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Sanders, Clinton rake in presidential campaign cash WASHINGTON: Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign said Sunday it raised more than $20 million in January, mostly from small donors, in what it called a "powerful demonstration" of grassroots support.That would represent a dramatic acceleration in fund-raising by the Democratic presidential candidate from Vermont, who averaged raising about $11 million a month in the last quarter of 2015 -- $33 million for the period -- and it would indicate an ability to stay in the US race for the longer haul.Campaigns are not required to report January totals just yet, so the Sanders announcement was seen as an effort to create a sense of growing momentum and broad-based appeal on the eve of the key Iowa caucuses.His main rival Hillary Clinton, who has not released January figures, said Sunday that she raised $37 million in last year's fourth quarter, or just over $12 million a month. Clinton's campaign said for all ...

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White House hopefuls in frantic sprint to Iowa vote DES MOINES: US presidential candidates made a frenzied, final push Sunday to lock in Iowa voters on the eve of the first nominating contest of the 2016 election season.Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton both were leading in the polls, but not by enough to assure victory for either candidate in Monday's caucuses.Armies of volunteers fanned out through the snow-swept Midwestern state, knocking on doors or manning phone banks to get out the vote, ...

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Kerry urges rebels to 'seize moment' at Syria talks WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Syria's opposition and regime to play a full role in peace talks Sunday, while accusing Bashar al-Assad's forces of starving civilians."This morning, in light of what is at stake in these talks, I appeal to both sides to make the most of this moment," he said, in an online statement broadcast from Washington.While the top US diplomat aimed his remarks at both sides, his message was clearly ...

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As Iowa nears, Clinton again defends email practices WASHINGTON: Hillary Clinton, fighting for a strong finish in the Iowa caucuses, tried on Sunday to tamp down the controversy over her past handling of official emails, saying her critics were "grasping at straws."Clinton retained a slim 3-point lead over rival Bernie Sanders in the final poll released before Monday's caucuses, and her backers hope the latest email flap does not discourage Iowans from voting for her on Monday. Asked on ABC's "This Week" about ...

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Salvadoran ex-president Flores dies after stroke: party SAN SALVADOR: El Salvador's former president Francisco Flores has died, officials in his political party announced late Saturday, days after he slipped into a coma following a massive stroke."We mourn the death of president Francisco Flores, and express solidarity with his family at this time," read a message issued from the Twitter account of his rightist National Republican Alliance (ARENA) party.The announcement of the death of Flores, 56, who led the Central American country from ...

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Retired US general Petraeus won't be demoted over scandal WASHINGTON: The Pentagon won't strip David Petraeus of his fourth star for providing his mistress classified information, a scandal that forced the resignation of a man feted for changing the course of the Iraq War.The retired general was given two years' probation and fined $100,000 in 2015 over the matter following a guilty plea in a US court.The US Army "completed its review of his case and recommended no additional action," Assistant Secretary of Defense ...

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Obama speaks with Brazil's Rousseff about Zika virus: White House WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama spoke on Friday with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff about the spread of the Zika virus in the Western Hemisphere, the White House said."The leaders agreed on the importance of collaborative efforts to deepen our knowledge, advance research, and accelerate work to develop better vaccines and other technologies to control the virus," the White House said in a statement.Rousseff also confirmed that she would attend Nuclear Security Summit to be held ...