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Giant Trump poster becomes pilgrimage site WEST DES MOINES: Visions of grandeur appear to have passed from Donald Trump to his supporters.A man has erected a large poster of the Republican frontrunner alongside a major thoroughfare in Iowa, making it a pilgrimage site for those who marvel at Trump's no-nonsense presidential run for the White House.The four foot by eight foot (1.2 x 2.4 meter) photograph has become a landmark of sorts in a residential suburb of Iowa's capital Des Moines.It shows Trump with his mouth open in a rictus and his eyes hard and focused, as if he might be unleashing one of his (many) tirades, or delivering a takedown of a rival."I've always been a little bit of a Trump fan," said George Davey, good-natured computer engineer by day and inventor by night, as AFP knocked on his door.Trump supporters -- and US media -- have flocked to Davey's poster since November.His family, no ...

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Hillary Clinton calls Johnson Controls-Tyco inversion 'outrageous' WEST DES MOINES: Hillary Clinton called the planned inversion by Johnson Controls and Ireland-based Tyco "outrageous," and said as president she would block such moves using an "exit tax.""These efforts to shirk U.S. tax obligations leave American taxpayers holding the bag while corporations juice more revenues and profits ," Clinton said in a statement. "I have a detailed and targeted plan to immediately put a stop to inversions and invest in the U.S., block deals ...

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UN Security Council creates mission to verify Colombia peace deal UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations Security Council on Monday approved the creation of a U.N. mission of unarmed international observers to monitor disarmament should Colombia's government and leftist FARC rebels reach a deal to end Latin America's longest war.The 15-member council unanimously adopted a British-drafted resolution that would establish a political mission for 12 months "to monitor and verify the definitive bilateral ceasefire and cessation of hostilities, and the laying down of arms."Colombia's government and ...

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Canada to sign TPP but won't ratify trade pact: minister OTTAWA: Canada's Liberal government said Monday it will sign the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership but may not ratify the trade pact negotiated by a previous administration.The agreement is expected to be debated in parliament. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals wield a majority in the House but have not staked out a position publicly on the deal.Following consultations with various Canadian stakeholders, Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland said: "It is clear that many feel the TPP presents significant ...

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Haitians protest on what should have been election day PORT-AU-PRINCE: Pro-government and opposition protesters took to the streets of Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince Sunday on a day that should have seen a presidential runoff -- a much-anticipated election called off over security concerns.Several hundred demonstrators marched to express their anger at outgoing President Michel Martelly and his hand-picked successor, Jovenel Moise.In October, Moise took 32.76 percent of the vote over opposition flag-bearer Jude Celestin's 25.29 percent during the first round of the election, which many ...

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US blizzard kills 25, Washington struggles to rebound WASHINGTON: The eastern United States emerged wearily from a massive blizzard that dumped huge amounts of snow and killed at least 25 people, but Washington was still reeling, with government offices and schools to remain closed Monday.The storm -- dubbed "Snowzilla" -- walloped a dozen states from Friday into early Sunday, affecting an estimated 85 million residents who were told to stay indoors and off the roads for their own safety.The 26.8 inches (68 centimeters) ...

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Clinton urges Iowa voters to finish 'shopping', choose her NORTH LIBERTY: Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton on Sunday urged Iowa voters to choose her experience over the idealism of rival Bernie Sanders, who made the rounds of university campuses at the weekend to earn student support."I know some of you are still shopping. I'd like to shop too. I hope during the course of this afternoon to convince some of you," Clinton told about 600 people packed into an elementary school gym in the ...