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Alan Fisher

US & Canada

Trump plan to cut trillions of dollars from social programmes defended

US budget director Mick Mulvaney has defended plans to cut trillions of dollars from social programmes over the next decade. He says President Donald Trump's proposals are morally justified and will increase economic growth.

US & Canada

Ford's CEO sacked for falling profits

The US car giant Ford has sacked its chief executive. Mark Fields seems to have taken the hit for the auto firm's falling profits and huge decline in its share price. He's being replaced by the company's self-driving cars chief.

United States

US: ‘One in every five children going hungry’

An organisation in New Hampshire is finding new ways to feed hungry children.

United States

Delta Airlines apologises to family forced off plane

Another US airliner forced a family off an overbooked flight. Delta Airlines has apologised after a staff member was heard telling a couple they'd be in jail and their children in foster care if they didn't give up a seat.

US & Canada

FBI chief defends Clinton email inquiry

FBI Director James Comey has defended reopening an investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails 10 days before the last US presidential election.

US & Canada

Comedy being used to criticise President Trump’s policies

Donald Trump’s critics are using comedy to attack the US president, his policies and even his staff. Ratings of TV shows such as Saturday Night Live have soared. Trump supporters says he's being treated more harshly than any of his predecessors.

Middle East

Russia blames Syrian rebels for chemical gas attack

The attack in rural Idlib province's Khan Sheikhun killed at least 72 people, including 20 children. Several countries have blamed Syrian government forces, but the Russian Defence Ministry says Syrian planes hit a rebel chemical weapons factory.

Middle East

Syria's humanitarian crisis: Refugees react to relief promises

More than five million Syrians have fled the horrors at home and are registered as refugees. More than a million of those refugees fled to neighbouring Lebanon, where some are increasingly skeptical about promises to help.

Middle East

Civilians flee Raqqa as Syrian forces advance

US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are fighting with ISIL, near the Tabqa military airbase near the armed group's main stronghold of Raqqa. As the battle gets closer, civilians are rushing to escape the fighting.

Middle East

Refugee from Syria's ISIL-held Raqqa: 'People think we had a choice'

Resident of Lebanon's Bekaa Valley refugee camp recounts her family's struggles since escaping from ISIL's stronghold.

Middle East

Syria: Al Waer residents disappointed with evacuation deal

Syrians that remain in the besieged rebel-held neighbourhood of Al Waer are reluctant to leave in the latest Russian-sponsored evacuation deal after hearing from those who travelled in the first convoy.

US & Canada

Trump boosts military funding in first budget

US President Donald Trump will send his federal budget plan to Congress later on Thursday. Trump wants to boost military spending by $54bn. The Department of State faces cuts of 28 percent and other areas could also see big reductions.