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US attorney-general Jeff Sessions questioned in special counsel Russia probe

US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions was questioned last week by the special counsel's office investigating potential collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, the US Justice Department said on Tuesday.

The interview marked the first time that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office is known to have interviewed a member of Trump's Cabinet, and is another milestone in an investigation that has hung over Trump's year-old presidency.

"I'm not at all concerned," Trump told reporters at the White House when asked about the development.

Sessions was the first US senator to endorse Trump's candidacy and served as an adviser to the campaign before the Republican president appointed him as the top US law enforcement official.


Two students dead, 12 others wounded by gunfire in Kentucky high school shooting

A 15-year-old boy opened fire with a handgun in his high school in western Kentucky on Tuesday, killing two fellow students and wounding a dozen other youths before being arrested, the state's governor and police said.

The shooting began shortly before 8am CST (10pm Singapore time) at Marshall County High School in Benton, a small town about 210km north-west of Nashville, Tennessee, according to Kentucky State Police and Governor Matt Bevin.

Authorities offered no information on the motive behind the shooting. There was no immediate indication how well the youth, who officials said faces multiple charges of murder and attempted murder, knew the victims.


Belgian police shoot man armed with knife at station

Belgian police shot a man armed with a knife at the main railway station in the western city of Ghent on Tuesday and the man was taken to hospital, state broadcaster VRT said.

Belgium reduced its national threat level on Monday, saying a militant attack had become less likely almost two years after bombings killed 32 people in Brussels.

Local police were not immediately available for comment on the incident in Ghent.


Oscar nominations: The Shape Of Water leads with 13 nods

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Fox Searchlight's fantasy romance The Shape Of Water, about a woman who falls in love with a strange river creature, led the Oscar nominations on Tuesday in a wide-ranging list that embraced stories about and by women and people of colour.

The Shape Of Water earned 13 nominations, including the top prize for best picture and for Mexican director Guillermo del Toro. Actors Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer also were recognised.

British World War Two drama Dunkirk, from Warner Bros, followed with eight nominations, including for director Christopher Nolan.


Chanel goes girly with pretty-in-pink walk in the park

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Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld dived into the brand's archives for his pretty-in-pink haute couture Paris show on Tuesday, giving its founder Coco Chanel's classics an intensely girly twist.

Chanel liberated women from their Edwardian corsets a century ago and recut men's tweeds and trousers to make the modern women's wardrobe.

Lagerfeld, 84, sporting a wispy white beard which is likely to make at least as many headlines as his clothes, took her classic silhouettes and turned the femininity dial up to sugar plum fairy.


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