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White House chief John Kelly cites loss of own son in emotive defence of Donald Trump

White House chief of staff John Kelly - a former general whose son died in Afghanistan - made an emotive defence of Donald Trump on Thursday, amid a scandal over the President's phone call with a military widow.

Kelly, who spent nearly four decades in the Marine Corps, said he had advised Trump not to call the families of four servicemen killed in Niger personally, but was disgusted by how the issue had become politicised.

He blamed the Democratic lawmaker who made public the contents of a call between Trump and widow Myeshia Johnson.

"I was stunned when I came to work yesterday morning and brokenhearted at what I saw a member of Congress doing," he said. "A member of Congress who listened in on a phone call from the President of the United States to a young wife," he said. "Absolutely stuns me."


White supremacist Richard Spencer shouted down at Florida college speech

Hundreds of protesters shouted down white supremacist leader Richard Spencer at a university in Florida, forcing him to leave the stage without delivering his speech.

Only around 30 supporters of the controversial white nationalist made it into the University of Florida auditorium at Gainesville, massively outnumbered by protesters who chanted "No more Spencer!"

Spencer, a leader of the so-called alt-right movement that includes white supremacists, neo-Nazis and supporters of the Ku Klux Klan, was one of the organisers of the August march in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which a far-right supporter drove his car into a crowd of demonstrators, killing a 32-year-old woman.


French women name and shame harassers with hashtag #ExposeYourPig

French women have taken to social media to share tales of sexual harassment, outstripping the #MeToo campaign with a name-and-shame hashtag #BalanceTonPorc - or "expose your pig".

The initiative, launched by a French journalist who lives in New York, follows the #MeToo campaign, where tens of thousands of women have taken to Twitter and Facebook to recount experiences of being verbally abused, groped, molested and raped by bosses, teachers and family.

The French women have gone further, with some naming names rather than just sharing their experience of abuse or discrimination. Among the posts were allegations of sexual abuse, rape threats, and of filming up women's skirts.


Fragment of Florence basilica falls and kills tourist: Official

A Spanish man was killed when a falling fragment of stone struck him in Florence's Basilica of the Holy Cross, ambulance services said.

The church where Renaissance master Michelangelo is buried has been closed by police, a spokesman for the national fire rescue service said.

The square piece of stone, which was about 15cm in diameter, fell from a height of around 20m, said a superintendent for Florence's artistic heritage. It had supported a beam in the right transept of the basilica, the main Franciscan church in Florence and one of the city's most visited tourist sites.


Formula One: Hamilton says no plans to 'take a knee' in Austin

Formula One title favourite Lewis Hamilton said he sympathised with athletes protesting racism in the United States but had no plans to kneel during the national anthem before Sunday's US Grand Prix.

The Briton, whose paternal grandparents came from the Caribbean island of Grenada and whose mother is white, told reporters that winning the race was his priority.

"I don't really have a position and I don't have any plans," said the Mercedes driver, who can secure his fourth world title at the weekend if results go his way, when asked whether he might "take a knee".


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