{"JP":[ {"NewsSection":{"name":"world","detaillevel":"full", "Articles": {"count":25,"detaillevel":"full","articlesList":[ {"article": { "url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/world/obama-government-asked-uk-to-keep-trident-misfire-a-secret-1-4347021","id":"1.4347021","articleHeadline": "Obama government ‘asked UK to keep trident misfire a secret’","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1485245028000 ,"articleLead": "

The United States asked David Cameron’s government to keep details of the alleged failed Trident missile test launch secret, according to reports.

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American technology was to blame for the problems in the June 2016 test and Barack Obama’s administration pressed the UK not to reveal details, The Times said.

Claims that a missile went off course last year have led to accusations there was a “cover-up” in the run-up to a major Commons debate on renewal of the £40 billion renewal of the Trident system.

Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed she was informed about the test before addressing MPs ahead of the July vote, which came just days after she entered office.

A British military source told the newspaper: “It was the Obama administration that asked the Cameron administration not to comment on this.

“The US administration may have been worried that there could be similar problems on other missiles.

“The British submarine successfully carried and launched the missile; the bit that went wrong was the US proprietary technology.”

Downing Street and the Ministry of Defence refused to comment on the claims.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon was summoned to the Commons on Monday to update MPs on the incident, but repeatedly refused to discuss details of the launch.

As he was speaking, CNN reported an unnamed US defence official with direct knowledge of the incident had confirmed the unarmed Trident II D5 missile veered off course after being launched from a Royal Navy submarine off the coast of Florida.

The US official was reported to have said the altered trajectory was part of an automatic self-destruct sequence triggered when missile electronics detect an anomaly.

Sir Michael told MPs that a demonstration and shakedown “concludes each time with an unarmed missile firing”, adding: “HMS Vengeance successfully concluded that shakedown operation.”

He added: “There are very few things that we cannot discuss openly in Parliament, but the security of our nuclear deterrent is certainly one of them.

“It has never been the practice of governments to give Parliament details of the demonstration and shakedown operations.”

The Ministry of Defence has repeatedly publicised successful launches of Trident missiles in recent years.

Sir Michael said: “It may well be that earlier governments in different situations, indeed in more benevolent times, might have take different decisions about how much information they were prepared to reveal about these particular demonstration and shake-down operations.

“But these are not, of course, as benevolent times.”

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Donald Trump has moved to pull the United States out of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, fulfilling a campaign promise as he began his first full week in office.

As he signed a notice in the Oval Office, Mr Trump said: “Great thing for the American worker that we just did.”

The new US president also signed memorandums freezing most federal government hiring – though he noted an exception for the military – and reinstating a ban on providing federal money to international groups which perform abortions or provide information on the option.

The regulation, known as the “Mexico City Policy”, has been a political volleyball, instituted by Republican administrations and rescinded by Democratic ones since 1984.

Following a tumultuous first weekend in office – consumed by Mr Trump’s criticism of the media’s inauguration coverage – the president sought to refocus on the sweeping, yet often vague, promises he made as a candidate.

He campaigned as a fierce opponent of multilateral trade agreements, particularly the 12-nation Pacific Rim deal agreed upon by his predecessor, Barack Obama.

Earlier, Mr Trump spoke with business leaders and warned that he would impose a “substantial border tax” on companies that move their manufacturing out of the United States.

He also promised tax advantages to companies which produce goods domestically.

“All you have to do is stay,” he said during a meeting in the White House’s Roosevelt Room.

President Trump’s comments on trade and the economy came before his communications director, Sean Spicer, set out the administration’s position on other issues during a press conference.

Mr Spicer reiterated the president’s support for energy projects such as the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline and said Mr Trump would seek to defend territories that are in international waters, including those in the South China Sea.

He also said President Trump would visit the Pentagon to attend a ceremony for his newly confirmed defence secretary, retired General James Mattis. It is expected Mr Trump will hold discussions with Mr Mattis and the Joint Chiefs of Staff to review the fight against Islamic State.

Stressing that the Trump administration’s intention was “never to lie”, Mr Spicer revealed plans to designate four “Skype seats” in the White House briefing room in a bid to open press conferences to alternative news outlets.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Julie Pace"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4346936.1485211490!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4346936.1485211490!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Donald Trump signed an Executive Order withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Picture: AFP/Getty Images","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Donald Trump signed an Executive Order withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Picture: AFP/Getty Images","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4346936.1485211490!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/world/china-closes-111-golf-courses-to-save-water-and-land-1-4346867","id":"1.4346867","articleHeadline": "China closes 111 golf courses to save water and land","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1485204554000 ,"articleLead": "


China has launched a renewed crackdown on golf, closing 111 courses in an effort to conserve water and land.

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The courses were closed for improperly using groundwater, arable land or protected land within nature reserves, the state-run Xinhua News Agency said on Sunday.

The agency said authorities have imposed restrictions on 65 more courses.

China banned the development of new golf courses in 2004, when it had fewer than 200. Since that time, the number of courses has more than tripled.

Developers build courses under the guise of parks or other projects, often with the tacit approval of local officials.

In one example chronicled by state media, an illegal golf course boasting 58 villas was originally built as a “public sports park,” only to be secretly converted later. Many of China’s cities, meanwhile, face severe land shortages and skyrocketing real estate prices.

Golf has also come under scrutiny by way of the sweeping anti-corruption campaign launched under Chinese president Xi Jinping.

The ruling Communist Party warned its 88 million members in 2015 not to play golf, likening it to “extravagant eating and drinking” and other bad habits that were at odds with the party’s stated principles.

An editorial in the China Daily newspaper the following spring clarified that party cadres were not to take free memberships or rounds.

China has veered over the years between rejecting and supporting golf. Amid a spirit of austerity and attacks on the country’s former elites, Mao Zedong banned golf after the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. One Shanghai golf course was turned into the city zoo. Golf began to take off in the 1980s under Deng Xiaoping, the Chinese leader who instituted sweeping economic reforms and courted foreign investment.

By the 1990s, a course designed by Jack Nicklaus opened at Mission Hills in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. Mission Hills now has 12 courses and is the largest golf resort in the world.

As in football and basketball, the government has invested in developing homegrown golf talent by importing coaches and promoting the sport.

Australian golfer Greg Norman served for a time as an adviser to China’s national team. And there are as many as 10,000 youth golfers and more than 300 international-standard competitions each year, said Wang Liwei, secretary-general of the China Golf Association.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Normaan Merchant"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4346866.1485204494!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4346866.1485204494!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The Communist Party has warned its members off golf, comparing it to extravagant eating. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The Communist Party has warned its members off golf, comparing it to extravagant eating. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4346866.1485204494!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/world/exiled-gambian-ruler-accused-of-stealing-millions-of-pounds-1-4346865","id":"1.4346865","articleHeadline": "Exiled Gambian ruler accused of stealing millions of pounds","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1485204286000 ,"articleLead": "

Exiled Gambian ruler Yahya Jammeh has been accused of stealing millions of pounds in his final weeks in power, and shipping out luxury vehicles by cargo plane.

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Mai Ahmad Fatty, a special adviser for the new president, said Mr Jammeh made off with £9.2 million during a two-week period alone.

Meanwhile, a regional military force rolled in, greeted by cheers, to secure the West African nation so that democratically elected president Adama Barrow could return home.

He remained in neighbouring Senegal, where he took the oath of office on Thursday because of concerns for his safety.

Mr Jammeh lost an election in December to Mr Barrow. He at first conceded defeat but then challenged the vote. That appeared to be the final straw for the international community, which had been alarmed by his moves in recent years to declare an Islamic republic and leave the Commonwealth.

Mr Barrow will now begin forming a Cabinet and working with Gambia’s national assembly to reverse the state of emergency Mr Jammeh declared during his final days in power.

Mr Fatty said the president would “return home as soon as possible”.

Underscoring the challenges facing the new administration, Mr Fatty revealed the disappearance of the £9.2m.

He said that was only what they had discovered so far since Mr Jammeh and his family took an offer of exile after more than 22 years in power and departed late on Saturday.

“The Gambia is in financial distress. The coffers are virtually empty. That is a state of fact,” Mr Fatty said.

