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Trump to meet NATO leaders in May also criticizes judge for travel ban setback.

US President Donald Trump will meet fellow NATO leaders in May. The White House confirmed the meeting after the President’s call with the alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. In a statement yesterday, the White House said, Trump expressed “strong support for NATO” but called on European members to pitch in more adding that Trump “agreed to join in a meeting of NATO leaders in Europe in late May.It also said the parties agreed to continue close coordination and cooperation to address the full range of security challenges facing NATO.

Seattle judge issues nationwide block over Trump travel ban

A US judge in Seattle has issued a temporary nationwide block on President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven mainly Muslim nations. Federal Judge James Robart ruled against government lawyers' claims that US states did not have the standing to challenge Mr Trump's executive order. Last week's order has led to protests and confusion at US airports. Some 60,000 visas have since been revoked.

White House defends deadly Yemen raid.

The White House has said a raid in Yemen on an al-Qaeda stronghold that likely killed civilians was a "very thought-out process". As many as 23 civilians were killed in the raid on a village in Yakla district on Saturday, including 10 children, rights group Reprieve says.

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US defence chief Mattis says South Korea alliance is 'strong'

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has reassured the leader of South Korea that the alliance between the two nations remains strong. Mr Mattis said the relationship would only be strengthened in the face of threats from North Korea.

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Democrats boycott health and treasury picks.

US Senate Democrats are boycotting confirmation votes for two of President Donald Trump's key cabinet nominees, forcing the votes to be postponed. Senate committees had been expected to approve several candidates, in the second week of Mr Trump's presidency. Democrats said they wanted more information about the financial activities of health nominee Tom Price and treasury pick Stephen Mnuchin.

Kremlin says Putin and Trump could meet before G20 in July.

The Kremlin said today it was too early to talk about any possible deals with the United States over sanctions on Russia, but that President Vladimir Putin could meet U.S. President Donald Trump before the G20 in July.

Putin and Trump spoke by phone on Saturday and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call on Monday the exchange had been a good one. Peskov said that Putin and Trump had not discussed sanctions in their phone call on Saturday, their first conversation since Trump's inauguration.

Indian High Commissioner in Colombo says Sri Lanka continues to be a key part of India’s neighborhood first policy.

Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu has congratulated the Government of Sri Lanka on completion of two years in office stating that Sri Lanka continues to be a key part of India’s “neighbourhood first” policy.

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UK and US 'committed' to Nato

US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May have reaffirmed their commitment to the Nato alliance after White House talks. Mrs May confirmed Mr Trump was "100% behind Nato" despite the president's recent comments calling the transatlantic alliance obsolete.

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Mexico says they will not pay for Trump border wall

Mexico will not pay for Donald Trump's border wall, the country's president has said in a message to the nation. Enrique Pena Nieto said he "lamented" the plans for the barrier, adding that "Mexico doesn't believe in walls".

But he made no mention of cancelling or postponing a trip to Washington on 31 January to meet the new US president. Mr Trump has signed an executive order for an "impassable physical barrier" and has insisted Mexico would reimburse the US for it.(BBC)

Trump orders wall to be built on Mexico border

President Donald Trump has issued an executive order for an "impassable physical barrier" to be built along the US border with Mexico. He also signed an action to strip funds from US cities that are sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants.

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