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Despite earlier remarks, Pence applauds Trump’s ban on refugees

Sat., Jan. 28, 2017

President Donald Trump, center, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence, left, and Defense Secretary James Mattis, right, speaks Friday, Jan. 27, 2017,  at the Pentagon in Washington. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)
Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary James Mattis stood directly behind their boss Friday, one man on each side, as President Donald Trump announced an order that will ban half the world’s Shiite Muslims from entering the country for months.

Trudeau says Canada welcomes refugees

Sat., Jan. 28, 2017

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a message for refugees rejected by U.S. President Donald Trump: Canada will welcome you.

Trump, May affirm special relationship between US, UK

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 10:37 p.m.

President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May appeared chummy as they faced a curious world together for the first time Friday, pledging allegiance to the special relationship between their countries while trying to mask stark differences on some major issues.

Trump shuts nation’s door to most refugees

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 7:25 p.m.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday that would temporarily halt the nation’s refugee program and usher in the most sweeping changes in more than 40 years to how the U.S. welcomes the world’s most vulnerable people.

Trump orders strict new refugee screening, citing terrorists

Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 5:31 p.m.

Faduma joins a gathering in downtown Durham, N.C., Friday, Jan. 27, 2017,  to show their support for refugees and immigrants and stand against President Donald Trump's plan to ban refugees of Muslim countries. (Bernard Thomas/The Herald-Sun via AP) ORG XMIT: NCDUS203 (Bernard Thomas / AP)
Setting a hard-line tone on national security, President Donald Trump on Friday ordered strict new screening for refugees to keep “radical Islamic terrorists” out of the United States and alternated tough talk with kind words in his diplomatic standoff with Mexico.

Trump: Mattis’ view on torture will override his own beliefs

Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 4:02 p.m.

President Donald Trump, left, listens as Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks at the Pentagon in Washington, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)
President Donald Trump said Friday that his defense secretary’s opposition to torture would override his own belief that enhanced interrogation “does work,” quietly giving ground after growing public concern about a return to Bush-era use of waterboarding and other especially harsh procedures.

GOP warns Trump about lifting sanctions on Russia

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 9:44 p.m.

A day ahead of President Donald Trump’s weekend call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the fight within the Republican Party over the direction of U.S. policy toward Moscow intensified.

Chinese Lunar New Year feast begins with drums and dumplings

Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 3:08 p.m.

Lion dancers perform during Chinese New Year celebrations in Lima, Peru, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Chinese worldwide will mark the lunar new year on Jan. 28, the Year of the Rooster in the Chinese zodiac. (Martin Mejia / Associated Press)
Four men in traditional yellow costumes bang large drums to announce the start of the New Year’s Eve banquet in Liuminying village. Inside the meeting hall, 100 tables are set with a dozen plates, bearing sausages, nuts and fruit.

First health care repeal deadline missed by Congress

Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 3:04 p.m.

The four authorizing committees in the House and Senate that were directed to mark up their portions of a bill to repeal the health care law officially missed the deadline Friday.

Bolivia: 19 miners trapped by rival group inside mine

Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 12:17 p.m.

A group of wildcat miners used dynamite to trap 19 rivals inside a mine in a remote area of Bolivia, authorities said on Friday. Police said that about 100 miners used dynamite blasts to block the mine’s entrance and took control of another way out of the Asientos mine. Police said the life of the trapped miners is not at risk.

Putin consults his Security Council before talking to Trump

Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 12:07 p.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting of the council of trustees of the Moscow State University (MGU) in Moscow on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (Alexei Nikolsky / Associated Press)
Russian President Vladimir Putin conferred with his top officials Friday about relations with Washington a day before a scheduled call with U.S. President Donald Trump. Trump’s senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway, said on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” Friday that U.S. sanctions against Russia and other issues would be on the table during his conversation with Putin set for Saturday.

Obamacare: Many are worried about potential health care loss, poll shows

Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 10:49 a.m.

People attend a health care rally at the Indiana Statehouse in support of the Affordable Care Act, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Indianapolis. (Austen Leake / Associated Press)
Though “Obamacare” still divides Americans, a majority worry that many will lose coverage if the 2010 law is repealed in the nation’s long-running political standoff over health care. A new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 56 percent of U.S. adults are “extremely” or “very” concerned that many will lose health insurance if the health overhaul is repealed.

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