“It has been confirmed by technicians in the ministry of finance and the Central Bank of the Gambia.”

Mr Fatty also confirmed a Chadian cargo plane had transported luxury goods out of the country on Mr Jammeh’s behalf during his final hours in power, including an unknown number of vehicles.

He said officials at the Gambia airport had been ordered not to allow any of Mr Jammeh’s belongings to leave.

Separately, it appeared that some of his goods remained in Guinea, where Mr Jammeh and his closest allies stopped on their flight into exile.

Mr Fatty said officials regretted the situation, but it appeared that the damage had been done, leaving the new government with little recourse to recoup the funds.

Mr Jammeh was known for startling declarations such as his claim that bananas and herbal rubs could cure Aids.

He went into exile under mounting international pressure, with a wave to supporters as soldiers wept.

He is now in Equatorial Guinea, which is home to Africa’s longest-serving ruler and is not a state party to the International Criminal Court.

Guinea’s opposition has denounced the government’s decision to welcome Mr Jammeh.

President Teodoro Obiang will be held responsible “for what might occur” as a result of Mr Jammeh’s presence on the country’s soil, according to Andres Esono Ondo, secretary general of the opposition Convergence for Social Democracy.

The Democratic Opposition Front said Mr Jammeh should not qualify for political asylum because he triggered Gambia’s crisis by refusing to step down for weeks after he lost 
the December vote to Mr Barrow.

“We are not against Pan-Africanism, but we are in favour of a more objective Pan-Africanism that does not consist in just bringing over the waste of Africa,” the group said.

Mr Barrow will also launch a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate alleged human rights abuses by Mr Jammeh’s regime.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Krista Larson"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4346864.1485204228!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4346864.1485204228!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "People cheer Senegalese Economic Community of West African States soldiers as they arrive in Gambias capital. Picture: AFP/Getty Images","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "People cheer Senegalese Economic Community of West African States soldiers as they arrive in Gambias capital. Picture: AFP/Getty Images","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4346864.1485204228!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/film/revealed-name-of-next-star-wars-instalment-announced-1-4346701","id":"1.4346701","articleHeadline": "Revealed: Name of next Star Wars instalment announced","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1485194063000 ,"articleLead": "

The name for the next instalment in the Star Wars film franchise has been revealed as The Last Jedi.

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The eighth Star Wars film, otherwise known as Star Wars: Episode VIII, follows 2015’s successful The Force Awakens, the first of a new sequel trilogy.

A tweet shared by the Star Wars account read: “It’s official. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the next chapter of the Skywalker saga. This December. #TheLastJedi.”

The film will see previous Star Wars actors, including Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, reprising their roles.

Carrie Fisher, who died in December aged 60, will also appear in The Last Jedi, in what has been promised as her last outing as General Leia Organa.

Star Wars makers Lucasfilm said there were no plans to digitally recreate Fisher - who rose to fame in the first Star Wars film in 1977 as Princess Leia - to appear in future episodes of the movie saga, although she had finished filming her scenes in Star Wars eight before her death.

The film company said in a statement: ‘’There is a rumour circulating that we would like to address.

‘’We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa.’’

The Last Jedi has been written and directed by Rian Johnson, while The Force Awakens’s director J.J. Abrams took on the role of executive producer, along with Jason McGatlin and Tom Karnowski.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is slated for release on 15 December 2017.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "Russell Jackson"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4346700.1485194004!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4346700.1485194004!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The next instalment will follow on from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Picture: Contributed","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The next instalment will follow on from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Picture: Contributed","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4346700.1485194004!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/scottish-monk-accused-of-child-abuse-arrested-in-sydney-1-4346586","id":"1.4346586","articleHeadline": "Scottish monk accused of child abuse arrested in Sydney","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1485187077000 ,"articleLead": "

A former Catholic monk accused of child abuse at a Scottish school has been arrested in Australia, it has been reported.

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The BBC said Father Denis \"Chrysostom\" Alexander had been remanded in custody in Sydney pending his extradition back to Scotland to face trial.

He is one of several monks accused of abusing boys at the former Fort Augustus Abbey boarding school in the Highlands.

The Crown Office declined to comment.

Father Alexander has always denied the allegations.

In 2013, he was confronted by BBC Scotland in Sydney as part of a documentary which led to a police investigation.

He is expected to face a further hearing on Wednesday at the local court in New South Wales, where it will emerge if he will oppose the extradition or not.

" ,"byline": {"email": "newsdeskts@scotsman.com" ,"author": "Angus Howarth"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4346585.1485186709!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4346585.1485186709!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The abuse is alleged to have taken place at Fort Augustus Abbey","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The abuse is alleged to have taken place at Fort Augustus Abbey","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4346585.1485186709!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/business/companies/retail/mcdonald-s-sees-sales-increase-despite-home-market-slump-1-4346490","id":"1.4346490","articleHeadline": "McDonald’s sees sales increase despite home market slump","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1485181996000 ,"articleLead": "

Global like-for-like sales at fast food giant McDonald’s lifted 2.7 per cent as growth overseas offset a drop in the US.

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The world’s biggest burger chain attributed the decline at home to a tough comparison with the same quarter a year earlier, when it launched its all-day breakfast menu.

READ MORE: Burger giant McDonald’s to create thousands of UK jobs

However, the results illustrate the challenges for the firm in its push to revitalise its image while facing broader industry challenges, including supermarkets and convenience stores selling more prepared foods.

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" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "RUSSELL JACKSON"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4346489.1485182052!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4346489.1485182052!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Higher overseas sales for McDonald's offset a decline in the US for the burger giant. Picture: Contributed","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Higher overseas sales for McDonald's offset a decline in the US for the burger giant. Picture: Contributed","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4346489.1485182052!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/lesley-riddoch-missile-misfire-in-more-ways-than-one-1-4346069","id":"1.4346069","articleHeadline": "Lesley Riddoch: Missile misfire in more ways than one","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1485161679000 ,"articleLead": "

The Trident troubles and Trump presidency should trigger a complete re-think on our defence, writes Lesley Riddoch

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“For many decades, we’ve … subsidized the armies of other countries, while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military. We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own.” In his 15-minute-long speech, Trump also made no mention of Nato, Britain, Europe or the European Union.

It was a shockingly clear statement of the new President’s foreign priorities. Apart from eliminating ISIS and cosying up to Israel -- there are none. And in case anyone still failed to catch his drift, the Donald spelled it out in two words.

“A new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital …. America first.”

Of course, this comes on top of Trump’s recent reference to Nato as “obsolete,” the praise heaped on Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the admission that he doesn’t really care if the European Union survives. If European politicians were nervous about President Trump’s intentions, Saturday’s speech must have pushed them close to the edge.

And then came the weekend news that a Trident missile misfired off the coast of America just before the Commons vote to renew the nuclear weapons system in July 2016 – a damaging revelation that was allegedly kept from the public and MPs by a Whitehall cover up.

Theresa May, grilled on the subject by Andrew Marr on BBC1, was supremely unconvincing. Asked four times if she knew about the test failure at the time of the Commons debate, the Prime Minister insisted the debate had focused on the weapons system’s renewal not its efficacy and then tried to change the subject onto Jeremy Corbyn’s repeated Trident flip-flops. Her answers were weak, evasive and surprising – why didn’t she just play the usual “confidentiality of national security” joker card and close the discussion down?

The story wasn’t gathering much traction until this unexpected Prime Ministerial wobble.

Now the SNP’s Westminster Leader Angus Robertson MP has demanded that Theresa May comes to parliament this week and tell MPs exactly what - and when - she knew about the Trident malfunction and her government’s alleged cover up. Labour and the Lib Dems have echoed that call.

Angus Robertson said: “Trident is obscenely expensive and morally repugnant. If we now have to add that there is a real possibility it is unreliable and unsafe - then there must be massive question marks about its viability.”

