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Most senators urge Obama to boost defense aid to Israel WASHINGTON: A large majority of US senators on Monday urged President Barack Obama to expand defense-related aid to Israel by signing a "robust" commitment to help Washington's Mideast ally combat mounting security challenges.Eighty-three of the chamber's 100 members signed the letter to the president highlighting the need to negotiate an enhanced memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Jewish state. "In light of Israel's dramatically rising defense challenges, we stand ready to support a substantially enhanced new long-term agreement to help provide Israel the resources it requires to defend itself and preserve its qualitative military edge," wrote the 51 Republicans and 32 Democrats."Unfortunately, Israel faces a variety of threats which require increasing the resources devoted to its defense," they wrote, citing extremist group Hezbollah positioning up to 150,000 rockets and missiles to Israel's north and how the Sinai has become a "lawless haven" for militant Islamist groups.Washington is seeking to hammer ...

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Cruz, Kasich team up to stop party frontrunner Trump WASHINGTON: Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich launched into a team effort Monday to deny Donald Trump the party's nomination, a late-in-the-game bid the billionaire frontrunner dismissed as an act of "desperation."With Trump poised to extend his lead in primaries Tuesday in five northeastern states, the Texas senator and Ohio governor agreed late Sunday to what amounted to a non-aggression pact in later primaries.Kasich will forego vigorous campaigning in Indiana, and Cruz will ...

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UN says N. Korea missile test 'extremely troubling' UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations on Monday described North Korea's latest missile test as "extremely troubling" and called on Pyongyang to "cease any further provocative action."North Korea launched the ballistic missile from a submarine on Saturday, prompting the Security Council to issue a strong condemnation of the latest test-launch."The latest launch is extremely troubling as it constitutes a violation of relevant Security Council resolutions," said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric."Once again we urge the DPRK to ...

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Cruz, Kasich team up to stop party frontrunner Trump WASHINGTON: Ted Cruz and John Kasich have decided to join forces to try to deny frontrunner Donald Trump their Republican Party's presidential nomination, their campaigns said Sunday.The sudden alliance revealed in short statements arose due to the pressing timing of their party's presidential primary season: Trump, a wealthy property developer and reality television star, has pushed close to amassing the number of delegates to their party convention that would ensure he will be Republican standard-bearer.Cruz's ...

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US demands South Sudan allow rebel chief's return WASHINGTON: The United States blamed South Sudan's government on Sunday for the latest hold-up in efforts to end its civil war, but warned both sides the world will not tolerate backsliding.Rebel leader Riek Machar had been due to fly to Juba from Ethiopia on Saturday to join a transitional government, but President Salva Kiir's government blocked his flight.He is now due to return on Monday, but US special envoy to South Sudan Donald Booth said ...

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Two-thirds of unimmunized children live in conflict-affected countries: UNICEF UNITED NATIONS: Almost two-thirds of children who have not been immunized with basic vaccines live in countries that are either partially or entirely affected by conflict, UNICEF said ahead of World Immunization Week. "Conflict creates an ideal environment for disease outbreaks," UNICEF Chief of Immunization Robin Nandy said. "Children miss out out on basic immunizations because of the breakdown - and sometimes deliberate destruction - of vital health services. Even when medical services are available, ...

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Trump campaign rejects charges he is fooling voters BRIDGEPORT: Donald Trump's presidential campaign pushed back Sunday against accusations by rivals in both parties that the celebrity billionaire was a political fraud who was misleading American voters.The Republican frontrunner's new senior advisor Paul Manafort raised eyebrows when he told Republican heavyweights at a closed-door meeting that Trump has been playing a "part" in front of rally audiences and that the role was "evolving" into a more serious, policy-focused one.Likening it to the "Wizard of ...