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Trump announces steel and aluminium tariffs, despite objections

President Donald Trump on Thursday said he had decided to impose punishing tariffs on imported steel and aluminium in a major escalation of his trade offensive, disappointing Republican congressional leaders and inviting retaliation by US trading partners.

Speaking at the White House, the President said he had decided on tariffs of 25 per cent for foreign-made steel and 10 per cent for aluminium.

The announcement capped an on-again, off-again episode with the President initially expected to announce the trade action on Thursday morning only to cancel amid a fierce pushback from opponents.

The President's move, relying upon a little-used provision of US trade law, is expected to trigger immediate legal challenges by US trading partners at the World Trade Organisation and invite retaliation against American exports.

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High drama as New York trial opens for killer nanny

A New York nanny who killed two young children went on trial on Thursday, accused of murder but pleading insanity.

Any parent's worst nightmare, the case went on to inspire a best-selling novel.

Yoselyn Ortega took a kitchen knife and stabbed to death Lucia, six, and Leo, two, in the bathroom of their Upper West Side apartment on Oct 25, 2012.

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Man charged with sending threats, white powder to Donald Trump Jr

A Massachusetts man is accused of sending numerous envelopes containing "suspicious white powder" and threatening messages to Donald Trump Jr and other public figures, federal authorities said.

One letter, sent last month to New York, was addressed to "DonalD trump Jr," officials said. It read: "You are an awful, awful person, I am surprised that your father lets you speak on TV. You make the family idiot, Eric, look smart. This is the reason why people hate you, so you are getting what you deserved. So shut the f- up," according to a criminal complaint.

The envelope was filled with a white powder that spilled out "onto the addressee's wife," the complaint said.

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Brazil's Neymar sidelined for up to three months with foot surgery

Brazilian superstar Neymar will be sidelined for up to three months - perilously close to the eve of the World Cup - after undergoing surgery on his broken foot, his doctor said on Thursday.

The worse than previously announced prognosis came as the Paris Saint-Germain striker, 26, arrived in Rio de Janeiro on an Air France flight from Paris for Saturday's operation.

The injury has not only ruled the world's most expensive player out of PSG's make-or-break Champions League clash with Real Madrid on March 6, but more worryingly for the football-mad public in Brazil, also threatens the much-fancied national side's build-up to the World Cup, starting in Russia on June 14.

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Formula One: Hamilton fastest as F1 wraps up first test of 2018

Formula One wrapped up the first pre-season test of the year in Barcelona on Thursday with four-times world champion Lewis Hamilton back on top of the timesheets for Mercedes.

The Briton, who had done only 25 laps earlier in the week after snow and rain wreaked havoc with the schedule, completed 69 more with a fastest time of one minute 19.333 seconds using the medium Pirelli tyres.

The pace of the Mercedes came as no surprise, with the team having won the last four drivers’ and constructors’ titles, and they already look the team to beat even though testing times can be deceptive.

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