So will Theresa May be forced to eat humble pie in the Commons before jetting off to assume the dubious title of being the first foreign Head of State to meet President Trump? Not likely. But at a time when the different political cultures of Scotland and Britain are laid bare over Brexit, she won’t want to hand the SNP another rod to beat her government with – especially when 58 of Scotland’s 59 MPs voted against Trident renewal, yet the project went ahead. Every opinion poll shows the Scottish public favours scrapping Trident, and in 2007 Holyrood voted by 71 to 16 (with 39 abstentions) against renewal.

The Scottish Government estimated the £350 million budget for preparatory work could have financed 8,333 nurses, 9,722 teachers, 43 primary schools, 18 secondary schools or 18 community hospitals.

And of course £350m is only a tiny fraction of the £200 billion total final spend.

Restarting arguments like this won’t help Theresa May as she approaches a likely rebuff by the Supreme Court this week forcing her to let the Scottish Parliament have a formal say in the conduct and content of Brexit negotiations.

She certainly won’t want the misfire incident to connect with Donald Trump’s snarling hostility towards Europe and force a rethink of national security.

Yet that is precisely what must happen after this explosive chain of events.

In future, America isn’t coming to the rescue of Europe and now a misfire suggests Trident may be unreliable. Does that make the weapons system more essential or highly expendable?

British voters may be heaving a sigh of relief that The Donald has nothing to do with our decision – the problem is, he does.

The UK doesn’t own its Trident missiles, but leases them from the United States. British submarines visit a US Navy base for repairs, maintenance and re-arming.

Indeed, the reason the misfire happened so close to American soil is that Britain has no test site of its own and must try out weapons under American supervision at Cape Canaveral.

Important Trident technology is provided directly by America, British technology is taken from US designs and Britain’s nuclear sites are partly run by the American companies Lockheed Martin and Halliburton.

Some argue this means nothing.

“Just because my car is made in Japan or Germany, doesn’t mean it’s not my car to drive,” says Thomas Karako, a senior fellow with the International Security Program and the Project on Nuclear Issues at the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies.

But Ted Seay, a senior policy consultant at the London-based British American Security Information Council -- who spent three years as part of the US Mission to Nato -- thinks otherwise.

“If you’re thinking about launching nuclear weapons at Russia or perhaps Iran, it has to be fought out around the Nato table. To say that you could launch a unilateral attack over the heads of Nato and Washington might be theoretically true, but practically speaking it’s rubbish.”

Indeed, a White Paper by the Select Committee on Defence in 2006 seems to bear that out and expose the extent of Britain’s nuclear reliance on America.

“One way the USA could show its displeasure [with the UK} would be to cut off the technical support needed to send Trident to sea. The USA has the ability to deny access to GPS (as well as weather and gravitational data) at any time, rendering that form of navigation and targeting useless if the UK were to launch without US approval.”

Prophetic words penned a decade ago when Donald Trump was just managing real estate. Surely, any responsible and responsive government would now rethink the wisdom of backing Trident? Perhaps Mrs May can squeeze it in to discussions in Washington this week.

Or maybe not.

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Theresa May and Donald Trump will hold talks this week on slashing tariffs on existing trade between Britain and the United States and making it easier for workers to move between the two countries, it has been reported.

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The Prime Minister will be the first foreign leader to meet the US president on Friday and is likely to press the case for a post-Brexit free trade agreement between the two countries.

Moves could be made to cut tariffs on existing imports and exports and on easing restrictions on Britons who want to work in the US and vice-versa, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Mrs May has already said the pair could look at removing barriers to trade before striking a formal agreement once the UK becomes free to do so after Brexit.

The PM has also insisted Mr Trump was looking for “early” talks on a free trade deal despite concerns over his “America first” strategy.

She told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday: “He and people around him have also spoken of the importance of a trade arrangement with the United Kingdom and that is something they are looking to talk to us about at an early stage, and I would expect to be able to talk to him about that alongside the other issues I will be discussing with him when I am in Washington.”

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The Oval Office summit will also examine global issues like tackling terrorism, the Syrian civil war, relations with Russia and the role of Nato.

Mrs May told Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg on Sunday that during the meeting she would emphasise the importance of the military alliance for collective defence and highlight the need for it to respond to modern threats like terrorism and cyber security.

The PM and Mr Trump could also make the case for other Nato countries to match their commitment to spend at least 2% of GDP on defence.

Downing Street said the talks would mainly be an opportunity to “get to know one another” and “establish the basis for a productive working relationship”.

Mrs May has stressed she will tell Mr Trump when she finds his behaviour “unacceptable” - a criticism she has already levelled at him over his suggestion that his fame allowed him to grab women “by the pussy”.

The president’s numerous highly controversial remarks about women inspired more than a million people to join anti-Trump women’s marches in Britain, the US and around the world on Saturday.

Mrs May said being the first world leader to hold talks with Mr Trump is the “biggest statement” she can make about the global role of women.

The Prime Minister will travel to the US on Thursday when she will become the first foreign serving head of state or government to address the annual congressional Republican retreat, when it gathers for its 30th anniversary in Philadelphia.

Her early meeting with the president will be seen as a major coup following an uneasy start to relations with Mr Trump following November’s election.

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Those tempted to despair after Trump’s inauguration should follow the example of demonstrators across the globe, writes Dani Garavelli

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In the darkest of times, you take your comfort where you find it. Waking up on Friday morning to see images of #bridgesnotwalls banners draped on river crossings from London to Nepal provided the tiniest glimmer of light; enough to help me overcome the urge to courie under the duvet and pretend that, on the other side of the Atlantic, the worst was not happening. Enough to help me face the Trump inauguration head-on.

Because that’s the temptation, isn’t it? To withdraw from the bleakness of it all. To blank out what you can’t control. Over the past year, the alt-right has ridden the crest of an almighty populist wave that neither righteous passion nor hard-headed reason could prevent from crashing on to the shore. Now, Trump – a man not fit to shine Obama’s shoes – is taking his place in the White House, and shows no sign of moderating his views. Why not just pull the shutters down on the outside world until his four years are up? In various cartoons, even the presidential heads at Mount Rushmore shield their eyes from a future they cannot bear to witness, while the marble Lincoln buries his head in his hands in despair.

Yet – as David Remnick wrote in his brilliant post-election essay, An American Tragedy – “despair is no answer. To combat authoritarianism, to call out lies, to struggle honourably and fiercely in the name of American ideals – that is what is left to do.” To give up that struggle – to slink off to a corner and lick our wounds – is to hand Trump control not only of a global superpower, but of our very souls.

Hillary Clinton understands that. How much easier would it have been for her to join the Democrats’ boycott and rail about the injustice of it all: the hacked emails, the health smears, the fact she won the popular vote by almost three million? How tough must it have been to sit and listen to Trump deliver a speech every bit as combative as he gave on the campaign trail? But she turned out, in suffragette white and with her head held high, proving that all the hatred he could muster hadn’t crushed her. Ditto Michelle Obama, who managed to do all that was required as a outgoing First Lady without, for one second, concealing her seditious heart.

This is why yesterday’s women’s marches – and particularly the march on Washington – were so very important. Yes, they were a rallying cry to protect racial, gender and LGBT equality, affordable healthcare, abortion rights, voting rights. But they were also simply a display of strength and solidarity; a defiant refusal to be swept out of our depth on the rip tide of history.

Not everybody got it; some commentators complained that, with no defined aims, the protests were evidence of the “pointlessness of modern feminism”. For a while too it looked as if though they might be sabotaged by internal wrangling. There was the perennial problem of white activists dominating the event – particularly contentious given that Trump attracted 53% of the white female vote. But there were other faultlines too – divisions over sex worker and transgender rights, for example – which were seized on by anti-feminists as proof they couldn’t organise themselves without a cat fight.

But then the 1963 March on Washington – from which this event took its inspiration – was beset by similar controversies. Malcolm X called it the Farce on Washington; Stokely Carmichael of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee said it was “a sanitised, middle-class version of the real black movement”. There were disagreements over its purpose and the extent to which it should criticise the Kennedy administration.

Like their forebears, the organisers of the women’s marches worked together to keep competing factions on board: they made sure white women weren’t taking over, took care to welcome anyone who supported their cause and drew up policy agendas.

In the US, the context for the marches was clear: Trump’s contemptuous attitude towards women – the leaked “grab them by the pussy” videotape, the allegations of sexual assault, the suggestion women should be punished for having abortions – have all raised fears about the impact of his presidency.

