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De Niro predicts abusive Trump tweets at New York rally

Robert De Niro hit out at Donald Trump's celebrity Twitter spats by predicting the abuse he would receive for appearing at a celebrity-led rally against the US president-elect in New York.

The actor, who regularly condemned Trump's presidential campaign, told a crowd of protesters: "I want to read a few tweets to you. I know you haven't heard them because they won't be sent until later - in the middle of the night."

The seven-time Academy Award winner said he expected to be condemned for a "disaster" career boosted by "rigged Oscars" and revealed which political figure Trump would consider the real "Raging Bull".

Earlier this month Trump labelled Meryl Streep "one of the most over-rated actresses" in Hollywood in a late night tweet after she criticised him at the Golden Globes.

Cher urges protests against 'crazy' Trump movement

Cher has urged Americans to protest against Donald Trump's inauguration and the movement of "craziness" in Washington DC.

The actress and singer was among several famous figures to appear at an anti-Trump rally in front of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York that saw scuffles break out between protesters and police.

"It was a little bit scary but it was great," Cher said.

Defeated Gambian leader told to stand down by midday

Defeated Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh has refused to leave office. Credit: AP

Defeated Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has been ordered to give up power by midday on Friday by West African leaders or be forced out by regional troops already in the country.

Sengalese troops entered The Gambia on Thursday but they have been told to halt their advance while negotiations continue to bring a peaceful end to the crisis.

The United Nations Security Council has backed ECOWAS's efforts to ensure Barrow assumes power, and the United States said it also supported the intervention.

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One dead after car ploughs into pedestrians

Police and paramedics were seen in the area. Credit: APTN

One person has died and several others injured after a car hit pedestrians in the centre of Australia's second-largest city.

Ambulance Victoria said several people were struck by the vehicle in Melbourne on Friday.

Local television screened live aerial video showing police cars and police carrying weapons at a central city junction.

Police said: "The exact circumstances of the events are still being determined."

Police scuffle with anti-Trump protesters in New York

Police in New York have scuffled with anti-Donald Trump protesters demonstrating against the President-elect.

Opponents, angered by Mr Trump's comments during the election campaign about women, illegal immigrants and Muslims - as well as his promise to repeal Obamacare and build a wall on the Mexican border - joined a protest rally on Thursday evening.

Activists burn a Donald Trump hat in New York. Credit: AP

The rally included a lineup of politicians, activists and celebrities.

US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said police will separate groups to prevent trouble at Friday's inauguration ceremony.

He told MSNBC: "The concern is some of these groups are pro-Trump, some of them are con-Trump, and they may not play well together in the same space."

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