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Russian UN ambassador: peace in Syria 'is almost an impossible task now' UNITED NATIONS: Russia's UN ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, told the Security Council on Sunday that peace in Syria was "almost an impossible task now." Russia and the United States, who back opposing sides in the Syrian civil war, have been trying to salvage a ceasefire deal that effectively collapsed after an aid convoy was hit last week.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Kerry's ceaseless diplomacy faces sternest test on Syria NEW YORK: John Kerry had heard enough. After last week's bombing of a UN aid convoy in Syria dealt a death blow to a ceasefire deal in which he had invested all his diplomatic capital with Russia, the US Secretary of State tossed aside a page of notes and looked at Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov across the horseshoe-shaped table in the UN Security Council. "I listened to my colleague from Russia, and I sort ...

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Clinton, Trump in virtual tie ahead of first debate: poll WASHINGTON: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are in a virtual dead heat in their bitter race for the White House on the eve of their first head-to-head presidential debate, a new poll showed Sunday.The Washington Post-ABC News poll found that Clinton's slim margin from last month has now vanished. Instead, the Democrat and her Republican rival tied at 41 percent support among registered voters, with Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson at seven percent and Green ...

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Obama opens new African American Museum amid national racial strife WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama heralded Saturday the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a long-awaited institution dedicated to the many threads of black suffering and triumph in the United States.The first black president of the United States cut the ribbon to inaugurate the striking 400,000-square-foot (37,000-square-meter) bronze-clad edifice before thousands of spectators gathered in the nation's capital to witness the historic opening."Beyond the majesty of the building, what makes this ...

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Five dead in US mall shooting LOS ANGELES: Police were searching Saturday for a gunman who killed five people during a shooting at a mall in the US state of Washington, amid a raging national debate over gun control.Four women and one man were killed, police said in an updated toll. The man had been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, but died there, police spokesman Sergeant Mark Francis said.Authorities say there was only one shooter in Friday night's attack at ...

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Four dead in Washington state mall, gunman on the run LOS ANGELES: A manhunt was under way after a gunman killed at least four people and wounded one other late Friday during a shooting at a mall in the US state of Washington.Police spokesman Sergeant Mark Francis said authorities believed there was only one shooter in the attack at Cascade Mall in Burlington, describing him as a "Hispanic male wearing gray." Police released a closely cropped still from video surveillance of the young-looking suspect showing ...

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Obama vetoes Sept 11 Saudi bill, sets up showdown with Congress WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Friday vetoed legislation allowing families of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, which could prompt Congress to overturn his decision with a rare veto override, the first of his presidency.Obama said the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act would hurt U.S. national security and harm important alliances, while shifting crucial terrorism-related issues from policy officials into the hands of the courts.The bill passed the Senate and ...