But there are also battles to be fought elsewhere; in Kenya, they are preoccupied by women’s land and inheritance rights, FGM and the trafficking of women and children; in France, by the threat the rise of their own right-wing poses to women’s reproductive rights. Even in Scotland, there are issues to be addressed; just last week, the inadequacy of the criminal justice system was laid bare when a judge ruled a woman had indeed been raped by two footballers back in 2011. A victory for sure, but why was the victim forced to pursue her case through the civil courts after the Crown dropped the criminal charges?

More pressing than the specific priorities of individual countries, however, is the desire to come together to show that we will not be swayed by dangerous demagoguery; that we will keep on opposing an ideology we abhor.

The original March on Washington brought a direct political dividend in the shape of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill. It is unlikely the women’s marches will have as tangible a legacy. But the thought of hundreds of thousands descending on the National Mall, where hours earlier Trump pledged to put “America First”, 
is nevertheless empowering. Protest keeps progressive values visible. It says: “We are still here and we are still fighting.”

In her concession speech, Hillary Clinton urged her followers not to surrender to despondency. “Let us not grow weary, let us not lose heart, for there are more seasons to come. And there is more work to do,” she said. We need to nurse our wrath, now, not allow it to ebb away because we have lost faith in our power to change the world. Continuing to call out Trump’s lies and proto-facism may make a difference; it may not. But fighting back is the only way to keep our own identity intact. It’s how we save ourselves.

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More than a million people joined women’s marches in cities across the world yesterday to protest against policies championed by President Trump.

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In the UK, marches took place in Edinburgh, London, Cardiff, Bristol and other cities. Smaller events were held in places including Lerwick, in Shetland, and the Isle of Eigg.

But the biggest protests were held in the US, where more than 500,000 people gathered for a rally outside the US Capitol building in Washington DC. Other protest rallies took place in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles as Americans woke up to the first day of a Trump presidency.

Celebrities Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Schumer and Patricia Arquette were among the demonstrators at the Washington event.

Ugly Betty star America Ferrera, who helped organise the march, told the crowd: “It’s been a heartbreaking time to be both a woman and immigrant in this country.

“But the president is not America. His cabinet is not America. Congress is not America. We are America and we are here to stay.”

Hillary Clinton tweeted her support to the marchers, thanking them for “standing, speaking and marching for our values”.

Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman also joined the march. She said: “The best of us was bested by not the best of them.”

Many of the women in Washington wore pink knitted hats with cat ears – a reference to comments made by Trump in a 2005 leaked video in which he bragged about grabbing women “by the pussy”.

Protesters carried signs with anti-Trump slogans including “Not my president” and “Predator in chief”.

Beginning at the American Embassy in London, the London Women’s March made its way around the streets of the capital and to a rally in Trafalgar Square. An estimated 100,000 people took part.

The movement states on its website that the US election “proved a catalyst for a grassroots movement of women to assert the positive values that the politics of fear denies”.

Organisers called for people to join them “as part of an international day of action in solidarity” on President Trump’s first full day in the Oval Office.

People across all ages and genders descended on Grosvenor Square holding a rainbow of placards with slogans such as “Dump Trump”, “Reject hate, reclaim politics” and “No to racism, no to Trump”.

Labour MP Harriet Harman was joined on the march by friend and American-British playwright Bonnie Greer.

Referring to outgoing US president Barack Obama, Harman said: “It’s just a shame they have a two-term limit, isn’t it?”

Greer warned that Trump’s presidency was “not a joke”, adding: “This is for real and I think this march demonstrates that London understands that.”

Labour MP Yvette Cooper, who spoke at the rally, said: “When the most powerful man in the world says it’s OK to sexually assault women because you are rich and powerful, we have to stand up and say no way.”

She added: “I think this is a march for equality and action for the future. We don’t want the clock being turned back on women’s equality.”

In Germany one protester held up a sign which read: “Mr Trump, you are no Berliner.”

Edinburgh Rally

At least 2,000 people gathered outside the US consulate in Edinburgh to show their opposition to President Trump.

The protesters, mainly women, object to the alleged sexism, racism and homophobia of the newly inaugurated US leader.

One of the organisers of the Scottish event, Leah Higgins from Lanarkshire, said it was important to show people in America who were worried by the Trump presidency they were not alone.

She said: “I organised this to show solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the US.

“There’s many of these (events) going on all over the world and I felt Scotland should have one as well.

“It’s been overwhelming. We’ve had so much support. I’m just really happy that so many people have turned up.”

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It was grimly compelling, wasn’t it? Donald Trump’s speech after being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States was so ostentatiously awful, so devoid of class or statesmanship that one could only despair that this punk, this lousy huckster duped so many Americans.

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Before Trump made his entrance at the inauguration, television cameras lingered on former presidents gathered to witness proceedings. So dreadful is the prospect of President Trump that I looked at George W Bush and wished it could have been him, instead.

A popular delusion since Trump won, last November, has been the belief that he would, on taking office, somehow stop being a puffed up braggart and bully and become a statesmen worthy of the position he holds.

This metamorphosis did not transpire. Instead, Trump delivered without question the worst speech to have been heard at a presidential inauguration. It was petty, it was isolationist, and it was dumb.

President Trump says he wants to make America great again. On Friday, he made America look stupid.

That this ridiculous, graceless oaf should now be one of the most powerful men on the planet is an embarrassment to the USA.

Trump’s rambling address was a masterclass in how not to rise to an occasion. His predecessor, Barack Obama, looked on, his presence throwing into sharp focus just how dreadful the new president is.

The spiv in the White House is now a hostage to his undeliverable promises. Having risen to power by relentlessly attacking what he characterises as the betrayal of voters by politicians, Trump now faces the inevitability of his own failure to make good on his claims.

We have witnessed the sordid consequences of a “new” politics which doesn’t thrive on ideas but on cheap, rabble-rousing populism. Of course, there is nothing “new” about this technique: it has been the practice of demagogues throughout history.

Trump – just like the Ukip and right-wing Tory champions of Brexit – feeds on fear and insecurity. He has succeeded by telling voters that, yes, they are right to be angry, they are right to be scared.

It may be tempting to write Trump’s election off as an anomaly, to reassure ourselves that good sense will soon prevail and more moderate figures will rise in response to him. This is not an inevitability. Trump has lowered the bar for what is acceptable in political campaigning and we should not be at all surprised if his presence in the White House ushers in a new era of divisive populism. There may, I fear, be worse than Trump to come.

Here in the UK, Trump’s fellow nationalists of the anti-EU campaign have previously suggested that having wrecked our trading relationship with the rest of Europe, we are now in the position to strike new deals with the US and others. One wonders how interested the new president with his America “first” rhetoric will be in making life easy for British exporters.

Trump’s election became possible because of real – if often unfocused – anger at what voters saw as an isolated establishment; people felt ignored and left behind by “elites”.

Similar sentiment is strong among British voters. The pro-Brexit campaign promised easy solutions to the frustrations of the electorate.

I’m bound to say that, though the rhetoric may be markedly different in tone, the pro-independence movement in Scotland uses the same technique.

Just as Trump attacked the American political establishment for being out of touch and Ukip rounded on the UK’s mainstream parties during its campaign to take us out of Europe, the SNP points to Westminster as the source of any and all of the problems facing Scotland.

The election of Trump should give us pause for thought about politicians who offer quick fixes.

The SNP is now engaged in a new campaign to build support for a second independence referendum. Brexit will be so economically damaging to the UK, they say, that only a break from our neighbours on these islands will protect Scotland.

But, behind that message, lies the reality – pointedly ignored by senior Scottish nationalists – that we benefit disproportionately from our place in the UK. An independent Scotland would, according to the Scottish Government’s own figures, face a financial black hole of around £15 billion a year.

Those who disdain Trump for his ignorance of reality should be equally concerned that the SNP cynically chooses to pretend the financial cost of independence would not devastate services.

It strikes me that this is a good time for those voters in Scotland who consider themselves to be progressive to consider whether the rise of the right in England marks a good time to abandon voters, south of the border, who may wish to see a more moderate politics prevail once more.

