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U.S. service member killed in Yemen raid

Sun., Jan. 29, 2017, 3:30 p.m.

A U.S. military service member was killed Sunday during a raid against al-Qaida militants in central Yemen that also left nearly 30 others dead, including women and children. The loss of the service member is the first-known combat death of a member of the U.S. military under President Donald Trump.

White House defends immigration directive as confusion, protests persist

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 29, 2017, 11:31 p.m.

President Donald Trump, photographed Jan. 27, 2017, is expected to announce his nominee for Supreme Court justice on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)
The White House on Sunday tried to tamp down concerns about President Donald Trump’s sweeping immigration order in the face of widespread protests, as some Republicans in Congress urged him to proceed with caution in the face of legal pushback. Top congressional Republicans, however, remain largely behind the new president.

Trump travel ban sows chaos at airports, outrage at protests

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 29, 2017, 3:39 p.m.

Protesters and immigrants rights advocates gathered at Castle Clinton National Monument, the physical departure and arrival point for tours of the Statue of Liberty, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in New York, as President Donald Trump's immigration order sowed more chaos and outrage across the country. Travelers were detained at airports, while panicked families searched for relatives and protesters such as these registered opposition to Trump's executive order that was blocked by several federal courts. (Kathy Willens / AP)
President Donald Trump’s immigration order sowed more chaos and outrage across the country Sunday, with travelers detained at airports, panicked families searching for relatives and protesters registering opposition to the sweeping measure that was blocked by several federal courts.

In South Africa, conservationists offer fake leopard hides to curb poaching

Sun., Jan. 29, 2017, 9 a.m.

A man and his son, members of the Shembe Church, are dressed in tribal leopard skins on Jan. 15, 2016, at the end of a pilgrimage on the holy Nlangakazi Mountain north of Durban, South Africa. (Themba Hadebe / Associated Press)
Many worshippers at a large religious gathering in South Africa this weekend will wear leopard skins, seen as symbols of status and power. But some of the pelts are fake, reflecting an effort by an international conservation group to reduce poaching of the threatened animals.

Judges block Trump’s immigration order amid chaos at airports worldwide

Sat., Jan. 28, 2017, 11:57 p.m.

President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending refugee arrivals and banning entry to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries spawned chaos and consternation across the globe Saturday, stranding unwitting travelers, prompting passionate debate over American values and igniting a fierce legal pushback that yielded early court victories for the president’s opponents.

Trump orders ISIS plan, talks with Putin and gives Bannon national security role

Sat., Jan. 28, 2017, 11:52 p.m.

President Donald Trump speaks after signing executive actions in the Oval Office at the White House, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Washington. (Alex Brandon / AP)
President Donald Trump on Saturday ordered the Pentagon to devise a strategy to defeat the Islamic State group, restructured the National Security Council to include his controversial top political adviser and forged a partnership with Russian President Vladimir Putin in their first official phone call.

Syrian troops take control of water facility from rebels

Sat., Jan. 28, 2017, 9:28 p.m.

Syrian government troops gained control of the main water source for Damascus on Saturday, as the military worked to secure it and remove land mines in a major development that caps weeks of fighting with rebels in the area, according to Syrian state TV and opposition media.

U.S. judge bars deportations under Trump travel ban

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 28, 2017, 11:50 p.m.

Protesters gather at O’Hare International Airport after more than a dozen people were detained, including green card holders, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Chicago. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)
A federal judge issued an emergency order Saturday night temporarily barring the U.S. from deporting people from nations subject to President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

Trump, Putin discuss ‘mutually beneficial’ trade, security

Sat., Jan. 28, 2017, 3:58 p.m.

President Donald Trump had an hourlong discussion Saturday with Russian President Vladimir Putin – the first since Trump assumed office last week – raising questions over the fate of U.S. sanctions against Moscow and whether the two will look to enhance military cooperation against the Islamic State group.

A short investigation into the mysterious tweets from press secretary Sean Spicer

Sat., Jan. 28, 2017, 11:26 a.m.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)
In 2017, being press secretary for the White House means that you (or someone working for you) control the verified @PressSec account on Twitter. Most of the tweets from the account so far have been pretty run-of-the-mill: tweeting about President Trump’s schedule, accepting an apology from a reporter for a corrected mistake, and releasing pictures of the president at work. But a couple of his tweets have been a bit more mysterious.

Growing fallout from Trump’s new immigration crackdown

Sat., Jan. 28, 2017, 10:53 a.m.

WASHINGTON – The fallout grew Saturday from President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown as U.S. legal permanent residents and visa-holders from seven Muslim-majority countries who had left the United States found they could not return for 90 days. It was a period of limbo for an unknown number of non-American citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen now barred from the country where they were studying or had lived, perhaps for years.

Refugees detained at U.S. airports challenge Trump’s executive order

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 28, 2017, 10:43 a.m.

Malak Sheik, 8, smiles next to her brother Hassan, 5, in their family home next to their father Nasser, recuperating from a stroke. The six-member Sheik family fears U.S. President Donald Trump's halting of the nation's refugee program leaves them with few options after fleeing Syria, scraping by in Jordan, and dreaming of a better life outside of civil strife and poverty. (Sam McNeil / AP)
Refugees who were en route to the United States on Friday evening have been detained at U.S. airports and restricted from the country as a result of President Trump’s executive order banning their entry. Lawyers for two Iraqi refugees detained at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport filed a middle-of-the-night lawsuit in federal court challenging Trump’s executive order as unconstitutional and seeking the release of their clients.

A week into the job, Trump labels media ‘the opposition’

Sat., Jan. 28, 2017, 10:27 a.m.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump meets the media before addressing a GOP fundraising event, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, in Birch Run, Mich. (Carlos Osorio / Associated Press)
President Donald Trump joined his chief strategist Friday in characterizing the media as “the opposition party,” expressing an unusually high level of antagonism toward the press just a week into his administration.

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