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Trump says Russia succeeding in sowing US discord

President Donald Trump said Sunday that Russia was succeeding beyond its “wildest dreams” in sowing US discord but refrained once more from directly challenging Moscow on its election meddling. In a flurry of tweets, Trump blamed former president Barack Obama for failing to stop Russia while accusing the FBI of spending “too much time trying…

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Trump ex-aide Manafort accused of bank fraud in bail offer: document

WASHINGTON: Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has drawn a new accusation of bank fraud from U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, according to court documents made public on Friday. The new accusation, related to a property Manafort owns in the Washington suburb of Fairfax, Virginia, comes on top of the indictment against Manafort last…

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Trump visits Florida shooting survivors, FBI admits it missed tip

FLORIDA: US President Donald Trump on Friday visited a Florida hospital to offer comfort to those wounded in a mass school shooting, after the FBI admitted it mishandled a tip about the troubled teen behind the massacre that left 17 dead. The arrival of Trump and his wife Melania came at the end of a…

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US indicts 13 Russians for election interference

WASHINGTON: The US special prosecutor investigating Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election on Friday indicted 13 Russians for allegedly running a secret campaign to tilt the vote, prompting claims of vindication from President Donald Trump. The indictment — which includes the first charges laid by special counsel Robert Mueller for election interference — detailed…

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US Senate rejects several immigration reform proposals

WASHINGTON: The US Senate on Thursday shot down a series of immigration reform proposals including one championed by President Donald Trump, dashing hopes that Congress will soon decide on the fate of hundreds of thousands of young migrants brought to the country illegally as children. The Republican-controlled Senate had given itself until the end of…

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Trump family receives suspicious white powder

NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law Vanessa was taken to a New York hospital Monday as a precaution after a “suspicious package” containing unidentified powder was mailed to the family home, police said. Donald Trump Jr, an outspoken defender of his father and who was the intended recipient of the letter, called the incident…

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White House says Trump ‘shocked’ by allegations against aides

  The White House insisted Sunday that Donald Trump was “shocked and disturbed” by allegations of domestic abuse that led two staffers to resign, after the president faced flak for saying lives were being ruined by possibly false claims. Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to Trump, said the president pushed the two staffers out the…

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North Korea’s Kim invites South Korean president for summit

SEOUL/PYEONGCHANG: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in for talks in Pyongyang, South Korean officials said on Saturday, setting the stage for the first meeting of Korean leaders in more than 10 years. Any meeting would represent a diplomatic coup for Moon, who swept to power last year on a…

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Washington still hopes for talks with Taliban: State Department

WASHINGTON: Washington still hopes to “bring the Taliban to the negotiating table” in Afghanistan, a senior State Department official said Tuesday, even though President Donald Trump had ruled out such talks any time soon. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, returning from a trip to Kabul, told the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations that all…

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Trump defiant as deadlines loom on budget, immigration

WASHINGTON: Bitterly divided US lawmakers on Monday faced a shrinking window to reach elusive deals on immigration and federal spending, as President Donald Trump threatened to walk away from any immigration proposal that does not meet his demands. Just days before a government shutdown would kick in at midnight Thursday absent a spending agreement, an…

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Trump to approve release of explosive memo: White House

Washington:President Donald Trump is set to approve the release of an explosive memo alleging abuse of power in the FBI’s probe of his election campaign, a White House official said Thursday. “The president is OK with” the memo’s publication, the official said, adding that Trump would “probably” give Congress a green light on Friday to…

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CIA director expects Russia will try to target U.S. mid-term elections

WASHINGTON: CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Russia will target U.S. mid-term elections later this year as part of the Kremlin’s attempt to influence domestic politics across the West, and warned the world had to do more to push back against Chinese meddling. Russia has been accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and…

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Malala lauds feminism as Trump lands in Davos

Davos, Switzerland: Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai on Thursday urged women to “change the world” without waiting for the help of men, as she addressed an audience of the global, and mostly male, elite at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The 20-year-old global education campaigner spoke not long before the arrival in Davos of…

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Trump hails ‘great relationship’ with UK’s May

Davos, Switzerland: US President Donald Trump boasted of a “really great relationship” with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday, as the pair met in neutral Switzerland to turn the page on a public spat. “We’re on the same wavelength in, I think, every respect,” Trump said during their meeting in Davos, as the pair…

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U.S. government shuts down as Trump feuds with Democrats

WASHINGTON: The world’s most powerful government shut down on Saturday after President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress failed to reach a deal on funding for federal agencies, highlighting America’s deep political divisions. For the first time since October 2013 – when a similar standoff that lasted 16 days kept only essential agency operations running…

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Trump announces ‘Fake News’ winners

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump unveiled the winners of his much-touted “Fake News Awards” late Wednesday, hours after a maverick senator from the president’s own Republican party accused him of employing Stalinist language to “slur” and undermine the free press. Arizona lawmaker Jeff Flake levelled the broadside in an address from the Senate floor earlier in the…

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Trump says he wants more immigrants from ‘everywhere’

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump, asked whether he wanted more immigrants from Norway, said on Tuesday that he wanted the United States to draw immigrants from nations around the world.  “I want them to come in from everywhere,” Trump told reporters. U.S. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said last week that Trump had repeatedly use…

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Trump issues stay of execution for Iran nuclear deal

US President Donald Trump announced Friday he would not reimpose nuclear sanctions on Iran, keeping a landmark 2015 deal alive… for now. The Republican leader grudgingly agreed to sign sanctions waivers, ensuring Washington will live up to its commitments for another 120 days, but he cautioned it would be “for the last time.” During that…

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Trump lawyer arranged pre-election hush money for porn star: report

President Donald Trump’s personal attorney arranged a $130,000 payment to a former porn star before the 2016 election to keep her from going public about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. A White House official categorically denied the report in which the woman, Stephanie Clifford, says she met Trump…

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Trump denies ‘racist slur’ that provoked outrage

NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump on Friday appeared to deny he insulted Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries” but admitted in a tweet that he used “tough” language during a discussion about an immigration deal with lawmakers. “The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the…

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Outrage over Trump slur on ‘shithole’ countries

Washington: Outrage mounted Friday over US President Donald Trump’s reported description of African nations, Haiti and El Salvador as “shithole” countries, with the United Nations slamming his comments as “racist”. During a Thursday meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform, Trump demanded to know why the US should accept citizens from what he called “shithole” countries,…

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