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Top US envoy in fight against IS group resigns, says official

Brett McGurk's resignation, effective December 31, comes just after Donald Trump abruptly ordered the withdrawal of US troops from Syria as well as the announcement that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was quitting, citing key disagreements with the US president.

LeBron James slams NFL owners' 'slave mentality'

The NFL hasn't been able to shake the controversy that erupted after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the pre-game national anthem to protest social and racial injustice.

US government shutdown begins

Operations for several key agencies ceased at 12.01am on Saturday, despite last-ditch talks that continued on Capitol Hill.