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US presidents hail legacy of Peres: 'genius with a big heart' WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama hailed Israeli elder statesman Shimon Peres, who died Wednesday, as a friend who refused to give up on the dream of peace, while former president Bill Clinton called him "a genius with a big heart."Obama said Peres' commitment to Israel's security and pursuit of peace was "rooted in his own unshakeable moral foundation and unflagging optimism.""Perhaps because he had seen Israel surmount overwhelming odds, Shimon never gave up on the possibility of peace between Israelis, Palestinians and Israel's neighbors -- not even after the heartbreak of the night in Tel Aviv that took Yitzhak Rabin," Obama said in a White House statement."There are few people who we share this world with who change the course of human history, not just through their role in human events, but because they expand our moral imagination and force us to expect more of ourselves," Obama said. "My friend Shimon ...

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New York bomb suspect apparently acted alone: FBI WASHINGTON: The suspect in the bombing this month in New York's Chelsea neighborhood appears to have acted on his own, with no connection to an extremist movement, the FBI said Tuesday."We see so far no indication of a larger cell or the threat of related attacks," FBI director James Comey testified at a Senate committee hearing.The suspect in the September 17 bombing that left 31 people wounded, Ahmad Khan Rahami, was arrested two days after ...

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Pillar of Obama climate plan has its day in court WASHINGTON: The cornerstone of President Barack Obama's drive to fight global warming underwent close scrutiny Tuesday in a high-stakes day in court.The so-called Clean Power Plan, approved last year, sets state-by-state emissions targets for existing power plants and aims to reduce America's output of CO2 by nearly a third by 2030 as compared to 2005 levels.They mostly affect coal-fired plants, a big part of the US energy mix and a major source of carbon emissions ...

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UN calls for independent probe of DR Congo violence GENEVA: A top UN rights official called Tuesday for an independent investigation into a surge of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, insisting the country could still avert a large-scale crisis."There can be no appeasement," said Kate Gilmore, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights."An independent, transparent and credible investigation is needed to bring the perpetrators and instigators of violence to justice," she insisted in a speech before the UN Human Rights Council.Her comments ...

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US announces $400 million more in humanitarian aid for Syrians WASHINGTON: The US State Department said on Tuesday it was providing nearly $400 million in additional humanitarian funding to help Syrians caught up in the country's civil war, bring total US humanitarian spending for Syria to about $5.9 billion. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration Anne Richard said the United States has now admitted about 12,500 Syrian refugees in the past year, exceeding the administration's goal of 10,000. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Clinton boosted by debate as candidates rally support WHITE PLAINS: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton jumped back onto the campaign trail Tuesday after a bitter first head-to-head debate in which Clinton frequently forced her prickly opponent on to the back foot.The White House hopefuls sparred over temperament, stamina, judgment, and other issues in a televised match-up Monday night that seemed to have gone in favor of the Democrat Clinton.In a snap CNN poll of 521 voters, 62 percent judged that Clinton had won ...

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Trump debate sniffles go viral WASHINGTON: Donald Trump's case of the sniffles during Monday night's presidential debate with Hillary Clinton has gone viral on social media, spawning jokes and ironic asides about a candidate who has made his opponent's health an issue.Hashtags like #Sniffles, #TrumpSniffles and #Trumpsniffing proliferated after the Republican sniffled repeatedly in the opening minutes of the widely watched match-up.Comedian Stephen Colbert joked that Trump "sounded like he was fighting off a cold with cocaine."Clinton's debate comment about ...