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Trump picks Neil Gorsuch as nominee for Supreme Court

President Donald Trump has nominated Colorado federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch for the US Supreme Court. If confirmed by the Senate, the 49-year-old would replace the vacancy left on the court by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. The upper chamber’s Democratic leader has already said he has “very serious doubts” about the nominee. The court has the last legal …

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Sony takes $1bn charge on movie business

Sony has taken a hefty writedown on the value of its movie business as the unit suffers from falling DVD and home entertainment sales. It has taken a 112bn yen ($1bn; £780m) charge, citing “an acceleration of market decline”. The rise of online streaming services has hit demand for traditional media such as DVDs and blu-ray discs. Sony’s movie division …

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Miss France wins Miss Universe crown

A 24-year-old woman from Paris won the Miss Universe crown in a three-hour show in Manila on Monday that focused on diversity and overcoming life struggles, besting 85 other hopefuls from all over the world. Iris Mittenaere, who is pursuing a degree in dental surgery, won the 65th edition of the annual competition hosted for the third time by the …

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British parliament calls on Trump to reverse “Muslim ban”

MPs (members of the Parliament) in Britain’s House of Commons voted unanimously after an emergency debate Monday to call on U.S. President Donald Trump to repeal his travel ban on Muslims. As a three-hour debate took place at Westminster, thousands of protesters gathered at the gates of Downing Street to reinforce a call on the government to withdraw an invitation …

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Trump sacks defiant attorney general

Donald Trump has fired the acting US attorney general, after she questioned the legality of his immigration ban. Sally Yates, who had been appointed under Barack Obama, earlier ordered justice department lawyers not to enforce the president’s executive order. In a statement, the White House said Ms Yates had “betrayed” the department Dana Boente, US attorney for the Eastern District …

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Over 1 mln people sign petition to halt Trump’s state visit to Britain

A petition calling on the British government to cancel a planned state visit to Britain by U.S. President Donald Trump has been signed by more than a million people. The petition grows by thousands of new signatures every hour, but Downing Street has insisted the visit by the U.S. president will go ahead. British Prime Minister Theresa May’s official spokesperson …

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ECOWAS forces in The Gambia seize weapons from Jammeh’s home

The ECOWAS Mission in The Gambia (ECOMIG) has seized weapons and ammunition from the private home of exiled former President Yahya Jammeh in his hometown in the west of the country. The commander of the joint mission, General François Ndiaye announced the seizure on Monday without specifying the quantity of weapons nor the day they were seized. “All weapons and …

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Australia, U.S. agree to deal exempting Australian citizens from travel ban

Australiandual-nationals will not be affected by U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order blocking visitors from seven Muslim-majority nations, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday. Trump’s executive order placed a 90-day bar on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States, igniting chaotic scenes over the weekend as border and customs officials …

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Silicon Valley puts money and muscle into fighting Trump immigrant curbs

Silicon Valley took the lead over the weekend in corporate resistance to President Donald Trump’s clampdown on immigration, financing legal opposition, criticizing the plan, as well as helping employees ensnared by his executive order. In an industry that has long depended on immigrants and celebrated their contributions – as well as championing liberal causes such as gay rights – there …

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Green card holders will need additional screening – White House

U.S. green card holders will require additional screening before they can return to the United States, the White House said on Saturday. Earlier, a Department of Homeland Security official said people holding green cards, making them legal permanent U.S. residents, were included in President Donald Trump’s executive action temporarily barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. …

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