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Police fire pepper spray to disperse protesters outside Trump rally in Phoenix

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PHOENIX Police fired pepper spray to disperse protesters outside a rally by U.S. President Donald Trump in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday after being pelted with rocks and bottles, police said.

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Trump unshackled: President defends Charlottesville response at raucous rally 7:04am BST

PHOENIX U.S. President Donald Trump revved up supporters on Tuesday with a defence of his response to a white supremacist-organised rally in Virginia and a promise to shut down the U.S. government if necessary to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

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Trump warns may terminate NAFTA treaty 6:37am BST

PHOENIX U.S. President Donald Trump warned on Tuesday he might terminate the NAFTA trade treaty with Mexico and Canada after three-way talks failed to bridge deep differences.

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U.S. Navy to relieve Seventh Fleet commander after collisions in Asia - source 6:14am BST

WASHINGTON/TOKYO The U.S. Navy will relieve Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin after a series of collisions involving its warships in Asia, a U.S. official told Reuters, as the search goes on for 10 sailors missing since the latest mishap.

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Exclusive - Trump's Afghan decision may increase U.S. air power, training 5:11am BST

ON BOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT The U.S. Air Force may intensify its strikes in Afghanistan and expand training of the Afghan air force following President Donald Trump's decision to forge ahead with the 16-year-old war, its top general told Reuters on Tuesday.

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Charlottesville to cover Confederate statues after chaotic meeting 4:24am BST

City councillors in Charlottesville, Virginia, voted unanimously on Tuesday to cover two statues of Confederate war heroes in black fabric after ejecting spectators from a chaotic council meeting as residents demanded answers over how a recent white nationalist rally turned deadly. | Video

Rolling back Taliban grip on Afghan territory key aim of Trump plan - official 1:53am BST

WASHINGTON Rolling back territorial gains by the Taliban and strengthening the Afghanistan army's ability to fight will be two key objectives of President Donald Trump's new strategy for the country, a senior administration official said on Tuesday.

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Exclusive - U.S. to withhold up to $290 million in Egypt aid 1:13am BST

WASHINGTON The United States has decided to deny Egypt $95.7 million (74.64 million pounds) in aid and to delay a further $195 million because of its failure to make progress on respecting human rights and democratic norms, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. | Video

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U.S. Treasury secretary's wife apologises for Instagram sniping 22 Aug 2017

The wife of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Tuesday apologised for sniping at a critic on social media site Instagram who called her "deplorable" for a post highlighting her expensive clothing as she exited a government plane.

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Los Angeles seeks to join lawsuit over U.S. sanctuary policies 22 Aug 2017

SAN FRANCISCO The city of Los Angeles on Tuesday sought to join a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice over federal restrictions on some law enforcement grants to so-called sanctuary cities, according to a court filing.