Is now the time to isolate ourselves or should there be a new drive to unite against the darker, angrier politics that’s gaining momentum?

Of course, the SNP insists that its is a gentle, “civic” nationalism, but a barrier between people is still a barrier, no matter how tastefully it may be decorated.

It is deeply unfashionable to be an outward-looking political pragmatist, these days. To identify as such is to mark oneself out as a member of the “metropolitan elite”.

Populists dismiss those who deal in nuance as ineffective and distant but the alternative they offer is division.

Twenty years ago, the rise of “third way” politics seemed to signal the end of old battles between left and right. It promised an end to the politics of extremes and a future where those of differing views might meet in the middle to find political solutions to the problems of the day. That centrist approach may not now be fashionable but its objectives remain admirable.

As Trump takes his place on the world stage and English nationalists drive the UK to the right, we can react by turning our backs on the whole damned mess or we can do something more difficult – we can reach out to others and unite against these dark forces.

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At least 16 people were killed after a bus taking Hungarian schoolchildren home from a trip to France was engulfed in a fireball after slamming into a road barrier in northern Italy.

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Thirty-nine people survived the crash, although dozens were seriously injured.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash, in which the bus veered into an overpass support column on the A4 motorway near Verona.

The bus was returning to Budapest with students aged 15 to 17 who had been on a mountain holiday.

The impact of the crash shortly before midnight on Friday was so strong that some passengers were thrown out of the vehicle.

It is understood the bus burst into flames shortly afterwards.

Sixteen badly burned bodies were pulled from the wreckage. Of the 39 survivors, 26 were injured, some seriously. The 13 who did not need medical attention were taken to a nearby police station.

Hungarian foreign minister Peter Szijjarto told reporters in Budapest: “One passenger is currently in an induced coma and in life-threatening condition.”

Details of the cause of the crash remained unclear, but Szijjarto said the bus driver lost control of the vehicle, which hit a guard rail and then the overpass support before catching fire. Investigators found no brake marks at the scene.

There were also reports that a Slovenian lorry driver who was travelling behind the bus had noticed a problem with one of its wheels and tried to alert the driver.

According to Italian news agency Ansa, Judit Timaffy, Hungary’s consul-general in Milan, said that a number of the pupils were saved by a sports teacher, who returned to the middle of the fire to drag them out. The teacher suffered burns as a result.

In Budapest, the foreign ministry said official information was that there were 54 passengers, including adults accompanying the students, and two drivers aboard, but it believes the actual number was higher – for reasons yet to be determined.

The bus crash caps a tragic week for Italy in which an avalanche buried a hotel in the Rigopiano resort in the Gran Sasso mountains.

Emergency crews yesterday continued their search for more survivors in the Hotel Rigopiano after pulling out four people from the rubble overnight.

Nine people have so far been found alive in the rubble following Wednesday’s avalanche. Around 30 
people were in the hotel at the time.

Two other people escaped the devastation just before the avalanche struck, including Giampiero Parete, a chef holidaying with his family who first sounded the alarm by calling his boss.

He was reunited with his wife and two children yesterday after they were among the first to be located and extracted from the debris.

Firefighter spokesman Alberto Maiolo said four bodies had been found in the rubble, in addition to the four people pulled out alive overnight.

“We are trying to verify if there are other people and when we will be able to pull them out,” he said.

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Twenty people were killed and scores injured after a bomb exploded at a bustling market in Pakistan yesterday.

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The blast in the city of Parachinar, near the Afghanistan border, left at least 50 people injured,

A faction of the Pakistani Taleban (TTP) had claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that its goal was “to avenge the killing of our associates”.

The group’s spokesman said it wanted to “teach a lesson to Shiites for their support for Bashar al-Assad”, referring to the Syrian president.

Unconfirmed reports suggested the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) hidden in a box of vegetables, although other reports suggested a suicide bomber was responsible.

Ashiq Hussain, who was buying fruit when the bomb went off, said: “There was a big bang and I saw a dark cloud of smoke and dust before passing out.”

When he regained consciousness, he added that he saw people bleeding and severed limbs.

Shahid Khan, an assistant tribal administrator in the city – the capital of Pakistan’s Kurram tribal region – said the explosion took place when the market was crowded with retailers buying fruit and vegetables from a wholesale shop.

Dr Sabir Hussain, a doctor at the main hospital in Parachinar, said that 11 critically wounded people were brought to the facility but died during treatment.

He said several others remained in a serious condition and were being moved to other hospitals for better care.

The bombing took place in a predominantly Shiite area of Kurram, which has been attacked in the past by Sunni militants who have hideouts there. Shiites are a minority in Pakistan.

Kurram has been the scene of increased militant activities in recent years. The army carried out a massive operation against extremists but they still have the capacity to strike.

A spokesman for the TTP warned that his Sunni Muslim group would continue attacking Shia Muslims if they back president Assad, whose regime is entrenched in a six-year civil war that has claimed more than 310,000 lives.

Shiite leader Faqir Hussain said the bodies of the victims were brought to a Shiite mosque.

Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, the provincial governor, told local Geo television that the remnants of militant groups targeted by security forces were trying to show their existence with such attacks.

“Terrorists have been largely eliminated by our security forces and the remaining will soon meet their fate if we all together rise against them,” he said.

In December 2015, an IED blast at the same market killed at least 23 people and wounded more than 30.

Pakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif has issued a statement expressing his grief over the latest loss of 
life.

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Turkey will hold a referendum on whether to greatly expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office.

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The country’s parliament yesterday approved a contentious constitutional reform package that paves the way for the vote.

The decision marks a victory for Erdogan, a divisive but overall popular figure, who critics view as increasingly autocratic.

In an all-night session that ended early yesterday, politicians voted in favour of a set of amendments presented by the ruling party, founded by Erdogan.

The reform bill cleared the minimum threshold necessary to put the measures to a national referendum for final approval.

The vote took place with 488 parliamentarians in the 550-seat assembly in attendance, and 339 voted yes, 142 no, five cast empty ballots and two were ruled out as invalid.

Prime minister Binali Yildirim celebrated the result, saying the decision was now in the hands of the Turkish people, who would make the right choice.

“Don’t you ever doubt that the people will most certainly make the best decision regarding the constitutional reforms,” he said.

“Our people will head to the polls, will vote with their hearts and minds and make the best choice for Turkey.”

A public vote on the issue is expected as early as 26 March, and no later than mid-April, according to officials of the ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP.

Opposition parties see the changes as a bid to cement the powers of Erdogan, who has established a de-facto presidential system since coming into the office in 2014.

Some complained that restrictions on the press and intense pressure to toe the line had left no space for them to air their views.

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, head of the opposition Republican People’s Party, condemned the outcome, saying parliament had “handed over its own authority” and “betrayed” its history.

He vowed to lead a “struggle for democracy” to have the reforms rejected.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "SUZAN FRASER"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4345469.1485032322!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4345469.1485032322!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Turkeys prime minister Binali Yildirim speaks in parliament in Ankara. Picture: Getty Images","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Turkeys prime minister Binali Yildirim speaks in parliament in Ankara. Picture: Getty Images","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4345469.1485032322!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/anti-trump-protesters-gather-outside-us-consulate-in-edinburgh-1-4345103","id":"1.4345103","articleHeadline": "Anti-Trump protesters gather outside US consulate in Edinburgh","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1485020307000 ,"articleLead": "

MORE than 2,000 people gathered outside the US Consulate in Edinburgh in support of women’s rights following US president Donald Trump’s inauguration.

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The event was one of hundreds taking place across the world to coincide with the women’s march in Washington DC.

The Edinburgh march was organised by Leah Higgins and Calum Stewart, both aged 16.

Campaigner Alys Mumford said the event had “ballooned” in scale as word spread through social media and word-of-mouth.

Many people had travelled from towns and cities across Scotland to attend.

They donned knitted pink hats and carried placards and banners with slogans such as “Love Trumps Hate” and “Dump Trump”.

They came together to show solidarity with women in the US, “particularly women of colour, LGBTI women and disabled women, who are fearful of what this presidency will mean”, Ms Mumford said.

