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US Border Patrol agents take Central American immigrants into custody on Jan 4, 2017, near McAllen, Texas.
US Border Patrol agents take Central American immigrants into custody on Jan 4, 2017, near McAllen, Texas.PHOTO: AFP

US sets plan for sweeping crackdown on nearly all illegal immigrants

The Department of Homeland Security issued tough new orders to begin a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigrants, putting nearly all of the country's 11 million undocumented foreigners in their cross-hairs.

Two memos issued by DHS Secretary John Kelly order border patrol and immigration officers to deport as quickly as possible any illegal immigrants they find, with only a few exceptions, principally children.

The priority for deportation will remain undocumented immigrants convicted of crimes, but will also include anyone who has been charged or potentially faces criminal charges.

However, categories of illegal immigrants deemed as low priority by the previous Barack Obama administration - generally anyone not tied to a crime - are no longer protected.


Saudi King to visit Indonesia in March with entourage of 1,500

Saudi Arabia's King Salman will visit Jakarta and Bali on the Indonesian leg of his Asian tour in March, bringing 1,500 people in his entourage including 10 ministers, Indonesian officials said.

"This is a very historic visit for us," Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung told reporters, adding that the King would be in Indonesia from March 1 to 9. He would spend the last six days of his trip "relaxing" in Bali.

Anung said Indonesian President Joko Widodo hoped the visit would bring Saudi investments of up to US$25 billion (S$35 billion). There was no immediate comment from Saudi Arabia.


Far-right firebrand quits Breitbart over paedophilia remarks

The conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos resigned from the right-wing US news site Breitbart amid a storm triggered by comments in which he seems to condone paedophilia.

The 33-year-old Briton had already lost a book deal and a speaking engagement over a video leaked on Twitter over the weekend in which he defends men having sex with children as young as 13.

Facing the media at a news conference in New York, Yiannopoulos announced he was stepping down as tech editor for the conservative site.


Angelina Jolie says 'we'll always be a family' despite divorce

Angelina Jolie said she hoped her family would be stronger after her divorce from Brad Pitt, but that the actress still thinks of him as a wonderful father.

"We are focusing on the health of our family, and so we will be, we will be stronger when we come out of this because that's what we're determined to do as a family," Jolie told ABC Television's Good Morning America in an interview.

Jolie, in some of her first comments on the divorce from Pitt, was asked if she still thought of the actor as the "wonderful father" she had called him several years ago.


Football: Leicester must forget fairytale - Vardy

Misfiring Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy insists the time has long gone for the Foxes to gloat over their incredible Premier League triumph as they face up to the reality of a relegation battle.

The story of Vardy's rise from non-league to Football Writers' Player of the Year honours last season was transformed into a movie script as his 24 goals fired Leicester to the most unlikely of title triumphs.

However, Vardy has struck just five times this season as Claudio Ranieri's men lie a single point above the relegation zone.