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Obama speaks with Kenya president about support for refugees WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama spoke by telephone on Thursday with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta about the need for strong international support for refugees living in the East African country, the White House said.Obama and Kenyatta "agreed that the United States and Kenya would work closely together on this issue, to better ensure that the needs of refugees and host communities are met," the White House said in a statement. Copyright Reuters, 2016

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Sterling, stocks rise as markets bet Britain will remain in EU NEW YORK: Sterling climbed to a 2016 high and global stocks rallied as investors bet Britons were likely to vote to remain in the European Union. Oil prices rose, shrugging off a smaller-than-expected draw in US crude stockpiles, and the safe-haven yen fell against the dollar as the last pre-vote opinion polls showed the "Remain" camp holding a small lead. Financial markets have been racked for months by worries about what Brexit, or a British ...

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US Democrats end sit-in protest over gun control: congressman WASHINGTON: US Democrats on Thursday ended a sit-in protest on the floor of the House of Representatives after more than 24 hours, pledging to continue the fight for tighter gun controls in the wake of the Orlando massacre."By sitting in, we are really standing up for America," said veteran Georgia congressman John Lewis, an icon of the US civil rights movement, as he ended the protest. He later marched down the steps of the US ...

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'Call me Virginia' Rome's new mayor vows to shake up Eternal City ROME: Virginia Raggi, Rome's first female mayor, took office Thursday, turning up at City Hall in an electric car with a pledge to revitalise the flagging Eternal City.Admitting she was not crazy about the Italian term for "lady mayor," (sindaca), Raggi told reporters on the steps of the Michelangelo-designed City Hall: "If you like, you can just call me Virginia."A few minutes later, the 37-year-old lawyer from the populist Five Star Movement (M5S) was waving ...

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British pound soars to 2016 peak near $1.50 LONDON: Britain's pound raced Thursday to its highest dollar level this year, propelled by renewed hopes the world's fifth biggest economy will remain in the EU in a closely-fought referendum.The pound surged in morning deals to $1.4947 -- its highest level since December 28 -- as Britons headed to the polls in a hotly-contested in-or-out EU membership vote. Results are due early Friday.Sterling hit the pinnacle in frenetic foreign exchange activity as a new Ipsos ...