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Trump ex-lawyer Michael Cohen’s help with Russia probe revealed

President Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer has given substantial help on how Russian nationals tried to affect the 2016 election, a legal memo has revealed.

Michael Cohen’s help is detailed in the memo from Robert Mueller, who is heading the probe into alleged Russian collusion with the Trump team.

The memo is mainly to guide sentencing for crimes Cohen has admitted.

How Trump feud with ‘dumb as a rock’ Tillerson erupted

On Thursday night, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a rare public appearance that he had to repeatedly tell Donald Trump that some of the things the president wanted to do were impossible because they were against the law or violated a treaty.

“I’d say here’s what we can do,” the former Exxon CEO said in a Houston speech. “We can go back to Congress and get this law changed. And if that’s what you want to do, there’s nothing wrong with that.”

Syria war: US and UK say alleged rebel chemical attack ‘fabricated’

The US and the UK have accused the Syrian government and its Russian allies of fabricating a story accusing rebel fighters of a chemical attack.

The US state department said the purpose was to “undermine confidence” in the ceasefire in Idlib province.

Syria and Russia said shells carrying chlorine gas injured about 100 people in the government-held city of Aleppo last month.

Trump picks Heather Nauert as new US envoy to UN

US President Donald Trump has picked state department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be America’s new UN ambassador.

The president also nominated William Barr as the new attorney general.

Ms Nauert, a former Fox News presenter, was made state department spokeswoman in April 2017, her first government position.

William Barr nominated by Donald Trump to be US attorney general

President Donald Trump has nominated William Barr to be the new attorney general, a post he held in the 1990s.

By replacing Jeff Sessions, who was fired by Mr Trump last month, the 68-year-old will take charge of the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.

US media report he has been critical of some aspects of that inquiry.

Huawei arrest: Justin Trudeau denies political motivation

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government had no involvement in the arrest of a top executive from Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.

Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer and the daughter of its founder, was detained at Vancouver airport on a US extradition request.

China has demanded her release, calling the arrest a human rights violation

Rescue mission in Japan after ‘mishap’ involving two Marine aircraft

A search and rescue operation is under way in Japan after an incident involving two US Marine Corps aircraft.

The planes involved are a KC-130 and an F/A-18 based at Iwakuni near Hiroshima and were carrying seven personnel, Marines officials said.

One survivor has been rescued by Japanese search teams but the six others remain missing.

US reopens diplomatic mission in Somalia after 28-year closure

The US has established its first diplomatic presence in Somalia for nearly 30 years.

The state department said the “historic event” reflected the progress the east African nation had made.

Ambassador Donald Yamamoto is heading the embassy in Mogadishu. Previously it had been based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Carla Stefaniak: Father confirms US tourist’s death in Costa Rica

The father of missing US tourist Carla Stefaniak has confirmed that a body found near a Costa Rica Airbnb is that of his daughter.

Her family confirmed the identification in a Facebook post, saying words could not express their devastation.

Ms Stefaniak disappeared on 28 November during a trip to celebrate her 36th birthday.

Mueller investigation: No jail time sought for Trump ex-adviser Michael Flynn

The special counsel investigating alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 US election will not be pursuing a jail sentence for former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Mr Flynn has admitted lying to the FBI.

But in a memo, Robert Mueller said Mr Flynn had provided “substantial” details about links between the Trump election team and Russian officials.

Russia will build missiles if US leaves treaty, Putin warns

Russia will develop missiles banned under a Cold War agreement if the US exits the pact, President Vladimir Putin has warned.

His comments follow Nato’s accusation on Tuesday that Russia has already broken the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

Khashoggi murder: CIA chief Haspel ‘to brief Congress’

The head of the CIA will now brief Congress on Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, US media say.

Gina Haspel is reportedly talk to Senate leaders leaders on Tuesday.

She was absent from last week’s briefing by the secretaries of state and defence, angering some in Congress.

George HW Bush’s service dog Sully pays touching last tribute

The golden labrador who worked as a service dog for President George HW Bush has been pictured resting beside his coffin, in a moving tribute.

Mr Bush, who served as the 41st US president between 1989 and 1993, died late on Friday at the age of 94.

Sully the dog will be travelling with the casket on the flight from Texas to Washington DC on Monday.

IS hostage murderer Abu al-Umarayn killed in US air strike

Islamic State (IS) militant Abu al-Umarayn, who murdered several Western aid workers, has been killed in an air strike in Syria, the US says.

Coalition forces conducted “precision strikes” on Sunday against IS leaders in south-east Syria, including Umarayn, the US military said.

The militant was believed to be responsible for beheading US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig in November 2014.

No hate crime charge for ‘kill a Mexican’ attack in Utah

A legal loophole means a Utah man who allegedly battered a Latino father and son while shouting “I’m here to kill a Mexican” cannot be charged with a hate crime, say officials.

Alan Dale Covington, 50, is accused of brutally beating Jose Lopez, 51, and his son Luis, 18, with a metal bar.

Federal hate crime laws exist, but in Utah only non-serious assaults can be classified as hate crimes.

George Bush Senior dies at the age of 94

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Former US President George HW Bush has died at the age of 94, his son George W Bush has announced.

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