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Clinton, Trump neck and neck heading into first debate WASHINGTON: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump prepared to square off Monday in their first presidential debate -- a keenly awaited clash that comes as they sit nearly neck and neck in the polls.The debate, which is expected to be watched by tens of millions of Americans, could draw a record number of viewers when it kicks off at 9:00 pm (0100 GMT Tuesday).Many Americans are uncertain what to expect from the clash, which pits two vastly different candidates against each other on one tiny stage.Clinton, 68, enters the fray as a polished former secretary of state and ex-senator, who after almost 40 years of public service is well versed on the issues.Trump, a 70-year-old billionaire and former reality TV star, is good on his feet, and unpredictable -- more comfortable in the limelight than on issues.As many as 90 million people are expected to tune in as the pair face ...

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Clinton and Trump to square off in highly anticipated debate showdown HEMPSTEAD: Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump will face off for the first time on Monday in a presidential debate that could rank as one of the most watched and highly anticipated political showdowns in U.S. history.The surprisingly tight race for the White House and the unpredictable clash in styles between well-known but polarizing foes has generated wide interest in the potentially pivotal encounter, which comes six weeks before the Nov. 8 election.The size ...

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UN chief takes on Cyprus challenge UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pledged Sunday to play a greater role in stepped-up efforts to reach a deal on settling the decades-old conflict in Cyprus before the end of the year.Following a meeting with the leaders of the divided island, Ban praised the two men for their decision to intensify negotiations with a view to reaching a deal on reunifying the island in 2016."The leaders asked me to step up my personal ...

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Russian UN ambassador: peace in Syria 'is almost an impossible task now' UNITED NATIONS: Russia's UN ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, told the Security Council on Sunday that peace in Syria was "almost an impossible task now." Russia and the United States, who back opposing sides in the Syrian civil war, have been trying to salvage a ceasefire deal that effectively collapsed after an aid convoy was hit last week.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Kerry's ceaseless diplomacy faces sternest test on Syria NEW YORK: John Kerry had heard enough. After last week's bombing of a UN aid convoy in Syria dealt a death blow to a ceasefire deal in which he had invested all his diplomatic capital with Russia, the US Secretary of State tossed aside a page of notes and looked at Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov across the horseshoe-shaped table in the UN Security Council. "I listened to my colleague from Russia, and I sort ...

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Clinton, Trump in virtual tie ahead of first debate: poll WASHINGTON: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are in a virtual dead heat in their bitter race for the White House on the eve of their first head-to-head presidential debate, a new poll showed Sunday.The Washington Post-ABC News poll found that Clinton's slim margin from last month has now vanished. Instead, the Democrat and her Republican rival tied at 41 percent support among registered voters, with Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson at seven percent and Green ...

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Obama opens new African American Museum amid national racial strife WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama heralded Saturday the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a long-awaited institution dedicated to the many threads of black suffering and triumph in the United States.The first black president of the United States cut the ribbon to inaugurate the striking 400,000-square-foot (37,000-square-meter) bronze-clad edifice before thousands of spectators gathered in the nation's capital to witness the historic opening."Beyond the majesty of the building, what makes this ...