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Obama says world leaders 'rattled' by Trump ISE-SHIMA: US President Barack Obama on Thursday said that global leaders are "rattled" by some of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's policies, blasting the ideas as demonstrating "ignorance" of how the world works.Trump, the billionaire US real-estate mogul and reality TV star, has dominated headlines since launching his presidential campaign last year with a mix of incendiary comments and policy stances seen as insulting Mexicans, Muslims and women, among others.He has proposed building a giant wall along the US border with Mexico to keep out illegal immigrants and vows that he will get the southern neighbour to pay for it.Trump has also proposed a temporary ban on Muslim immigration, citing fears of jihadist attacks such as those that have occurred in Europe and the US city of San Bernardino."They are not sure how seriously to take some of his pronouncements," Obama told reporters on the sidelines of the Group ...

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US nuke force still using floppy disks: report WASHINGTON: America's nuclear force still uses floppy disks designed in the 1970s to coordinate some of its functions, according to a watchdog report released Wednesday. The report by the Government Accountability Office points to a number of worryingly outdated "legacy systems" still in use across the US government that are in desperate need of upgrading.A Pentagon command and control system that "coordinates the operational functions of the United States' nuclear forces, such as intercontinental ballistic ...

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Trump denounces illegal immigrants as tensions flare ANAHEIM: Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump stumped Wednesday in California, the US state with the largest Hispanic population, doubling down on his anti-immigration position but assuring that "Mexican people" will vote for him in November.The presumptive Republican nominee took the stage in Anaheim, outside Los Angeles, with police on high alert one day after violence marred a Trump rally in the southwestern state of New Mexico, where anti-Trump protesters hurled rocks and police fired smoke ...

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Solar Impulse lands in Pennsylvania on record-breaking flight WASHINGTON: The sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft landed in the US state of Pennsylvania Wednesday, completing the latest leg of a record-breaking flight around the world to promote renewable energy.After taking off from Dayton, Ohio early Wednesday, the plane piloted by Swiss explorer Bertrand Piccard arrived at 8:49 pm (0049 GMT Thursday) at Lehigh Valley International Airport after a flight that lasted just under 17 hours.On its next stage to New York's JFK airport, scheduled ...

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Powerful auto union backs Clinton for president DETROIT: The powerful United Auto Workers union on Wednesday endorsed Hillary Clinton's White House bid and questioned Donald Trump's support of its members.In a statement, UAW President Dennis Williams lauded the Democratic frontrunner as someone who "understands the complexities of multinational economies and supports American workers.""In 2009 she fought for preserving collective bargaining rights and stood up against attacks on collective bargaining when we needed her. She's an advocate for expanding overtime rules to include ...

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Biden urges Cyprus leaders to resume talks WASHINGTON: US Vice President Joe Biden urged Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci to resume settlement negotiations during separate phone calls on Wednesday, the White House said.Anastasiades canceled scheduled peace talks, cutting short a visit to Turkey on Tuesday after learning that Akinci was also invited to an official dinner at a United Nations summit.Biden encouraged Anastasiades to "seize the moment to negotiate a settlement that would reunify Cyprus as a ...

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US: Make-up of new Israel coalition 'raises questions' WASHINGTON: The United States said Wednesday that the make-up of Israel's new right-wing coalition raises "legitimate questions" about the government's commitment to a two-state solution in its conflict with the Palestinians.In a rare comment on the internal politics of a US ally, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Washington had "seen reports from Israel describing it as the most right-wing coalition in Israel's history.""And we also know that many of its ministers have said they ...