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Trump says not to worry about his phone calls. But they're just the start of how he's shifting foreign affairs

President Trump tried Thursday to shrug off worries over reports of combative phone calls with stalwart allies, telling Americans, "Don't worry about it." But his reassurances only underscored concerns about whether his freewheeling efforts to reorder decades of U.S. foreign policy in two weeks …

Foreign Policy

Trump defends chaotic foreign policy: 'We're going to straighten it out, OK?'

US president describes a world ‘in trouble’ in speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, amid a growing number of disputes with foreign leaders<p>Donald Trump defended his unpredictable approach to foreign policy, which has shaken the political establishment and roiled activists across the country, …

Donald Trump

How corporate dark money is taking power on both sides of the Atlantic | George Monbiot

A secretive network of business lobbyists has long held sway in US politics. Now their allies in the UK government are planning a Brexit that plays into their hands<p>It took corporate America a while to warm to Donald Trump. Some of his positions, especially on trade, horrified business leaders. Many …

Scott Walker

Thousands of refugees fleeing conflict destitute in UK, says Red Cross

Almost 15,000 people sought charity’s help with food, housing or money in 2016 – up from 11,000 in 2014<p>Thousands of refugees and asylum seekers who have fled conflict zones such as Syria, Eritrea and Sudan are being left destitute in Britain, according to a report from the Red Cross. The figure has …

Marine shooting buildup footage released after media request

Judges rule video can be viewed to help reporting on Alexander Blackman, convicted of murder of Taliban fighter<p>Footage from a head-cam showing some of the buildup to the moment when a British Royal Marine shot dead a wounded Taliban fighter can finally be viewed for the first time.<p>Three judges …

Republicans back off bill to sell 3.3m acres of public land after outcry

Congressman Jason Chaffetz withdraws House bill 621 as conservationists and outdoorsmen vow to continue fight over similar legislation<p>In the small hours of Thursday morning, US congressman Jason Chaffetz announced that he would withdraw a bill he introduced last week that would have ordered the …

Jason Chaffetz

Anti-fascist activists take on Trump and the far right: 'Resistance is our only shot'

More than 1,000 people were shouting “Shut it down” outside the University of California, Berkeley venue where Milo Yiannopoulos planned to speak on Wednesday when a group of black-clad, masked protesters carryings flags and shields arrived to put those words into action.<p>The band of about 150 …

Syrian refugee gives birth in Canada – after secretly entering labour en route

Ibtesam Alkarnake had already started the arduous 24-hour journey from a temporary home in Jordan to asylum in Canada when her waters broke.<p>Nearly six years after they fled the war in Syria, safety seemed finally in reach, as the family made their way to the northern Alberta city of Fort McMurray …

White House suggests US may still accept Australia refugees despite clash

Press secretary Sean Spicer implies Obama’s agreement with Malcolm Turnbull remains in place after testy phone call between Trump and Australian leader<p>The White House has condemned the “horrible” deal struck by Barack Obama to resettle refugees from Australia, but indicated the US may still take …

Will Lady Gaga's Super Bowl half-time show get political? 'I believe in inclusion'

The Super Bowl performer revealed little of her plans for the half-time concert but hinted it would include support for the principles of equality and tolerance<p>Amid inquiries about costume changes, special guests and her setlist during a press conference on Thursday, Lady Gaga was posed a question …

The Minute - Trump promises to fix the world

1 Mr Fixit<p>“The world is in trouble – but we’re going to straighten it out, OK?” Trump said at the National Prayer Breakfast, after a testy call with the Australian prime minister in which he threatened to scuttle a refugee resettlement deal.<p>'Don't worry about it'<p>That’s what I do. I fix things. …

Donald Trump

Oil spill near ExxonMobil drilling platform in Bass Strait to be investigated

Spill comes less than 18 months after a fire on the same oil rig and prompts warning from environmentalists over dangers of offshore drilling<p>An oil spill at an ExxonMobil platform in the Bass Strait is being investigated by the federal regulator, after the discovery of an oily sheen on waters …

North Korea faces 'overwhelming' US response if it uses nuclear arms – Mattis

Donald Trump’s defence secretary warns Pyongyang that any attack on the South will be defeated<p>Donald Trump’s defence secretary has warned North Korea it would face an “effective and overwhelming” response from the US if it used nuclear weapons.<p>Speaking in South Korea on Friday, James Mattis …

North Korea

Scientists record breach in magnetic field

<b>Scientists have recorded the events that unfolded after the Earth's magnetic shield was breached.</b><p>Openings in the planet's magnetic field are not uncommon, but it is rarer to get the opportunity to gather data while such an event is in progress.<p>A cosmic ray monitoring facility recorded a burst of …

Magnetism