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Trump would speak to North Korean leader: report WASHINGTON: Donald Trump on Tuesday said he would speak with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in what would be a dramatic shift in US policy."I would speak to him, I would have no problem speaking to him," the Republican presumptive presidential nominee told Reuters in an exclusive interview.Until now, the US strategy has been to try and isolate Pyongyang."I would put a lot of pressure on China because economically we have tremendous power over China. People don't realize that," Trump added, talking about China as North Korea's lone ally. "They are extracting vast billions of dollars out of our country. Billions. And we have tremendous power over China. China can solve that problem with one meeting or one phone call."Asked how that could unfold, Trump said: "Because they have tremendous power over North Korea."Reminded that North Korea has nukes, Trump replied: "I know that. So does China, by the way."The ...

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Clinton claims Kentucky, Sanders takes Oregon in Democratic duel WASHINGTON: Hillary Clinton claimed a narrow victory in Kentucky Tuesday as she sought to put away Bernie Sanders, but her resilient rival for the Democratic presidential nomination bounced back to snatch a win in Oregon.With the Kentucky race too close for most US networks to call a winner, Clinton declared victory shortly after Kentucky's secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes announced on CNN that Clinton was the unofficial winner in her state."We just won Kentucky! ...

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Obama congratulates Philippines president-elect Duterte WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Tuesday congratulated Philippines president-elect Rodrigo Duterte on his landslide victory at the polls, hailing the country's "vibrant democracy" -- and emphasizing the importance of protecting human rights.In the call with Duterte, Obama "highlighted the enduring values that underpin our thriving alliance with the Philippines... including our shared commitments to democracy, human rights, rule of law, and inclusive economic growth," the White House said."The two leaders affirmed their interest in ...

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Canada wildfires destroy oil workers' lodge OTTAWA: Growing wildfires threatened Canada's oil sands region on Tuesday, destroying a remote lodge used to house hundreds of industry workers and forcing thousands at other facilities to be evacuated.Overnight, about 8,000 workers were ordered out of the remote area north of the blaze-hit city of Fort McMurray after fires spread and intensified, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley told a press conference.The sprawling Blacksand Executive Lodge with 665 rooms was destroyed. Two others on the same ...

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Canada gov't says confident Alberta can fight widening fires OTTAWA: The Canadian federal government has full confidence in the ability of Alberta to fight a resurgent wildfire in the oil sands region and has not received any additional requests for help, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said on Tuesday. Goodale told reporters that it was not a good sign that the fire is attacking oil sands facilities and said that the fire would have dampening effect on the economy. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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White House voices concerns on Senate Sept. 11 lawsuit bill WASHINGTON: The White House said on Tuesday that it had "serious concerns" about a bill the US Senate passed that would allow survivors and relatives of those killed in the Sept. 11 attacks to sue to seek damages from the government of Saudi Arabia. "Given the concerns that we have expressed, it's difficult to imagine the president signing this legislation," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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White House opposes House Zika bill, calls funding inadequate WASHINGTON: The White House on Tuesday said it strongly opposes a House bill to fight the Zika virus, saying its funding is "woefully inadequate" to support the public health response that is needed. The Obama administration has urged Congress to pass legislation that would direct $1.9 billion to fighting the Zika virus that is linked to birth defects including microcephaly.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...