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White House bans CNN reporter after confrontation with Trump

The White House has suspended the press pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta after he and President ..

The White House has suspended the press pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta after he and President Donald Trump had a heated confrontation during a news conference.

They began sparring Wednesday after Acosta asked Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern U.S. border. When Acosta tried to follow up with another question, Trump said, "That's enough!" and a female White House aide unsuccessfully tried to grab the microphone from Acosta.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement accusing Acosta of "placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern," calling it "absolutely unacceptable."

The interaction between Acosta and the intern was brief, and Acosta appeared to brush her arm as she reached for the microphone and he tried to hold onto it. "Pardon me, ma'am," he told her.

Acosta tweeted that Sanders' statement that he put his hands on the aide was "a lie."

CNN said in a statement that the White House revoked Acosta's press pass out of "retaliation for his challenging questions" Wednesday, and the network accused Sanders of lying about Acosta's actions.

"(Sanders) provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened. This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better," CNN said. "Jim Acosta has our full support."

Journalists assigned to cover the White House apply for passes that allow them daily access to press areas in the West Wing. White House staffers decide whether journalists are eligible, though the Secret Service determines whether their applications are approved.

The post-midterm election news conference marked a new low in the president's relationship with journalists.

"It's such a hostile media," Trump said after ordering reporter April Ryan of the American Urban Radio Networks to sit down when she tried to ask him a question.

The president complained that the media did not cover the humming economy and was responsible for much of the country's divided politics. He said, "I can do something fantastic, and they make it look not good."

His exchanges with CNN's Acosta and NBC News' Peter Alexander turned bitterly personal, unusual even for a forum where the nature of their jobs often put presidents and the press at odds.

"I came in here as a nice person wanting to answer questions, and I had people jumping out of their seats screaming questions at me," said Trump, who talked for nearly 90 minutes despite the run-ins with reporters.

Acosta asked Trump why the caravan of migrants was emphasized as an issue in the just-concluded midterm races, and he questioned Trump's reference to the caravan as an invasion.

"You should let me run the country," Trump said. "You run CNN and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better."

After Acosta asked about the investigation of Russia's involvement in the 2016 election, Trump tried to turn to Alexander, but Acosta continued to ask questions.

"CNN should be ashamed of itself having you work for them," the president said to Acosta. "You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn't be working for CNN. The way you treat Sarah Sanders is horrible. The way you treat other people is horrible. You shouldn't treat people that way."

Alexander came to his colleague's defense. "I've traveled with him and watched him," Alexander said. "He's a diligent reporter who busts his butt like the rest of us."

"I'm not a big fan of yours, either," Trump replied.

"I understand," Alexander said, attempting to ask a question. Acosta stood back up and noted the explosive devices that were recently sent to CNN and some of the president's political opponents.

"Just sit down," Trump said. "When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people."

CNN said Trump's attacks on the press have gone too far.

"They are not only dangerous, they are disturbingly un-American," CNN tweeted after the exchange. "While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it. A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere."

In announcing Acosta's suspension, Sanders said, "The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it is an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this administration."

The White House Correspondents' Association released a statement Wednesday saying it "strongly objects to the Trump Administration's decision to use U.S. Secret Service security credentials as a tool to punish a reporter with whom it has a difficult relationship. Revoking access to the White House complex is a reaction out of line to the purported offense and is unacceptable."

The WHCA called on the White House to "immediately reverse this weak and misguided action."

During the news conference, Trump also turned on reporter Yamiche Alcindor of PBS' "NewsHour." She said that "on the campaign trail, you called yourself a nationalist. Some people saw that as emboldening white nationalists." Trump interrupted her, calling it a racist question.

Alcindor pressed on: "There are some people who say the Republican Party is seen as supporting white nationalists because of your rhetoric. What do you say to that?"

"What you said is so insulting to me," he said. "It's a very terrible thing you said to me."

Alcindor moved on to a different topic. Later, via Twitter, she said that she has interviewed white nationalists who say they are more excited by Trump than they have been about other presidents. "Even if President Trump doesn't intend it, some see him as directly appealing to the racists," she wrote.

Trump told Ryan, of American Urban Radio Networks, repeatedly to sit down when she attempted to ask Trump about accusations of voter suppression. He said she was rude for interrupting another reporter, though he did briefly answer one of Ryan's questions.


