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Sanders sneaks ahead as first votes cast in New Hampshire MANCHESTER: Three small communities in New Hampshire kicked off voting for Tuesday's crucial first presidential primary in the 2016 US election cycle, in a symbolic piece of traditional political theater.Residents in Dixville Notch, near the border with Canada, voted as the clock struck midnight and the results were in just minutes later, with Bernie Sanders taking four Democratic votes, while former secretary of state Hillary Clinton received none.On the Republican side, John Kasich won three votes to two for Donald Trump."Early momentum as John Kasich wins GOP vote in Dixville Notch! Let's keep it going, New Hampshire," said a Kasich tweet.Also going to the polls early were Hart's Location and Millsfield.The main polls in New Hampshire open at 6:00 am (1100 GMT).Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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US hopes to send anti-missile system to SKorea 'as quickly as possible' WASHINGTON: The US military hopes to send a sophisticated missile defense system to South Korea "as quickly as possible," the Pentagon said Monday.Following North Korea's long-range rocket launch on Sunday, South Korean and US military officials announced they would begin formal discussions on placing the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD) on the North's doorstep."Without getting into a timeline, we'd like to see this move as quickly as possible," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said."We ...

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US welcomes Saudi troop offer for Syria: FM WASHINGTON: The United States welcomes a Saudi offer to deploy special forces to support a possible coalition ground operation inside Syria, the kingdom's foreign minister said Monday.Speaking after a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said any operation would be US-led but that Saudi Arabia would play a leading role."The United States government was very supportive and very positive about the kingdom's readiness to provide special forces to the ...

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Pentagon praises Canada for boosting training troops in Iraq WASHINGTON: The Pentagon on Monday praised Canada's decision to triple the number of troops training Kurdish forces in Iraq.Canada will end its bombing missions by Feb. 22 but keep two surveillance planes in the region as well as refueling aircraft, and triple the number of soldiers training Kurdish troops in northern Iraq to about 200 from about 70 currently, the government said on Monday.Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the decision by Canada added "momentum to ...

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'Impactful response' needed on North Korea: White House WASHINGTON: Allies of the United States agree that an "impactful response" is needed following a rocket launch in North Korea over the weekend, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday."There certainly is an agreement about an impactful response being necessary," Earnest said at a news briefing. "That means considering a range of economic sanctions that would further isolate North Korea."Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits off Papua New Guinea: USGS SYDNEY: A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea's Bougainville Island early Tuesday, US seismologists said, with no immediate tsunami warning issued. The quake hit some 96 kilometres (60 miles) southwest of Panguna at 0019 GMT, according to the US Geological Survey.The epicentre was 104 kilometres southwest of the larger town of Arawa also on Bougainville Island and USGS said it was 30 kilometres deep, which is considered shallow.The seismologists had ...

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Canada to end air strikes in Iraq, Syria February 22 OTTAWA: Canada announced Monday it will end air strikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria and bring home its six fighter jets on February 22.In doing so, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is going against public opinion.The Liberal leader had pledged during the campaign prior to legislative elections last year to end the air strikes, which he described Monday as being good for achieving "short-term military and territorial gains" but not for "long-term ...