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Multiple layers of steel walls, fences, razor wire and other barricades are viewed from the United States side of the US-Mexico border in San Ysidro, California, January 26, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
Multiple layers of steel walls, fences, razor wire and other barricades are viewed from the United States side of the US-Mexico border in San Ysidro, California, January 26, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
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These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:

US no longer democratic

This is the fence which marks the border line between Mexico and the United States. US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at constructing a wall on the border with Mexico. Back in June 2015, during his election campaign, Trump had pledged to build the border wall to, according to him, contain illegal immigration to the United States. He has promised to have Mexico pay for the costs of the wall. The 1,000 mile border wall is estimated to cost between 15 and 25 billion dollars. Trump has also signed another executive order aimed at preventing Muslim refugees and asylum seekers from entering the United States. The travel ban specifically targets seven Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa, including Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, and Syria. Shortly after the executive order was signed, airport across the US witnessed legal immigrants arrested by security forces. Trump’s refugee policy has sparked angry protests across the United States. Some view it as illegal and some others warn it is dangerous.

US dictates to the world

It’s been just over a week since Republican Donald Trump took over from the Obama administration on January 20. The US president has ever since been signing controversial executive orders that are legally binding. Among such presidential actions is a decree dubbed "The rebuilding of the United States Armed Forces.” The order calls for new planes, ships, and the modernization of the US nuclear arsenal. The Trump administration has picked Nikki Haley as the new US ambassador to the United Nations. In her first remarks at the headquarters of the world body, she warned those who oppose President Trump's policies that ‘Washington will take names now and respond later.’ Also, Trump is reportedly preparing an executive order which calls for terminating funding for any United Nations agency that recognizes the Palestinian Authority or Palestine Liberation Organization as a full member.

May diplomatic moves ahead of Brexit 

British Prime Minister Theresa May laid a wreath at the mausoleum of modern Turkey’s founder Ataturk in Ankara. Following the visit to Ataturk’s tomb, May met with Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. During the meeting, the two sides discussed bilateral ties, including economic and military relations. British Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain and Turkey have agreed to set up a working group to boost bilateral trade after London leaves the European Union.