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Florida probes new Zika case outside Miami MIAMI: Florida is investigating a new case of Zika infection outside the neighborhood in Miami where mosquitoes are believed to have spread the virus to more than a dozen people, officials said Monday.Florida Governor Rick Scott described the case as a "new individual with non-travel related Zika in Palm Beach County," north of Miami.The person had recently traveled to Miami-Dade County and the Health Department is investigating "to determine the source of infection," Scott said in a statement.The Florida Department of Health stressed that the investigation "does not mean active transmission of Zika virus is occurring in Palm Beach County," a statement said."If the department identifies any area of concern in Palm Beach County, we will notify the public immediately."Zika can cause birth defects including a condition known as microcephaly, in which an infant's head is smaller than normal.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned pregnant women ...

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Trump unveils economic plan to 'jump-start' US WASHINGTON: Republican Donald Trump said Monday he would slash taxes, block onerous financial regulations and unleash the energy sector as he pledged to "jump-start America" with a new economic plan if he is elected president.The brash billionaire unveiled his proposals in a speech in economically depressed Detroit as he resets his campaign and focuses on policies that draw a sharp contrast with Hillary Clinton."We are in a competition with the world, and I want America ...

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US 'concerned' by violent Philippine war on drugs WASHINGTON: The United States expressed concern Monday over the extrajudicial killings of drug suspects in the Philippines, a key US ally whose newly elected president has launched a bloody war on crime.President Rodrigo Duterte was swept to power in May after pledging to end crime in the Philippines using the same "shoot-to-kill" methods critics say he employed as mayor of the southern city of Davao.Since Duterte assumed office at the end of June, police have ...

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Trump, in shift, to call for top tax rate of 33pc rather than 25pc WASHINGTON: Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump will call for a top income tax rate of 33 percent, rather than the 25 percent he previously had proposed, CNBC reported on Monday, citing remarks by an informal Trump adviser. In a tweet and posting on its website, CNBC said Larry Kudlow, a contributor at the cable outlet who is helping to shape Trump's tax plan, made the remarks. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Mexico landslides leave 7 dead as new storm forms PUEBLA: Landslides triggered by Tropical Storm Earl have left at least seven dead in eastern Mexico, as a new storm threatened the country's Pacific coast.The approaching Tropical Storm Javier is expected to bring heavy rains and high winds to southwestern Mexico in the coming days, US weather forecasters said.The latest mudslide in the town of Huauchinango killed at least one person and buried 13 houses under rubble, according to the Puebla state government.A state official ...

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Obama prepares to boost US military's cyber role WASHINGTON: The Obama administration is preparing to elevate the stature of the Pentagon's Cyber Command, signaling more emphasis on developing cyber weapons to deter attacks, punish intruders into US networks and tackle adversaries such as Islamic State, current and former officials told Reuters. Under the plan being considered at the White House, the officials said, US Cyber Command would become what the military calls a "unified command" equal to combat branches of the military such ...

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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 ...