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Preet Bharara, the US attorney in Manhattan, speaks at Trump Tower in New York, Nov 30, 2016.
Preet Bharara, the US attorney in Manhattan, speaks at Trump Tower in New York, Nov 30, 2016.PHOTO: NYTIMES

Donald Trump fires prominent US prosecutor who refused order to quit

High-profile New York prosecutor Preet Bharara - who was among the federal attorneys asked to resign by the White House - was fired, he announced on Twitter.

US President Donald Trump's administration on Friday demanded the resignations of 46 US prosecutors appointed during the two terms of his predecessor Barack Obama.

Bharara was included in the group asked to leave, even though he said he had met with Trump before the Republican took office and had been asked to stay on.

The federal attorney's firing capped a standoff with the Trump administration that started when Bharara refused the White House order to resign.


Suspect arrested after scaling White House fence

An intruder carrying a backpack was arrested after scaling a fence around the White House and entering the grounds, the US Secret Service said, in the latest breach of security at the president’s official residence.

President Donald Trump was inside the White House when the male suspect climbed over the fence on the complex’s South Grounds at 11.38pm on Friday, and uniformed officers arrested him, the Secret Service said in a statement.

The intruder, who authorities did not immediately identify, was quoted by CNN as telling the agents that he was a friend of the president and had an appointment with him.


Hate speech Myanmar monk banned from sermons by Buddhist council

A Myanmar monk infamous for his bilious anti-Muslim tirades has been banned from giving sermons for a year by the country's top Buddhist body, an unprecedented slapdown to a man whose hate speech has galvanised religious tensions.

Wirathu, a monk once dubbed the "face of Buddhist terror", has led calls for restrictions on Myanmar's Muslim population, penning hyperbolic speeches warning of an Islamic takeover of the overwhelmingly Buddhist country.

Myanmar is gripped by deepening religious tensions that have repeatedly spilled into violence. The unrest has been partially attributed to anti-Muslim rhetoric spread by Wirathu's radical wing Buddhist monks.


Football: Wenger off the hook as Arsenal crush Lincoln

Arsenal ended Lincoln City's historic FA Cup run and eased the pressure on Arsene Wenger with a 5-0 victory over the valiant non-league side in Saturday's quarter-finals.

After Tuesday's humiliating Champions League exit against Bayern Munich, Wenger had endured calls for his resignation and the Gunners boss must have breathed a sigh of relief as Arsenal avoided even greater ignominy.

A contest that should have been a mismatch given the supposed gulf in class between fifth-tier Lincoln and their illustrious opponents was actually a tense affair until first-half stoppage time when Theo Walcott put Arsenal ahead.


Football: Guardiola happy as Man City ease into FA Cup semis

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was a happy man after his team cruised into the FA Cup semi-finals with a comfortable 2-0 win at Premier League rivals Middlesbrough.

David Silva gave them a third-minute lead and Sergio Aguero struck again in the 67th minute, with the visitors missing numerous chances to win by a bigger margin.

"We are so happy to be there," Guardiola told reporters after a solid display ahead of Wednesday's Champions League last-16 return leg at Monaco, where City will defend a 5-3 lead.