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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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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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Powerful earthquake shakes Mexico City

MEXICO CITY: A powerful earthquake shook Mexico City on Friday, triggering the capital’s quake alarm system and causing buildings to sway. Mexico’s National Seismological Service put the magnitude of the quake at 7.0, and seismic monitor network Sky Alert said the quake was felt across the states of Guerrero, Oaxaca and Puebla. The US Geological…

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FBI warned about Florida school shooter but failed to act

PARKLAND: The head of the FBI faced calls to resign on Friday after the agency admitted it had received a chilling warning from a tipster that Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz could be planning such a massacre but failed to follow up. The stunning admission by the top US law enforcement agency came two days…

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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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Former student confesses to Florida school shooting

PARKLAND: A troubled teen has confessed to gunning down 17 people at his former high school in Florida, court documents showed Thursday, as the FBI admitted it had received a tip-off about the 19-year-old gunman yet failed to stop him. As Americans reeled from the country’s worst school massacre since the horror at Sandy Hook…

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US wants UN action over report on Iranian missiles to Yemen

UNITED NATIONS: US Ambassador Nikki Haley said Thursday that it was “time for the Security Council to act” following the release of a report by UN experts concluding that Iran had violated the arms embargo on Yemen. The report found that Tehran had failed to block supplies to Yemen’s Huthi rebels of ballistic missiles that…

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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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Tillerson meets Erdogan to ease Turkey tensions

ANKARA: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday held talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, seeking to ease tensions between the NATO allies that reached new heights over Ankara’s ongoing operation inside Syria. A prime task of President Donald Trump’s top diplomat is to allay Turkish anger over US policy in…

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Ten fashion takeaways from New York Fashion Week

NEW YORK: New York Fashion Week wrapped Wednesday with more departures in the offing, a striking taste for demure hemlines and empowerment dressing for women in a post Harvey Weinstein, MeToo world. As the global style bandwagon shifts to Europe, with London Fashion Week kicking off on Thursday before moving onto Milan and Paris, here…

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Factbox: Major school shootings in the United States

FLORIDA: A shooter opened fire at a Florida high school on Wednesday, killing 17 people and sending hundreds of students fleeing into the streets before being taken into custody by law enforcement, authorities said. The bloodshed was the latest outbreak of gun violence that has become a regular occurrence at U.S. schools and colleges. Below…

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Ex-student kills 17 in shooting spree at Florida high school

PARKLAND: A 19-year-old gunman opened fire on Wednesday at a Florida high school he had previously been expelled from, killing 17 people before he was arrested by police, authorities said. The violence erupted shortly before dismissal at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, about 45 miles (72 km) north of Miami. Live television footage…

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US school shooting leaves 20-50 hurt, assailant ‘still at large’

MIAMI: Police launched a manhunt on Wednesday for a shooter who opened fire at a high school in Florida, reportedly leaving between 20 and 50 people injured, officials said. The shooting took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, a city in the southern part of the state between Boca Raton and Fort…

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Tillerson says Hezbollah ‘part of political process’ in Lebanon

AMMAN: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday conceded that Iran-backed Hezbollah is part of the “political process” in Lebanon, appearing to soften Washington’s tone ahead of a visit to the country. “We support a free, democratic Lebanon free of influence of others, and we know that Lebanese Hezbollah is influenced by Iran. This…

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Asma Jahangir was a global icon in human rights: USA

The spokesperson of the United States Department of State, paid rich tribute to Asma Jahangir, the expert lawyer and human rights activist who recently passed away a couple of days ago.  Heather Nauert spoke highly of Asma Jahangir during a press briefing in Washington. “We’d like to join the Government of Pakistan and others around…

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US intel chiefs say Russia meddling threatens 2018 vote

NEWS DESK: US intelligence chiefs said Tuesday that Russian attempts to meddle in US politics are continuing unabated — and pose a threat to mid-term congressional elections in November, reported AFP. They also said North Korea’s nuclear program poses a potential “existential threat” to the United States, and that the time is nearing for Washington…

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Exclusive: US tables motion to put Pakistan on global terrorist

ISLAMABAD: The United States has put forward a motion to place Pakistan on a global terrorist-financing watchlist with an anti-money-laundering monitoring group, according to a senior Pakistani official. Pakistan has been scrambling in recent months to avert being added to a list of countries deemed non-compliant with terrorist financing regulations by the Financial Action Task…

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US expresses grief at demise of Asma Jahangir

The US State Department on Tuesday expressed grief at the demise of Pakistan’s eminent human rights campaigner Asma Jahangir. Asma Jahangir died of cardiac arrest in Lahore on Sunday at the age of 66. “We join Pakistan and others around the world in mourning the untimely death of Pakistani human rights and democracy advocate, Asma…

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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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Israel targets ‘Iranian’ positions in Syria after F16 downed

JERUSALEM: Israel attacked what it said were Iranian positions inside Syria on Saturday in “large-scale” raids after one of its warplanes was targeted by Syrian air defences and crashed. Following the most serious confrontation between arch foes Israel and Iran since Syria’s civil war began in 2011, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to prevent Tehran…

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US stocks fall 4% as sell-off deepens

NEW YORK: Wall Street tumbled back into sell-off mode Thursday, with the Dow plunging more than 1,000 points as worries over interest rate hikes continued to drag the market down. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 4.2 percent to 23,860.46. The broad-based S&P 500 sank 3.8 percent to 2,581.00, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index…

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