She added: “This is the first action of many that women will be taking against misogynistic politics.”

The event followed a series of protests in Scotland against the Trump presidency, including a march to the US Consulate timed to coincide with the inauguration on Friday, and banner drops in cities and towns across the country as part of the global ‘Bridges not Walls’ campaign.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": ""} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4345276.1485074355!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4345276.1485074355!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "The Edinburgh protest event was one of hundreds taking place across the world to coincide with the womens march in Washington DC. Picture: Lisa Ferguson","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "The Edinburgh protest event was one of hundreds taking place across the world to coincide with the womens march in Washington DC. Picture: Lisa Ferguson","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4345276.1485074355!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4345277.1485020152!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4345277.1485020152!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Organisers Leah Higgins and Calum Stewart. Picture: Lisa Ferguson","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Organisers Leah Higgins and Calum Stewart. Picture: Lisa Ferguson","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4345277.1485020152!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/ross-douthat-how-the-obama-legacy-crumbled-1-4344864","id":"1.4344864","articleHeadline": "Ross Douthat: How the Obama legacy crumbled","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1484978400000 ,"articleLead": "

Much of the progress made in the former President’s first four years in office was undone during his second term says Ross Douthat

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If you had set out to assess President Barack Obama’s legacy four years ago, when he won re-election convincingly over Mitt Romney, the assessment might have gone like this. On foreign policy, reasonably high marks: Osama bin Laden dead, disengagement from Iraq without disaster, no major wars or catastrophic blunders.

In electoral politics, likewise: a successful re-election that seemed to betoken a sustained realignment for the Democrats. On the economy, lower grades: a depression averted, but record deficits, stagnant growth and stubborn elevated unemployment. On Obamacare, his signature achievement, a grade of incomplete, awaiting its implementation.

What’s interesting is that four years later, as the president leaves the White House, several of those assessments could be essentially reversed. His economic stewardship looks more impressive than it did in 2012: The United States hasn’t escaped the stagnation trap entirely, but unemployment has fallen well below the levels that even Romney promised to deliver. His foreign policy record, on the other hand, looks worse: The Iraq withdrawal paved a path for the Islamic State, Vladimir Putin repeatedly seemed to outmaneuver the Obamanauts, and globally the Pax Americana is at its wobbliest since the Cold War.

And in electoral politics, instead of the great Obama realignment, we have a Democratic Party reduced to rubble and the staggering ascent of Donald Trump.

The swift shifts should make us cautious about assuming that the landscape of early 2017 can tell us anything too dispositive about how the departing president will be remembered - especially given how much of Obama’s policy legacy now depends upon the still-unknowable intentions and capacities of President Trump.

But with that proviso, here are a few guesses as to how that legacy will ultimately be judged.

First, the core domestic agenda that Obama actually enacted, from the stimulus to the health care law to the auto bailouts and lesser maneuvers, may be remembered more favorably than most conservatives assume. Its flaws were manifold, and one can spin a happier counterfactual - for the Democratic Party’s political fortunes, especially - involving a more modest health care bill, a sharper focus on the middle class and jobs, and some sort of clear outreach to the centre right instead of the pushes on cap and trade and gun control and immigration.

But at the same time the U.S. economy did recover, slowly but more robustly than in much of the developed world, and again and again the dooms predicted by Obama’s Republican adversaries failed to materialise. The stock market rebounded and then surged, there was no hyperinflation in response to the Obama deficits and the various monetary easings (quite the reverse), and the much-prophesied debt crisis, in which the United States was supposed to go the way of Greece, never actually arrived.

Meanwhile Obamacare, while a mess in certain ways, is messier on a smaller scale than its critics (myself included) feared: Health cost inflation isn’t spiraling and employers aren’t dumping people on to the exchanges in huge numbers; there are many losers but the insurance expansion is large enough to matter. And that expansion, and with it the promise of near universal health insurance, will be extremely difficult (morally as well as politically) for Republicans to unwind. The system may look different after the GOP is done with it, but I suspect its coverage guarantee will basically survive. And if so it may well be Obama who gets the long-term credit, not an opposition party that too often answered his flawed proposals with boilerplate and cynicism.

My guess is that less retrospective credit will be extended to Obama’s foreign policy, however. Hawks and doves will bicker about whether he intervened too much or too little, but the reality is that he was simply halfhearted and ineffective in far too many cases, pursuing pre-existing ambitions (Iran, climate change, a settlement-obsessed approach to Israel-Palestine) when the crises of the day required more resolute attention.

Not that this will prevent him from being a liberal icon, years or generations hence. If John F. Kennedy’s blundering imperilment of world peace was buried under hagiography, there will be a similar forgetting spread over Obama’s foreign-policy setbacks. As the first black president, the politician who passed health care reform and the man who personally embodied upper-class liberalism’s cosmopolitan self-image, he will almost certainly regain, in what is sure to be an active post-presidency, some of the cult that surrounded him during his ascent.

This will be true regardless of whether Trump’s reign pushes America decisively toward a grim post-liberal war of Bannonites against Bernie Bros or ends in some kind of glorious cosmopoliberal restoration.

If the former, Obama will be remembered by liberals as the last good king, the man who for eight years did battle with the dark heart of white America. If the latter, he will be hailed as the man who saw the liberal future clearly even amid a temporary backlash.

But it is precisely this once-and-future cult that’s crucial to understanding Obama’s greatest failure, and the part he played in delivering us to Trumpism. Sometimes unintentionally but too often by political design, he took the presidency’s already overlarge role in American life and magnified it further - raising, through his own transformational-bordering-on-messianic political style and reluctant-but-substantial embrace of the imperial presidency, both perfervid fears and unsupportable expectations.

The fears helped give us both the zeal of the Tea Party and the alienation of the Trumpistas. The expectations gave us a late-Obama left prone to fits of despair whenever they were losing and cultural authoritarianism wherever they could claim the upper hand (the bureaucracy, the universities, the media). They also fed into a persistent sense that liberalism should no longer even engage with its deplorable dead-ender dustbin-of-history adversaries.

All of these tendencies came together to give us Donald Trump. I would blame a lot of people - Republican leaders and conservative media personalities and the liberal cultural establishment and Hillary Clinton’s campaign team and Angela Merkel and more - for Trump’s rise more than I would blame Obama. But I still suspect that the Trumpening might have been prevented had Obama promised less grandly, eschewed imperial temptations when stymied in his ambitions, and dressed his technocratic liberalism in less arc-of-history nonsense.

But then again such an Obama, a man of more modest promises and somewhat more Bill Clintonian flexibility, might not have been elected in the first place.

As is often the case with political lives, in his beginning was his end.

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Police deployed pepper spray in a chaotic confrontation a few blocks away from Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington yesterday as protesters registered their rage against the incoming president.

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Spirited demonstrations unfolded peacefully at various security checkpoints near the Capitol as police helped ticket-holders get through to the inaugural ceremony. Signs read, “Resist Trump Climate Justice Now,” “Let Freedom Ring,” “Free Palestine”.

But at one point, police gave chase to a group of about 100 protesters who smashed the windows of downtown businesses as they denounced capitalism and Trump. Police in riot gear used pepper spray and eventually cordoned off the protesters, who shouted, “Hands up, don’t shoot,” as a helicopter hovered overhead.

The confrontation happened about an hour before Trump’s swearing-in at the Capitol.

Closer to that scene, lines for ticket holders entering two gates stretched for blocks at one point as protesters clogged entrances.

Earlier, the DisruptJ20 coalition, named after the date of the inauguration, had promised that people participating in its actions in Washington would attempt to shut down the celebrations, risking arrest when necessary.

Trump supporter Brett Ecker said the protesters were frustrating but weren’t going to put a damper on his day.

“They’re just here to stir up trouble,” said the 36-year-old public school teacher. “It upsets me a little bit that people choose to do this, but yet again it’s one of the things I love about this country.”

At one checkpoint, protesters wore orange jumpsuits with black hoods over their faces to represent prisoners in US detention at Guantanamo Bay. Eleanor Goldfield, who helped organise the Disrupt J20 protest, said protesters wanted to show Trump and his “misguided, misinformed or just plain dangerous” supporters that they won’t be silent.

