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Protests erupt across US as cities declare Donald Trump 'Not My President'

The IndependentProtests swept across the US on Wednesday night, as people flooded cities to demonstrate against the election of Donald Trump as President and declared their refusal to accept the result. A number of arrests were made as police tried to push people back from the entrance to Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York. The billionaire’s larger-than-life brand became a focus for anger, as people also gathered outside Trump Tower in Chicago, chanting: “Not my President”.
This morning Nigel Farage branded Barack Obama a "loathsome creature" and also joked about Mr Trump groping Prime Minister Theresa may while trying to "schmooze" her for trade deals.

Nigel Farage jokes about Donald Trump groping Theresa May

The IndependentNigel Farage has branded Barack Obama a “loathsome” “creature” and said the election of Donald Trump is a “big opportunity” for the UK. The former Ukip leader also joked about Mr Trump groping Theresa May while he tried to “schmooze” her for trade deals, telling a radio station: “He loves our country.” Mr Trump was elected on a hard right political platform, pledging mass deportations of undocumented migrants and saying he would ban Muslims from travelling to the United States.
Here's how the world markets reacted to Donald Trump's victory:

World economies are reacting favourably to Donald Trump's election win

The IndependentThe UK stock market rose sharply on Thursday morning, following those in Asia last night, as world economies seem to react favourably to the prospect of Donald Trump as the next president of  the United states. Anyone who bought German or French shares during Trump's victory speeh on Wednesday morning has seen an almost 5 per cent boost in their value in one day. The jump defies the doom-laden predictions of many City analysts who predicted a huge sell-off, if the Republican was victorious.
The Republican will now meet with current President Obama to formally begin preparing for the role of president, which he will take up in around 70 days.

Pain, shock and the biggest upset in modern politics: Donald Trump is the new President-elect

The IndependentDonald Trump is due to meet with Barack Obama to formally begin the process of presidential transition after a victory that left many stunned, and other elated.

Trump's campaign team 'were in contact' with Russian government

The IndependentThe Russian government was in contact with Donald Trump’s campaign team ahead of his shock election victory, a senior politician has said. Sergei Ryabkov, Russia's deputy foreign minister, was quoted as telling the Interfax news agency “there were contacts” with influential people in the President-elect’s circle. “I don't say that all of them, but a whole array of them, supported contacts with Russian representatives,” he added.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ‘ready to cooperate with Trump’

The IndependentEmbattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is “ready” to cooperate with the US’ President-elect Donald Trump, one of Mr Assad’s advisors has said.
Mexico has reiterated it won't be paying for Mr Trump's wall on the US border.

Mexico addresses Donald Trump's demand that it pays for the border wall

The IndependentMexico’s foreign minister made it clear their country's government will not pay for the border President-elect Donald Trump promised to build along the US border. "Paying for a wall is not part of our vision," Claudia Ruiz Massieu told local television in the wake of the billionaire's victory.  Mr Trump vowed he would build a massive border wall along the US border and make Mexico pay for it.
Our Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk argues Russian President Vladimir Putin matters more in the Middle East than Donald Trump.
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It's not Donald Trump who matters now in the Middle East – it's Putin

The IndependentPredictable claptrap is being uttered about Trump and the Middle East. How can the Muslim world deal with a man who is an Islamophobe? For that is indeed what Trump is. He is a disgrace to his country and to his people – who, heavens above, elected the chap. But here’s a mollifying thought. US prestige in the region has fallen so low, the Arab world’s belief (and quite possibly the Israeli belief) in American power so shattered by Washington’s stupidity and ineptness, that I rather suspect little attention will be paid to Donald Trump.
The first female US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, has warned Mr Trump not to alienate Europe by allying himself with Vladimir Putin
She called him "Putin's useful idiot" during his campaign.
Disillusioned Americans looking to flee to Canada may be reconsidering after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reinforced that they will never truly escape The Donald...

Americans might want to re-think that Canada move after Trudeau's Trump welcome

The IndependentFor Americans hurriedly vying to cross the Canadian border and stay there for at least the next four years, Justin Trudeau has just reinforced that they will never fully escape Donald Trump.

Africa's first female president gives one of the only honest responses to Trump's victory

The IndependentWhile the vast majority of world leaders have met Donald Trump's victory with a measured, diplomatic response, Africa’s first elected female president has refused to mince her words. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the President of Liberia, said she was “extremely saddened” by Hillary Clinton’s defeat at the hands of the Republican, and “concerned” about the prospects of US relations with African countries.

Trump's advisers made $1bn in one day from shares boosted by their own policies

The IndependentTwo Donald Trump advisers immediately make $1bn as shares boosted by policies they helped draft Two hedge fund billionaires who advised Donald Trump on his campaign made over $1 billion on Wednesday as their shares were boosted by policies they helped to draft. Carl Icahn and John Paulson reaped bigger rewards than any other Wall Street investors after Trump’s shock victory, as their shares in mining, pharmaceutical and fossil fuel companies soared.
A top adviser to Donald Trump is dismissing post-election protesters as "a bunch of crybabies." 

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was asked on Thursday about protests in several cities following Mr Trump's victory.

