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Trump and Obama set campaign rancor aside with White House meeting

US President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump met for the first time, setting aside the deep rancor that dominated the long campaign season as they discussed the transition to Trump's inauguration on Jan 20.

Their 90-minute meeting in the White House Oval Office, with no aides present, took place just two days after Trump's stunning defeat of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Obama, who vigorously campaigned for his fellow Democrat to succeed him, had repeatedly called Trump unfit for the president's office, while the Republican candidate had often denounced Obama's tenure as a "disaster."

But in separate post-election remarks on Wednesday both men appeared to seek to help the country heal from a bitterly divisive campaign season, and that tone continued into the White House meeting on Thursday.


Donald Trump says health care, border, jobs are top priorities

US President-elect Donald Trump visited Congress and proclaimed that health care, border security and jobs will be his top three priorities when he moves to the White House next January.

Continuing a Washington victory tour of sorts after his presidential election shocked the world, Trump and Vice-president-elect Mike Pence sat down with House Speaker Paul Ryan and then with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to discuss the Republican priorities in Congress.

Ryan and Trump had a testy relationship during the campaign, with the House speaker last month saying he would not defend the nominee after Trump's lewd comments about women were made public.


Trump campaign removes 'Muslim ban' link from website

Some of the most controversial proposals Donald Trump made while running for US president were gone from his campaign website by Thursday, including his call to ban Muslims from entering the country and his promise to cancel the Paris Climate Agreement.

The link to his Dec 7 proposal titled: "Donald J. Trump statement on Preventing Muslim Immigration," in which he called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" vanished, along with his list of his potential Supreme Court justice picks as president and certain details of his economic, defence and regulatory reform plans.

The Trump campaign did not respond to multiple e-mails seeking comment on the website changes.


Tobacco linked to 40 per cent of US cancers

Tobacco use remains the most preventable cause of cancer, and 40 per cent of diagnosed US cancer cases may have a link to its use, health authorities said.

Lung cancer, acute myeloid leukaemia, and tumours of the mouth and throat, voice box, oesophagus, stomach, kidney, pancreas, liver, bladder, cervix, colon and rectum are all caused by tobacco use, according the report by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC Vital Signs report found that every year from 2009 to 2013, about 660,000 people in the United States were diagnosed with a cancer related to tobacco use.


Formula One: Hamilton 'ready to race harder than ever'

Lewis Hamilton vowed to try harder than ever to end his Interlagos winless run and keep his faint title hopes alive in Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix.

The defending three-time world champion, who is 19 points adrift of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg with two races remaining, has been involved in several dramatic finishes in Brazil.

The stakes are high as he has to beat Rosberg to retain his title dream.


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