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Trump speaks while participating in a tour of US-Mexico border wall prototypes in San Diego, California.
Trump speaks while participating in a tour of US-Mexico border wall prototypes in San Diego, California.PHOTO: REUTERS

In California, Donald Trump examines Mexico border wall designs

US President Donald Trump toured the US border with Mexico on Tuesday and examined eight styles of walls, prototypes for the barrier he promised to build to keep out illegal immigrants and drugs.

The Republican president brought a tough message on immigration to California during his first visit as president to the heavily Democratic state that has served as a base of resistance to many of his policies.

Standing beside the prototypes, as US border patrol agents rode nearby on horseback, Trump discussed the merits of various designs with border officials, his chief of staff John Kelly and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

"The border wall is truly our first line of defence," Trump told reporters.

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Florida prosecutor seeking death penalty for accused high school gunman

Florida prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Nikolas Cruz, the former student accused of murdering 17 people in a shooting spree last month at a Parkland high school, according to a notice filed in court on Tuesday.

Michael Satz, the state attorney for Broward County, filed the notice with Judge Elizabeth Scherer of his office's intent to seek the death sentence, ahead of a court hearing on Wednesday.

The notice cited multiple reasons under Florida law for the death penalty. Those included the charges that Cruz "knowingly created a great risk of death" to many people, the shooting was"especially heinous, atrocious or cruel," and it was committed in a "cold, calculated and premeditated manner".

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Russian associate of late tycoon Berezovsky found dead in Britain

British counter-terrorism police were on Tuesday investigating the unexplained death of a Russian associate of late tycoon Boris Berezovsky but said the death was not thought to be linked to a nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent.

Nikolai Glushkov, 68, was discovered dead late on Monday at an address in Clarence Avenue in suburban south-west London.

British police, who did not name Glushkov, said that they were investigating the death of a man in his 60s who lived on Clarence Avenue. Police said the death was not linked to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury.

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Sevilla stun Man United to make Champions League quarters

Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League as Wissam Ben Yedder struck twice in four second-half minutes to send Sevilla into the quarter-finals for the first time in 60 years with a stunning 2-1 win at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

The Spaniards progressed by the same score on aggregate after a goalless first-leg draw.

The visitors were deserving winners as they controlled the game throughout but had to wait for Ben Yedder's introduction as a substitute to add a clinical finish.

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Netflix's The Crown paid lead actress Claire Foy less than supporting actor Matt Smith

If there is a lesson to take away from the first two seasons of The Crown, it is that no sane person would dare cross Queen Elizabeth II.

Netflix seems to have learned this too late, however, as it was revealed on Tuesday that lead actress Claire Foy made less than co-star Matt Smith for her work on the show.

Variety reported that producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries were asked during a discussion at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem whether the actors playing Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, were paid the same amount. The pair admitted that Smith made more due to his Doctor Who fame, insisting that the inequity would be amended in the future.

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