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Trump 'evaluating' embattled aide Flynn.


The White House says President Donald Trump is "evaluating the situation" regarding his national security adviser's contact with a Russian envoy. Michael Flynn came under scrutiny amid reports he spoke to the Russian ambassador to the US about sanctions before Donald Trump's inauguration.

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Oroville Dam risk: Thousands ordered to evacuate homes

More than 180,000 people in northern California have been told to evacuate their homes after both overflow channels at the tallest dam in the US were found to be damaged.

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Seven killed in militant battle in India's Kashmir

Four militants and two Indian soldiers were among seven people killed in a gun battle in Kashmir, the latest sign of increasing tension in the Himalayan region disputed by nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan. Militants opened fire on army troops in the village of Prisal south of Srinagar, the summer capital of India's state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Nearly 100 bushfires raging in Australia's New South Wales state

Rural areas of Australia's New South Wales state have been evacuated as wildfires rage across the state, threatening homes and closing roads.

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Tamil Nadu government still undecided on the Chief Ministership

The wait for Chief Ministership in Tamil Nadu prolonged with Governor Vidyasagar Rao still undecided on the issue as the feud in the ruling AIADMK escalated yesterday with V K Sasikala sacking party presidium chairman E Madusudanan.

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Court refuses to reinstate Trump travel ban.

A US appeals court has rejected a bid to reinstate President Donald Trump's ban on visitors from seven mainly Muslim countries. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals said it would not block a lower-court ruling that brought the president's executive order to a halt. Mr Trump made the order because he said national security was at risk. But in its ruling, the court said there was insufficient evidence of a terror threat from these countries.

Flamanville reactor blast: No nuclear risk, say officials

An explosion and fire have occurred at the Flamanville nuclear plant on France's northern coast but there was no nuclear risk. Five people reported feeling unwell but none were seriously injured. Flamanville has two nuclear reactors. A third one under construction is the model for a new reactor in the UK. The cause of the blast was not immediately known.

Kenyan closure of Dadaab refugee camp blocked by high court

The High Court in Kenya has blocked the government's bid to close the largest refugee camp in the world. A directive to shut the Dadaab camp and forcibly repatriate about 260,000 Somali refugees living there was issued last year. The deadline for its closure had been extended until May, but a high court judge ruled the decision was tantamount to an act of group persecution. The government had argued it was an issue of security.

Supreme Court pick says Trump attack on judges 'demoralizing'

Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court has described the president's attacks on the judiciary as "demoralizing" and "disheartening". Neil Gorsuch's comments were made to a Democratic senator and confirmed by his spokesman.

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The US Ambassador says Sri Lanka has the potential to become the next Asian Economic Giant.

Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Ambassador Bruce Wharton says the United States will continue to stand with Sri Lanka as a friend and partner.

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