US election polls: Joe Biden opens up sizable lead over 2020 Democrat rivals despite claims of unwanted touching

Joe Biden has established a sizable lead in polls of Democratic presidential contenders despite allegations of unwanted physical contact with women.The former vice president had the support of 32 per cent of voters, according to a Morning Consult survey.He was nine points ahead of Bernie Sanders, who had 23 per cent of support.It was the first national poll conducted after several women came forwards to accuse the 76-year-old Democrat of unwanted touching.In response, Mr Biden pledged in a video to be “more mindful” of respecting “personal space”.Mr Biden has said he has “95 per cent” decided to run for the White…

Trump told border agents to break the law but bosses told them to ignore him, report claims

Donald Trump reportedly encouraged agents working at the US-Mexico border to deny asylum seekers entry, an action which would have violated US law.The president first discussed the idea during an Oval Office meeting on 21 March with senior administration officials.Those present included Kirstjen Nielsen, who was then secretary for Homeland Security and Pat Cipollone, the White House counsel, according to CNN.Mercedes Schlapp and Dan Scavino, the president’s advisers, were also present, as was Jared Kushner, Mr Trump’s son-in-law.Ms Nielsen told the president that barring asylum seekers from the US was against the law.The official discussed the issue with Mr Cipollone, who…

US designates Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorist organization

The United States on Monday designated Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization, ramping up already far-reaching efforts to undermine the clerical government in Tehran — which swiftly retaliated by calling US troops terrorists. It is the first time that Washington has branded part of a foreign government a terrorist group, meaning that anyone who deals with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps could face prison in the United States. “This action will significantly expand the scope and scale of our maximum pressure on the Iranian regime,” Trump said in a statement….

Libya fighting escalates as Khalifa Haftar's forces bomb Tripoli airport

Fighting for control of the Libyan capital escalated dramatically on Monday when rebel forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar carried out an airstrike on city's only operating airport.  The attack came amid reports that the internationally recognised government of National Accord led by Fayyez al-Sarraj had begun conscripting migrants held in detention centres to fight against Gen Haftar's troops. At least one jet was seen firing rockets at the Mitiga airport in northern Tripoli on Monday afternoon. The airport said it would be closed for the foreseeable future. No casualties were reported. At least 2,800 people have been displaced since Gen Haftar’s…

In unprecedented move, U.S. names Iran's Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group

The action by Trump, who has taken a hard line toward Iran by withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and re-imposing broad economic sanctions, marks the first time the United States has formally labeled another nation’s military a terrorist group. The U.S. step, which takes effect on April 15, prompted an immediate response from Iran, whose Supreme National Security Council in turn designated U.S. military forces as a “terrorist organization,” Iranian state-run TV reported. “The U.S. military bases and their military forces in the region will be considered terrorist bases and terrorist forces that will be dealt with and confronted…

Erdogan casts doubt on Istanbul vote, hints at possible re-run

Erdogan’s comments, his strongest challenge yet to the election process in Turkey’s largest city, briefly drove the lira down and also weighed on Turkish stocks. Erdogan’s AK Party has already lost the mayoralty in the capital Ankara to the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), and is has appealed several stages of the count in Istanbul which showed a narrow CHP victory. Erdogan himself rose to prominence as Istanbul mayor in the 1990s before emerging as national leader….

US tourist, guide, kidnapped in Uganda freed after ransom paid: safari firm

A US tourist and a safari guide kidnapped by gunmen in a Ugandan national park have been recovered safe and sound after a ransom was paid for their release, a safari firm said on Sunday. The pair were hauled from their safari vehicle by four gunmen around dusk on Tuesday as they drove through the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Mike Walker, manager of Wild Frontiers Safaris, said US tourist Kimberly Endicott and experienced guide Jean-Paul Mirenge, were “back safe”….

