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US meets goal of admitting 10,000 Syria refugees ahead of time WASHINGTON: The United States said it would welcome its 10,000th Syrian refugee of this fiscal year on Monday, meeting a controversial target more than a month ahead of schedule.The United States has traditionally been by far the world's most generous host for refugees but has been criticized by activists for moving too slowly to respond to the Syrian crisis, which has dragged on for more than five years.President Barack Obama's opponents, including Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, meanwhile warn that Islamic State extremists could infiltrate the refugee ranks to gain entry to the United States."Our 10,000th Syrian refugee will arrive this afternoon," National Security Advisor Susan Rice said in a statement, adding that the administration had met the goal "more than a month ahead of schedule."Rice said the number represented a "six-fold increase from the prior year," and called it "a meaningful step that we hope to build upon."She noted ...

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At 80, Senator McCain faces Tuesday primary test WASHINGTON: John McCain faces perhaps the toughest re-election bid of his long US Senate career Tuesday when he competes in an Arizona Republican primary overshadowed by party presidential nominee Donald Trump.The former US Navy pilot, who turned 80 on Monday, is a leading member of the Republican establishment in Washington and the party's 2008 presidential nominee. But his Republican challenger Kelli Ward has attacked McCain as perhaps too old to live out his sixth term ...

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US still warns citizens of increased terrorist threat in Turkey WASHINGTON: The United States State Department said on Monday it continues to warn US citizens of an increased threat from terrorist groups throughout Turkey and to avoid travel to the southeastern part of the country, which borders Syria. The department also said it had extended "voluntary departure" status for family members of staff at the US embassy in Ankara and consulate general in Istanbul until Sept. 23, meaning it will continue to offer free flights ...

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Obama expected to meet with Philippines' Duterte on Sept. 6: White House WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama is expected to meet with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, Sept. 6, while he is in Laos for a summit of Pacific Rim leaders, the White House said. White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said the meeting would take place following a speech by Obama that would touch on the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Trump to deliver speech on immigration Wednesday WASHINGTON: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, beset by questions over whether he is softening his hardline stance on immigration, says he will make a speech on the subject Wednesday in Arizona.His surrogates, including running mate Mike Pence, were out on the television talks shows Sunday with the message that Trump would unveil a "fair and humane" policy for dealing with the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States."I will be making a major speech ...

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Clashes between Turkey, US-backed Kurds in Syria 'unacceptable' WASHINGTON: Clashes between Turkish forces and units affiliated with a US-backed Kurdish-led alliance in Syria are "unacceptable", the Pentagon said Monday, calling on all sides to "stand down".In a statement sent to AFP, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook condemned the fighting south of the Syrian town of Jarabulus."We are closely monitoring reports of clashes south of Jarabulus -- where ISIL is no longer located -- between the Turkish armed forces, some opposition groups, and units that ...

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Part of Los Angeles airport closed due to possible gunfire LOS ANGELES: Part of the busy Los Angeles International Airport was closed late Sunday due to unconfirmed reports of gunfire, airport officials said on Twitter."Upper/Departures & Lower/Arrivals levels of Central Terminal Area (CTA) closed. Pls check w/ airlines if heading to LAX," airport authorities wrote, adding that they were "working to confirm reports" of the shooting.Airport police searched the site after the reports, and urged passengers to "remain calm" in a Twitter message."All precautions being ...