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White House says too soon to tell why EgyptAir plane crashed WASHINGTON: The White House said on Thursday the crash of an EgyptAir plane over the Mediterranean was being investigated and it was too soon to determine what caused the aircraft to go down. "It's too early to definitively say what may have caused this disaster," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at a briefing. "The investigation is under way. And investigators will consider all of the potential factors that could have contributed to the crash." The United States offered condolences to families of the victims and aid to authorities investigating the crash, it said. The EgyptAir Airbus A320 jet carrying 66 passengers and crew from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar over the Mediterranean south of Greece earlier on Thursday. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Hillary Clinton: EgyptAir crash likely terrorism WASHINGTON: US Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton said Thursday she believes the crash of an EgyptAir passenger jet was likely terror-related."It does appear that it was an act of terrorism," Clinton told CNN in a live interview, after the Airbus A320 flying from Paris to Cairo crashed in the Mediterranean."Exactly how, of course, the investigation will have to determine," she added. "But it once again shines a very bright light on the threats that we ...

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Earth's health declining ‘faster than thought’: UN UNITED NATIONS: The environment is deteriorating faster than previously thought, making it imperative that governments act now to reverse the worst trends, according to the most authoritative study the United Nations has ever published on the state of the planet's health. The Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessments is a compilation of six separate reports, which provide highly detailed examinations of the environmental issues affecting each of the world's six regions: the Pan-European region, North ...

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UN welcomes release of two anti-slavery activists in Mauritania UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday welcomed the release of two human rights activists from prison in Mauritania by a decision of the Supreme Court.Ban "commends efforts by the Mauritanian authorities to strengthen the rule of law and urges the judicial authorities to pursue their efforts to carefully investigate the circumstances that led to the arrests of the activists," a UN statement said."The secretary-general also encourages the Mauritanian Government to pursue its ...

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US Senate set to approve $1.1bn in Zika virus funding WASHINGTON: The US Senate on Tuesday cleared the way for approval of $1.1 billion in immediate funds to battle the Zika virus that is linked to birth defects, well above what is in legislation pending in the House of Representatives. By a vote of 68-29, senators limited debate on the measure, paving the way for likely Senate approval this week. Two other funding approaches failed to get enough support to advance in the Senate. Meanwhile, ...

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UN chief asks Kenya to reconsider decision to bar Somali refugees UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asked Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday to reconsider his decision to close two refugee camps, including the world's largest, and send Somali refugees home.In a telephone conversation, Ban urged Kenyatta to continue to abide by a November 2013 agreement with the Somali government and the UN High Commissioner on Refugees "as a basis for the voluntary return of Somali refugees in safety and dignity."Kenya hosts around 600,000 ...

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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 ...