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Trump taps Kellyanne Conway as White House counselor to president

Kellyann ConwayDonald Trump's transition team on Thursday announced the president-elect picked campaign manager Kellyanne Conway to serve as counselor to the president.

Conway, the first female campaign manager to win a presidential race, led Trump's team in the final three months before the election. The top White House role will allow Conway to give Trump input on virtually any decision he makes.

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Obama dumps registry for some immigrant men, mostly Muslims

Obama dumps registry for male immigrantsThe Obama administration said Thursday it is officially scrapping a post-9/11 requirement for immigrant men from predominantly Muslim countries to register with the federal government. The U.S. hasn't used the program since 2011, but a top immigration adviser to President-elect Donald Trump has spoken of renewing it.

The decision to end the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, or NSEERs, comes amid growing international terror fears and Trump's suggestions that he could ban Muslim immigrants from the United States. After a truck attack killed 12 in a Christmas market in Berlin this week, Trump told reporters, "You know my plans."

The program's elimination could make it more complicated for Trump's administration to launch its own registration system for Muslims.

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Scottish court says woman can pursue claim against Trump

Trump can be sued by Scottish womanA Scottish court has ruled that a woman can pursue a civil claim against Donald Trump's golf course in Balmedie, Scotland.

Rohan Beyts says staff at the course violated her privacy by filming her as she urinated on sand dunes near the resort.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court said Thursday her case can go forward and will be heard in April.

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Trump: US should veto UN Israel settlement resolution

Trump: Veto UN settlement resolutionHours before the United Nations Security Council was to vote on a draft resolution demanding Israel halts settlement activities in occupied Palestinian territories, president-elect Donald Trump urged the US to veto the measure.

Egypt on Wednesday circulated the draft calling on Israel to "immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem".

The vote was scheduled for 3pm (20:00 GMT) on Thursday.

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North Carolina: Vote to repeal 'bathroom bill' stalled by constant recesses

NC 'bathroom' lawNorth Carolina lawmakers gathered Wednesday to vote on repealing the state's controversial "bathroom bill."

House Bill 2, signed into law in March, bans people from using public bathrooms that don't correspond to their biological sex as listed on their birth certificates. Backlash against the law caused huge economic losses for the state.

After a series of recesses, legislators discussed a bill that may anger Democrats and leaders in the city of Charlotte, which just repealed an anti-discrimination city ordinance as part of a deal with the legislature.

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Trump’s sons drop charity pitch offering a meeting with their dad for $1 million

trumps sons drop charity offerDonald Trump’s children may see his move to the White House as a way to raise money for their favourite causes.

Two recent fundraising pitches featuring the incoming first family were meant to benefit charities, but they also raised questions among ethics experts that the Trumps might be inappropriately selling access.

Last week, Eric Trump tried auctioning a coffee date with his sister Ivanka to raise money for a children’s hospital. Now, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. are part of a venture that initially offered a private reception with their father during inauguration weekend in exchange for $1 million donations that would go to conservation charities. Some of those contributors could later go hunting or fishing with one or both of the sons, the invitation promised.

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FBI director under pressure to explain Clinton bombshell

Comey under pressure to explainSix weeks since Hillary Clinton’s surprise loss in the presidential election, FBI Director James Comey is under pressure to justify the bombshell announcement that rocked the final days of the campaign.

Democrats, still smarting from the Nov. 8 loss, have lashed out at Comey as the architect of the Democratic nominee's defeat.

“James Comey cost her the election," former president Bill Clinton has said.

Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has accused the director of being a “Republican operative” who helped President-elect Donald Trump win the White House.

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Texas Moves To Block Planned Parenthood From Medicaid Funds

Planned parenthood funding to be cut by TexasAfter more than a year of delays, Texas health officials are moving to block the women's health provider Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funds beginning next month.

In October 2015, Texas officials told Planned Parenthood that the state intended to bar the organization from the public insurance program. Planned Parenthood responded with a lawsuit seeking an injunction against the state.

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Berlin attack: European arrest warrant issued for Tunisian suspect

Berlin attack: Tunisian being soughtGerman authorities have issued a European arrest warrant for a Tunisian man with alleged ties to Islamic extremists who has been identified as a suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack that killed 12 people on Monday.

The wanted notice, obtained by the Associated Press, says Anis Amri should be considered armed and dangerous and appears to have used six different aliases and three different nationalities.

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