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Donald Trump says Britons 'took back control of their country' TURNBERRY: US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump thrust himself into the heart of Britain's internal struggle on Friday, saying Britons had retaken control of their country by voting to leave the European Union.In Scotland to reopen a golf resort, the wealthy New York businessman stopped to take questions from reporters after arriving in his signature helicopter at Turnberry near his clubhouse resort, a Scottish flag blowing in the wind. Asked about Thursday's down-to-the-wire British vote, Trump said: "They took back control of their country. It's a great thing." "People are angry, all over the world, they're angry," said Trump, who turned 70 this month. "They're angry over borders, they're angry over people coming into the country and taking over. Nobody even knows who they are. They're angry about many, many things." Asked if he meant in the United States or the United Kingdom, Trump said: "There's plenty of other places. ...

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Obama expected to speak to Cameron after Brexit vote WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama is expected to speak to British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday following Britain's vote to leave the European Union, the White House said."The President has been briefed on the incoming returns in the UK referendum, and he will continue to be updated by his team as the situation warrants," the White House said in a statement."We expect the President will have an opportunity to speak to Prime Minister Cameron ...

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Trump will not use donations to repay $50mn in campaign loans WASHINGTON: Republican Donald Trump has forgiven nearly $50 million in loans he made to fund his presidential bid, he said on Thursday, signaling to donors that future contributions will be used to fight Democrat Hillary Clinton and not to repay himself.The announcement that Trump will not seek repayment of the loans via contributions came amid concerns from his backers that he does not have enough money to fund his campaign for the Nov. 8 general ...

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Supreme Court immigration ruling 'heartbreaking' for millions: Obama WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Thursday condemned the Supreme Court's ruling blocking his bid to change immigration policy as "heartbreaking" and urged Americans not to fear the millions of people who want to make their lives in the United States."The fact that the Supreme Court wasn't able to issue a decision today doesn't just set the system back further -- it takes us further from the country that we aspire to be," Obama told reporters. ...

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US new home sales drop from eight-year high WASHINGTON: New US single-family home sales fell in May from a more than eight-year high amid weakness in three regions, but the overall housing market remains intact. The Commerce Department said on Thursday new home sales dropped 6.0 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 551,000 units. April's sales pace was revised down to 586,000 units, still the highest since February 2008, from the previously reported 619,000 units. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast ...

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US Republican lawmakers approve $1.1bn in new Zika funds WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives on Thursday agreed to $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus, short-changing President Barack Obama's $1.9 billion funding request and angering Democrats by making other cuts to pay for it. The House approved a funding deal that had been agreed to on Wednesday by Republicans from both the House and Senate. But the bill's future was uncertain in the Senate, where the Democratic minority has more power to stop ...

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Colombia government, rebels to sign full ceasefire HAVANA: Colombia's government and the FARC guerrilla force say they will sign a definitive ceasefire Thursday, one of the last steps toward ending Latin America's longest civil war.The move heralds an end to a half-century conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people in the jungles of the major cocaine-producing country."We have successfully reached an agreement for a definitive bilateral ceasefire and end to hostilities," the two sides said in a joint statement on ...