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President Trump broke decorum well before latest slur

A career intelligence analyst who is an expert in hostage policy stood before President Donald Trump in the Oval Office last fall to brief him on the impending release of a family long held in Pakistan under uncertain circumstances. It was her first time meeting the president, and when she was done briefing, he had a question for her. “Where are you from?” the president asked, according to two officials with direct knowledge of the exchange. New York, she replied. Trump was unsatisfied and asked again, the officials said. Referring…

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Trump’s history of breaking decorum with remarks on race, ethnicity

A career intelligence analyst who is an expert in hostage policy stood before President Donald Trump in the Oval Office last fall to brief him on the impending release of a family long held in Pakistan under uncertain circumstances. It was her first time meeting the president, and when she was done briefing, he had a question for her. “Where are you from?” the president asked, according to two officials with direct knowledge of the exchange. New York, she replied. Trump was unsatisfied and asked again, the officials said. Referring…

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Donald Trump: London Trip Canceled Because Obama Sold U.S. Embassy for 'Peanuts'

U.S. President Donald Trump’s long-planned state visit to the United Kingdom has been put on hold yet again after the administration feared the President would not receive the warm welcome in London he desired, the Guardian reports. Trump was scheduled to visit London on an official state trip next month, when he was expected to formally open a new $1 billion U.S. embassy complex in Nine Elms, southwest London. Instead, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected christen the 12-story, 518,000-square foot embassy, described as a “state of the art…

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Trump cancels U.K. trip, blames Obama for Bush-era embassy deal

LONDON — President Donald Trump has canceled a trip to London to open the new U.S. Embassy, blaming the Obama administration for selling the old building in the city for “peanuts.” He criticised the move from “perhaps the best located and finest embassy,” even though the relocation was initiated under George W. Bush’s administration in 2008 and followed security concerns in the aftermath of terror attacks such as the 1998 embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya. His decision was greeted with relief by London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan who said Trump…

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Sport 

Tottenham’s new White Hart Lane stadium to host Raiders-Seahawks NFL game

Spurs’ new White Hart Lane stadium will host only one NFL game this year, despite the Premier League club having a 10-year deal with the league to stage two games a season. Signed in 2015, the deal with the NFL brought a £10m contribution towards the stadium and should provide at least £1m a year in shared ticket revenues from this season. The new White Hart Lane, which is under construction, will stage the first of three NFL games in London in October, when the Oakland Raiders host the Seattle…

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Former British PM Thatcher refused to take panda on flight to U.S.

LONDON — Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher refused to share her Concorde with a giant panda while on her way to meet President Ronald Reagan in 1981, newly released documents revealed Friday. Thatcher dismissed suggestions that taking a furry companion to D.C. could boost the so-called “special relationship” between America and the U.K. and insisted pandas were not “happy omens” for politicians, according to papers released by Britain’s National Archives. A British Airways Concorde jet LOUIS LANZANO / AP Photo, file Washington’s Smithsonian Institute had asked to loan London…

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Trump’s foreign policy leaves U.S. isolated on key global issues

LONDON — President Donald Trump hasn’t started a war. But he’s spent his first year in the White House at war, and his military has dropped a record number of bombs on the Middle East. Unlike many of his predecessors, Trump’s vision for U.S. foreign policy is crystal clear and summed up in two words: “America First.” Acting on this, he abandoned the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and pulled out of a global climate agreement. But this has led to “America Isolated.” Trump has positioned himself, at home and abroad,…

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‘Disruptor in chief’ Trump leaves U.S. standing alone

News analysis LONDON — President Donald Trump hasn’t started a war. But he’s spent his first year in the White House at war, and his military has dropped a record number of bombs on the Middle East. Unlike many of his predecessors, Trump’s vision for U.S. foreign policy is crystal clear and summed up in two words: “America First.” Acting on this, he abandoned the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and pulled out of a global climate agreement. But this has led to “America Isolated.” Trump has positioned himself, at home…

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Uber slapped down by ECJ: Taxi app must follow same rules as black cabs in huge crackdown

The ECJ handed down the verdict on the taxi hailing app on Wednesday, declaring uber is operating as a transport service as opposed to a tech company. While a ruling branding Uber as a transport company is unlikely to trigger an immediate shift in the way it operates, it will allow EU member states to regulate the US company as though it were a traditional taxi firm. From there, nations living under the yoke of Brussels will be able to demand Uber obey rules on licensing and assurance that apply…

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COLIN MAFHAM: How West Ham actually SAVED London by moving into the Olympic Stadium

REUTERS West Ham moved into the London Stadium after the Olympics Around 50,000 people turned up for that one, paying good money and keeping the turnstiles turning. Goodness knows what would have happened if they hadn’t.  Like some other Olympic stadiums around the world it would have been dead as a dodo, not too many souls in sight, weeds sprouting all over the place, and literally haemorrhaging money by the millions. Whether the Mayor of London likes it or not, if West Ham hadn’t moved in and taken a 99-year…

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