People line up for taxi across the street from the New York Times head office in New York, New York. [File: Carlo Allegri/Reuters]

US President Donald Trump‘s re-election campaign said on Wednesday it was filing a libel suit accusing the New York Times of intentionally publishing a false opinion article that suggested Russia and the campaign had an overarching deal in the 2016 election.

In an escalation of the Republican president’s long-running battle with the news media, campaign officials said the lawsuit was being filed in New York State Supreme Court, the state’s trial-level court.

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A statement from the campaign said the aim of the suit against the Times, among the most prominent American news organisations, was to hold the newspaper “accountable

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