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Clinton woos blue-collar voters in Kentucky, raps Trump HOPKINSVILLE: Presidential primaries in Oregon and Kentucky on Tuesday will give Hillary Clinton a chance to bolster her almost insurmountable delegate lead over Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, who has vowed to slog on despite long odds.Sanders is gunning for victory in the Bluegrass State, building on his win last week in neighboring West Virginia as he battles to keep his long-shot nomination bid alive.West Virginia and Kentucky are linked to coal, as is much of Appalachia -- the largely white, long-struggling eastern US region where many feel they have been given the cold shoulder in the lukewarm recovery from the 2007-2008 financial crisis.The northwest state of Oregon on Tuesday also holds its Democratic and Republican primaries, where limited polling has indicated Clinton is ahead. Sanders, however, leads in Kentucky.Clinton sees Kentucky as an opportunity to appeal to a demographic that has consistently snubbed her: working-class white men.No Democratic presidential candidate ...

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Obama Hiroshima trip stirs debate on Truman's fateful choice WASHINGTON: Barack Obama's visit to Hiroshima next week has reignited an emotive debate over former US president Harry Truman's epoch-making decision to drop the first atomic bomb.On April 25, 1945, thirteen days after Franklin Roosevelt's death thrust Truman into the White House, the strained new commander-in-chief got a startling top secret briefing."Within four months we shall in all probability have completed the most terrible weapon ever known in human history, one bomb of which could ...

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First case of Zika reported in Belize BELMOPAN: Belize has joined the growing number of Latin American nations grappling with the Zika virus, after the health ministry confirmed the country's first known case. Authorities said Monday the infected person resides in Belize City, adding that efforts would be taken to prevent the virus from spreading."An immediate investigation was launched and several actions were simultaneously initiated to minimize and contain a potential outbreak," a health ministry statement said.The mosquito-borne Zika virus can cause ...

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Kerry unavailable on date of Paris Middle East peace talks WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry is unavailable the day a Paris meeting to relaunch negotiations over the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is set to occur, the State Department said Monday.However the United States and France are looking into a possible alternative date for the ministerial discussions, which fall on the US Memorial Day holiday honoring members of the armed forces who died in combat."We've made it clear that the May 30 date originally proposed ...

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White House says women's healthcare access not threatened by ruling WASHINGTON: The White House said on Monday that millions of American women will continue to have access to health insurance that they need, despite the Supreme Court's ruling in a case involving contraception coverage under the Obamacare law. "We were gratified by the ruling today," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. "And this announcement does ensure that millions of women across the country can continue to have access to their healthcare. And it is ...

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US Supreme Court refers contraception coverage case to lower courts WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that lower courts should decide how the government can provide free insurance coverage for contraception to women working for some religious groups.In a unanimous decision, the high court avoided ruling on the merits of the case between the government and the religiously affiliated institutions, many of them Catholic, that opposed a key mandate in the "Obamacare" health care reform requiring most employers to include birth control coverage in ...

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Trump says unlikely to have good relationship with UK's Cameron LONDON: Donald Trump said he was unlikely to have a good relationship with David Cameron because the British prime minister cast the U.S. presidential candidate as "divisive, stupid and wrong" for proposing a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States.Cameron criticised Trump in the British parliament over his call for the ban on Muslims and suggested that the New York billionaire, who is now the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, would unite Britain against him ...