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Trump meets Kissinger in New York: media NEW YORK: Donald Trump met Wednesday with influential former secretary of state Henry Kissinger in New York, US media reported.Trump's motorcade swept into a smart apartment complex in Manhattan to take the presumptive Republican presidential nominee to a meeting with the 92-year-old architect of US foreign policy in the post-World War II era, TV channels and reporters said.Representatives for Kissinger and Trump did not immediately response to requests for comment.Serving Republican presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford in the 1970s, Kissinger was pivotal in forging detente with China, the signing of arms control agreements with the Soviet Union and negotiating an end to the Vietnam War.He has remained influential in contemporary politics, and not just to Republicans. Democratic White House frontrunner Hillary Clinton has in the past called him friend and counsel, to the derision of her challenger Bernie Sanders.In an interview last December, Kissinger told Fox Business that he ...

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No drop in Russian military strength in Syria: US WASHINGTON: Russia's military strength in Syria has barely changed since President Vladimir Putin announced a partial withdrawal from the war-torn country in March, the Pentagon said Wednesday."Their capabilities are largely the same, or almost identical, frankly," Baghdad-based military spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said."They continue to have air power there, they continue to have ground forces, they continue to have artillery. They still have Spetsnaz (special forces) providing advice and assistance to the Syrian regime."Putin surprised ...

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Obama expands overtime pay coverage to 4.2 mn workers WASHINGTON: The White House on Wednesday announced the extension of overtime pay benefits to 4.2 million American workers labelled managers but compelled to work long hours for relatively low wages.The move addresses a decades-long trend of businesses requiring 50- and 60-hour weeks of a growing body of workers classified as managers and supervisors but paid barely more than those on low hourly wages.The rule, which comes into force on December 1, is expected to raise ...

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Trump identifies 11 potential US Supreme Court nominees WASHINGTON: Presumptive Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday unveiled the names of 11 judges - eight men and three women, all white and all conservative - he would consider, if elected, to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.Six of them are judges who were appointed to federal appeals courts around the country by Republican former President George W. Bush. The other five serve on various state supreme courts. Scalia's replacement ...

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Obama expands overtime pay coverage to 4.2mn workers WASHINGTON: The White House announced Wednesday the extension of overtime pay benefits to 4.2 million American workers forced to work long hours for relatively low wages.The move addresses a decades-long trend of businesses requiring 50- and 60-hour weeks of a growing body of workers classified as managers and supervisors but paid barely more than those on hourly wages.But, when the rule comes into force on December 1, it is expected to raise the workforce cost ...

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US Justice Department investigating Russia doping scandal: report WASHINGTON: US officials have opened an investigation into explosive allegations of a government orchestrated doping programme in Russia involving dozens of its top athletes, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.The daily cited two people with knowledge of the inquiry by the Justice Department, which the Times said is being led by the United States attorney's office for the Eastern District of New York.Prosecutors are investigating Russian government officials, athletes, coaches, anti-doping authorities and others ...

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Donald Trump claims net worth of more than $10bn WASHINGTON: Republican presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump claimed again Tuesday that he is worth "in excess of $10 billion" -- more than twice the level of independent estimates.The New York real estate tycoon said he filed his personal financial disclosure (PFD) form with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), a step every White House aspirant must take to qualify as a candidate.The commission has yet to release the document but is expected to do so within ...