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Trump’s military parade plan sparks backlash

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump's dream of hosting a military parade in Washington was met with almost universal derision Wednesday, with critics seeing evidence of creeping authoritarianism. White House and military officials confirmed that planning for the event was already underway, but a date had not yet been decided. Support for the idea appeared to be thin on the ground, even from Trump's erstwhile supporters. Meanwhile Democratic lawmakers described it as an "idiot" and "authoritarian" idea from a "Napoleon…

JK Rowling defends Johnny Depp casting after fan backlash

LONDON: British author JK Rowling has said she is "genuinely happy" with Johnny Depp's casting in the upcoming "Fantastic Beasts" film after fans called for his replacement over domestic abuse allegations. The US actor, who plays villain Gellert Grindelwald in the Harry Potter spin-off, had been accused of physical abuse by his former wife Amber Heard during divorce proceedings. But actress Heard withdrew the allegations last year when the pair reached an out-of-court settlement to end their marriage. Angry fans had…

Despite Trump backlash, May says ‘very happy’ to invite him

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May was "very happy" to invite U.S. President Donald Trump for a state visit to Britain, her Downing Street office said on Monday as May faced a popular backlash at home over the planned visit. Numerous politicians, including some in her own party ranks, have said a full state visit involving lavish royal pageantry would be inappropriate following Trump's controversial executive order on immigration restrictions, and a petition against the visit had gathered 1.3 million signatures by…