Grammys performance

Beyoncé is a stage mama! On Sunday, the singer — who is expecting twins with husband Jay Z — performed “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles,” songs off of her hit album Lemonade, at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Clad in a floor-length gold, sheer belly-highlighting gown with matching headpiece (and microphone!), she moved ethereally …

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Immigration agents arrest 600 people across U.S. in one week

Federal immigration officials arrested more than 600 people across at least 11 states last week, detaining 40 people in the New York City area, law enforcement officials said on Sunday. It remained unclear whether the actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were part of continuing operations to round up illegal immigrants with criminal convictions or a ramping-up of deportations …

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US Immigration raids puts Ghanaians on the edge

News this week that federal agents have targeted six US states in a series of immigration enforcement raids has intensified growing fear and anxiety in the Ghanaian immigrant community — even among families with legal status. “Barima, I’ve not been out this whole week” said a Ghanaian illegal in Chicago “I have to lie low, since I’m not ready to …

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Fighting mars Zuma annual address

Punches have been thrown in South Africa’s parliament as opposition MPs tried to disrupt the State of the Nation address by President Jacob Zuma. Members of the radical Economic Freedom Fighters’ party (EFF), all dressed in red, scuffled with security guards who ejected them from the chamber. Mr Zuma had twice got to his feet but was shouted down by …

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Trump loses bid to reinstate travel ban

A US appeals court has rejected President Donald Trump’s attempt to reinstate his ban on citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals said it would not block a lower-court ruling that halted the order. Mr Trump responded with an angry tweet saying national security was at risk and there would be a legal challenge. …

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Twitter shares dive as losses widen

Shares in Twitter have ended the day more than 12% lower after the company reported that its fourth-quarter losses had nearly doubled. The social networking service reported a loss of $167m (£133m) in the final three months of 2016, as against $90m in the same period a year earlier. There were 319 million active users, 4% up on a year …

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George and Amal Clooney ‘expecting twins’

Prominent human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and her husband, award-winning actor George, are expecting twins, US media report. The babies are due in June, according to CBS’s The Talk host Julie Chen. Another source close to the couple, quoted by People, said they were “very happy”. The Clooneys’ representatives have not yet commented. The couple married in Venice in 2014 …

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Eight countries sign up to counter Trump’s global anti-abortion move

Eight countries have joined an initiative to raise millions of dollars to replace shortfalls caused by President Donald Trump’s ban on U.S.-funded groups around the world providing information on abortion, Sweden’s deputy prime minister said. Isabella Lovin told Reuters a conference would be held on March 2 in Brussels to kick-start the funding initiative to help non-governmental organizations whose family …

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