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Clinton widens lead over Trump to 8 points: poll WASHINGTON: Democrat Hillary Clinton has widened her lead over White House rival Donald Trump to eight points after both parties' nominating conventions, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll out Sunday.Clinton led Trump 50 to 42 percent among registered voters, according to the telephone survey carried out August 1-4.She got a strong bounce in the support from her nomination -- which unlike the fractious Republican convention, showed a united party -- but has also benefitted from major gaffes by Trump.Ahead of the nominating conventions Clinton had a four-point lead over Trump, according to an Post-ABC News survey.Among likely voters, Clinton's lead is 51 to 44 percent, and in a race that includes Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and Jill Stein from the Green Party, Clinton leads Trump 45-37 percent, with Johnson at eight percent and Stein at four percent.Clinton and her running mate, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, received the ...

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Five killed in apparent US murder-suicide: reports WASHINGTON: A family of five, including three children, were found shot dead on Saturday in what appears to be a murder-suicide in the US state of Pennsylvania, local media reported.Police in the town of Sinking Spring -- some 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Philadelphia -- were searching the suburban home where the bodies were found, the local Reading Eagle newspaper said.District Attorney John Adams identified the dead as Mark Short, his wife, Megan, and ...

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Trump eyes economy as he seeks to shift course after turbulent week WASHINGTON: Republican Donald Trump announced plans to address economic issues and backed off a claim that he had seen a video of cash being delivered to Iran on Friday, in signs he wants to steer away from controversial comments and get his White House campaign back on message. Trump said he had created an economic advisory team and would release his plan to boost the US economy in a speech on Monday. Trump also said ...

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US trade deficit grows to $44.5bn in June WASHINGTON: The US trade deficit grew more than expected in June as imports jumped and the gap with China continued to widen, government data released Friday showed.The country's trade balance with the rest of the world climbed 8.7 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted $44.5 billion. Analysts had only expected a 3.9 percent increase.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Canada jobs dips, July unemployment rises to 6.9pc OTTAWA: Canada's jobless rate rose 0.1 percentage points in July to 6.9 percent, the government announced Friday. Full-time employment fell while part-time work was up in the month, said Statistics Canada.There were fewer youths, aged 15 to 24 years, working mostly part-time jobs in July.Ontario and Newfoundland provinces shed positions while British Columbia -- with the nation's lowest regional unemployment rate -- and New Brunswick saw an uptick in job creation.Overall, fewer Canadians were employed ...

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US industry bodies sue over Obama corporate tax rules WASHINGTON: Powerful business lobbying bodies on Thursday sued the Obama administration, seeking to strike down recent rules intended to prevent corporate tax avoidance through so-called inversions.In a rule adopted in April, the US Treasury sought to prevent American companies from moving overseas to reduce their tax burdens, often through reverse mergers.The pharmaceutical giant Pfizer that month abandoned plans for a merger with Botox producer Allergan, based in Ireland, as a result.In a complaint filed in ...

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Trump, in fierce new broadside, says immigrants pose hidden threat WASHINGTON: Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump launched new attacks on immigrants Thursday, telling supporters that Somalis and other refugees from "terrorist nations" should be barred entry to the United States."We are letting people come in from terrorist nations that shouldn't be allowed because you can't vet them," Trump, who has built his campaign around an anti-immigration platform, said at a rally in Portland, Maine. "You have no idea who they are. This could be the ...