Black Lives Matter and feminist groups also made their voices heard.

Most Trump supporters walking to the inauguration past Union Station ignored protesters outside the train station, but not Doug Rahm, who engaged in a lengthy and sometimes profane yelling match with them.

“Get a job,” said Rahm, a Bikers for Trump member from Philadelphia. “Stop crying snowflakes, Trump won.”

Outside the International Spy Museum, protesters in Russian hats ridiculed Trump’s praise of President Vladimir Putin, marching with signs calling Trump “Putin’s Puppet” and “Kremlin employee of the month”.

More demonstrations were planned for later in the day. For one DisruptJ20 event, a march beginning at Columbus Circle outside Union Station, participants were asked to gather at noon, the same time as Trump’s swearing-in as the 45th president.

The route for the march, which organisers called a “Festival of Resistance”, ran about 1.5 miles to McPherson Square, a park about three blocks from the White House, where a rally featuring the filmmaker and liberal activist Michael Moore was planned.

“We’re going to throw a party in the streets for our side,” organiser David Thurston told reporters last week, adding that drummers, musicians and a float of dancers were planned for the march.

Along the parade route, the ANSWER Coalition anti-war group planned demonstrations at two locations.

Protesters and supporters of Trump clashed on Thursday evening outside a pro-Trump event in Washington. Police used chemical spray on some protesters in an effort to control the unruly crowd. A massive Women’s March on Washington is planned for today.

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Arcade Fire has joined the list of bands releasing music in protest against Donald Trump’s presidency.

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In collaboration with Mavis Staples, the American rock group shared I Give You Power to spread a message of “solidarity” and “not feeling powerless”.

Speaking to Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show on Thursday, they said: “It’s really crazy times, and I think that naturally a lot of art comes out of that.

“It’s the eve of the inauguration and I think it’s easy to get sucked into sitting on the couch and checking your news feed and watching things on CNN, and we’re just musicians and the only thing we have to offer is our music.”

The group also tweeted: “It’s never been more important that we stick together & take care of each other. Love, Mavis Staples and Arcade Fire.”

Proceeds raised by the song – which includes the lyrics “I give you power, I can take it away” – will go to the American Civil Liberties Union.

On the same day, British band Gorillaz debuted their first track in five years, which also echoed an anti-Trump sentiment. Hallelujah Money, which features singer Benjamin Clementine, explores the themes of power, big business and humanity.

Moby, who declined an invitation to perform at Mr Trump’s inauguration concert, collaborated with the Void Pacific Choir on a video for the track Erupt And Matter, featuring footage of Mr Trump and the lyrics: “We don’t trust you any more.”

British stars Elton John and Charlotte Church also previously refused slots in the inauguration concert.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "FRANCESCA GOSLING"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4344897.1484949098!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4344897.1484949098!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Win Butler, lead singer of Arcade Fire, Trump protesters. Picture: Getty","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Win Butler, lead singer of Arcade Fire, Trump protesters. Picture: Getty","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4344897.1484949098!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/world/donald-trump-sworn-in-as-the-45th-president-of-the-united-states-1-4344699","id":"1.4344699","articleHeadline": "Donald Trump sworn in as the 45th president of the United States","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1484950777000 ,"articleLead": "

DONALD Trump vowed to put “America first” as he set out a nationalist agenda after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

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Mr Trump’s address at the event broke with tradition as he sought to hammer home populist political points against globalisation and the Washington elite.

Promising to “rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people”, he said: “From this day forward it is going to be only America first, America first.”

Around 1.8 million people turned out for president Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, but only around 800,000 are thought to have travelled to Washington DC to see his successor sworn in at the Capitol building.

READ MORE: Video: Anti-Trump banners hung in protest in Edinburgh

There were also ugly scenes on the streets nearby as anti-Trump protesters clashed with his supporters. Building windows were damaged by people carrying metal poles and hammers, and police used hand-held water cannon and pepper spray to disperse the troublemakers.

The trouble led to the arrest of around 100 protesters, with two police officers being injured, according to reports last night.

Similar protests took place around the world as Mr Trump took the presidential oath of office on the steps of the Capitol building just before noon local time, with his family and the outgoing president watching.

Delivering his inaugural address, Mr Trump said: “Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families.

“We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.”

He added: “America will start winning again, winning like never before.”

His pronouncements were met with raised eyebrows by some in the UK, with prominent Labour backbencher Chris Bryant calling it “the most embarrassingly vacuous speech I have ever heard” and labelling it “cod nationalism”.

Other Labour MPs questioned how successful Britain’s goal of a free trade deal with the US could now be, but Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson took a more conciliatory tone, tweeting his congratulations and adding: “Look forward to continuing strong UK-US bond.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also offered her congratulations, saying she wished the Trump administration well when dealing with “great global challenges”.

READ MORE: Ex-Ukip leader Nigel Farage to be political analyst on Fox News

Imploring the US to come together, Mr Trump said that a united America was “totally unstoppable”.

Watched by Melania, his wife and the new First Lady, as well as Mr Obama and his wife, Michelle, and former presidents George W Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, the new president said: “We are one nation, and their pain is our pain, their dreams are our dreams and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home and one glorious destiny. America will start winning again, winning like never before.

“We will bring back our jobs, we will bring back our borders, we will bring back our wealth and we will bring back our dreams.”

Mr Trump wasted no time in settling into his role. Policies have already appeared on the White House website, with Mr Trump saying he was “committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the US rule”.

He has also announced plans to develop a missile defence system to protect the US against attacks from Iran and North Korea.

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A man with a history of mental health and drug abuse issues drove into a street crowded with pedestrians in Australia’s second-largest city, killing at least four people, including a child, and injuring at least 29 others, police said.

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Officers said the chaos began early yesterday afternoon, after a man was seen driving in erratic circles in the middle of a major intersection in downtown Melbourne.

The driver then turned onto the Bourke Street Mall, which is a pedestrian area.

He began deliberately mowing people down before continuing onto a sidewalk and hitting several others, Victoria state Police Acting Commander Stuart Bateson said.

Police shot the driver and arrested him at the scene.

The 26-year-old man was being treated at a hospital for non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Officials have not released his name and said there was no further threat to the public.

The incident comes amid global concern over extremists using vehicles to strike crowds, following truck attacks in Berlin and Nice, France, last year.

Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said the Melbourne incident had no links to terrorism.

He told reporters that the driver had a history of mental health and drug abuse issues, and an extensive record of domestic violence.

Last weekend, he was arrested after police said he assaulted members of his family.

Officers said that, before the incident in Melbourne, he was involved in a domestic stabbing incident in a suburb earlier yesterday.

Police tried to intercept his vehicle, but called off the chase before he entered the downtown area because he was driving so erratically.

Ashton said they feared a chase through the city might endanger the community. Two adults and a child were killed after being struck by the man’s car, Ashton said. They were not related.

A fourth person died in a hospital last night.

Police did not release any details about that victim.

At least 29 people were injured.

Of those, five were in critical condition, including an infant.

Witnesses have described the chaos that ensued after the vehicle was driven into pedestrians and passers-by.

Sharn Baylis, a tourist from the southern city of Adelaide, said she was on Bourke Street when she mistook the car for an unmarked police vehicle before it started slamming into pedestrians.

“He was just collecting people as he was going along and they were flying like skittles, basically,” Baylis said.

“He was just driving in a really determined fashion, just in a straight line.

“There was no hesitancy as he got to the crowds and he didn’t swerve, it was just – he just drove through them.” Video footage shot from a news helicopter showed several officers standing over a man lying on the sidewalk, clad only in his underwear, his hands apparently handcuffed behind his back.

A video posted on social media captured the moment the car began driving in circles in the intersection before continuing on toward Bourke Street.

The driver could be seen hanging out the window, apparently shouting.

The crisis unfolded at a particularly busy time in Melbourne, which is hosting the Australian Open tennis championship.

Officials said the event was continuing as normal. On 19 December, a truck was deliberately driven into the Christmas market beside Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin.

