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'Let Obamacare fail,' Trump declares as GOP plan collapses

'Let Obamacare fail,' Trump declares as GOP plan collapses

Health
President Donald Trump declared Tuesday it's time to "let Obamacare fail" after the latest GOP health care plan crashed and burned in the Senate, a stunning failure for the president, Republican leader Mitch McConnell and a party that has vowed for years to abolish the law. In a head-spinning series of developments, rank-and-file Republican senators turned on McConnell and Trump for the third time in a row, denying the votes to move forward with a plan for a straight-up repeal of "Obamacare." This time, it was three GOP women — Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia — who delivered the death blow. All had been shut out of McConnell's initial all-male working group on health care. McConnell, who could afford to lose only two votes in the
Trump travel ban: Judge expands definition of 'close relative'

Trump travel ban: Judge expands definition of 'close relative'

World
Grandparents and other relatives of people living in the US cannot be barred from entering under President Trump's travel ban, a judge has ruled.The order, by District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii, is a fresh legal blow to Mr Trump's immigration crackdown.The judge said the ban had interpreted a Supreme Court ruling too narrowly.That decision, made last month, partly reinstated the ban on refugees and travellers from six Muslim-majority countries. It said only those with "bona fide" family ties would be let into the US.But the Trump administration decided that did not include grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins.Judge Watson, however, disagreed - and ordered that those restrictions should not be enforced.Media playback i...
G-20 shut Trump out on climate, strike deal on trade

G-20 shut Trump out on climate, strike deal on trade

Technology
World powers lined up against U.S. President Donald Trump on climate change, reaffirming their support for international efforts to fight global warming. The Group of 20 summit that ended Saturday in Hamburg also revealed tensions on trade, as the U.S. administration and international partners forged a deal that endorsed open markets but acknowledged countries had a right to put up barriers to block unfair practices The summit's final statement made clear that the other countries and the European Union unanimously supported the Paris climate agreement rejected by Trump. They called the deal to reduce greenhouse gases "irreversible" and vowed to implement it "swiftly" and without exception. The other countries, from European powers such as Germany to emerging ones such as China and energy ...
G20 Hamburg: Leaders fail to bridge Trump climate chasm

G20 Hamburg: Leaders fail to bridge Trump climate chasm

Science
Leaders of 19 nations at the G20 summit in Germany have renewed their pledge to implement the Paris deal on climate change, despite the US pulling out.Deadlock over the issue had held up the last day of talks in Hamburg but a final agreement was eventually reached.It acknowledges President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement without undermining the commitment of other countries.The compromise comes after violent protests in the host city.The joint summit statement released on Saturday said: "We take note of the decision of the United States of America to withdraw from the Paris Agreement."However, the leaders of the other G20 members agreed the accord committing nations to restrict global temperature increases was "irreversible".In her closing news conference, German...
Trump raises hacking in 'robust' Putin talks

Trump raises hacking in 'robust' Putin talks

World
Donald Trump has finally met Vladimir Putin face to face - with mixed results. The US President robustly raised allegations that the Russians hacked last year's election, according to secretary of state Rex Tillerson.Mr Putin rejected the charges.Officials said they also disagreed over North Korea - but they did agree to a new ceasefire in southwest Syria that will see the US, Russia and Jordan end hostilities and allow humanitarian access.Their much-anticipated meeting, on the fringes of the G20 summit in Hamburg, was more than an hour and a half longer than scheduled.Image:Donald Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin lasted more than two hoursDonald Trump may have made progress with Russia but with the rest of the G20 America has been at odds on one issue after another.He does not see eye ...