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Embattled Trump says treated ‘unfairly’

An embattled Donald Trump complained Wednesday that no US leader had been treated “more unfairly,” as top Republican lawmakers demanded the facts on the swirling scandals convulsing his presidency.

The White House has been thrown into turmoil by a succession of stunning allegations against the president, most damagingly the suggestion he may have obstructed justice by asking his FBI chief to drop a probe into one of his top advisors.

© AFP SAUL LOEB

© AFP SAUL LOEB

Special counsel to probe Trump-Russia links

The US Department of Justice Wednesday named a former head of the FBI as special counsel to lead the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and possible collusion with Donald Trump’s team.

The US president stands accused of seeking to stall the politically-explosive probe following his shock dismissal of the FBI chief James Comey, and allegations that he asked Comey to drop his investigation of a former aide.

© AFP SAUL LOEB

© AFP SAUL LOEB

Putin ‘ready to provide recording’ of Lavrov-Trump exchange

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Moscow could provide a recording of a controversial exchange between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US President Donald Trump that has plunged the White House into turmoil.

His comments were the first since Trump was hit with accusations that he shared secrets while meeting Lavrov in Washington, the latest crisis to hit the White house amid existing investigations into whether Trump’s aides colluded with Moscow during the campaign.

© POOL Yuri KADOBNOV

© POOL Yuri KADOBNOV

Dow falls more than 300 points on Trump woes

Wall Street stocks fell further Wednesday afternoon on deepening worries about President Donald Trump’s economic agenda following a series of scandals and stumbles.

Near 1900 GMT, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down more than 300 points, or 1.6 percent, at 20,654.56.

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© AFP Jewel SAMAD

S. Korea’s Moon warns high chance of clashes with North

South Korean President Moon Jae-In warned Wednesday there was a “high possibility” of military clashes along the border with North Korea as tensions mount over Pyongyang’s weapons ambitions.

Moon, who was sworn in last week, warned that the North’s nuclear and rocket programmes were “advancing rapidly”, days after Pyongyang launched what appeared to be its longest-range missile yet.

© POOL KIM HONG-JI

© POOL KIM HONG-JI

WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning released from prison

Chelsea Manning, the transgender army private jailed for one of the largest leaks of classified documents in US history, was released from prison Wednesday, a US Army spokeswoman told AFP.

Manning “has been released from the United States Disciplinary Barracks” at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said in a brief statement. Manning was sentenced to 35 years prison for the leak, but was released after seven years thanks to a commutation of her sentence by president Barack Obama before he left office.

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© US ARMY HO