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Obama likely to discuss TPP, Puerto Rico with Republican leaders: White House WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama is likely to discuss a range of issues from international trade to Puerto Rico's fiscal crisis when he meets with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.Speaking to reporters at a press briefing on Monday, Earnest said the leaders will probably discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership, earned income tax credit, and heroin addiction problem. He added that Obama and Ryan will meet privately for lunch at the White House following the meeting.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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White House wants $1 billion to fund cancer 'moonshot' WASHINGTON: The White House said Monday it wants $1 billion to "jump-start" a new task force to end cancer, known as the Moonshot initiative headed by Vice President Joe Biden.Already $195 million has been allocated to the National Institutes of Health so that work on new cancer research can begin immediately, a senior administration official told reporters.President Barack Obama's proposal for the fiscal year 2017 budget, being released February 9, will seek to add another ...

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Colombia fears 'explosion' of nerve disease from Zika BOGOTA: Colombia fears an explosion in cases of the potentially paralyzing nervous disorder Guillain-Barre syndrome, linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus that is devastating Latin America, the government said Monday.Health Minister Alejandro Gaviria said he expected more than 1,500 cases of Guillain-Barre in the South American country, one of the worst hit by Zika.Scientists suspect Guillain-Barre is linked to Zika, which is also blamed for brain damage in newborn babies, though the World Health Organization ...

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Georgia set to execute US state's oldest death-row inmate WASHINGTON: The US state of Georgia is set to execute its oldest death-row prisoner Tuesday, just days before his 73rd birthday, in a case critics say is emblematic of the excesses of capital punishment.Brandon Jones, scheduled to receive a lethal injection at a state prison in Jackson, has spent more than 36 years behind bars for the 1979 murder of a convenience store clerk.Critics point to his case as an example of the "double punishment" ...

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Zika spreads in Latin America: 50 cases in Panama PANAMA CITY: Panama on Monday said it has 50 cases of Zika virus infections and warned that the mosquito-borne disease, which is linked to birth defects, will end up spreading across the Central American nation."Let's be clear: it (Zika) is going to enter, it is going to spread," the head of the health ministry's epidemological department, Israel Cedeno, told the television network TVN-2.The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday declared the virus a global health ...

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Sanders, Clinton rake in presidential campaign cash WASHINGTON: Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign said Sunday it raised more than $20 million in January, mostly from small donors, in what it called a "powerful demonstration" of grassroots support.That would represent a dramatic acceleration in fund-raising by the Democratic presidential candidate from Vermont, who averaged raising about $11 million a month in the last quarter of 2015 -- $33 million for the period -- and it would indicate an ability to stay in the US ...

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White House hopefuls in frantic sprint to Iowa vote DES MOINES: US presidential candidates made a frenzied, final push Sunday to lock in Iowa voters on the eve of the first nominating contest of the 2016 election season.Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton both were leading in the polls, but not by enough to assure victory for either candidate in Monday's caucuses.Armies of volunteers fanned out through the snow-swept Midwestern state, knocking on doors or manning phone banks to get out the vote, ...