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International: Six killed as storms batter South US

Six people died after storms battered the South United States from Sunday into Monday.

A man in his mid-60s was killed in his mobile home in Whitmire, South Carolina, Monday after the home was struck by an unconfirmed tornado and the home flipped several times, Union County Sheriff David Taylor told ABC News.

The man was identified by the Union County Coroner's Office as J.C. Matthews, Jr., 65.

He was found after Matthews' brother discovered the home overturned and called emergency personnel for help.

Breaking: Trump's Health Care Bill withdrawn

A vote on US President Donald Trump's healthcare bill has been withdrawn after it failed to gain enough support to pass in Congress.

Trump told House Speaker Paul Ryan to pull the bill after it became apparent it would not get the minimum of 215 Republican votes needed.

The withdrawal is seen as a huge blow to Mr Trump.

Repealing and replacing the programme known as Obamacare was one of his major election pledges.

This is a developing story.

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Internationally: No certainty Trump's health bill will pass as House prepares to vote

US President Donald Trump is heading for a too-close-to-call vote on his troubled healthcare bill in the House.

Trump would suffer a huge blow if one of his major election pledges, to repeal and replace the programme known as Obamacare, fell at the first hurdle.

Asked on Friday about the vote, he just said: "We'll see what happens."

Even if the bill does pass the House, it could face a tougher passage in the Senate, where Republicans have only a slender majority.

Two federal judges find new Trump travel ban discriminatory

Rejecting arguments from the government that President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban was substantially different from the first one, judges in Hawaii and Maryland blocked the executive order from taking effect as scheduled on Thursday, using the president’s own words as evidence that the order discriminates against Muslims.

Internationally: Snowstorm "Stella" being described as life-threatening

Snowstorm "Stella" is being described as “life-threatening” as it is poised to hit the US east coast, bringing blizzard conditions and a blanket of heavy snow.

Meteorologists were predicting snowfall totals as high as 20in (50cm) in New York City from the storm’s start late on Monday through to Tuesday evening.

The National Weather Service warned that blizzard conditions of wind gusts over 35mph (56kph) and low visibility would extend from the Philadelphia area to Maine.

What the 2017 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report says about T&T

The Government of the United States last week released the 2017 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, which assesses the work being done by individual countries to address drug trafficking, money laundering and corruption.

The report noted that the current government had continued to make progress in the fight against illicit drugs.

While parts of the report have been reported upon, this is the entire report as it relates to Trinidad and Tobago.

Trump, Trudeau vow to work together for economic growth, job creation

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump have vowed to work together to provide growth and jobs for both countries.

At a news conference, the two stressed the countries' shared economic goals and international co-operation.

"We will co-ordinate closely to protect jobs in our hemisphere and to keep wealth in our continent," said Mr Trump.

The Canadian leader said they had a fruitful discussion on immigration.

But he said his country had pursued a policy of openness towards refugees without compromising security.

PM's Office: T&T's ties to US, anti-terrorism fight cannot be called into question

The Office of the Prime Minister has responded to a statement made by MSNBC contributor, Malcolm Nance, who pointed to Trinidad and Tobago as a country that has produced terrorists but escaped being banned in an executive order by President Trump.

A statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister says this country's ties with the US and commitment toward fighting terrorism, is unquestionable.

The following is the statement by the Office of the Prime Minister:

Donald Trump elected 45th President of the United States

Donald Trump won the US presidential election early this morning in a stunning victory that sent shockwaves around the world.

The Republican took the key swing states of Florida, North Carolina and Ohio early this morning, as he marched towards the White House.

In an extraordinary development, Mrs Clinton did not initially concede the election - but then later called Mr Trump to congratulate him on his victory. 

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