US labels elite Iran force a foreign terrorist organization

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Monday designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a foreign terrorist organization, an unprecedented declaration against a foreign government that may prompt retaliation and make it harder for American diplomats and military officers to work with allies in the region….

Trump takes ‘unprecedented’ action against Iran

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced on Monday that it would officially designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization. “The Iranian regime is the leading state sponsor of terror….

Trump attacks Muslim congresswoman Ilhan Omar hours after death threats against her revealed

Donald Trump attacked one of the first Muslim women to serve in the US Congress, hours after it emerged that death threat had been made against her. Mr Trump claimed Ilhan Omar did not like Israel at a Republican Jewish Coalition event in Las Vegas. “Special thanks to Representative Omar of Minnesota,” he said. “Oh, I forgot. She doesn’t like Israel. I forgot. I’m so sorry.”His comments came hours after it emerged that a New York man, who said he “loved” the US president was charged with threatening to kill the Minnesota Democrat. Patrick Carlineo Jr was arrested after placing a…

Women accusing Joe Biden of inappropriate contact ‘support other candidates,’ Democratic senator says

Joe Biden has become arguably the most popular — and controversial — 2020 Democratic candidate who has yet to officially launch their campaign for the White House. The former vice president has garnered national headlines after numerous women described feeling uncomfortable with his physical greetings and other exchanges from over the years, including former Nevada Democratic lawmaker Lucy Flores, who recently wrote about her “awkward” experience with Mr Biden in The Cut. But not everyone is apparently buying the accusations of inappropriate contact levelled against him. Christopher Coons, a Delaware Democrat, said during an interview on Monday: “There are folks who,…

Kirstjen Nielsen: Trump 'berated homeland security secretary' early in the morning and demanded illegal actions, report claims

Kirstjen Nielsen, the US homeland security secretary who helped enforce President Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policies, has resigned amid claims of a contentious working relationship with the US leader. According to The New York Times, Ms Nielson has had a rough ride since she took the job in December 2017 and was "regularly berated" by Trump, who is said to have demanded that she take a more aggressive approach to tighten immigration.During her tenure, Ms Nielsen became the face of the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration policy, under which anyone who crossed America’s border illegally was referred to the Justice Department for prosecution.She…

AP Explains: Long reach of Iran's Revolutionary Guard

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard, designated a "foreign terrorist organization" by the Trump administration on Monday, evolved from a paramilitary, domestic security force with origins in the 1979 Islamic Revolution to a transnational force that has come to the aid of Tehran's allies in the Mideast, from Syria and Lebanon to Iraq….

Prosecutor In Foxx’s Office Slams Her Handling of Smollett Case: ‘An International Laughingstock’

An anonymous attorney in the Cook County prosecutor's office lambasted state attorney Kim Foxx over her handling of the high profile Jussie Smollett case, and the tendency of her and her allies to resort to accusations of racism when criticized, in an a letter provided to CWB Chicago on Monday.Foxx's office dropped all charges against Smollett last month after he was indicted by a grand jury for allegedly staging a bigoted and politically-motivated hate crime against himself with the help of two friends who were paid for their services. Citing his record of community service and the technically victimless nature of his alleged…

Turkey slams Netanyahu's 'irresponsible' remarks on settlements

Turkey on Sunday condemned what it called Benjamin Netanyahu’s “irresponsible” remarks after the Israeli leader said he planned to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank if he wins upcoming elections. “West Bank is Palestinian territory occupied by Israel in violation of int’l law,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Twitter. Netanyahu’s comments on Saturday came just days before the closely fought polls on Tuesday and was widely seen as an appeal to rightwing voters, who do not believe in the feasibility of a peace agreement with the Palestinians….

Top aide says Democrats will 'never' see Trump tax returns

A formal request from a Democratic committee chairman to see six years of Donald Trump’s tax returns was forcibly rejected Sunday by a top presidential aide, who said Democrats would “never” see the documents. Trump is the first US president since Richard Nixon to refuse to divulge his tax information….