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Biden urges Trump to keep up cancer campaign DAVOS: US Vice President Joe Biden, speaking just days before he leaves office, on Monday urged the incoming Trump administration to maintain his national fight to eradicate cancer. "This is the one bipartisan thing that exists and I pray will continue to exist in the new administration," Biden told an audience of executives and opinion-makers at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos. The vice president lost his son Beau Biden to brain cancer in 2015. The Obama administration soon after announced a cancer "moonshot" programme intended to speed up research into the disease.Biden said he had already spoken to his successor as vice president, Mike Pence, about maintaining the programme despite the incoming administration's eagerness to rip up policies tied to President Barack Obama. "I have already spoken to the vice president elect, who is a good man ... about my willingness to continue to work ...

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Obama warns Trump not to jettison Iran nuclear deal WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Monday marked the first anniversary of the nuclear deal with Iran by emphasizing its "significant and concrete results" and warning the incoming Trump administration against undoing a pact supported by the world's major powers.In language clearly directed at Donald Trump, who is set to take office on Friday, a White House statement said "the United States must remember that this agreement was the result of years of work, and ...

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Five dead in shooting at Mexico music festival: mayor CANCN: A shooting erupted at an electronic music festival in the Mexican resort of Playa del Carmen early Monday, leaving at least five people dead and sparking a stampede, the mayor said.Fifteen people were injured, some in the stampede, after at least one shooter opened fire before dawn at the Blue Parrot nightclub during the BPM festival, Mayor Cristina Torres told Turquesa radio.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Press), 2017 ...

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Obama doesn't regret 'red line' over Syria conflict WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama says he does not regret his speech drawing a "red line" over Syria's use of chemical weapons, a phrase critics say symbolizes the US failure to act over the country's conflict.Obama made the comment in 2012 about possible US military action in Syria, saying "a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized."In what was billed as his last ...

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Race relations: hope and disappointment of Obama years NEW YORK: If Barack Obama was elected on a wave of optimism, eight years later, hopes of a post-racial America have soured amid recognition that it takes more than a black president to overcome centuries of racism.A recent poll confirmed findings of a number of studies published in the final months of the Obama administration: 52 percent of Americans questioned by Gallup said the country had taken a step backwards on issues of race. Just ...

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Democrats not attending Trump's inauguration WASHINGTON: A growing number of Democratic lawmakers have announced they will not attend Republican Donald Trump's presidential inauguration on Friday, several of them in the wake of Trump's attack on civil rights icon John Lewis on Saturday.The following is a list of those who have publicly said they will not attend the January 20 ceremony, and the states which they represent: House of RepresentativesEarl Blumenauer (Oregon)Katherine Clark (Massachusetts)Yvette Clarke (New York)William Lacy Clay (Missouri)John Conyers ...

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Trump unleashes attack on US civil rights icon WASHINGTON: President-elect Donald Trump lashed out Saturday at a prominent civil rights icon and lawmaker who said he is skipping next week's inauguration ceremony because he sees the New York businessman's election as illegitimate.Trump aimed his latest Twitter blast at longtime congressman John Lewis and the majority-black district in Georgia he represents, drawing widespread criticism just days before the holiday honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.A park near the monument to King ...