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Thursday briefing: Trump lawyers want to stop release of explosive book with Bannon insights

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A new book by Michael Wolff has left the White House reeling

Anna Freeman

04 Enero 2018 12:05

Hello, this is Anna breaking down today's top stories for you.

White House reeling - Donald Trump’s lawyers threatened legal action on Wednesday night against his former right-hand man Steve Bannon, and are now seeking to stop its release altogether. A cease and desist letter accuses Bannon of violating a non-disclosure agreement by speaking about his time on Trump’s election campaign to Michael Wolff, whose new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House has caused shockwaves in Washington.

Chinese show of might - Xi Jinping has reaffirmed his status as China’s most dominant leader since Chairman Mao with another display of military might involving thousands of heavily armed troops. Speaking at a military assembly in the northern province of Hebei, Xi told about 7,000 service men and women they should fear ‘neither hardship nor death’ as they implemented the Communist party’s orders.

‘Snow bomb’ - A rare type of winter storm has hit the US south-east, dumping snow on Florida’s capital for the first time in three decades, while New England braced for a ‘bombogenesis’ blizzard forecast to bring heavy accumulations on Thursday. The governors of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia declared a state of emergency, warning residents to expect icy roads and freezing temperatures.

Fight in the sky - An Indian airline has grounded two pilots over allegations that they had a fight and briefly stormed out of the cockpit during a New Year’s Day flight from London to Mumbai. Jet Airways is investigating claims that a male pilot slapped his female colleague during an argument while the plane was in the air with 324 passengers onboard.

Security threat - Tech firms are working to fix two bugs that could allow hackers to steal personal data from computer systems. Google researchers said one of the ‘serious security flaws’, dubbed ‘Spectre’, was found in chips made by Intel, AMD and ARM. The industry has been aware of the problem for months and hoped to solve it before details were made public.

North Korean problem - Japan's Prime Minister has called the prospect of a nuclear-capable North Korea ‘absolutely unacceptable’ and said the security situation facing his country is the severest since the Second World War. Prime Minister Abe urged the international community to apply concerted pressure to the rogue nation in an attempt to coerce its regime into giving up its nuclear ambitions.

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