This story has been corrected to show the NBC News correspondent is named Peter Alexander, not Peter Garrett.

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Kim Porter – model and ex-partner to rapper Diddy – dies

Model and actress Kim Porter – a former longtime girlfriend to rap mogul Diddy and mother to three o..

Model and actress Kim Porter – a former longtime girlfriend to rap mogul Diddy and mother to three of his children – has died aged 47.

Figures in the hip hop community have been paying tribute and offering condolences after a spokesperson for Diddy – real name Sean Combs – confirmed the death on Thursday.

No further details about the death were given.

Rapper Missy Elliot was among those paying tribute on Twitter, saying her "heart just aches so much 4 her children".

Image: Porter and Diddy were on-and-off for about 13 years

She wrote: "She Loved them dearly she was proud of her kids & they Loved their mother so much.

"Prayers for @Diddy during such a difficult time. #KimPorter those that know you will always remember your SMILE your LAUGH & KIND HEART."

50 Cent wrote: "R.I.P to Kim Porter, I send my condolences to her friends and family. She was loved and will be missed dearly.

"I know Puff is hit right now, he loved her for real, soul mate type s***. Chin up puff, Positive vibes only."

My heart just aches so much 4 her children😥😞She Loved them dearly she was proud of her kids & they Loved their mother so much❤ & Prayers for @Diddy during such a difficult time😞🙏🏾 #KimPorter those that know you will always remember your SMILE your LAUGH

— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) November 16, 2018 (more…)

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Fans hail first photos from Bollywood stars’ big day

Bollywood A-listers Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have released the first pictures from their h..

Bollywood A-listers Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have released the first pictures from their highly-anticipated wedding, much to the delight of adoring fans around the world.

The actors – two of the Indian film industry's biggest names – tied the knot in a private ceremony at Lake Como in Italy, according to media reports in their home country.

They released two photographs later on Thursday on their social media channels, captioned simply with heart emojis.

The stunning shots showed the celebrity couple beaming while wearing traditional Indian wedding attire by designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee.

Padukone and Singh caused a stir last month after announcing their engagement and ending months of speculation about their relationship.

Fans were unable to contain their excitement with the stars' names trending in India along with the hashtag #DeepveerKiShaadi – or "Deepveer's wedding".

Copenhagen-born Padukone, 32, is one of Bollywood's highest-paid stars and one of a select few to break into Hollywood after she starred in xXx: Return of Xander Cage with Vin Diesel. She has featured in 40 films since 2006.

She is also the daughter of Indian badminton player Prakash Padukone – a former world number one.

Singh, 33, rose to fame in the 2010 romantic comedy Band Baaja Baaraat and went on to appear in 14 films.

He has starred in several films alongside his new wife. They include 2013's Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela, 2014's Finding Fanny, and 2015's Bajirao Mastani. (more…)

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Pete Dohertys pet Huskies accused of killing neighbours cat in savage 10-minute attack

Pete is accused of watching as his dogs killed his neighbours cat this week (Picture: Facebook/Dalby..

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Pete is accused of watching as his dogs killed his neighbours cat this week (Picture: Facebook/Dalby Cafe)

Pete Doherty is accused of watching as his pet Huskies savaged a neighbours cat to death, reports claim.

Witnesses say they saw the Babyshambles singer with the Siberian dogs off their leads at around 9am on Monday when the attack is said to have happened.

The rockers neighbour, Penny Ward, says her eight-year-old cat Archie was dragged around like a rag doll for 10 minutes.

Penny, a retired nurse, also told The Sun: He hasnt even bothered to come around and say sorry. It is disgusting that he should be taking powerful and aggressive dogs like that for walks off their leads.

Petes Huskies were reportedly off their leash when the attack happened

He is responsible for Archies death. It could have been a child. I hope hes a better singer than a dog owner.

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Sharing her grief over the loss of Archie, whom she rescued in 2010, the 70-year-old added: Archie used to follow me everywhere and sit on the dresser in the kitchen purring his head off.

It is awful. I feel so sad. I just have to keep busy to take my mind off him.

An anonymous witness says they saw the dogs running off their leads with what they initially thought to be a black bin liner in their mouths but, on closer look, realised it was a cat. (more…)

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