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US President Donald Trump has welcomed a Supreme Court ruling allowing his travel ban to be partly reinstated as a "victory for our national security".

America's highest court also granted a White House request allowing part of its refugee ban to go into effect.

The justices said they would consider in October whether the president's policy should be upheld or struck down.

Mr Trump seeks to place a 90-day ban on people from six mainly Muslim nations and a 120-day ban on refugees.

The president welcomed the ruling's qualified authorisation to bar visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, which he described as "terror-prone countries".

"As president, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm," he added. bbc.com
Donald Trump's presidency has had a "major impact on how the world sees the United States", a large new study says.

The survey, by the Pew Research Center, interviewed more than 40,000 people in 37 countries this year.

It concluded that the US president and his policies "are broadly unpopular around the globe".

The survey shows only two of the 37 countries have a better opinion of Mr Trump than they had of his predecessor Barack Obama: Israel and Russia.

But the report indicates many feel their country's relationship with the US will not change over the coming years.

In 26 of the 37 countries, more than half of respondents consider Mr Trump dangerous. bbc.com
The Sovereign Grant, which pays for the salaries of her household, official travel and upkeep of palaces, is to increase by more than £6m in 2018/19.

It comes as accounts revealed the Queen's official net expenditure last year increased by £2m, to almost £42m.

Sir Alan Reid, Keeper of the Privy Purse, said the Queen represented "excellent value for money".

How rich is the Queen?

He said: "When you look at these accounts, the bottom line is the Sovereign Grant last year equated to 65p per person, per annum, in the United Kingdom.

"That's the price of a first class stamp.

"Consider that against what the Queen does and represents for this country, I believe it represents excellent value for money." bbc.co.uk
Brazilian President Michel Temer has been charged with accepting bribes by the country's chief prosecutor.

He is accused of receiving money from the boss of a giant meatpacking firm implicated in a corruption scandal, but Mr Temer denies any wrongdoing.

The charges have been delivered to a Supreme Court judge who must now decide if the case can be sent to the lower house of parliament.

The lower house would vote on whether President Temer should be tried.

Mr Temer has vowed to prove his innocence. He has faced a slew of accusations since taking office last year but these are the first formal charges against him. bbc.com
The BC Greens’ decision to make electoral reform one of three conditions to secure their support in the minority legislature will prompt the party to keep its eye on a long-term deal, one that will give it a chance to push the governing party to change B.C.’s voting system before the next election.

The reform the Greens are seeking is such a massive undertaking that it will drive the Greens to favour a long-term deal over any kind of one-off, vote-by-vote pact.

Adam Olsen, who was elected to represent the Greens for Saanich North and the Islands, said in an interview Thursday that electoral reform is a core value for his party, but it is not something that can be enacted quickly.

“This is a longer-term proposition,” he said.

Just redrawing the electoral boundaries – which would be required under some proportional representation models – can take two years. And he said the Greens don’t intend to impose their own ideas about the right model on the other parties. theglobeandmail.com
The FBI's criminal probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election is increasingly touching on the multiple roles of senior White House adviser Jared Kushner on both the Trump campaign and the Trump transition team.

Points of focus that pertain to Kushner include: the Trump campaign's 2016 data analytics operation; his relationship with former national security adviser Michael Flynn; and Kushner's own contacts with Russians, according to US officials briefed on the probe.

There is no indication Kushner is currently a target of the probe and there are no allegations he committed any wrongdoing.

It's not clear if the FBI plans to talk to Kushner, but investigators believe he would be able to help provide information to assist the probe.  cnn.com
President Trump's controversial travel ban will be kept on hold, a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals maintaining a nationwide preliminary injunction while blocking the executive order from being enforced.

Hearing arguments over the ban earlier this month, a 13-judge panel determines the travel ban "drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination."

The judges "remain unconvinced" that the second executive order, which omitted references to religion and explicitly exempted green card holders, had "more to do with national security than it does with effectuating the President's promised Muslim ban."

"While the president has broad power over immigration," Chief Judge Roger Gregory wrote on behalf of the majority, "that power is not absolute. It cannot go unchecked."  npr.org
"It has been brought to my attention that ... these cattle are actually still alive when their throats are slit," the One Nation leader put to agriculture officials.

While department staff claim all Australian cattle halal slaughtered are stunned beforehand, Senator Hanson insisted she was told otherwise.

Vowing to investigate any concern for animal welfare, Agriculture Officer Narelle Clegg stepped in to clarify the process,

"Animals are alive when they've been stunned. It's just that they're unconscious," Ms Clegg said. "The only difference with halal slaughter is that a reversible stunning method is used, while conventional humane slaughter may use an irreversible stunning method." sbs.com.au
The Democratic Front, an alliance of parties opposed to Montenegro’s membership of Nato, flies a giant Russian flag from the top balcony of its red-and-white headquarters in Podgorica.

Stripped of parliamentary immunity while allegedly attempting to overthrow the government in a Russian-backed plot, the Balkan leaders proudly join the alliance as its 29th member.

While many analysts expect Russia to continue fomenting unrest, the political crisis tied to the coup investigation is likely to pose a greater threat, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić says.

"The lack of a real pro-European alternative is maybe a bigger problem.”  theguardian.com