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Biden overturns Trump transgender military ban

 

"Transgender servicemembers will no longer be subject to the possibility of discharge or separation on the basis of gender identity," the White House said.

There were 8,980 active duty transgender troops in 2019, according to Department of Defence data analysed by the Palm Center, a non-profit group.

"President Biden believes that gender identity should not be a bar to military service, and that America's strength is found in its diversity," the White House statement added.

Iran's supreme leader makes online threats to attack golfing Trump

A photomontage, on his official website, appears to show the ex-US president playing golf in the shadow of a warplane or large drone.

The website image is captioned "vengeance is definite".

Twitter has suspended a small account which first tweeted the image.

A spokeswoman told Reuters the account - @khamenei_site - was fake and violated Twitter's platform manipulation and spam policy.

However, the post was also retweeted by Ayatollah Khamenei's much larger Farsi Twitter account with more than 300,000 followers. It has since disappeared from that account.

President faces Senate trial after historic second charge

Mr Trump is accused of inciting a mob that stormed Congress last week after he repeated false claims of election fraud. Five people died.

The trial will be held after the president leaves office next Wednesday.

If Mr Trump is convicted, senators could also vote to bar him from ever holding public office again.

The trial follows Wednesday's vote in the House of Representatives that formally charged - or impeached - the president with "incitement of insurrection" for his role in the riot.

Donald Trump creates a crisis for his business empire just before returning to it

After egging on a mob that rioted inside the US Capitol last week, the brand that's at the heart of President Donald Trump's career and fortune is in crisis. He is being shunned by some of the political donors who fuel him, the tech companies that amplify his voice, the banks handling his finances, the American golf industry that brings business to his clubs, and even the Canadian company behind his online stores.

YouTube suspends Donald Trump's channel

The Google-owned service has prevented his account from uploading new videos or live-streaming material for a minimum of seven days, and has said it may extend the period.

The firm said the channel had broken its rules over the incitement of violence.

The president had posted several videos on Tuesday night, some of which remain online.

Google has not provided details of what Mr Trump said in the video it banned, however the BBC has discovered it was a clip from a press conference he had given on Tuesday.

Twitter permanently suspends Trump's account

Twitter said the decision was made "after close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account".

It comes amid a Big Tech purge of the online platforms used by Mr Trump and his supporters.

Some lawmakers and celebrities have been calling for years on Twitter to ban Mr Trump altogether. 

Former First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted on Thursday that the Silicon Valley giants should stop enabling Mr Trump's "monstrous behaviour" and permanently expel him.

Obamas hit out at Trump and police response to Capitol Hill mob

Pro-Trump extremists entered the premises armed with shields and rioting equipment.

They destroyed parts of the historic building, defaced property and invaded the senate floor, disrupting Congress who had to be evacuated to safety.

In a Twitter statement, Michelle Obama wrote about her hurt and frustration witnessing the riot and the contrast between Black lives matter protests and the invasion of the Capitol building.

"It all left me with so many questions - questions about the future, questions about security, extremism, propaganda and more," she said.

Trump confirms he will not attend Biden's inauguration

The last time it happened was in 1869, when outgoing president Andrew Johnson refused to travel to the ceremony in the same carriage as President-elect Ulysses Grant.

Trump announced his decision on Twitter.

Media outlets previously reported that Trump was planning to be at his golf course in Scotland, but Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she would not allow him to enter the country.

It is now expected that Trump will leave the White House on 19 January and fly to his Florida base, Mar-a-Lago.

Capitol riot: Calls grow for Trump to be removed from office

 Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer said Mr Trump should be removed immediately. If he is not, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says he could be impeached.

Four people died during the riot, and 68 have now been arrested.

Police have faced criticism for failing to stop the rioters breaking in.

The official responsible for the security in the House of Representatives, the sergeant at arms, has now resigned. Mr Schumer has called for his counterpart in the Senate to be sacked.

Facebook blocks Trump 'until transition complete'

It means the president will be unable to post on Facebook and Instagram until after the transition of power to Joe Biden on 20 January.

The social network had originally imposed a 24-hour ban after his supporters attacked the US Capitol.

Facebook's chief Mark Zuckerberg wrote that the risks of allowing Trump to post "are simply too great".

In a video posted to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, Trump told the rioters attacking the seat of government "I love you" before telling them to go home. He also repeated false claims about election fraud.