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Sunday, February 26, 2017

President Trump will not attend the annual White House Correspondents Dinner in April, he tweeted on Saturday. "I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!" he wrote on Twitter. Past dinners have attracted celebrities and athletes from outside of Washington. The association hosted the first dinner in 1921. Ronald Reagan was the last president to miss the event after he was shot in a 1981 assassination attempt. Calvin Coolidge became the first sitting president to attend in 1924.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Mexico has condemned new guidelines issued by the United States on deporting undocumented immigrants. Under plans unveiled by the Trump administration on Tuesday, almost all people staying in the U.S. illegally can be subject to deportation. The new rules include sending undocumented people to Mexico, even if they are not Mexicans. Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said his country could not "accept unilateral decisions imposed by one government on another." ... Roberto Campa, head of the human rights department of Mexico's interior ministry, said the plan to deport non-Mexicans to Mexico was "hostile" and "unacceptable."

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

President Donald Trump has named Lt Gen HR McMaster as his national security adviser. He will replace Lt Gen Michael Flynn who was fired after just three weeks and three days in the job. A lieutenant general with the US Army, HR McMaster served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He does not appear to have close ties to Moscow, and was recently commissioned to study the ways the US could counter some of Russia's military advances.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

A United States aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tension with China over control of the disputed waterway and concerns it could become a flashpoint under the new U.S. administration. China's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday warned Washington against challenging its sovereignty in the South China Sea. The U.S. navy said the force, including Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, began routine operations in the South China Sea on Saturday.

Private rocket firm SpaceX has successfully launched a rocket carrying a cargo ship for the International Space Station following the postponement of take-off on Saturday because of technical problems.The launch was made from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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