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Green Republicans resist Trump's climate denial in Cleveland CLEVELAND/WASHINGTON: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has called climate change a hoax and has vowed not to let regulation stand in the way of expanded US oil drilling if elected.But a group of his supporters at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week are lobbying him to soften that stance. Youth, religious and investor activists aligned with the Republican Party are working the sidelines of the July 18-22 conclave, arguing that a greener platform could help the New York businessman-turned-politician win voters in November. "In an age where the Republicans are particularly interested in winning the presidency, they are not supporting an agenda that reflects that most Americans recognize climate change is a problem," said Rachel Lamb, national organizer for the Young Evangelicals for Climate Action group. Lamb and representatives from other organizations like the Greater Cleveland Young Republicans, environmental advocacy group RepublicEn, and clean energy foundation ClearPath taken ...

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Trump writer takes responsibility for Melania Trump speech mess CLEVELAND: A speechwriter on Wednesday took responsibility for parts of a speech Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's wife Melania gave at the Republican convention this week that drew accusations of plagiarism. Meredith McIver, a staff writer for the Trump Organization, said she had inserted passages into Melania Trump's speech that resembled parts of a 2008 speech by first lady Michelle Obama. "I did not check Mrs. Obama's speeches. This was my mistake and I feel ...

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Republicans must 'go all the way' to White House: Trump CLEVELAND: Donald Trump told the Republican National Convention on Tuesday that he was "so proud" to be their nominee for president and vowed to "go all the way" and win the White House in November."This is a movement. But we have to go all the way. I am so proud to be your nominee for president of the United States," he told the delegates appearing by video link.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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UN chief launches first report to track Sustainable Development Goals UNITED NATIONS: Launching the first-ever Sustainable Development Goals report on the new global development agenda adopted last year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that the 15-year undertaking was "off to a good start" but will require all parts of the UN family and its partners to work together."We have embarked on a monumental and historic journey," the Secretary-General told the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which opened on 11 July and ends ...

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US, anti-IS coalition allies regroup after militant attacks WASHINGTON: With militant attacks proliferating around the world, the United States has reassembled its coalition partners for meetings Wednesday and Thursday to review a two-year-old war that has so far failed to eliminate the Islamic State group.The militant group may have lost ground in Iraq and Syria, but in recent weeks it has claimed horrific attacks in Nice, Istanbul, Baghdad and Dhaka that have left hundreds dead and injured.The attacks are "going to be a ...

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Erdogan foe Gulen urges US to reject extradition bid WASHINGTON: US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen urged Washington Tuesday to reject Turkey's efforts to extradite him and rejected as "ridiculous" the claim he was behind the past week's coup attempt."Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today once again demonstrated he will go to any length necessary to solidify his power and persecute his critics," Gulen said in a statement."I urge the US government to reject any effort to abuse the extradition process to carry out political vendettas."Gulen, ...

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Florida probes 'non-travel' related case of Zika MIAMI: Florida health officials said Tuesday they are investigating a potential case of Zika infection that was not contracted by someone traveling to a region affected by the mosquito-borne virus.Until now, there has been no sign that mosquitoes carrying Zika have arrived in the continental US, but officials have warned that the possibility was looming. The US territory of Puerto Rico has seen a spike in cases in recent months.It was not immediately clear whether ...