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US judge rejects victim's bid to dismiss Roman Polanski rape case
A Los Angeles judge on Friday denied the impassioned plea of Roman Polanski's victim to end a four-decade-old sexual assault case against the fugitive director.

Maduro's Constituent Assembly seizes power from Venezuelan legislature
Venezuela's new pro-government constitutional authority formally declared Friday it was seizing power from the opposition-led legislature, tightening President Nicolas Maduro's grip on the country in defiance of international outrage.

Embattled Trump adviser Steve Bannon to leave White House
President Donald Trump on Friday finally parted ways with controversial far-right chief strategist Steve Bannon, after weeks of speculation and as the administration reels from the fallout over Trump's response to a violent white supremacist rally.

The 30-year-old white guy behind the Twitter account that’s naming and shaming ‘racists’
As white nationalist, “alt-right” protesters shook the city of Charlottesville, Virginia, Logan Smith decided that calling out racists wasn’t enough – unless he could call them by their real names.

Trump’s business councils disband after CEOs defect over his Charlottesville comments
US President Donald Trump disbanded two high-profile business advisory councils on Wednesday after corporate CEOs quit in protest at his remarks blaming "both sides" for last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Elvis fans mark 40 years since death of ‘The King’
Tens of thousands of Elvis Presley fans gathered at Graceland, his iconic Memphis mansion, on Wednesday to honour “The King of Rock” on the 40th anniversary of his death.

Colombia declares war 'truly over' as last FARC guns handed over
President Juan Manuel Santos declared Colombia's 50-year conflict with FARC guerrillas finally over on Tuesday, as the last truckloads of decommissioned weapons rolled away to be melted down.

'Blame on both sides': Trump reiterates stance on Virginia violence
US President Donald Trump sparked another political firestorm Tuesday when he doubled down on his initial response to the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that ended in bloodshed, saying there was "blame on both sides."

After facing criticism, Trump calls racism 'evil', neo-Nazis 'repugnant'
US President Donald Trump denounced white supremacists including neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan on Monday, and said racism, hatred and bigotry had no place in America following a violent white-nationalist rally in Virginia.

White House insists Trump did condemn 'white supremacists'
US President Donald Trump's condemnation of bigotry and hatred at a "Unite the Right" rally in Virginia that turned violent included white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis, the White House insisted Sunday.

Trump criticised after blaming 'many sides' for deadly white supremacist rally
US President Donald Trump blamed "many sides" for violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in the wake of a white nationalist demonstration, drawing swift reactions.

New York's forgotten fallout shelters back in spotlight amid N. Korea threat
On a sunny August Friday, people stream past the ornate, Art Deco US Post Office building in Manhattan's East Village, where its forlorn and faded "Fallout Shelter" plaque is an ominous reminder, however distant, of today's nuclear threat.

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