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Clinton ready for 'wacky' debate with Trump WASHINGTON: White House hopeful Hillary Clinton suggested Monday that rival Donald Trump could be an unpredictable adversary in upcoming presidential debates, saying she is girding for "wacky stuff."With the first debate scheduled to take place a month from now near New York, Clinton joked about what to expect from her unorthodox opponent."You've got to be prepared for wacky stuff. I'm planning on drawing off my experiences from elementary school," she said on late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live."Trump has suggested he might not attend all of the three scheduled debates.But he is trailing badly in the polls and the highly watched events offer a much-needed chance to break through with undecided voters.For a first-time debater, this cauldron of presidential political theater could present a daunting challenge.Trump has thrown a series of barbs at Clinton, describing her as "crooked" and making opaque suggestions lately that she has unspecified health problems.Host Kimmel ...

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US warns Syrian regime not to fly near coalition troops WASHINGTON: The Pentagon warned the Syrian regime Monday it is prepared to shoot down planes threatening US-led coalition forces in northern Syria, but stopped short of declaring a no-fly zone.US military officials reacted furiously last week after jets from the regime of President Bashar al-Assad targeted Kurdish forces and coalition advisers fighting Islamic State militants around the northeastern city of Hasakeh.The US military scrambled fighters on at least two occasions to ward off the Syrian ...

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Former US Secretary of State Powell brushes off Clinton over emails WASHINGTON: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell over the weekend dismissed reports that Democratic US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told federal investigators that it was at his suggestion that she used a personal email account, according to a media report. Powell, who served as the nation's top diplomat under Republican president George W. Bush, told People magazine that while he did send Clinton a memo about his own email practices, Clinton had already chosen to ...

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Trump demands closure of Clinton Foundation WASHINGTON: Donald Trump on Monday demanded that Hillary Clinton shut down the charitable foundation run by her husband, former US president Bill Clinton, branding it a "corrupt enterprise.""The Clintons have spent decades as insiders lining their own pockets and taking care of donors instead of the American people," the Republican presidential candidate said in a statement."It is now clear that the Clinton Foundation is the most corrupt enterprise in political history," Trump said, blasting the ...

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UN's Ban condemns Turkey wedding bombing UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon decried Sunday the suicide bombing that killed 51 people at a wedding in southeastern Turkey, and called for swift punishment for the perpetrators."The secretary-general condemns yesterday's terrorist attack on a wedding party in the city of Gaziantep, Turkey," Ban's office said in a statement."This act, reportedly carried out by a suicide bomber, killed at least 50 people and wounded dozens of others," the UN chief said. "The Secretary-General ...

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White House condemns Turkey attack WASHINGTON: The White House said on Sunday it condemns the attack at a wedding in Turkey on Saturday and that Vice President Joe Biden would discuss the fight against such terrorism during his trip to Turkey this week. "The perpetrators of this barbaric act cynically and cowardly targeted a wedding, killing dozens and leaving scores wounded," said Ned Price, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, in a statement. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Trump seeks reboot for flagging White House bid NEW YORK: Donald Trump sought to reboot his flagging presidential bid Friday, dismissing his tainted campaign chairman and seeking to broaden his shrinking support base by appealing to black voters and visiting flood-ravaged Louisiana.The resignation of the seasoned Republican strategist Paul Manafort -- under fire for his pro-Kremlin ties and role in a Ukrainian corruption scandal -- represents the Republican nominee's latest effort to get back on track after weeks of crisis."This morning, Paul Manafort ...