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US FBI No. 2 official McCabe steps down amid Trump criticism: Source

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, criticised by President Donald Trump for alleged bias against him and in favour of his 2016 Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, has stepped down as the agency's No. 2 official, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday (Jan 29).

McCabe had been expected to leave the Federal Bureau of Investigation in March. He will remain on leave with the law enforcement agency until his retirement date, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity because a public announcement has not yet been made.

Asked about McCabe's departure, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters, "I can tell you the president wasn't part of this decision-making process."


Pentagon warns US forces after fitness trackers reveal locations

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has ordered a review of security protocols, officials say, after fitness tracking devices broadcast patterns of movement at military facilities around the world, including in war zones.

Nathan Russer, a student at the Australian National University in Canberra, drew attention to data when he wrote on Twitter about the images after stumbling upon GPS tracking company Strava's Global Heatmap.

"Once you look at Syria, you can see a bunch of bright spots," Russer said.


Trump's view that ice caps "setting records" baffles scientists

Scientists puzzled on Monday (Jan 29) over US President Donald Trump's assertion that ice caps are "setting records" when much of the world's ice from the Alps to the Andes is melting amid global warming.

Trump cast doubt on mainstream scientific findings about climate change in an interview aired on Britain's ITV channel on Sunday (Jan 28) night, saying "there's a cooling and there's a heating".

"The ice caps were going to melt, they were going to be gone by now. But now they're setting records. They're at a record level," he said.


'Disturbingly high' rates of diabetes in India: Study

India is facing an epidemic of diabetes and high blood pressure, often called "silent killers" because they lead to heart disease, said a report Monday (Jan 29) involving more than 1.3 million people.

The rate of diabetes in India is over six per cent, while around one quarter of people have high blood pressure, said the first nationally representative figures on the topic, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Jama) Internal Medicine.

The rates of diabetes and hypertension were particularly high among middle-aged and elderly people.


Football: Beckham formally handed Miami MLS franchise

Former England captain David Beckham was officially awarded a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise in Miami on Monday (Jan 29).

"It is with tremendous pride that we welcome Miami to Major League Soccer," said MLS Commissioner Don Garber at a public rally on Monday attended by local officials and fans.

"We know the right people are in place and the time is right for Miami to become a great Major League Soccer city," he added.


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