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Trump claims media 'dishonest' over crowd photos

Image copyrightREUTERSImage captionTrump's inauguration (left) and Obama's in 2009, viewed from the Washington Monument

President Donald Trump has accused the media of dishonesty over the number of people attending his inauguration.

Mr Trump was speaking after photographs were published appearing to show more people attended the inauguration of his predecessor Barack Obama in 2009.

Mr Trump's press secretary said it had been "the largest audience to ever see an inauguration" even though figures he cited add up to under 750,000 people.

He said the new US administration would hold the media accountable.

On Saturday, millions in the US and around the world took part in protests to highlight women's rights, which activists believe to be under threat from the new administration.

The largest US rally was in the capital, Washington DC, which city officials estimated to be more than 500,000-strong, followed by New York with some 400,000 and hundreds of thousands elsewhere,…

US: Deadly air strike in Syria hits al-Qaeda camp

US says air strike killed more than 100 al-Qaeda fighters just a day before President Obama left office.

Jabhat Fateh al-Sham and other affiliates have in the past been targeted by US air strikes in Syria [Ammar Abdullah/Reuters]

A US air strike on Thursday targeting an al-Qaeda training camp in Syria killed more than 100 fighters, a US defence official said on Friday.

The strike took place just a day before the end of President Barack Obama's presidency and a day after more than 80 fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) were killed in US air strikes in Libya, according to the Pentagon.

The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the air strike in Syria was primarily carried out by a B-52 bomber and dropped 14 munitions.

The official added that the strike against the camp took place in Idlib province, west of Aleppo, and there was a high level of confidence that there were no civilian casualties.

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According to head of the Russian Federation Council’s defense committee, Viktor Ozerov, Russia is not conducting talks on creating military bases in Libya.

Commander of the Libyan Armed Forces, General Khalifa Haftar (R), and Deputy Commander of the Russian Northern Fleet, Vice Admiral Victor Sokolov (L), on the deck of the Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser

Russia is not conducting talks on creating military bases in Libya, the Sputnik news agency reported on Sunday, citing head of the Russian Federation Council’s defense committee, Viktor Ozerov.

“Such talks are not being conducted,” Ozerov told Sputnik.

Earlier, Libyan media reported that Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Valery Gerasimov, and a number of Russian military officials allegedly arrived to the Libyan city of Tobruk in order to hold talks with Supreme Commander of the Libyan Armed Forces, General Khalifa Haftar. According to the Switzerland’s Neu Zuercher Zeitung newspaper, …