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 Trump walks on stage prior to his address to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Feb 24, 2017
Trump walks on stage prior to his address to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Feb 24, 2017PHOTO: AFP

Donald Trump vows military build-up, hammers nationalist themes

President Donald Trump said he would make a massive budget request for one of the “greatest military buildups in American history” in a feisty, campaign-style speech extolling robust nationalism to eager conservative activists.

Trump used remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), an organisation that gave him one of his first platforms in his improbable journey to the US presidency, to defend his unabashed “America first” policies.

Ahead of a nationally televised speech to Congress on Tuesday, Trump outlined plans for strengthening the US military, already the world’s most powerful fighting force, and other initiatives such as tax reform and regulatory rollback.

He offered few specifics on any initiatives, including the budget request that is likely to face a harsh reality on Capitol Hill: At a time when he wants to slash taxes for Americans, funding a major military buildup without spending cuts elsewhere would add substantially to the US budget deficit.


Kansas shooting suspect had health issues, mourned father's death - media

A white US Navy veteran accused of killing a man from India and wounding two other men when he opened fire at a Kansas bar, often complained about his ill health and was mourning his father's death, according to a neighbour and local media reports.

Adam Purinton, 51, is charged with the premeditated murder of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, as well as the attempted murders of Kuchibhotla's friend, Alok Madasani, 32, and American Ian Grillot, 24, who tried to intervene at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, a suburb of Kansas City.

Before opening fire, Purinton is accused of shouting "get out of my country," a bystander told the Kansas City Star.


North Korea steps up sanctions-busting: UN report

North Korea is flouting tougher new UN sanctions with more ingenuous tactics, circumventing trade bans by relying on middlemen and front companies, notably in Malaysia and China, a report by UN sanctions experts says.

The 100-page report, obtained by AFP, confirmed that North Korea's two nuclear tests and 26 missile launches last year (2016) had allowed Pyongyang to reach "technological milestones in weapons of mass destruction capability and all indications are that this pace will continue."

North Korea "is flouting sanctions through trade in prohibited goods, with evasion techniques that are increasing in scale, scope and sophistication," said the report sent to the Security Council last week.


Football: My dream has died, says Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri said his “dream died” when he was sacked by Leicester City nine months after leading them to the Premier League title against all the odds.

The Italian was fired on Thursday with Leicester one place and one point above the relegation zone.

“Yesterday my dream died,” Ranieri said in a statement on Friday. “After the euphoria of last season and being crowned Premier League champions all I dreamt of was staying with Leicester; the club I love for always. Sadly this was not to be.”

Ranieri’s dismissal has been met with widespread shock. "It is inexplicable to me," said former England and Leicester player Gary Lineker.


Football: Manchester United handed tough Europa League draw

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said Friday's draw for the last 16 of the Europa League against Russian side Rostov has been unkind to his team, the favourites.

"It is a bad draw in every aspect. Far and difficult. Comes in a bad period," Mourinho, whose side are still competing on four fronts, told reporters.

United play in the English League Cup final on Sunday, are still in the FA Cup and chasing a top-four finish in the Premier League. They will play the second Champions League leg at home.