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'Dumb as a rock': Trump ups war of words with Tillerson

Donald Trump has called Rex Tillerson “dumb as a rock” after the former US secretary of state criticised him in an interview. The president tweeted praise for his current secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, while directing a torrent of abuse toward his predecessor. “Rex Tillerson, didn’t have the mental capacity …

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Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Cardi B among Grammy nominees

Kendrick Lamar and Drake lead the nominations for next year’s Grammy Awards, with seven nods each. Cardi B, Lady Gaga, HER, Maren Morris, Childish Gambino, producer Sounwave and engineer Mike Bozzi all have five nominations each. While male acts dominated the nominations in the main categories last year, five of …

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'We're not your hired gun': Khan's message to Trump

Imran Khan has accused the US of “pushing Pakistan away” despite the country’s help to bring the Afghan Taliban to peace talks. Reflecting on the two nations’ changing relationship, the Pakistani prime minister said his country would no longer want to be “treated like a hired gun”, referring to the …

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Hart steps down as Oscars host over homophobic tweets

Kevin Hart has stepped down as host of the 91st Academy Awards after tweets emerged in which he used homophobic slurs. The decision comes just three days after it was announced he was to present the ceremony. The actor and comedian’s response to the outcry attracted a further backlash, as …

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Former US President George HW Bush laid to rest

Thousands of Americans waved and cheered along the route of the funeral train that carried George HW Bush to his final resting place in Texas. The 41st president was given a home state farewell after a week of national remembrance followed his death on Friday 30 November. Some laid coins …

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Trump picks William Barr as new attorney general

Donald Trump has nominated William Barr as the new US attorney general, a position he previously held under President George HW Bush. If confirmed, Mr Barr will replace Jeff Sessions, who was sacked from the role last month. Mr Sessions recused himself from the investigation into alleged Russian interference in …

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Ex-Fox News anchor to be new US ambassador to the UN

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is set to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations, according to US media reports. She will take over from Nikki Haley who announced her resignation in October. Ms Nauert, a former Fox News anchor, joined the State Department in April 2017. She …

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Emily Blunt and Olivia Colman among Golden Globe nominees

British actors and actresses have delivered a strong showing in the Golden Globe nominees list, which was announced earlier. Emily Blunt was nominated for her work as Mary Poppins, while Olivia Colman was nominated for her role as Queen Anne in historical drama The Favourite. Rachel Weisz was also nominated …

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