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Judge orders Stormy Daniels to reimburse Trump’s legal fees

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Donald Trump denies the allegations made by Stormy Daniels A US judge has ordered porn actress Stormy Daniels to reimburse President Donald Trump’s legal fees after her defamation case was thrown out. Ms Daniels, who says she had sex with Mr Trump in 2006, sued him after he mocked her claim that a stranger had threatened her to keep quiet. On Tuesday, a judge ordered her to pay over $293,052.33 (£234,000) – roughly 75% of Mr Trump’s legal fees. A lawyer for Mr…

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Trump’s environmental rollback rolls on

Image copyright The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images The Trump administration has dealt a double blow to Obama-era environmental policies in an ongoing rollback that has targeted scores of rules. The Department of the Interior unveiled plans to allow oil drilling on millions of acres that have been off-limits to protect the greater sage grouse. And the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it would end rules limiting carbon emissions on new coal plants. The rollback continues despite the US’ own dire warnings about climate change. Interior department documents said…

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Will Opec defy Trump’s call for low oil prices?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Saudi Arabia is said to be leading the call for Opec members to cut production Initially it is difficult see what President Donald Trump and Usman Ahsan, a taxi driver in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, have in common. One is the leader of the US, with an estimated personal fortune of $3.1bn (£2.4bn), the other is struggling to support his wife and eight-month-old daughter. Yet both are this week hoping that the Opec oil producers’ cartel doesn’t decide to cut production in an…

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Trump’s trade war: Stakes are high at G20 summit

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption US President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping are due to meet again this week The stakes are high at this week’s G20 summit, where President Trump is due to meet China’s President Xi Jinping. Hopes that the meeting could open the way for a deal over trade between the two countries have been undermined by recent threats by the US president. Only days before the summit in Argentina, President Trump said current tariff levels on $200bn (£157bn) of Chinese imports would rise…

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Chief Justice Roberts rebukes Trump’s ‘Obama judge’ gibe

Image copyright JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images Image caption This is the first time the US top court’s leader has spoken out against President Trump US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has taken the extraordinary step of rebuking President Donald Trump’s criticism of a federal judge. Mr Trump on Tuesday called a jurist who ruled against his asylum policy an “Obama judge”. The president’s gibe provoked a stern statement from the head of America’s highest court. Mr Trump has defended his comments, saying Chief Justice Roberts is wrong. It is the…

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Cindy McCain: I’ll never get over Trump’s war hero slur on husband

Cindy McCain, the widow of US Senator John McCain, tells the BBC she may never get over President Trump once saying her husband was not a war hero because he was a prisoner of war. She also told the BBC’s Yalda Hakim she believes her husband was the conscience of the Senate and the US. And she said being married to the former US Republican presidential contender was like having a seat on the front row of history. Produced by Mat Morrison, filmed by Peter Murtaugh and Sam Beattie Source…

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News Daily: May’s Brexit dash and Trump’s Saudi ‘shrug’

If you want to get this briefing by email, sign up here Last-minute fisticuffs? Image copyright Reuters Theresa May dashes off to Brussels later for a meeting with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. For a Kodak moment, as BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg puts it. So what’s really going on? On the face of it, the two sides are scrambling to iron out the final kinks in the draft Brexit agreement. And indeed, stumbling blocks do remain over issues like Gibraltar and fishing. Some of those unhappy in Westminster also…

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US migrant caravan: Trump’s asylum ban halted by judge

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTrump and the facts about the migrant caravan A US federal judge has blocked an order issued by President Trump to deny asylum to migrants crossing the southern US border illegally. US District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco issued the temporary restraining order after hearing arguments by civil rights groups. Mr Trump signed the order earlier this month in response to the migrant caravan moving towards the border. He cited national interest concerns but was opposed by civil rights groups. They…

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Trump’s attack on Macron lacked ‘common decency’, France says

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Macron and Mr Trump had appeared to smooth over their differences at the weekend US President Donald Trump’s tweets mocking his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron were inappropriate and showed a lack of “common decency”, France says. On Tuesday, Mr Trump attacked Mr Macron over nationalism, plans for a European army and the French leader’s ratings. “We were marking the murder of 130 of our people,” French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said, referring to the 2015 Paris attacks. It follows Mr Trump’s awkward Armistice…

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Mid-term elections 2018: Trump’s Republicans hold on to Senate

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch live: BBC News US mid-term elections special President Donald Trump’s Republicans are projected to retain control of the US Senate in the mid-term elections. But Democrats are on course to win the House of Representatives, which would deal a blow to the president’s agenda. Republicans held on to the upper chamber with key victories in Indiana, Texas and North Dakota. Mr Trump is not up for re-election until 2020, but Tuesday’s vote was seen as a referendum on a polarising president.…

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