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'I thought being president would be easier': Trump's Reuters interview highlights

Donald Trump stands in the Oval Office. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters. Donald Trump has given a wide-ranging interview to Reuters about geopolitics, trade and how his personal life has changed since assuming the highest office in the land. Here are some highlights:. On the presidency:. “I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier. You’re really into your own ... Full story

The Latest: Attorney: Reports of execution 'horrifying'

VARNER, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' effort to execute a fourth inmate before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires on Sunday (all times local):. An attorney for the fourth Arkansas inmate executed in eight days says accounts of the lethal injection are "horrifying.". Shawn Nolan was one of Kenneth Williams' attorneys who'd filed multiple requests to stop the Thursday night execution. One challenge argued that Williams had ... Full story

Pope Francis arrives in Cairo seeking to mend ties with Islam

CAIRO Pope Francis arrives in Cairo on Friday hoping to mend ties with Islamic religious leaders just as Egypt's ancient Christian community faces unprecedented pressure from Islamic State militants who have threatened to wipe it out. In an address to the Egyptian people this week, Francis spoke of his hope that his visit would help bring peace and encourage dialogue and reconciliation with the Islamic world. But it comes at a painful time for ... Full story

ASEAN expresses alarm over NKorea nuclear tests, missiles

ASEAN EXPRESSES ALARM OVER NKOREA NUCLEAR TESTS, MISSILES. MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Southeast Asian nations have expressed "grave concern" over North Korea's nuclear tests last year and subsequent ballistic missile launches that have racheted tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, issued their statement Friday on the eve of the leaders' annual summit in Manila, saying the ... Full story

Of course Theresa May offers stability – just look at her unchanging positions on Brexit and general elections

The Conservative slogan for the election is “Strong and stable”. Because that’s the main thing we want from a government, strength and stability, like you get with Vladimir Putin. Only idiots get obsessed with the details of what their leaders are strong and stable about, because the important thing is they’re strong while they’re doing it, and they keep doing it even if it’s insane. Jeremy Corbyn should prove he can match their stability by ... Full story

Trump admits he thought being President would be easier

Being President is not as easy as he thought it would be, Donald Trump has admitted. Reflecting on his first 100 days in office with a wistful look at his life before the White House, Mr Trump said he misses driving, feels as if he is in a cocoon, and is surprised how hard his new job is. “I loved my previous life. I had so many things going,” he told Reuters in an interview. “This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be ... Full story

Ivanka Trump’s White House role is a symbol of democratic decline

Ivanka Trump attends a panel at the W20 Summit in Berlin. (Markus Schreiber/Associated Press). I’ve no doubt she thinks she is qualified. Politics is not really all that different from advertising, right? You promote handbags; you promote nice causes. Women entrepreneurs, friendship between nations, edgy earrings — whatever. These are all part of a lifestyle that everybody wants, and it’s a lifestyle that Ivanka Trump has been selling, for ... Full story

Berkeley protests peaceful as hundreds rally over Coulter

Hundreds of people waving American flags and chanting "USA" held a raucous rally Thursday at a park in Berkeley — home of the free speech movement — to protest a canceled appearance by conservative commentator Ann Coulter , but the expected violence did not materialize. Scores of officers in riot gear lined up in preparation for possible violence between supporters and opponents of Coulter, but there were no major confrontations, largely ... Full story

China bans list of Islamic names in Xinjiang region

In this Thursday, May 1, 2014 file photo, an Uighur woman carries a toddler as children play near a cage protecting heavily armed Chinese paramilitary policemen on duty in Urumqi in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. (AP). Authorities in western China are prohibiting parents from naming their children Islamic names in the latest effort to dilute the influence of religion on life in the ethnic Uighur minority heartland. ... Full story

South Korea paying for THAAD 'impossible': adviser to presidential frontrunner

SEOUL A top foreign policy adviser to South Korean presidential frontrunner Moon Jae-in said on Friday that U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestion that Seoul pay for the THAAD advanced U.S. missile defense system would be an "impossible option". In an exclusive interview, Trump told Reuters on Thursday that he wants South Korea to pay for the $1 billion Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system. "Even if we purchase THAAD, its main ... Full story