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 Bannon resigns as White House chief strategist
Bannon resigns as White House chief strategist

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the departure, effective today, was "mutually agreed" to by Bannon and Chief of Staff John Kelly.

"We are grateful for his service and wish him the best," Sanders added in a statement to ABC News.

A source close to Trump told ABC News it was ultimately the president's decision to dismiss Bannon. The message was delivered this morning from Kelly, who was with the president at his g...

August 18, 2017

 Republican senator calls for 'radical changes' from the White House
Republican senator calls for 'radical changes' from the White House

"The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate that he needs to be successful," Corker said Thursday to group of reporters after an event in his home state.

Corker called for "radical changes" from the White House, delivering a pointed critique of Trump for his lack of discipline in handling a national crisis.

Corker, a conservative, excoriated Trump fo...

August 18, 2017

 3 representatives want to officially censure Trump after Charlottesville
3 representatives want to officially censure Trump after Charlottesville

In response to Donald Trump’s controversial remarks about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, three Democrats want to censure the president.

The draft resolution from the small group of Democrats cites specific actions the representatives believe merit censure:

A censure in the context of the United States government is an official statement of disapproval or condemnation toward a public official, including cabinet memb...

August 18, 2017

 Bannon resigns as White House chief strategist
Bannon resigns as White House chief strategist

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the departure, effective today, was "mutually agreed" to by Bannon and Chief of Staff John Kelly.

"We are grateful for his service and wish him the best," Sanders added in a statement to ABC News.

A source close to Trump told ABC News it was ultimately the president's decision to dismiss Bannon. The message was delivered this morning from Kelly, who was with the president at his g...

August 18, 2017

May: UK could replace EU peace funding for NI
May: UK could replace EU peace funding for NI

The PM tells nationalists in Northern Ireland the UK will not turn its back on its "unique and special relationship" with Ireland.

Britain will consider replacing some European Union funding for peace projects in Northern Ireland after Brexit, Theresa May has said.

The EU has provided billions of euros of aid for the province since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement ended decades of violence, known as the Troubles, between Irish nation...

August 17, 2017

Scottish parliament hack 'could last days'
Scottish parliament hack 'could last days'

Users have been told they may be locked out of email accounts after hackers waged a "brute force" cyberattack to crack passwords.

A cyberattack on the Scottish parliament's IT systems could last several days, officials have warned.

MSPs and staff were told some may be locked out of their email accounts after hackers launched a "brute force" cyberattack to crack passwords early on Tuesday.

Parliament chief executive Sir Paul G...

August 17, 2017

Irish border: Will Brexit undermine unionism?
Irish border: Will Brexit undermine unionism?

Complex questions surrounding how Brexit will work in Ireland risk undermining the need for a border - and the union itself.

After decades of trying to remove the border from Irish politics, Brexit has placed it slap bang at the top the political agenda again.

And it is unionism which, somewhat ironically, has placed it there.

Northern Ireland voted to stay in the European Union, but 44% voted to leave. Most of them were unio...

August 17, 2017

Govt wants no physical changes to Irish border
Govt wants no physical changes to Irish border

The Whitehall paper rejects the idea of a customs border in the Irish Sea as "not constitutionally or economically viable".

No border posts or physical monitoring should be installed at the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, the Government said as it unveiled plans for one of the most contentious Brexit issues.

The Whitehall paper has effectively recommended no changes to the current arrangements.

Th...

August 17, 2017

May criticises Trump's protest response
May criticises Trump's protest response

The PM hits out at Donald Trump for not singling out white supremacists for criticism after deadly unrest in Virginia.

Theresa May has criticised Donald Trump for comments he made on Tuesday regarding the Charlottesville protest, saying there is "no equivalence" between fascists and their opponents.

Mrs May told reporters on Wednesday: "I see no equivalence between those who profound fascists views and those who oppose them.

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August 17, 2017

Big Ben bong ding dong: Silence reconsidered
Big Ben bong ding dong: Silence reconsidered

The famous bongs are due to fall quiet until 2021, but this may change after the Prime Minister chimed in and called for a review.

Parliamentary officials are going to take soundings over how long Big Ben's bongs should be silenced during renovations.

The announcement came after a "number of MPs" chimed in to say they disapprove of plans to stop the Great Bell as restoration work takes place.

Prime Minister Theresa May had al...

August 17, 2017

Next phase of Brexit talks 'likely delayed'
Next phase of Brexit talks 'likely delayed'

Sky sources say the next phase of Brexit talks is now expected to be in December as London waits for the new German government.

