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Trump to demand extra $3bn for border wall from congress, White House officials reveal

Trump to demand extra $  3bn for border wall from congress, White House officials revealDonald Trump plans on asking congress for $ 8.6bn (£6.6bn) to build a wall on the US southern border in 2020, a figure that far surpasses previous allocations for the project, according to reports. The president’s new demand is six times what was allocated earlier this year for the wall, and six per cent more than what he has sought to reallocate with his emergency declaration. “It gives the president the ability to say he has fulfilled his commitment to gain operational control of the southwest border,” one administration official told Reuters.



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US lawmakers to demand documents in sweeping Trump probe

US lawmakers to demand documents in sweeping Trump probeUS lawmakers will demand documents from Donald Trump’s eldest son and a lifelong business associate as part of a wide-ranging investigation into alleged abuses of office by the president, a leading Democrat said Sunday. US House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler told ABC political show “This Week” that Donald Trump Jr. and Allen Weisselberg, the sole trustees of The Trump Organization, were among 60 people and entities being targeted by the probe. The New York congressman said the requests would go out on Monday “to begin investigations to present the case to the American people about obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power” by the Republican president.



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Officials say Trump overstated Kim's demand on sanctions

Officials say Trump overstated Kim's demand on sanctionsHANOI, Vietnam (AP) — President Donald Trump said he walked away from his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un because Kim demanded the U.S. lift all of its sanctions, a claim that North Korea's delegation called a rare news conference in the middle of the night to deny.



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Abuse victims demand to see pope, call for bishops to be fired

Abuse victims demand to see pope, call for bishops to be firedThe 12 victims met with five Vatican officials a day before the start of an unprecedented conference on clerical abuse that aims to guide senior bishops on how best to tackle a problem that has decimated the Church’s credibility. All the survivors of abuse who took part in the meeting, which lasted more than two hours, said they were disappointed the pope did not attend, even though he was not scheduled to be there. “We need to have a discussion with the man who makes the rules and has the power in this institution, and that’s Pope Francis,” said Peter Isely, an American from Milwaukee who was abused when he was a boy by a priest.



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Global oil supply to swamp demand in 2019 despite output cuts: IEA

Global oil supply to swamp demand in 2019 despite output cuts: IEAThe IEA left its demand growth forecast for 2019 unchanged from its last report in January at 1.4 million barrels per day. “It is supported by lower prices and the start-up of petrochemical projects in China and the U.S. Slowing economic growth will, however, limit any upside,” the agency said. The IEA raised its estimate of growth in crude supply from outside the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to 1.8 million bpd in 2019, from 1.6 million bpd previously.



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Doctors demand humanitarian aid be allowed into Venezuela

Doctors demand humanitarian aid be allowed into VenezuelaCUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuelan doctors protested Sunday at the entrance to a bridge blocked by their nation's military to demand that humanitarian aid be allowed to enter, as opposition leader Juan Guaido acknowledged the conflict over the food and medical supplies could lead to clashes.



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UK recognises Guaido as 'interim president' of Venezuela after Maduro rejects European demand for fresh election

UK recognises Guaido as 'interim president' of Venezuela after Maduro rejects European demand for fresh electionThe British government has recognised Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela after Nicolas Maduro rejected an an ultimatum by European countries to call snap elections. Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt said that the United Kingdom considers the 35-year-old opposition leader "constitutional interim president" until "credible elections can be held." "The oppression of the illegitimate, kleptocratic Maduro regime must end," read a statement issued by the Foreign Office.  Earlier this morning Spain also recognised Mr Guaido as "caretaker president" and further European nations are expected to follow suit.  A defiant Mr Maduro refused the demand of seven EU states to call fresh elections by Sunday, saying in an interview with Spanish television station Sexta  that he would not “cave in to pressure” from those calling for his departure. “Why does the European Union have to tell a country in the world that has already had elections that it has to repeat its presidential elections, because they were not won by their right-wing allies,” said Mr Maduro, interviewed in Caracas. “They are trying to corner us with ultimatums to force us into an extreme situation of confrontation,” Mr Maduro said. Mr Maduro warned that the White House would be "stained with blood" and he could not rule out civil war if the US and its allies intervened militarily.  However, he supported plans for a meeting of Latin American and EU states in a “Contact Group” meeting in Montevideo next Thursday as it could lead to a “dialogue among Venezuelans to resolve our issues.” And he called on Mr Guaido for “face to face” talks, which the younger man has already rejected. The Austrian chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, said on Sunday that his government would join the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and Belgium in recognising Mr Guaidó as leader.  In a tweet, Mr Kurz said he had spoken to "President Guaidó" by telephone, and that he had Austria's "full support to restore democracy in Venezuela". "Venezuelans have suffered too long from the mismanagement and disregard of the rule of law by the Maduro regime." Washington also turned up the heat on an increasingly isolated Mr Maduro, as Donald Trump, the US president, again warned that military intervention in the oil-rich South American nation was "an option".  The US swiftly recognised Mr Guaidó as interim president after the parliamentary speaker swore himself in in front of a Caracas rally on Jan 23. Canada and a host of Latin American countries including Brazil, Colombia and Chile quickly followed suit, while longtime allies of Mr Maduro such as Russia and Cuba blasted what they described as imperialist interference. Mr Guaidó and his supporters say that the Venezuelan constitution provides for the head of the parliament to take office in order to hold elections in the event that the presidency is vacant. They argue that the May elections were fraudulent and that as Mr Maduro was sworn in by the Supreme Court and not the parliament, his leadership is illegitimate.  Mr Maduro has not recognised the Venezuelan parliament's authority since the opposition took control of it in 2016. On Saturday, as thousands of Mr Guaido's and Mr Maduro's supporters took to the streets of Caracas for rival demonstrations, the Leftist leader dismissed demands for a fresh presidential vote and instead said he would bring forward parliamentary elections scheduled for the end of 2020. "They want to bring forward elections, let's have elections," Mr Maduro said at a rally to mark 20 years since his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, rose to power.   In a bid to ease Venezuela's acute humanitarian crisis, Mr Guaidó was on Sunday night expected to announce dates for the delivery of international aid at three entry points along its borders with Brazil and Colombia. He said earlier in the day that he would call on the country's armed forces to allow in the aid shipments. Russia's foreign ministry said on Sunday that the international community must help Venezuela solve its problems "without destructive meddling from beyond its borders", the Interfax news agency reported.



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Nike Faces Demand to Recall Sneakers as Muslims Object to Design

Nike Faces Demand to Recall Sneakers as Muslims Object to Design(Bloomberg) — Nike Inc. is facing pressure to recall one of its leading brands of sneakers after a customer launched an online petition alleging the design on its sole resembles the Arabic word for “Allah.”



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Venezuela crisis: UK, France, Germany and Spain demand president Maduro calls election within eight days

Venezuela crisis: UK, France, Germany and Spain demand president Maduro calls election within eight daysThe UK has joined together with France, Germany and Spain in a bid to force new elections in Venezuala, where president Nicolas Maduro is clinging on to power. Britain backed the European demand with foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt saying it is now clear that Maduro is “not the legitimate leader” of the South American country. The UK has already thrown its wieght behind opposition leader Juan Guaido, who Downing Street recognised earlier this week as the leader of the country’s “democratically elected” assembly.



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The Latest: UK joins demand for new Venezuela election

The Latest: UK joins demand for new Venezuela electionUNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):



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