There have been protests in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington and elsewhere. Some demonstrators carried placards declaring "Not My President." 

Mr Giuliani said on Fox News Channel's "Fox and Friends" that most of the protesters are college-age students and seem to be "one per cent of one per cent of one per cent." 

Mr Giuliani said he would advise the president-elect to tell them to calm down and after a year, "you'll be living in a better country. If not, go cry then." 

Mr Giuliani is widely expected to get a major position in the Trump administration. 
More world leaders have reacted to Donald Trump becoming the US President-elect.
France's president said European nations need strong, clear strategies on security and the economy as Mr Trump takes over the US presidency, amid concerns his victory will fortify populists who want to dismantle the EU. 

Francois Hollande said on Thursday that Mr Trump's election "obliges Europeans to be clear and lucid and capable of facing the challenges that concern them".

Mr Hollande, who had endorsed Hillary Clinton, also suggested European countries should be ready to stand up to Mr Trump if necessary. "Europe wishes to be together with the US but has to be in a position to decide for itself, too." 

A leading contender in France's presidential elections in April and May is far right leader Marine Le Pen, who wants to quit the EU and hailed Mr Trump's victory, saying it "buried the old order". 

Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen, after meeting Mr Hollande in Paris, urged a more decisive European Union following Britain's decision to leave.
He called for clearer policies on security and migration, amid criticism that Europe is too lax on both, saying "this is where the European Union needs to deliver".
Russia is ready to work on improving bilateral relations win the United States after Donald Trump won presidential elections, foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

Speaking at a weekly briefing, Ms Zakharova said that it was premature to expect more specific steps in improving relations with the US as Mr Trump is yet to form his own team.
A top UN humanitarian aid official for Syria said he expects continued US help in efforts to support beleaguered Syrian civilians under Donald Trump's presidency. 
Jan Egeland also cited reports on Thursday from Syria that "the last food rations are being distributed as we speak" in besieged eastern parts of the city of Aleppo. 
Speaking to reporters in Geneva, Egeland said the UN needs "continued, uninterrupted US help and engagement in the coming months," and noted that progress is made only when the United States and Russia, a backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, are leading the diplomatic efforts. 
Mr Egeland, the aid chief in UN envoy Staffan de Mistura's office, said he could not speculate about whether the prospect of improved US-Russia relations under MRTrump would have an impact. 
President-elect Donald Trump will meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan to talk about the Republicans' legislative agenda. 
The meeting on Thursday with be the first face-to-face between the men since Mr Trump's surprising win.
Mr Trump and Mr Ryan have had a tense relationship. The House Speaker did not campaign with Mr Trump and has been critical of some of his policy proposals. 
Mr Trump has blasted Mr Ryan as disloyal, "weak" and "ineffective." 
A source familiar with the plans told The Associated Press that Vice President-elect Mike Pence will also attend the lunchtime meeting. It will follow Mr Trump's White House meeting with President Barack Obama. 

12 things that already happened within hours of Donald Trump being elected president

The IndependentDonald Trump won't officially become president until January 2017, but within hours of his victory the world has already begun to change.
Here's how European leaders reacted to the news Mr Trump had been elected president:

Donald Trump's election as US President opens 'period of uncertainty' in Europe, leaders warn​

The IndependentEurope is facing a “period of uncertainty” following the election of Donald Trump as US President, leaders have warned as France and Germany gave the President-elect a frosty welcome. François Hollande, who once said the Republican candidate made him “want to retch”, called for European nations to unite to defend their interests.
Is Donald Trump already backtracking on the promises he made during his campaign?

Donald Trump's plan to ban Muslims from America just disappeared from his website

The IndependentDonald Trump’s team has removed the statement on his website to ban all Muslims from the US. On the same night that millions of votes were pouring in for the real estate mogul turned politician, the page linking to his December statement regarding a temporary and complete Muslim has been removed. The page now redirects to his a page encouraging voters to donate to his campaign.

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Donald Trump has been named the shock victor of the US presidential election, pledging to be a "President for all Americans".

In a victory speech in New York on Wednesday, the President-elect vowed to unite the country following a divisive campaign littered with controversies.

“Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division… I say it is time for us to come together as one united people,” he said, as supporters chanted “USA! USA! USA!”.

Demonstrators marched in cities across the United States on Wednesday to protest against Republican Donald Trump's surprise presidential election win, blasting his campaign rhetoric about immigrants, Muslims and other groups.

In New York, thousands filled streets in midtown Manhattan as they made their way to Trump Tower, Trump's gilded home on Fifth Avenue. Hundreds of others gathered at a Manhattan park and shouted "Not my president."

In Los Angeles, protesters sat on the 110 and 101 highway interchange, blocking traffic on one of the city's main arteries as police in riot gear tried to clear them. Some 13 protesters were arrested, a local CBS affiliate reported.

An earlier rally and march in Los Angeles drew more than 5,000 people, many of them high school and college students, local media reported.

A demonstration of more than 6,000 people blocked traffic in Oakland, California, police said. Protesters threw objects at police in riot gear, burned trash in the middle of an intersection, set off fireworks and smashed store front windows.