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Trump denies mocking disabled New York Times reporter

Donald Trump has denied mocking a disabled reporter from the New York Times, saying he does not know who he is.

The billionaire property tycoon and frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination was criticised for doing an impression of Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from a congenital joint condition, at a rally in South Carolina

But in a statement on Thursday, he said: "I merely mimicked what I thought would be a flustered reporter trying to get out of a statement he made long ago.

"If Mr. Kovaleski is handicapped, I would not know because I do not know what he looks like. If I did know, I would definitely not say anything about his appearance."

Mr Kovaleski has since disputed this, saying the pair "were on a first-name basis for years" and that he met and interviewed Trump "around a dozen times" while working for The Daily News in the 1980s.


Corbyn cancels by-election trip amid Labour row over Syria

Jeremy Corbyn is at odds with his shadow cabinet over Syria airstrikes. Credit: PA

Jeremy Corbyn has cancelled a trip to Oldham to campaign in a by-election amid a shadow cabinet revolt over airstrikes on Syria.

The Labour leader was due to travel to the Oldham West constituency on Friday to support Jim McMahon ahead of next week's by-election.

As recently as early on Thursday evening, Mr Corbyn tweeted that he was looking forward to the visit.

However, a spokeswoman for the Labour leader has now said: "Regrettably Jeremy Corbyn is not now visiting Oldham because matters to do with Syria mean he must return to London."

Mr Corbyn is at odds with top team after coming out and saying he could not back RAF air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Syria before the shadow cabinet had reached an agreed position on the issue.


Turkey 'to help calm tensions' after Russian jet downed

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said his country is trying to calm tensions. Credit: PA

Turkey will work with Russia to calm tensions after a Russian jet was shot down near the Syrian border, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said.

The Turkish leader said discussions were taking place following the incident on Tuesday, which has plunged Ankara's relations with Moscow to their worst in recent memory.

Writing in The Times newspaper, Davutoglu said: "The necessary discussions are now taking place.

"While the measures to defend our territory will remain in place, Turkey will work with Russia and our allies to calm tensions."

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