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Las Vegas shooting: America is ‘a nation in mourning,’ Donald Trump says

A sombre President Donald Trump visited Las Vegas to express the sorrow and shock felt by a nation reeling from the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, telling those whose loved ones died, “You’re not alone.”

Sunday night’s attack by a gunman who killed 58 people and wounded more than 500 before killing himself “fills America’s heart with grief,” Trump said.

“America is truly a nation in mourning.”

Trump’s remarks came at the end of a visit to the city during which the President and First Lady Melania Trump met with survivors of the shooting spree, doctors, law enforcement officers and other first responders.

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Top US diplomat Rex Tillerson says has never considered resigning

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he had never considered resigning and that he was committed to Donald Trump’s agenda but declined to directly address whether he had referred to the President as a “moron” as NBC News has reported.

The top US diplomat, whose tenure has been dogged with rumours about unhappiness with Trump’s policies and rhetoric, said he was committed to Trump’s agenda as much today as he was when he first accepted the offer to serve as secretary of state.

Tillerson spoke after NBC reported that Vice-President Mike Pence and other top officials had intervened to persuade him not to resign this summer as tensions rose between Trump and Tillerson.

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Catalan leaders moving to declare independence from Spain on Monday

Catalonia will move on Monday to declare independence from Spain after holding a banned referendum, pushing the European Union nation towards a rupture that threatens the foundations of its young democracy.

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont said he favoured mediation to find a way out of the crisis but that Spain’s central government had rejected this. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government responded by calling on Catalonia to “return to the path of law” first before any negotiations.

Mireia Boya, a Catalan lawmaker from the pro-independence Popular Unity Candidacy party, said a declaration of independence would follow a parliamentary session on Monday to evaluate the results of the Oct 1 vote to break away.

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Google to launch flagship Pixel 2 XL smartphone in Singapore on Nov 15

For the first time ever, Google’s flagship Pixel 2 XL smartphone will be available in Singapore. The search giant made the announcement at its annual hardware event in San Francisco early on Thursday morning Singapore time.

The new 6-inch smartphone will be available here on Nov 15 in an exclusive partnership with Singtel. It is also the first time that a Google Pixel smartphone will be available in South-east Asia.

While local pricing has not been announced, consumers here can register their interest in the device at singtel.com/googlepixel from 9am on Thursday.

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Golf: Thomas named 2017 PGA Tour Player of the Year

Justin Thomas was named 2017 PGA Tour Player of the Year, crowning a superb season which saw five wins including a maiden major victory.

The 24-year-old from Louisville, Kentucky, had already brought the curtain down on a fine year by winning the season-ending FedEx Cup crown last month.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said Thomas's award of the Jack Nicklaus Trophy reflected his consistent performances across the year.

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