Cabinet ministers involved in the Brexit negotiations are privately indicating that the next phase of talks may not happen until Christmas.

This "sufficient progress" on phase-one negotiations on money, citizens and Ireland had been pencilled in for October, but looks increasingly likely to be delayed unti...

August 17, 2017

Govt funds controversial facial recognition tech
Govt funds controversial facial recognition tech

Civil liberties groups warn that there is "no law" and "no oversight" over police use of facial recognition technology.

The Home Office plans to invest more in facial recognition technology for the police despite warnings that it could be illegal and concerns over surveillance.

A number of police forces already use the technology to automatically identify people from social media images and CCTV recordings.

Its use has been c...

August 17, 2017

Minister backs Labour MP over rape column
Minister backs Labour MP over rape column

Sarah Champion quit the shadow cabinet after claiming Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping white girls.

A Cabinet minister has said there must be an "honest open debate" about child abuse, after a Labour frontbencher quit for saying Britain has "a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls".

Ms Champion wrote: "Britain has a problem with British-Pakistani men raping and exploiting white ...

August 17, 2017

PM not drawn on Brexit talks delay claim
PM not drawn on Brexit talks delay claim

Theresa May admits there is "a lot to be done", as she refuses to be drawn on reports the next phase of talks could be delayed.

Theresa May has said there is still "a lot to be done" in Brexit negotiations - and did not deny suggestions the next phase of the talks could be delayed.

Sky sources have suggested the challenge and timing of agreeing a new German government after federal elections at the end of September could affect the...

August 17, 2017

 Trump lawyer forwards email praising Robert E. Lee as a 'great man'
Trump lawyer forwards email praising Robert E. Lee as a 'great man'

The email, first reported by the New York Times, was not written by Dowd -- but contained arguments promoting pro-Confederate propaganda. The email was sent to Dowd shortly after the president’s contentious press conference on Tuesday. Dowd later forwarded the email.

"The following information and argument President Trump should put forth concerning Charlottesville and General Robert E. Lee," wrote Jerome Almon, the author of the emai...

August 17, 2017

 Trump's military options in Afghanistan
Trump's military options in Afghanistan

President Trump on Friday will huddle with his national security team at Camp David in Maryland to discuss the country's strategy in Afghanistan.

The president is being presented with a variety of options, including withdrawing all American troops or adding 3,900 more to the current 8,400 total.

Here is a look at the options being considered by the Trump administration for what is now being called the South Asia strategy.

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August 17, 2017

 Trump praises North Korea's 'wise' decision to back off Guam missile threat
Trump praises North Korea's 'wise' decision to back off Guam missile threat

Kim Jong Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision. The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!

According to North Korean state news agency KCNA, Kim was briefed on his country's plan to launch a missile toward Guam, the Pacific island that is home to several U.S. military bases.

Kim appeared to put the threat on pause in the KCNA report.

"Dear Supreme Leader will watch such st...

August 17, 2017

 Special counsel's Russia probe loses top FBI investigator
Special counsel's Russia probe loses top FBI investigator

It's unclear why Strzok stepped away from Mueller's team of nearly two dozen lawyers, investigators and administrative staff. Strzok, who has spent much of his law enforcement career working counterintelligence cases and has been unanimously praised by government officials who spoke with ABC News, is now working for the FBI's human resources division.

He is no stranger to complex and controversial investigations.

As chief of t...

August 17, 2017

 Before questioning statue removal, Trump supported taking down Confederate flag
Before questioning statue removal, Trump supported taking down Confederate flag

“I would take it down, yes,” said Trump in June 2015 at his first news conference following the declaration of his presidential candidacy. “I think they should put it in the museum... respect whatever it is you have to respect because it was a point in time.”

The long-running debate over whether the Confederate flag should be flown over the South Carolina State House arose again after nine people were fatally shot in the historically ...

August 17, 2017

 Pence ducks questions about Trump's controversial Charlottesville remarks
Pence ducks questions about Trump's controversial Charlottesville remarks

Pence did not directly answer questions about whether he agrees with Trump’s comments that there were “very fine people on both sides” of the clashes in Charlottesville between white supremacists and counter-protesters.

“I spoke at length about this heartbreaking situation on Sunday night in Colombia,” Pence said in the midst of his trip through South America. “I stand with the president, and I stand by those words.

“These dan...

August 17, 2017