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Scarlett Johansson makes Planned Parenthood plea

Scarlett Johansson has made an impassioned speech about Planned Parenthood, the sexual health charity, at a rally for women's rights.

"President Trump, I did not vote for you," the actress told the crowd in Washington DC, but she said she could still support him if he was willing to support all those who were "anxiously awaiting" his next move as leader.

The 32-year-old's speech was brought to an end prematurely after just seven minutes, but she appealed to the new president to think seriously about women's rights:

Support my daughter, who may actually as a result of the appointments you have made, grow up in a country that is moving backwards, not forwards, and who may potentially not have the right to make choices for her body and her future that your daughter Ivanka has been privileged to have.

– Scarlett Johansson


Yahya Jammeh heads to exile in Equatorial Guinea

Yahya Jammeh is to go into exile in Equatorial Guinea Credit: AP

The Gambia's former leader Yahya Jammeh is to go into exile in Equatorial Guinea, following a stop in Guinea, after stepping down from office, according to ECOWAS president Marcel de Souza.

The West African regional bloc, which sent 7,000 troops into the Gambia on Thursday, has halted military operations but some troops are to remain in the country, de Souza said.

President Trump to meet 'first foreign leader' next week

The White House confirmed the PM will meet Mr Trump next week Credit: AP

Donald Trump will meet his first foreign leader next week and that person appears set to be Britain's Theresa May.

The White House confirmed the prime minister's visit, but the date of her meeting with the new US president was unclear.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters: "The president will welcome his first foreign leader this Thursday when the United Kingdom's Theresa May will come to Washington on Friday."

Mr Spicer was not immediately available to clarify whether the meeting would be on Thursday or Friday, and there was no immediate confirmation from Downing Street of the meeting.


Petition for Trump to release tax return merits response

Donald Trump has refused to release his tax returns until an audit is complete. Credit: AP

An online petition demanding the release of President Donald Trump's full tax returns has attracted enough signatures to require a White House response.

The petition, created on Inauguration Day, was signed by more than 135,000 people by midday on Saturday.

Under rules by former President Barack Obama, a petition needs 100,000 signatures within 30 days to get a response from the government.

Trump has refused to release the tax returns until the IRS completes an audit.

It is unclear whether Trump's White House will respond.

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