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Kim Jong-nam death: Malaysia and N Korea in tit-for-tat exit bans.


North Korea and Malaysia have banned each other's citizens from leaving their countries, in a growing row over the killing of Kim Jong-nam. The extraordinary tit-for-tat actions come amid North Korean fury at Malaysia's ongoing investigation into his death at a Kuala Lumpur airport.

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Trump signs new travel ban directive.

President Donald Trump has signed a new executive order placing a 90-day ban on people from six mainly Muslim nations. Iraq - which was covered in the previous seven-nation order - has been removed from the new one after agreeing to additional visa vetting measures.

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Kim Jong-nam killing: N Korea expels Malaysian ambassador.


North Korea is to expel Malaysia's ambassador, amid a growing row over the death of Kim Jong-nam. State media said the Malaysian envoy would leave within 48 hours. Malaysia has already expelled North Korea's ambassador, after he said North Korea could not trust Malaysia's inquiry into Mr Kim's death.

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Mosul IS offensive: Iraqi forces capture second bridge over Tigris

Iraqi government forces have captured Mosul's al-Hurriya  Bridge over the River Tigris, Iraqi military and Kurdish sources say. It is the second of five bridges to be recaptured since the operation to retake the city from so-called Islamic State began in October.

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Syrian forces 'completely retake' IS-held town Palmyra.

Syrian government forces and their Russian backers have completely recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from so-called Islamic State militants, the two allies say. The army and other pro-government forces were reported to have entered deep into the city after IS pulled out. It ends the second occupation of Palmyra by the jihadists. The first time they controlled the area, the militants destroyed some of its most celebrated monuments.

Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions under fire over Russia meetings

Attorney General Jeff Sessions met Russia's ambassador during the election despite telling his confirmation he had "no communications with the Russians". The justice department confirmed he met Sergei Kislyak in July and September last year as part of his role on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Mr Sessions said on Thursday he did not meet "with any Russians at any time to discuss any political campaign".

Earliest evidence of life on Earth 'found'

Scientists have discovered what they say could be fossils of some of the earliest living organisms on Earth. They are represented by tiny filaments, knobs and tubes in Canadian rocks dated to be up to 4.28 billion years old.

That is a time not long after the planet's formation and hundreds of millions of years before what is currently accepted as evidence for the most ancient life yet found on Earth. The researchers report their investigation in the journal Nature.

Trump promises 'renewal of American spirit' in speech to Congress

President Donald Trump has promised a "renewal of the American spirit", in his first speech to Congress. The president said a "new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly within our grasp", opening a "new chapter of American greatness". Mr Trump condemned recent vandalism of Jewish cemeteries and a hate crime in Kansas that left an Indian man dead. His primetime address aimed to boost his low approval ratings after a bumpy start to his presidency.

Russia and China veto sanctions on Syria

Russia and China have vetoed a UN resolution to impose sanctions on Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons. It is the seventh time Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution to protect the Syrian government. China has also vetoed six security council resolutions on Syria since the civil war began in 2011. Syria agreed to destroy its chemical weapons in 2013 under an agreement negotiated between Russia and the US. (BBC)

Trump lays out hike in military spending.

US President Donald Trump is seeking to boost defence spending by 10 percent in his proposed budget plan for 2018. The blueprint will increase defence spending by 54 billion dollars but seeks to recoup that sum through deep cuts elsewhere, including to foreign aid. Mr Trump's plan leaves large welfare programmes untouched, despite Republican calls for reform. The president has consulted government agencies about his plans and will present his budget to Congress in May.

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