Brian Sandoval for Supreme Court seat is 'downright absurd', liberal activists say

Liberal activists have condemned reports that Barack Obama is considering a Republican politician to fill the contentious vacancy on the supreme court, saying such a move would be “downright absurd”.

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Senate committee ponders if Canadian border is a threat after Trudeau's victory

Existential threats to the US homeland have come in many forms – some real, some imagined. There was immigration from Asia – referred to in the xenophobic phrase “yellow peril” – fascism in Europe, communism in the Soviet Union and radical Islam in the Middle East.

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Former Pentagon chief Robert Gates: Republicans' grasp of national security is at a child's level

Robert Gates , a Republican stalwart and former US defence secretary who served under eight presidents, has derided the party’s election candidates for a grasp of national security issues that “would embarrass a middle schooler”.

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Trump and Sanders are each leading an insurgency against the political establishment

Theo’s Pizza Restaurant is heaving, the anger and frustration palpable. James Egloff drove his family five hours on a frostbitten day to be here. Preacher’s son Ted Cruz , in blue jacket and open-collared shirt, does not disappoint, eviscerating the political establishment, talking guns and religion and prophesying a national “awakening”. The audience, clapping and hollering, loves his firebrand act.

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Guantanamo prisoner has been held for 13 years despite being wrongfully arrested

Mustafa al-Aziz al-Shamiri was low-level Islamist foot soldier, not al-Qaida courier and trainer as had been believed

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REVEALED: Bush and Blair went to war in Iraq despite South African intelligence proving no WMDs

Tony Blair went to war in Iraq despite a report by South African experts with unique knowledge of the country that showed it did not possess weapons of mass destruction, according to a book published on Sunday.

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George HW Bush book denies Jeb was family's first pick for president

Current Republican hopeful never thought he was favored within family over his brother, George W, who won two terms

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Obama meets 3.2-million-year-old 'grandmother of humanity' during Ethiopia visit

Lucy is a 3.2 million-year-old member of Australopithecus afarensis and the most complete skeleton of an early human ancestor ever discovered

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Afrikaners fear post-Mandela 'night of the long knives'

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Execute elephant poachers on the spot, Tanzanian minister urges

A government minister in Tanzania has called for a "shoot-to-kill" policy against poachers in a radical measure to curb the mass slaughter of elephants.

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South African gold miners strike over 'slave wages in white man's economy'

80,000 miners walk out in industrial action that will cost country £22m a day as government admits it can only plead for solution

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Nelson Mandela home but not out of the woods, say friends and family

Although the former South African president has been sent home from hospital, he is still in a critical and unstable condition

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Lead investigator in Oscar Pistorius case is facing attempted murder charges

Detective who gave shaky evidence at bail hearing is on seven charges himself over alleged drunken shoot-up

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Granddaughters say Nelson Mandela is a 'Toddlers and Tiaras' fan

Women claim ex-president is fan of pageant series denounced as 'gaggingly vomitous', as they launch their own reality show

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Saving the rhino with U.S. military surveillance drones

South African farmer plans to put 30 drones in the air to help combat poachers

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