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Trump Twitter row: US House condemns ‘racist comments’
The row over US President Donald Trump’s tweets attacking four Democratic congresswomen shows little sign of abating. The House of Representatives has passed a motion denouncing “racist comments that have legitimised fear and hatred of New Americans and people of colour”.
The motion got through the Democrat-controlled House by 240 votes to 187. It follows Mr Trump tweeting that Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib – who are all US citizens – should “go back” to their own countries.
After the House’s decision, the president has come out fighting on Twitter again, writing that there is not “a racist bone in my body”.
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- Pakistan arrests Hafiz Saeed, the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, which has been blamed by the United States and India for the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that left more than 160 people dead. (CBS News)
- A shooting in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, leaves two dead, including a Turkish diplomat. (DW)
Politics and elections
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- 2018–19 Sudanese protests
- The U.S. House of Representatives votes 332–95 to table an impeachment-related measure against U.S. President Donald Trump. (CNN)
- During a campaign rally, U.S. President Donald Trump says “Squad” members “hate our country”. In light of recent statements made by Trump deemed as racist, the crowd of Trump supporters started chanting “send her back” in regards to Representative Ilhan Omar. (USA Today)
Science and technology
- Astronomers rule out the chances of ~30-meter asteroid 2006 QV89‘s impacting Earth in September 2019 by eliminating the possibility of its passing through an area where it would have to be if it were on an impacting orbit. Prior to this, the asteroid had been given a one-in-7,000 chance of impacting Earth. (phys.org)
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