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Trump election points to US growth boost: OECD PARIS: President-elect Donald Trump's big-spending plan and tax cuts are expected to help double the US economic growth rate by 2018, the OECD said Monday.The US economy will grow by 2.3 percent in 2017 and 3.0 percent in 2018, said the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, revising its earlier forecast.That compares to gross domestic product growth of 1.5 percent this year, according to the OECD.The Republican property tycoon's team has said he will devote $550 billion to rebuilding decrepit infrastructure.The incoming president also campaigned on promises for major corporate tax cuts as part of a wide-ranging blueprint for the limping US economy."GDP is projected to return to a moderate growth trajectory in 2017 and strengthen in 2018, mainly due to the projected fiscal stimulus, which takes effect particularly in 2018," the OECD said in its report."Indeed, projected fiscal support will boost GDP growth by just under 0.5 and 1 ...

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Trump claims 'serious' fraud, says millions voted illegally WASHINGTON: President-elect Donald Trump made unsubstantiated claims Sunday of serious US voter fraud and said "millions of people" had cast their ballots illegally, offering no evidence for the assertions he put forth on Twitter.Trump's shock path to the White House saw him fall short of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the popular vote -- she carried the election by 2.2 million ballots -- but win the all-important Electoral College count, which decides the US ...

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Trump advisers: critical of Castro, vague on future ties WASHINGTON: Senior advisers to President-elect Donald Trump promised on Sunday that he would strike a "better deal" with Cuba after Fidel Castro's death, without saying how this might affect the historic rapprochement under President Barack Obama.While prominent Republicans have blasted Castro as a murderous tyrant since his death Friday, no one close to Trump has directly threatened to end the political opening announced in 2014 by Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro. But Trump's ...

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Juanita Castro, Fidel's sister, will not attend funeral: report MIAMI: Juanita Castro, a sister of late Cuban leader Fidel Castro who has lived in Miami for decades, will not attend his funeral, local media reported Saturday."Given unhealthy rumors that I was headed to Cuba for the funeral, I want to state clearly that I have never returned to the island, and I don't plan to do so," Castro told El Nuevo Herald."I'm not rejoicing in any human being's death, nor would I do that ...

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Canada's Trudeau marks death of 'remarkable leader' Castro OTTAWA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remembered Fidel Castro Saturday as a "remarkable leader" who will be mourned by Canada."While a controversial figure, both Mr Castro's supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for 'El Comandante,'" he said in a statement.His kind words for Castro immediately drew scathing criticism from Conservative lawmakers who said Trudeau was praising a cruel dictator.Trudeau's father, former prime ...

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Trump calls state election recount a 'scam' WASHINGTON: Donald Trump called a recount of votes being prepared in Wisconsin a scam, insisting Saturday that his presidential win should be respected, not "challenged and abused."The recount, which was requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who received a minute fraction of the total vote, flew in the face of an election "that has already been conceded," Trump said.Hillary Clinton's campaign said it would join the recount although it has not seen any irregularities ...

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Clinton campaign to take part in state election recounts: lawyer WASHINGTON: Hillary Clinton's election campaign said Saturday it would join in a recount of votes in the state of Wisconsin although it has not seen any irregularities so far in the White House contest won by Donald Trump.Marc Erik Elias, an election lawyer for the Democratic candidate, said in a post on Medium.com that the campaign would also participate in recounts in the also closely contested states of Michigan and Pennsylvania if they are arranged.Trump, ...