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  • TUNITED NATIONS/Jalalabad - The US military's largest non-nuclear bomb killed dozens of Islamic State militants as it smashed their mountain hideouts, Afghan officials said Friday, ruling out any civilian casualties despite the weapon's destructive power. The US military has defended its decision to ...

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  • TBEIJING/Washington - China issued a stern warning Friday that a conflict over North Korea could break out “at any moment”, as Pyongyang vowed a “merciless” response to any US military action. Tensions in the region have surged to fresh heights in recent days with speculation ...

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  • TUNITED NATIONS/WAShington -  Russia on Wednesday vetoed a UN draft resolution demanding the Syrian government cooperate with an investigation of a suspected chemical attack that the West blames on President Bashar al-Assad's forces. It was the eighth time that Russia has used its veto power at ...

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  • TUNITED NATIONS - The United States may take unilateral action in Syria if the United Nations fails to respond to a suspected chemical attack in Syria which is reported to have killed dozens of civilians, including children, American Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley has warned. The warning came as the ...

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  • TJERUSALEM -  The United States warned Friday that “unrestrained” building of settler homes could hinder peace, after Israel approved a new settlement in the occupied West Bank for the first time in a quarter century. The Palestinians reacted angrily as what is widely seen as the ...

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  • TLONDON/Washington -  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday accused the CIA of “devastating incompetence” for failing to protect its hacking secrets and said he would work with tech companies to develop fixes for them. “This is a historic act of devastating ...

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  • TJERUSALEM - US President Donald Trump does not believe Israeli settlement growth in Palestinian territories is "good for peace," he told a paper Friday ahead of meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Appearing to soften parts of his previous hardline support for Israeli policies, Trump ...

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  • TWASHINGTON -  President Donald Trump slammed the courts Wednesday as “so political” as a panel of appellate judges weighed whether to reinstate an executive order barring US entry to refugees and nationals from seven mainly Muslim countries. The travel ban, which plunged airports ...

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  • TWASHINGTON - President Donald Trump lashed out Monday at signs of rising public opposition to his controversial travel ban as tech giants threw their weight behind a push in US courts to roll it back. With the ban suspended since Friday, the legal battle has moved to San Francisco where a US court ...

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  • TWASHINGTON -  President Donald Trump on Friday signed an executive order aimed at limiting the "burden" of the Obamacare health law that the incoming US leader has vowed to repeal. The Trump’s administration also announced its commitment to eliminate the Climate Action Plan, the ...

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  • TWASHINGTON -  Barack Obama vowed to speak up if Donald Trump threatens core US values and reassured Americans “we’ll be okay” Wednesday, in a political swansong after eight years as president. During his final press conference and public appearance before Trump’s ...

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  • TWASHINGTON -  President-elect Donald Trump condemned Russia critics on Saturday, calling those who oppose better relations with Moscow "stupid" people and "fools" in his latest Twitter tirade. His attack comes a day after the Republican president-elect met the country's leading intelligence ...

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  • TWASHINGTON -  US spy chiefs said Thursday that the hacking of Democratic Party computers was just one part of a multifaceted campaign by Russia to disrupt the American presidential election. In a closely-watched Senate hearing, top intelligence officials presented a united front as they ...

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  • TUnited nations - The new United Nations chief, Antonio Guterres, warned Tuesday that the world body faces "very challenging times" and asked for support of reforms to make it better able to deal with them. Before beginning his first day of work at UN headquarters in New York, Guterres, who ...

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  • TWASHINGTON - The United States on Thursday fired back at Moscow over its meddling in the presidential election, announcing a series of tough sanctions against intelligence agencies, expulsions of agents and shutting down of Russian compounds on US soil. "I have ordered a number of actions in ...

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  • TNEW YORK/JERUSALEM -  The Israeli government says it plans to build thousands of settlements in occupied Palestinian territory despite a United Nations Security Council vote last week to condemn such settlements. Jerusalem will approve 600 housing units Wednesday as part of a planned 5,600 ...

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  • TUNITED NATIONS - The United Nations has warned that ongoing, widespread human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine State could be tantamount to “crimes against humanity.” In a statement, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights ...

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  • TTEKNAF/NEW YORK -  Horrifying stories of gang rape, torture and murder are emerging from among the thousands of desperate Rohingya migrants who have fled to Bangladesh in the past few days to escape unfolding violence in Myanmar. John McKissick, head of the United Nations refugee agency ...

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  • TNEW YORK - Donald Trump denied Wednesday that his White House transition is in disarray amid reports of a backstabbing purge of mainstream Republican aspirants as he puts together his new administration. In a burst of tweets, Trump also rejected as "false" a New York Times report that foreign ...

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  • TWASHINGTON - Donald Trump has shaken up his White House transition team, putting running mate Mike Pence in charge and naming a cohort of Washington insiders - and three of his children - to help nail down picks for his future cabinet. The reshuffle by the Republican president-elect came after ...

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  • TNEW YORK/WASHINGTON - Thousands of Americans spilled into the streets Saturday for a new day of protests against Donald Trump, even as the president-elect appeared to back away from the fiery rhetoric that propelled him to the White House. The Republican billionaire - huddled with his transition ...

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  • TNEW YORK/LOS ANGELES -  Authorities at two universities in California said police were investigating attacks against female Muslim students, one of which was described as a hate crime. Both attacks came a day after Donald Trump was elected president at the end of a campaign during which the ...

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  • TPITTSBURGH -  Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump battled for votes on a frenzied final day of campaigning Monday, telling Americans the country's fate rides on who they choose as the next US president. Clinton, the front-running Democrat, aimed to nail down her narrow lead with stops in three ...

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  • TWASHINGTON - White House frontrunner Hillary Clinton and Republican insurgent Donald Trump launched a final blitz to win votes in key battleground states Friday, slogging toward the end of America's divisive presidential campaign. Clinton is slightly ahead in national polls as the nearly two-year ...

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  • TCEDAR RAPIDS, US -  The FBI dealt Hillary Clinton's seemingly unstoppable White House campaign a stunning blow Friday by reopening a probe into her use of a private email server while secretary of state. With just 11 days to go until America votes, Clinton's rival Donald Trump seized ...

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  • TWASHINGTON - Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, vowed Saturday to sue the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct in recent weeks, as he steps up efforts to keep his campaign afloat. “Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign,” Trump said ...

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  • TWASHINGTON - President Barack Obama issued a scathing rebuke Tuesday to Donald Trump on the eve of the final election debate, blasting him for "whining" about "rigged" elections and warning that such accusations are irresponsible. Trump and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton are set for their final ...

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  • TWASHINGTON -  Some of the Republican Party's biggest financial donors have urged its national committee to drop Donald Trump in the wake of accusations he sexually assaulted women, The New York Times reported. In a further sign the Republican presidential candidate's free-falling campaign is ...

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  • TWASHINGTON -  Prominent Republicans issued blistering responses to newly disclosed audio of Donald Trump in which their presidential candidate is engaged in a vulgar  conversation about groping and seducing women. The recording, released on Friday by The Washington Post, has forced Trump ...

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  • TWASHINGTON-Yahoo has fired back at a report that accused the American multinational technology company of scanning customers’ emails for U.S. intelligence agencies, calling it “misleading.” “We narrowly interpret every government request for user data to minimize disclosure. ...

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