Trump: 'I am not a racist'

In remarks to reporters at a dinner photo opportunity with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in West Palm Beach, Florida, Trump said when asked if he is a racist, "No, I'm not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed."

The President has drawn sharp criticism since he was reported to have called African countries "shitholes" while discussing immigration with lawmakers Thursday.

New Zealander says passport photo rejection 'not racist'

The system sent an error message after deciding Richard Lee's eyes were closed, when they are clearly open.

It was not racism he suggested. "It was a robot. No hard feelings."

The DJ and aerospace engineering student had submitted the photo to an online photo checker at New Zealand's Department of Internal Affairs.

"No hard feelings on my part, I've always had very small eyes and facial recognition technology is relatively new and unsophisticated," the 22-year-old told Reuters.

Mr Lee is studying in Melbourne, Australia.

Blake Shelton apologizes for racist and homophobic tweets

The country star took to Twitter Wednesday to apologize for a series of offensive tweets that have since been deleted from his account.

"Everyone knows comedy has been a major part of my career and it's always been out there for anyone to see," he tweeted. "That said anyone that knows me also knows I have no tolerance for hate of any kind or form. Can my humor at times be inappropriate and immature? Yes. Hateful? Never. That said I deeply apologize to anybody who may have been offended."

Star artist calls Indigenous Australians ‘dinosaurs’

Advance copies of performance artist Marina Abramovic's biography contain a passage describing Australia's first people as "dinosaurs".

Abramovic said the comments were from an "early, uncorrected proof".

But response to the excerpt on social media was unsympathetic, with many branding her a racist.

The memoir, entitled Walk Through Walls, features a passage that describes Abramovic's first contact with Indigenous Australians in the 1970s.

The Australian defends 'insulting' Bill Leak cartoon

A Bill Leak cartoon published in The Australian newspaper on Thursday depicts an Aboriginal man who has forgotten his son's name.

Indigenous groups said the cartoon was "ugly, insulting and embarrassing".

But the paper's editor said the cartoon brought a "crucial issue" into the public domain.

In the cartoon, a police officer is shown bringing an Indigenous child to his father, saying: "You'll have to sit down and talk to your son about personal responsibility."

The father, who is barefoot and holding a beer can, asks: "What's his name then?"