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Trump cancels news conference on anniversary of US Capitol attack.

Former US president Donald Trump on Tuesday cancelled a news conference he had scheduled for January 6th, the first anniversary of an attack by supporters of his on the US Capitol which proved fatal.

Mr Trump said in a statement that he would discuss many of the same topics he would have addressed at the news conference at a rally in Arizona to be held on January 15th.

Thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in Washington DC on January 6th, 2021, in the worst assault on Congress since the War of 1812. Fuelled by Mr Trump’s false claims that his November 2020 election defeat was the result of fraud, the rioters tried to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s victory.

One police officer who responded to the scene died the day after the attack, while four others who guarded the Capitol died later by suicide. About 140 police officers were injured during the hours-long attack. Four rioters also died. More than 700 people have been charged with joining in the assault.

The violence led to Mr Trump’s second impeachment and numerous investigations. One of them, in the House of Representatives, is seeking to question influential Fox News television personality Sean Hannity about text messages with Mr Trump, his aides and his lawyers during that time.

US President Joe Biden will on Thursday mark the anniversary of the assault on the Capitol by honouring the bravery of law enforcement officers on the scene, and outlining unfinished work needed to strengthen US democracy, the White House said.

“On Thursday, the president is going to speak to the truth of what happened, not the lies that some have spread since, and the peril it has posed to the rule of law and our system of democratic governance,” White House spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters.

Mr Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris, both Democrats, will speak on Thursday morning at the US Capitol. – Reuters

Blinken Reassures Ukrainians Amid Russian Invasion Threat.

Blinken Reassures Ukrainians Amid Russian Invasion Threat.

On visit to Kyiv, US secretary of state tells Ukrainians that as they stand up to Russian aggression, US stands with them Originally published at -

Pittsburgh police provide update after student shot in school van.

Pittsburgh police provide update after student shot in school van.

Pittsburgh police held a news conference Wednesday after a 15-year-old student was shot in a school van just before dismissal. Police say the victim is in critical condition. Watch the press conference here. CBSN is CBS News’ 24/7 digital streamin...

Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee dies at 102

Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee dies at 102

Charles McGee, one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen, has died at the age of 102. He flew more than 400 combat missions for the U.S. military. Elaine Quijano has more on "Red and Blue." CBSN is CBS News’ 24/7 digital streaming news service fea...

Video Released Of Deadly U.S.Drone Strike on Afghan Civilians, August 2021

Video Released Of Deadly U.S.Drone Strike on Afghan Civilians, August 2021

Days after a mass casualty ISIS attack on the crowds at Kabul airport during the U.S. withdrawal, a drone missile mistakenly targeted a car in the Afghan capital, killing 10 members of the Ahmadi family, including seven children.» Subscribe to NBC...

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'What Are You For?': Biden Criticizes Republicans For Blocking Legislation.

'What Are You For?': Biden Criticizes Republicans For Blocking Legislation.

President Biden was questioned on his stalled agenda in Congress and criticized Republicans for blocking legislation and questioning their motives.» Subscribe to NBC News: » Watch more NBC video: NBC News Digital is a collection of innovative and ...

Biden Discusses 'Year Of Enormous Progress' At Press Conference.

Biden Discusses 'Year Of Enormous Progress' At Press Conference.

President Biden began his second press conference by discussing the "enormous progress" his administration has made on several issues in its first year.» Subscribe to NBC News: » Watch more NBC video: NBC News Digital is a collection of innovative...