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US: Make-up of new Israel coalition 'raises questions' WASHINGTON: The United States said Wednesday that the make-up of Israel's new right-wing coalition raises "legitimate questions" about the government's commitment to a two-state solution in its conflict with the Palestinians.In a rare comment on the internal politics of a US ally, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Washington had "seen reports from Israel describing it as the most right-wing coalition in Israel's history.""And we also know that many of its ministers have said they oppose a two-state solution. This raises legitimate questions about the direction it may be headed in and what kind of policies it may adopt."The spokesman also restated the United States' support for a negotiated end to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians based on two states living side by side within agreed borders.Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had named hardline nationalist Avigdor Lieberman as defense minister and welcomed lawmakers from his Yisrael Beitenu ...

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US House Speaker Ryan says he hasn't decided on Trump WASHINGTON: Paul Ryan, the top US elected Republican, on Wednesday continued to withhold his support from Donald Trump for the Republican Party's presidential nomination, saying he is not ready to endorse the real estate billionaire, a political neophyte. Ryan, the speaker of the US House of Representatives, brushed aside reports that he was ready to endorse Trump during a meeting with reporters in the Capitol. "I haven't made a decision," he said, adding that he ...

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Former Canadian PM Harper to leave politics, reports say OTTAWA: Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will leave politics later this year, possibly to join US private equity firm KKR, according to domestic media reports. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp reported that Harper, who was Canada's prime minister for nearly 10 years, has had offers of work from several US companies, including KKR. Harper stepped down as leader of the Conservatives last October after the party was defeated by the Liberals, led by Prime Minister ...

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UN ends sanctions on Liberia UNITED NATIONS: The last remaining United Nations sanctions on Liberia were lifted on Wednesday in a decision the United States said was a tangible sign of how far the West African country had come.The UN Security Council voted unanimously to lift an arms embargo on rebel groups that was imposed 13 years ago to support a peace deal that ended a devastating war.It was the last punitive measure in force from a sweeping series of ...

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US leads 17 strikes against Islamic State WASHINGTON: The United States and its allies staged 17 strikes against Islamic State on Tuesday in their latest daily attacks against the militant group in Iraq and Syria, according to the coalition leading the operations. Fifteen strikes near eight Iraqi cities included three close to Falluja, where Iraqi forces this week have launched an assault to retake the city from the militants. The Falluja strikes hit an Islamic State tactical unit, vehicle and front end ...

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Clinton blasts Trump for cheering housing bubble burst WASHINGTON: Democrat Hillary Clinton, seeking to dampen Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's growing appeal with working-class voters, on Tuesday accused him of having cheered on the 2008 housing market crash.Clinton's campaign released an ad with audio the presumptive Republican nominee had recorded in 2006 for his now-defunct Trump University venture. Trump, a billionaire real estate developer, said of a "bubble burst" that "I sort of hope that happens because then people like me would go ...

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Clinton declines final debate with Sanders WASHINGTON: Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton on Monday rejected an invitation to take part in a final campaign debate against her rival Bernie Sanders, her campaign said."We have declined Fox News' invitation to participate in a debate in California," Clinton spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri said in a statement, adding that the former secretary of state would concentrate on campaigning against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump instead."We believe that Hillary Clinton's time is best spent campaigning and ...