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Facebook suspends Trump campaign data firm Cambridge Analytica

 T Washington: Facebook says it has suspended the account of Cambridge Analytica, the data analysis firm hired by Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, after reports it harvested the profile information of millions of US voters without their permission. According to the New York Times and Britain’s Observer, the company stole information from 50 million Facebook…

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Trump fires chief diplomat Tillerson after rifts

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday after a series of public rifts over policy on North Korea, Russia and Iran, replacing his chief diplomat with loyalist CIA Director Mike Pompeo. The biggest shakeup of Trump’s Cabinet since he took office in January 2017 was announced by the president…

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Trump links tariffs to ‘fair’ NAFTA deal

Washington: US President Donald Trump said Monday he would only scrap planned tariffs on aluminum and steel if a “new & fair” deal to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement is reached. In a series of tweets, Trump linked the tariffs — which sparked a fierce global response last week following their surprise announcement…

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Damascus must be ‘held accountable’ for E.Ghouta attacks: Merkel, Trump

Berlin: US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a phone call agreed that the Syrian regime must be held accountable for the Eastern Ghouta violence, Berlin said Friday. Both also “urge Russia to end its involvement in the bombing of Eastern Ghouta and to persuade the Assad regime to stop its offensive…

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Putin, before vote, unveils ‘invincible’ nuclear weapons to counter West

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin announced an array of new nuclear weapons on Thursday, in one of his most bellicose speeches in years, saying they could hit almost any point in the world and evade a U.S.-built missile shield. Putin was speaking ahead of an election on March 18 that polls indicate he should win easily….

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Trump stuns by embracing gun control as Florida students return to class

NEWS DESK: President Donald Trump has surprised lawmakers by embracing gun control measures that are tougher than usually supported by his party, as students returned to the site of America’s latest horrific school shooting, reported AFP. “We have to do something about it. We have to act,” Trump said, voicing support for expanded background checks,…

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In blow to Trump, top aide Hope Hicks to leave White House

WASHINGTON: Hope Hicks, one of U.S. President Donald Trump’s longest-serving and most trusted aides, is resigning from her job as White House communications director, a blow to the president, whose inner circle has been depleted by firings and clouded by scandal, reported Reuters. The White House announced Hicks, 29, was leaving a day after she…

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Trump suggests arming teachers at emotional meeting with shooting survivors

Washington: US President Donald Trump suggested arming teachers to deter mass shootings as he faced broken voices, tears and demands for action at a meeting with survivors of the gun rampage that killed 17 people at a Florida high school. Trump also promised “very strong” background checks on gun owners during the poignant “listening session”…

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Trump suggests arming teachers to deter mass shootings

NEWS DESK: US President Donald Trump suggested arming teachers to deter mass shootings as he faced broken voices, tears and demands for action at a meeting with survivors of the gun rampage that killed 17 people at a Florida high school, reported AFP. Trump also promised “very strong” background checks on gun owners during the…

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White House denies being weak on Russia, says more sanctions to come

WASHINGTON: The White House is weighing additional sanctions against Russia, senior administration officials said Wednesday, pushing back against allegations that Donald Trump has been a soft touch on Moscow. Speaking on condition of anonymity, officials said a “task force” has been set up to address potential meddling in the 2018 congressional elections and work is…

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Trump denies kissing receptionist at Trump Tower

Washington: President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied allegations by a former receptionist that he had kissed her without her consent in an elevator lobby of Trump Tower, calling the story “another false accusation.” Trump was reacting to a front-page report in The Washington Post on how Rachel Crooks, who first made the allegations public before…

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Trump blasts Oprah over 60 Minutes episode

NEWS DESK: U.S. President Donald Trump blasted media mogul Oprah Winfrey on Twitter on Sunday night over a segment on CBS’s 60 Minutes program and again said he hoped she would face him as an opponent in the 2020 presidential race, reported Reuters. Actress and television host Winfrey, now a contributor to the CBS program,…

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‘Shame on you!’ student tells Trump at Florida anti-gun rally

FORT LAUDERDALE: A student survivor of the Parkland school shooting called out US President Donald Trump on Saturday over his ties to the powerful National Rifle Association, in a poignant address to an anti-gun rally in Florida. “To every politician taking donations from the NRA, shame on you!” said Emma Gonzalez, assailing Trump over the…

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Trump says ‘no collusion’ after Russians indicted for election meddling

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Friday held up the indictment of 13 Russians — and no Americans — for meddling in the 2016 election as vindication that his campaign team did not collude with Moscow. “Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for president,” Trump tweeted,…

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U.S. court says Trump travel ban unlawfully discriminates against Muslims

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries violates the U.S. Constitution by discriminating on the basis of religion, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday in another legal setback for the policy, reported Reuters. The Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, on a 9-4 vote, became the second…

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Porn star ‘free’ to discuss ties with Trump

NEWS DESK: An American porn star who claims to have had an affair with Donald Trump before he became president now feels free to tell her story, her manager said Wednesday, reported AFP. After Trump’s longtime personal lawyer admitted paying $130,000 to Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 election, the actress’s manager suggested a non-disclosure…

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Trump offers Putin condolences over plane crash

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday to offer his condolences after a deadly plane crash near Moscow, a White House official said. The call between the two leaders — who are at the center of an FBI investigation into Moscow’s alleged meddling in the 2016 US election —…

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Cuban independent media say no thanks to Trump free press initiative

HAVANA: Leading Cuban independent media said they want nothing to do with a Trump administration initiative to foster more such outlets on the communist-run isle, contending it interferes in Cuba’s politics and creates the impression they are U.S. mouthpieces, reported Reuters. The U.S. State Department last month announced the creation of a Cuba Internet Task…

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Trump rejects peace talks with Taliban in departure from Afghan strategy

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday rejected the idea of talks with the Taliban after a series of deadly attacks in Afghanistan, in an apparent contradiction of his own strategy to end America’s longest foreign war, reported Reuters. Trump condemned the militant group for the carnage in Kabul and pledged to “finish what we…

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Hillary Clinton trolls Trump in surprise appearance at the Grammys

NEWS DESK: Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance on Sunday night in a Grammy Awards comedy bit that took a jab at President Trump, reported CNN. The former presidential candidate, along with Cher, Snoop Dogg, Cardi B, John Legend and DJ Khaled were among those who read excerpts from Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside…

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Pakistan doesn’t consider Trump tweets official US policy: PM

WASHINGTON:Pakistan will continue to provide the United States with air and ground logistics for its troops in Afghanistan in spite of the aid cut, as Islamabad believes it helps the war against terrorism, Prime Minister Shahid Kaqan Abbasi said in an interview to the Washington Post. According to the excerpts of the interview conducted on…

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