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Obama administration seeking to strengthen Iran deal before Trump's rule WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama is seeking to strengthen the landmark nuclear deal with Iran as his successor and rival party President-elect Donald Trump made choices for his defence and security team, who are seen hard-liners on Iran, a Wall Street Journal report said on Monday.Mr. Trump has severely criticized the deal with Iran which the Obama administration says has prevented Iran from pursing an alleged weapon-oriented nuclear program.Former Secretary of State and Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton, who lost to Trump in a dramatic end to the fierce election campaign, touted the Iran deal as a landmark diplomatic gain.According to the news report, quoting senior US officials, the Obama administration is considering new measures to augment the agreement with Iran. "Action under consideration to buttress the pact includes steps to provide licenses for more American businesses to enter the Iranian market and the lifting of additional US sanctions."However, the officials ...

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Trump readies cabinet announcement soon NEW YORK: US President-elect Donald Trump prepared Monday to announce a new slate of cabinet picks some time soon, following a busy weekend of meetings with hopefuls at his golf club retreat outside New York.The Republican billionaire-turned-world leader heaped praise on tough-talking retired Marine Corps general James "Mad Dog" Mattis, signaling he is seriously considering him as Pentagon chief.When asked before dinner at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey if he would ...

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Trump meets Indian partners, despite vow to separate from business NEW YORK: US President-elect Donald Trump met at his Trump Tower residence in New York last week three Indian business partners, raising fresh questions about a separation between the Trump's business and future work in the White House, according to a report in The New York Times.The three Indian executives -- Sagar Chordia, Atul Chordia, and Kalpesh Mehta are building a Trump-branded luxury apartment complex south of Mumbai. In a picture posted on Twitter, all ...

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Obama returns home from last foreign trip WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama returned to the White House early Monday, ending the last foreign tour of his tenure as he prepares to hand power over to Donald Trump, amid unease about the Republican's volatility and isolationist rhetoric.Following his final foreign press conference in Peru's capital Lima, Obama headed to the airport, where he spoke with a few people at the foot of Air Force One.He then jogged up the steps of the presidential plane, ...

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Obama reassures Japan PM after Trump win LIMA: President Barack Obama offered assurances Sunday to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of "enduring US commitment" to close ally Tokyo after Donald Trump's shock election victory, an official said.Trump had alarmed Tokyo policymakers during his campaign for this month's presidential election by musing about pulling thousands of US troops from the region and suggesting that officially pacifist Japan may need nuclear weapons.However, Abe sounded a positive note after last week becoming the first foreign ...

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Trump wraps up marathon weekend cabinet search BEDMINSTER: US President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday wrapped up a busy weekend of meetings with cabinet hopefuls at his golf club retreat outside New York, hinting new appointments are imminent.The Republican billionaire-turned-world leader signaled he is seriously considering retired Marine Corps general James "Mad Dog" Mattis to be his Pentagon chief, heaping praise on him.When asked before dinner at his Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey if he would soon reveal new nominations, Trump ...

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UN chief calls for stepped up action to prevent vehicle-related deaths and injuries UNITED NATIONS: With more than 3,400 people losing their lives on the world's roads every day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims with a strong call to scale up action to prevent these deaths. "That means improving the quality and safety of roads and vehicles, preventing speeding and drunk driving, and vigorously promoting the use of seat-belts, motorcycle helmets and child car seats," the secretary-general said ...