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Trump says he is open to racial profiling WASHINGTON: Donald Trump said Sunday he is open to racial profiling, touching another raw nerve on the issue of race in America. African-Americans, Latinos, Muslims and other minorities in the United States have complained bitterly for decades about the practice in which police use a person's race, religion, national origin or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting them of committing a crime.Trump, the free-talking presumptive Republican presidential nominee, came close to endorsing racial profiling outright in an interview aired Sunday on CBS.His comments came in a discussion on the Orlando nightclub massacre by shooter Omar Mateen, who is Muslim, and past comments by Trump to the effect that if elected president in November he "respectfully" would place mosques under surveillance.Trump was asked point-blank if he was talking about increasing profiling of Muslims in America."Well, I think profiling is something that we're going to have to start thinking about as a country," ...

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Immigration, abortion, race rulings due at US Supreme Court WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court is heading into its home stretch, with major rulings due by the end of the month on President Barack Obama's unilateral immigration plan, racial preferences in university admissions and a restrictive Texas abortion law. Producing decisive rulings has been complicated by the fact that the court has been down one justice since conservative Antonin Scalia died in February, leaving it evenly split with four conservatives and four liberals. The justices ...

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Obama touts environmental record on family outing to national parks YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK: President Barack Obama and the first family are celebrating America's cherished natural heritage, making a weekend tour marking the 100th anniversary of the nation's vaunted national park system.Obama, also using the occasion to tout his record on the environment, is the first sitting president since John F. Kennedy in 1962 to visit Yosemite National Park.Obama has made protecting nature areas one of the hallmarks of his presidency.Since 2009 he has set aside ...

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'Hack the Pentagon' program reveals 138 security flaws: US WASHINGTON: Hackers invited by the US government as part of a pilot program to find flaws with five Pentagon websites discovered 138 security vulnerabilities, Defence Secretary Ash Carter said Friday.The "Hack the Pentagon" event, the first "bug bounty" in the history of the federal government, attracted 1,410 computer-savvy Americans, according to the Defence Department. The program cost $150,000, with about half of that going to hackers."It's not a small sum, but if we had gone ...

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Asian buyers play role in overheated Canada housing market: Trudeau MONTREAL: An influx of capital from Asia is partly to blame for soaring housing prices in Vancouver and Toronto, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said."We know that there is an awful lot of capital that left Asia in the past few years," Trudeau told Canada's public broadcaster CBC."Obviously overseas money coming in is playing a role" in Canada's housing affordability crisis, he said.Economists are worried that real estate prices in the two metropolises have soared ...

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Countries slow to deliver promised peacekeeping contributions UNITED NATIONS: Of the 46 countries that pledged to provide resources to maintain United Nations peace operations, 14 have failed completely or only partially kept their promises.In a United States-led initiative organized at a summit in September, dozens of countries vowed to contribute more than 40,000 soldiers and resources, including helicopters and field hospitals, to strengthen the UN's 16 global missions.According to a count obtained by AFP, Azerbaijan, Brazil, China, Colombia, Georgia, Norway, Spain, Uganda ...

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Canada promotes first female combat general OTTAWA: A Canadian woman who fought insurgents in Afghanistan became the country's first female combat officer to rise to the rank of general on Thursday.Colonel Jennie Carignan, 47, was promoted to brigadier-general (one star) and put in charge of the Canadian army's day-to-day operations including training and deployments, the military announced.Other female generals have previously risen from non-combatant disciplines such as intelligence, medicine and development aid.Carignan enlisted in 1986, three years before Canada allowed women ...