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Trump's 'trade war' sparks confusion in White House with possibility some countries will be exempt from new steel tariffs

Trump administration officials sent mixed signals on whether some countries could be exempt from new US tariffs on imported steel and aluminium. In an interview with Fox, Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Director Peter Navarro said the President would not give some countries different treatment in applying the newly announced levies of 10 […]

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Vladimir Putin says Russians accused of hacking US election 'do not represent' the country

Vladimir Putin has denied his government had any connection to Russian nationals charged with interfering in the US election. As part of his investigation into potential Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential contest, Special Counsel Robert Mueller last month charged 13 Russian nationals and three organisations in connection with what an indictment described as […]

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Hope Hicks: Outgoing White House communications director 'refused to testify on whole areas' to intelligence committee

Outgoing White House communications director Hope Hicks was said to have been evasive during her long interview with the House Intelligence Committee – the same interview during which she said she occasionally told “white lies” on behalf of President Donald Trump. The ranking Democrat on the panel, Representative Adam Schiff, said Ms Hicks wouldn’t […]

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California officials order mandatory evacuations as rain threatens another round of mudslides

Officials in weather-battered southern California have issued mandatory evacuation orders affecting thousands of people as a rainstorm threatened to unleash mudslides. “This is a challenging storm,” Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said at a press conference. “Please know we do not take evacuations lightly,” he added. “We are issuing this mandatory evacuation order […]

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US accuses Russia of violating nuclear weapons treaty after Putin boasts of 'unstoppable' missile

The US has accused Russia of breaking its treaty obligations after President Vladimir Putin announced a new array of “invincible” nuclear weapons. The US military stands ready to protect the nation, spokeswomen for the State Department and Pentagon asserted as they faced questions about Mr Putin’s declaration that “no anti-missile system – even in […]