Russia probe monitoring Michael Cohen long before raiding his office

The special counsel has released 900 pages revealing Donald Trump’s former lawyer undertook consulting work for clients close to Putin

Losses from US Midwest flooding seen above $1bn

Hundreds of homes and businesses were inundated, roadways damaged, and bridges washed away

US supreme court gives Trump victory on immigration detention

Immigrants convicted of a crime can now be arrested and detained at any time, not just after they’ve finished their prison term 

Brazilian astronomer Marcelo Gleiser wins 2019 Templeton Prize

Previous winners of the award include the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa, and in 2018 King Abdullah II of Jordan took the prize

Democrats want FBI to probe massage parlor owner with links to Donald Trump

A chain of massage parlours founded by Yang is ‘suspected of involvement’ in human trafficking and prostitution, they allege in a letter 

Donald Trump chooses conservative lawyer as Mexico ambassador

Christopher Landau has no diplomatic experience but speaks Spanish

Trump vetoes measure to end his emergency declaration on border wall

Congress is unlikely to muster the votes required to override Trump's veto

US Senate votes to block funding for Donald Trump’s wall

Donald Trump vows a veto after  12 Republicans defy him and back the termination of his declaration of an emergency 

Beto O’Rourke jumps into US presidential race

Former punk rocker to challenge for Democratic nomination to fight the 2020 election

Manafort gets three-and-a-half more years in prison

Donald Trump’s former campaign chair has also been hit with new charges relating to residential mortgage fraud 

US reverses course to ground Boeing 737s after deadly crashes

Donald Trump announces that Boeing’s top-selling 737 Max family of airliners will be grounded amid safety concerns

Venezuela seeks to restore power amid looting as China offers help

President Nicolas Maduro blames US sabotage for the blackout in the west of the country

Ten dead in Brazil school shooting, including five children

While gun laws are extremely strict in Brazil, it is not difficult to illegally purchase a weapon

Fed bans former Goldman bankers Leissner and Ng over 1MDB scandal

US Federal Reserve says Tim Leissner and Roger Ng co-ordinated bond offerings that allowed funds to be stolen from 1MDB

Joe Biden teases 2020 presidential bid in address to firefighters

The Democratic elder statesman has been mulling a challenge against President Donald Trump for months

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