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Donald Trump mulls new order to replace travel ban, no decision yet

President Donald Trump is considering a new order to replace his soon-to-expire travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority countries that would be tailored on a country-by-country basis to protect the United States from attacks, US officials said.

With the current ban on people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen due to expire on Sunday, Trump was given recommendations by Elaine Duke, the acting homeland security secretary, but has not yet made a decision on the details of any new order, the officials told reporters.

Miles Taylor, counsellor to Duke, said she recommended to Trump "actions that are tough and that are tailored, including travel restrictions and enhanced screening for certain countries".

Taylor declined to say which or how many countries would be targeted, including the status of the six countries covered by the current ban.


Russia tells North Korea, US 'hot heads' to calm down

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described the rhetoric between leaders of the United States and North Korea as a "kindergarden fight between children" and urged calm.

"We have to calm down the hot heads and understand that we do need pauses, that we do need some contacts," Lavrov told a news conference at the United Nations where he was attending the annual General Assembly debate.

Lavrov said Russia was working with other countries "to strive for the reasonable and not the emotional approach - instead of the kindergarden fight between children (where) no one can stop them".


Melania Trump harvests Michelle Obama's vegetable garden

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Melania Trump made her first foray into the White House's vegetable garden, following in the footsteps of its creator and her predecessor, Michelle Obama.

Dressed down in jeans, a plaid shirt and red gardening gloves, the First Lady harvested and planted fresh produce alongside a dozen 11- and 12-year-old children.

The immaculate White House Kitchen Garden - which can be seen through the gates to the White House South Lawn - was established in 2009 by Michelle Obama as part of her work fighting childhood obesity.


Around the world, a muted launch for Apple's iPhone 8

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Apple's launch of the iPhone 8 kicked off with less fanfare on Friday than new models in previous years in the United States, Asia, Australia and Britain, as fans held out for the premium iPhone X, due out in early November.

In San Francisco's Union Square, 80km from Apple's Cupertino headquarters, just 80 people were lined up at the company's flagship store, a sharp contrast to years past when lines stretched for blocks when new products were released.

In Australia, hundreds of people usually gather at Apple's Sydney city store, with queues winding down George Street in the central business district. But there were fewer than 30 people lining up before the store opened on Friday, according to a Reuters witness.


Supermodel reunion at blockbuster Versace tribute in Milan

Donatella Versace authored the defining moment of Milan fashion week with a blockbuster show honouring her late brother Gianni which closed with a surprise supermodel reunion that brought the cheering crowd to its feet.

Security guards had to brush back the audience as it rushed the catwalk once a white curtain at the head of the room peeled back at the end of the catwalk show to reveal the guests of honour.

Out stepped Cindy Crawford, Carla Bruni, Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen and Claudia Schiffer in gold lame as the George Michael anthem Freedom '90 pounded from the sounded system.


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