The terrorist attack left 12 people dead and 56 others injured. The perpetrator was Anis Amri. Four days after the attack he was killed in a shootout with police near Milan in Italy.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "KRISTEN GELINEAU"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4344871.1484945943!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4344871.1484945943!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Emergency services tend to the injured after a driver ploughed into pedestrians in Melbourne, killing four. Picture: Getty","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Emergency services tend to the injured after a driver ploughed into pedestrians in Melbourne, killing four. Picture: Getty","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4344871.1484945943!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/world/defeated-gambian-leader-agrees-to-cede-power-after-talks-1-4344866","id":"1.4344866","articleHeadline": "Defeated Gambian leader agrees to cede power after talks","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1484945896000 ,"articleLead": "

Defeated Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh has agreed to cede power to the country’s newly inaugurated president, a Senegalese government official confirmed late last night.

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Final arrangements were being made to the agreement, the official said.

Jammeh, however, has offered to step aside once before but changed his mind.

The move came as the chief of Gambia’s defence forces pledged his allegiance to the new president, Adama Barrow, and said Gambian forces would not put up a fight.

The leaders of Guinea and Mauritania arrived in Gambia earlier yesterday to persuade Jammeh to cede power in the West African nation, while a regional military force awaited orders to roll into the capital and force him from the office he has held for 22 years.

Barrow, who was elected president last month, was sworn in on Thursday, and the UN Security Council voted unanimously to approve the regional military intervention. His inauguration took place at the Gambian Embassy in neighbouring Senegal for Barrow’s safety.

Defence forces chief Ousmane Badjie said Gambia’s security services all supported Barrow.

“You cannot push us to war for an issue we can solve politically,” Badjie said. “We don’t see any reason to fight.”

With the security forces abandoning him and his Cabinet dissolved, Jammeh was increasingly isolated during the last-minute talks at his official residence in the capital, Banjul, with the Guinean and Mauritanian leaders.

The West African regional force, including tanks, moved in without facing any resistance, said Marcel Alain de Souza, chairman of the West African regional bloc (ECOWAS). At least 20 military vehicles were seen yesterday at the border town of Karang. The regional force included troops from Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Togo and Mali, and they moved in after Barrow’s inauguration and the UN vote.

Guinean President Alpha Conde was in Banjul with Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. Mauritania has been mentioned as a possible home in exile for Jammeh. After a first round of talks, they broke for Friday prayers and resumed.

Conde would offer Jammeh the chance to step down peacefully, de Souza said. He said Jammeh had “the choice of going with President Alpha Conde” but, if that fails, “we will bring him by force or by will”.

Jammeh had agreed to step down but demanded amnesty for any crimes he may have committed during his 22 years in power and wanted to stay in Gambia, in his home village of Kanilai, de Souza said. Those demands are not acceptable to ECOWAS, he added.

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ALEX Salmond reacted to Donald Trump’s inaugural address by saying that it may now be a case of “may God Bless America and may God help the rest of us”.

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Speaking in a video to the BBC after the inaugural address, Mr Salmond said of the speech: “It was shorter, angrier - it was campaign rhetoric. There was much less than I expected of reaching out to all the Americans who didn’t vote for him.

“There was a lot of God it, even by inauguration standards, for someone who’s found religion comparatively recently.

“So maybe it’s a case of may God bless America, and may God help the rest of us.”

The former Scottish first minister, who clashed with Mr Trump over a wind power project near the tycoon’s golf club, had said earlier today that the incoming president had a “character problem” but that he hoped the responsibilities of office would mellow Mr Trump’s divisive rhetoric.

READ MORE: Alex Salmond predicts indyref2 in autumn 2018

“The problem with Donald, of course, is a character problem. It’s what happens when somebody disagrees with him or somebody says no to him.”

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme “the awesome power of the United States presidential office can change a person and we will just have to cross our fingers and hope that that’s the case”.

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During a lobbying campaign, Mr Trump voiced his concerns to the Scottish government about the wind power development, complaining it would spoil the view from his golf resort at the Menie estate on the Aberdeenshire coast.

In a series of colourfully-written letters in 2011 and 2012 Mr Trump warned about the impact “monstrous” wind turbines would have, and told the former SNP leader the “insanity” of the project would bankrupt Scotland.

He told Mr Salmond he would be known as “Mad Alex - the man who destroyed Scotland” if he went ahead with the plan.

" ,"byline": {"email": "" ,"author": "DAVID HUGHES"} ,"topImages": [ {"image": {"url":"/webimage/1.4344165.1484909084!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_600/image.jpg","thumbnailUrl":"/webimage/1.4344165.1484909084!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_170/image.jpg","alt": "Former First Minister Alex Salmond said that Donald Trump has a character problem. Picture: Brian Lawless/PA Wire","width":600,"height":315,"thumbnailWidth":170,"thumbnailHeight":"auto","imageAlt": "Former First Minister Alex Salmond said that Donald Trump has a character problem. Picture: Brian Lawless/PA Wire","landscapeurl":"/webimage/1.4344165.1484909084!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_595/image.jpg","landscapewidth":595,"landscapeheight":398}} ] ,"bodyImages": [ ] ,"polls":[ ] ,"videos":[ ] ,"imageGallerys":[ ] ,"externalLinks": [ ] ,"relatedList":{"count":0,"list":[ ]} }} , {"article": {"url":"http://www.scotsman.com/news/world/palmyra-s-ancient-roman-landmarks-is-destroyed-by-is-1-4344860","id":"1.4344860","articleHeadline": "Palmyra’s ancient Roman landmarks is destroyed by IS","commentCount":0,"publishedDate":1484944617000 ,"articleLead": "

Islamic State group militants have destroyed a landmark ancient Roman monument and parts of the theatre in Syria’s historic town of Palmyra, the government and opposition monitoring groups said yesterday.

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Maamoun Abdulkarim, the head of Syria’s antiquities department, said the militants destroyed the facade of the second-century theatre along with the Tetrapylon, a cubic-shaped ancient Roman monument that sits in the middle of the colonnade road that leads to the theatre.

Abdulkarim said that reports of the destruction first trickled out of the IS-held town late in December. But satellite images of the damage were only available late on Thursday, confirming the destruction.

The imagery, provided by the US-based American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), show significant damage to the Tetrapylon and the theatre. The ASOR said the damage is likely to have been caused by intentional destruction from IS but they were unable to verify the exact cause.

Abdulkarim said only two of the 16 columns of the Tetrapylon remain standing. The stage backdrop has sustained damage, according to ASOR.

State-run news agency SANA reported the damage yesterday and Syrian opposition monitors also confirmed but gave no immediate details.

The extremists recaptured the ancient town in December from government troops – nine months after IS was expelled in a Russia-backed offensive. During their first stay, from May 2015 until May 2016, IS destroyed ancient temples including the Temple of Bel, which dated back to A.D. 32, and the Temple of Baalshamin, a structure of stone blocks several stories high fronted by six towering columns.

The militants also blew up the Arch of Triumph, which had been built under Roman emperor Septimius Severus between A.D. 193 and A.D. 211.

A Unesco world heritage site, Palmyra boasts 2,000-year-old towering Roman-era colonnades and priceless artifacts. Syrians affectionately refer to it as the “Bride of the Desert”.

The extremists have destroyed ancient sites across their self-styled Islamic caliphate in Syria and Iraq, viewing them as monuments to idolatry.

A desert oasis surrounded by palm trees in central Syria, Palmyra is also a strategic crossroads linking the Syrian capital, Damascus, with the country’s east and neighboring Iraq. Located 155 miles east of Damascus, the city was once home to 65,000 people before the Syrian civil war began.

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NIGEL Farage has taken up a post as a political analyst on American right-wing news channel Fox News.

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The former Ukip leader will contribute to the main channel and the Fox Business Network’s daytime and primetime programmes, the broadcaster announced.

It comes shortly after he was given his own nightly show on UK radio station LBC.

Mr Farage is one of Britain’s most prominent supporters of new US president Donald Trump and boosted his profile across the Atlantic during frequent appearances at the Republican’s rallies in the election campaign.

Both Mr Farage and Mr Trump have suggested that Brexit and the controversial tycoon’s election as president are linked phenomena.

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