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Obama's immigration plan faces uncertainty in court test WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama's plan to delay deportation for nearly half of the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants was fraught with uncertainty Monday, as US Supreme Court justices signaled deep divisions.If the eight justices deadlock in their ruling, due by late June, the plan would remain on hold, dealing a bruising defeat to Obama during his last year in office and pushing the issue to the next president.Hundreds of activists massed outside in blazing sunshine, brandishing heart-shaped signs reading "Keep families together" and chanting "Si se puede" -- putting a Spanish twist on Obama's 2008 campaign slogan "Yes We Can."Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy, two conservatives whose opinions are critical in this case, sparred repeatedly with the Obama administration's attorney during an extended 90-minute session of oral arguments.At stake is a series of executive actions the president took in November 2014 to bypass a Republican-held Congress that ...

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New York votes, Clinton and Trump tipped to win NEW YORK: New York goes to the polls Tuesday in a pivotal presidential primary tipped to hand Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump victories in the race to clinch the Democratic and Republican tickets to the White House.The former secretary of state, first lady and New York senator leads the polls by double digits over her Brooklyn-born challenger, Bernie Sanders, even if nationwide surveys put them neck and neck.Trump, the brash Manhattan billionaire whose controversial campaign ...

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Fate of Obama's immigration plan in hands of US Supreme Court WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court takes up a case on Monday probing the limits of presidential powers as the justices weigh whether President Barack Obama overstepped his authority with unilateral action to protect millions of people in the country illegally from deportation.The case, pitting Obama against 26 states led by Texas that filed suit to block his 2014 immigration plan, is one of the biggest of the court's current term ending in June. The court ...

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Obama courts Gulf kings keen just to see him go WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will make another trip to Riyadh to consult Washington's Gulf allies on the crises in Yemen and Syria this week, but may not receive a royal welcome.The king of Saudi Arabia and his regional allies have long been offended by the US president's tone and actions, and are now impatient to meet his eventual successor.Even before coming to office, Obama had dubbed Saudi Arabia a "so-called ally" and had made clear ...

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Presidential candidates embark on NY campaign blitz NEW YORK: Frontrunners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton embarked on a campaign blitz in New York Sunday for the state's crucial primary as Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders battles to keep his White House dream alive.The overwhelmingly Democrat state votes Tuesday in its most decisive presidential primary in decades as Trump faces the prospect of a contested nomination for the Republican party and with Sanders pinning Clinton into a tighter race than she could once have ...

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Guatemalan ex-president linked to new corruption case GUATEMALA CITY: Former Guatemalan president Otto Perez, who is in jail awaiting trial on corruption allegations, now also faces charges of accepting millions of dollars in bribes from a Spanish port company.Perez, who took office in 2012 but was forced out after mass protests last year, used his position as president "to facilitate negotiations where he would obtain direct financial benefit in detriment to the interest of the nation," said prosecutor general Thelma Aldana on ...

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Despite Obama, no revolution expected at Cuba party congress HAVANA: Cuba's communist party gathers Saturday for a rare party congress less than a month after US President Barack Obama's historic visit, but Cubans eager for change are likely to be disappointed.Held every five years, party congresses normally are the main political event in a one-party system like Cuba's that brooks no dissent.The last one in 2011 introduced significant reforms of the island's moribund Soviet-style economy, cracking open the door to small-scale private enterprise and ...