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Donald Trump loses bid to delay trial in New York fraud case

An appeals court on Thursday rejected former US President Donald Trump's bid to delay a civil trial in a lawsuit brought by New York's attorney general.

The decision will allow the case to proceed days after a judge ruled the former president committed years of fraud and stripped him of some companies as punishment.

The decision, by the state's intermediate appellate court, clears the way for Judge Arthur Engoron to preside over a non-jury trial starting Monday in Manhattan in New York Attorney General Letitia James' civil lawsuit.

Mr. Trump is listed among dozens of possible witnesses, setting up a potential courtroom showdown with the judge.

The fraud ruling on Tuesday threatens to upend his real estate empire and force him to give up prized New York properties such as Trump Tower, a Wall Street office building, golf courses and a suburban estate.

Trump has denied wrongdoing, arguing that some of his assets are worth far more than what's listed on annual financial statements that Engoron said he used to secure loans and make deals.