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  • NEW YORK -  The body of the United States’ first-ever female Muslim judge was found Wednesday afternoon in the Hudson River near Manhattan, The New York Post reported. Sheila Abdus-Salaam, 65, served as an associate judge of the Court of Appeals. She was the first African-American woman ...

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  • WASHINGTON  - As a US strike group led by an aircraft carrier steamed toward the Korean peninsula Sunday, a senior official said President Donald Trump has asked to be provided with a range of options for eliminating the North Korean nuclear threat. Amid rising tensions with North Korea, a US ...

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  • UNITED NATIONS/MOSCOW - Russia warned on Friday that US cruise missile strikes on a Syrian air base could have "extremely serious" consequences, as President Donald Trump's first major foray into a foreign conflict opened up a rift between Moscow and Washington. The warships USS Porter and USS Ross ...

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  • Washington  -  US President Donald Trump says his predecessor Barack Obama is “behind” the growing intelligence leaks and nationwide protests against his administration.  “I think President Obama’s behind it, because his people are certainly behind it,” ...

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  • WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump said on Monday he is seeking a "historic increase" in military spending to be funded by cuts elsewhere in government. Trump will seek to boost Pentagon spending by $54 billion in his first budget proposal and slash the same amount from non-defense spending, ...

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  • WASHINGTON - The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said Saturday that it had suspended “any and all actions” related to President Donald Trump’s travel ban on immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries and his halt on refugees coming into the US. President Trump reacted ...

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  • WASHINGTON/Tehran  - President Donald Trump on Thursday said Iran was now formally “on notice” after a recent missile test, while also claiming the Islamic Republic was on the brink of collapse when it signed an international nuclear deal. “Iran has been formally PUT ON ...

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  • WASHINGTON -  A defiant President Donald Trump lashed out at protesters, lawmakers and even Delta Airlines Monday as he struggled to defuse a mounting backlash over a controversial US ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. After a weekend of chaos at airports, mass protests in ...

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  • JEDDAH/GENEVA -  The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation warned on Monday that the travel ban imposed by US President Donald Trump would strengthen the position of extremists worldwide. "Such selective and discriminatory acts will only serve to embolden the radical narratives of extremists and ...

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  • WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump’s executive order targeting Muslims and refugees led to chaos in the hours after he signed it, as refugees and immigrants arrived at US airports only to be detained or told they couldn’t enter the country and businesses had to scramble to adjust to ...

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  • WASHINGTON -  President Donald Trump is reportedly poised on Thursday to suspend the US refugee program for four months and halt visas for travellers from seven Muslim countries. A draft executive order published in the Washington Post and New York Times said refugees from war-torn Syria will ...

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  • WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - Hundreds of thousands on Saturday gathered for a “Women’s March on Washington”, part of a global day of protests against new US President Donald Trump. The rally is one of more than 600 expected worldwide protests on the American president’s first full ...

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  • WASHINGTON -  Donald Trump, speaking after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, pledged to wipe out “radical Islamic terrorism" from the world, placing the war against militants on top of his foreign policy agenda. Violent protests erupted in downtown ...

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  • WASHINGTON -  US President-elect Donald Trump praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for deciding not to retaliate against new American sanctions over Russian hacking during the presidential election. "Great move on delay (by V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!" the president-elect ...

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  • WASHINGTON - The CIA concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 US election on behalf of President-elect Donald Trump, according to a report published in The Washington Post Saturday. "Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian ...

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  • WASHINGTON - US National Security Adviser Susan Rice Friday commended Pakistan's efforts to promote peace and stability in South Asia during a meeting with the visiting Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Tariq Fatemi. A press release of the Pakistan Embassy said that the ...

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  • WASHINGTON -  US media has reported that President Barack Obama admitted in an address on Tuesday that the United States could not wipe out the Taliban militant group in Afghanistan, but could help it end years of instability by supporting the government in Kabul. In his final speech on ...

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  • New york/Beijing - China protested to Washington Saturday after US President-elect Donald Trump broke with decades of foreign policy and spoke with the president of Taiwan. It was not immediately clear whether Trump's telephone call with Tsai Ing-wen marked a deliberate pivot away from Washington's ...

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  • NEW YORK - US President-elect Donald Trump and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appear to have hit it off rather well in their first phone conversation - promising to build a "strong working relationship" between their two countries and at a personal level. Pakistan said Donald Trump praised its prime ...

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  • NEW YORK - Political novice and former reality TV star Donald Trump yesterday defeated Hillary Clinton in a stunning culmination of an explosive, populist and polarising campaign to become the 45th and oldest-ever president of the United States. The shocking outcome, defying late polls that showed ...

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  • WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - After a long and exceptionally negative campaign, millions of Americans voted on Tuesday for their next president as opinion polls showed Democrat Hillary Clinton with a narrow lead over Republican Donald Trump. In a battle focused on the character of the candidates, Clinton, ...

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  • WASHINGTON -  The FBI has unexpectedly released documents concerning ex-president Bill Clinton's pardon of the husband of a wealthy Democratic donor, in a surprise move just days before the election in which his wife is seeking to become America's first female president. The release of the ...

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  •  NEW YORK - Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump traded blows in a contentious showdown, with the democratic presidential nominee accusing her Republican rival of targeting Muslims and other minorities, and denounced his plans to ban Muslims from entering United States as ...

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  • NEW YORK - Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi has said that Pakistan cannot limit its nuclear programme unilaterally. “Pakistan’s nuclear programme cannot be limited,” she said. “The world should first put an end to nuclear ...

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  • WASHINGTON - Donald Trump's confrontation with the parents of a slain Muslim American soldier escalated Monday, shaking the US presidential campaign amid Republican Party outcries over the real estate tycoon's comments about the couple. The feud has become a flash point of the 2016 White House race ...

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  • WASHINGTON/ORLANDO - President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton launched nearly simultaneous attacks on Donald Trump on Tuesday, heaping scorn on the presumptive Republican presidential nominee for his proposed Muslim ban. Clearly angered, Obama used a speech at ...

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  • Washington/ORLANDO - Fifty people died in the worst mass shooting in US history Sunday when a suspected Islamist gunman opened fire inside a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Scenes of carnage unfolded at the packed venue where another 53 people were injured, some critically. "We know enough to ...

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  • WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama on Tuesday supported India’s candidature for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) as he held talks at the White House with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on measures to further strengthen India-US bilateral ties. “I am thankful for the ...

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  • UNITED NATIONS/ BEIRUT  -   The United Nations human rights chief has said that the latest reports of civilian deaths and injuries in Syria, including bombings of marketplaces and medical facilities, reveal a “monstrous disregard for civilian lives by all parties to the ...

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  • NEW YORK - A second-century Buddhist sculpture stolen from an archeological site in Pakistan three decades ago was returned Wednesday at a repatriation ceremony in New York, attended by a senior Pakistani diplomat. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced the return of the carved 440-pound ...

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