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Kaine wows crowds on day one as Clinton running mate MIAMI: Tim Kaine made a big splash Saturday in his first appearance as Hillary Clinton's running mate for the White House, savaging Donald Trump's foreign policy ideas as dangerous and wowing a Miami crowd with fluent Spanish.Kaine, a 58-year-old senator from the battleground state of Virginia, won many a cheer and laugh and frequent applause as he addressed a campaign rally one day after being tapped for the Democratic ticket.Clinton beamed as she sat behind Kaine during his rousing and well-delivered speech, after introducing the political veteran as the antithesis of the Republican ticket of Trump and Mike Pence.If Trump is often criticized as an egotistical blowhard, Kaine came across as an agile, knowledgeable and self-deprecating speaker.Kaine slammed recent comments by Trump to the effect that if Russia were to attack a Baltic nation, he as president would come to their aid only after assessing whether they "have fulfilled their ...

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Democrats converge on Philadelphia for Clinton nomination PHILADELPHIA: US Democrats converge on the City of Brotherly Love to elevate Hillary Clinton this coming week as the party's nominee who will battle Republican Donald Trump in 2016's presidential election.The Democratic National Convention gavels in on Monday in Philadelphia with the party more unified than the Republicans, whose fissures were laid bare this week as they confirmed brash billionaire Trump as their flagbearer.But frustrations are nevertheless swirling as delegates bicker over the Democratic nominating ...

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Kerry to urge ASEAN to launch talks to ease South China Sea disputes PARIS: US Secretary of State John Kerry will urge Southeast Asian nations in meetings in Laos next week to find diplomatic ways to launch talks on easing tension over the South China Sea following an international court ruling that denies China's claims in the sea. "The Secretary will reinforce our hope that ... the parties will now turn to constructively engaging in a effort to find diplomatic ways to peacefully interact in the South China ...

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US Treasury's Lew says strongly supports Turkish govt CHENGDU: US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said the United States strongly supports the Turkish government and urged it to investigate the failed coup in a way that reinforces public confidence in democratic institutions and promotes economic stability. Lew made the comments in a meeting with Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek on the sidelines of a G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bankers in China on Saturday, according to a statement from the Treasury.Lew ...

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US Treasury's Lew says time to redouble efforts to boost growth CHENGDU: US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Saturday it was important for G20 countries to redouble efforts to boost shared growth using all policy tools, including monetary and fiscal policies as well as structural reforms to boost efficiency. Speaking to reporters at a G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bankers in China, Lew said it was important to maintain earlier commitments by members of the Group of 20 major economies to consult with ...

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Doomed EgyptAir flight broke up midair after fire: report NEW YORK: An EgyptAir flight that crashed into the Mediterranean in May likely broke up in midair after a fire erupted in or near the cockpit, the New York Times reported Friday.However it remains unclear whether the blaze was triggered by mechanical malfunction or a criminal act, Egyptian officials who spoke on condition of anonymity told the Times.Last Saturday an Egyptian-led investigative committee reported that the word "fire" could be heard on EgyptAir flight 804's ...

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Clinton picks Tim Kaine, sturdy senator, for running mate WASHINGTON: Hillary Clinton on Friday tapped Tim Kaine, a popular Spanish-speaking senator from the swing state of Virginia, to be her running mate in the White House showdown against Donald Trump.The pick comes three days before the start of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, where Clinton -- and now Kaine -- will be elevated as the nominees to the party's presidential ticket."I'm thrilled to announce my running mate, @timkaine, a man who's devoted his ...