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Past articles by Lily:

'Don't be a tough guy, don't be a fool!': Trump's threatening letter to Erdogan released

Donald Trump warned Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan not to be "a tough guy" on the day his forces crossed the border into Syria. "History will look upon you favourably if you get this done the right and humane way," the US president wrote in a letter, released by the White House, which was later forced to confirm that it was not a hoax. "It will look upon you forever → Read More

US weather: 'Bomb cyclone' expected to lash northeast with fierce winds and rain

A potential bomb cyclone is expected to hit the Northeast of the US Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Boston. New York City, Boston, and Maine will be affected, among other New England locations. It follows last week’s storm in the same area, which brought strong winds to beach’s along the East Coast. → Read More

Trump news – live: Pelosi decides not to call impeachment vote, as Democratic candidates go head-to head in crunch debate

Democrats are sparring in the largest presidential primary debate in American history for the chance to take on Donald Trump in the 2020 elections. The debate is the first since an impeachment inquiry was launched in Congress against the president. → Read More

Trump Jr mocks Hunter Biden for admitting he got jobs because his father was vice-president

Donald Trump Jr has been mocked for sending out a tweet about Joe Biden’s son Hunter using his father’s status for personal gain. “Dumpster fire at Biden HQ!” the tweet began. “‘It is impossible for me to be on any of the boards I just mentioned without saying that I’m the son of the vice president of the US. I don’t think that there’s a lot of things that would have happen → Read More

Candidates spar in crucial Democratic debate for first time since impeachment inquiry

Twelve Democrats hoping to take on Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election will appear onstage tonight for the largest primary debate in American history -- just as the candidates are finally taking off their gloves. → Read More

Mike Bloomberg: Billionaire 'to enter Democratic race for president' if Joe Biden drops out

Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire and former mayor of New York, is considering running for president if Joe Biden drops out, according to sources familiar with his thinking. → Read More

California bans private prisons and migrant detention centres

California's governor has signed into law a statewide ban on private prisons and federal immigration detentions centres. → Read More

Payment giants back out of Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency, following PayPal

Mastercard, Visa, and eBay have all pulled out of Libra, Facebook’s increasingly embattled cryptocurrency project. The major financial institutions follow PayPal in withdrawing from the Libra Association. The payments firms Mercado Pago and Stripe have also pulled out, leaving the project with only one of six payments-related firms who were originally involved. → Read More

Brooklyn shooting: Four dead and three injured in attack at 'social club'

New York City police say four people were killed in a shooting in Brooklyn. Three others have been injured. An NYPD spokesman says police responded to call at 7am on Saturday in the Crown Heights neighbourhood of Brooklyn, at an address corresponding with a "social club." Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said they found four men dead at the scene. → Read More

Trump will not comply with impeachment probe until House vote, White House letter says

The White House has refused to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. Declaring the probe ”constitutionally invalid”, the defiant eight-page letter to Democratic leaders accuses them of violating the US constitution and civil liberties. It says they are attempting to overturn the results of the 2016 elections and “influence” the results of next year’s → Read More

Trump's plan to withdraw from Open Skies treaty 'would only benefit Russia'

The Trump administration’s reported plans to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty, which permits signatory nations to conduct unarmed surveillance flights over each other's territory, is being widely criticised as another pro-Russia move. → Read More

Justin Trudeau attacked by conservative opponent during debate for wearing blackface

Justin Trudeau was attacked by his conservative opponent Andrew Scheer for the Canadian prime minister’s long history of wearing blackface. The two leaders squared off at Monday night’s federal leaders’ debate, during which Canada’s six prime ministerial candidates shared their plans for the country’s future ahead of the 21 October election. → Read More

White House says it will not co-operate with impeachment inquiry after blocking ambassador from testifying to Congress

Donald Trump’s ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, has been blocked from testifying before Congress about his role in the Ukraine scandal, the president calling the impeachment inquiry a “kangaroo court” as he frustrates its bid to examine the damning text messages Mr Sondland exchanged with another envoy, Kurt Volker. → Read More

Former president Jimmy Carter sports black eye after falling at home

Former US president Jimmy Carter gave himself a black eye when he fell over at his Georgia home. The 95-year-old, who is the oldest president in US history, said he had to go to the hospital and get 14 stitches. The nasty injury did not prevent him from attending a concert for Habitat for Humanity volunteers in Nashville, Tennessee. The organisation builds homes using → Read More

Woman shot after bouncing dog triggers loaded gun

A puppy accidentally caused a loaded gun to fire the bullet that hit her, a woman has claimed. Tina Springer said the yellow Labrador was bouncing around the back seat of the car where the handgun was stored by driver Brent Parks, a 79-year-old cancer patient who she cares for. As they stopped to wait for a train in the their hometown of Enid, Arizona, the gun went off and → Read More

Homeland Security secretary booed off stage at university by pro-immigration activists

Acting Homeland Security secretary Kevin McAleenan abruptly abandoned a speech at a university after he was shouted down by protesters. Speaking at a conference hosted by the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute at Georgetown Law in Washington DC, Mr McAleenan had barely begun his speech when pro-immigration activists appeared. They held signs that read “Hate is not normal”, → Read More

Interruption at AOC town hall revealed to be a pro-Trump stunt

An outlandish interruption at a town hall event for representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s constituents was revealed to be the work of a pro-Trump conspiracy theory group. → Read More

First abortion case for Trump's Supreme Court to be heard next year

The Supreme Court will hear its first abortion case since Donald Trump installed two justices who are both expected to vote in an anti-abortion way. The court agreed Friday to hear a case concerning a Louisiana law that would leave the state with only one doctor authorised to perform abortions. The case is expected to be heard in June of 2020. → Read More

'We’re looking at near raw bribery': Trump hotel taking bookings from foreign officials who never stay in rooms, investigation told

Groups attempting to court Donald Trump have booked rooms at his hotels without staying in them, effectively paying for good favour, it has been claimed. In a previously unreported aspect of the House Oversight Committee's far-reaching investigation, members are looking into the issue after receiving information that a trader association and a foreign government had booked a → Read More

Bob Woodward faces backlash after disastrous Me Too-focused event

Veteran journalist Bob Woodward is facing harsh criticism after moderating an event with Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the New York Times reporters who broke the Harvey Weinstein story that ushered in the Me Too movement. → Read More