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As Zika spreads, Texas reports sexually transmitted case MIAMI: The Zika virus has been transmitted sexually, top US health authorities confirmed on Tuesday, fueling fears of the rapid spread of the disease blamed for a surge in the number of brain-damaged babies.With concern growing that an outbreak sweeping Latin America could spread much farther, health authorities in Texas said they had confirmation of the virus being transmitted by sexual contact and not just tropical mosquitoes.That is a troubling prospect for the United States, Canada and Europe, where Zika had so far only appeared in travelers returning from affected areas."The patient was infected with the virus after having sexual contact with an ill individual who returned from a country where Zika virus is present" this year, a Dallas County statement read. The county subsequently tweeted that the virus was contracted from someone who had traveled to Venezuela, and that a second case of Zika imported from Venezuela has also ...

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Pentagon chief unveils extra funds to bomb IS, counter Russia WASHINGTON: US forces have fired so many smart bombs at Islamic State targets that stocks of the sophisticated weapons are dwindling, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday as he previewed the Pentagon's enormous budget.American drones and warplanes are at the forefront of an 18-month-old coalition effort to fight the IS group in Iraq and Syria, in a campaign that has so far seen some 10,000 air strikes, many of which the Pentagon says were carried ...

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Obama says Britain's place is in EU WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama waded Tuesday into the boiling debate over Britain's European Union membership, telling Prime Minister David Cameron his country was best served inside the 28-country bloc.Obama spoke with Cameron by phone and "reaffirmed continued US support for a strong United Kingdom in a strong European Union," according to the White House.Obama's intervention comes as Cameron attempts to secure face-saving concessions from Brussels, ahead of an expected UK referendum on EU membership ...

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Obama highlights 5 priorities in meeting with Republican leaders WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama highlighted five legislative priorities in a meeting on Tuesday with Republican congressional leaders, including the financial crisis in Puerto Rico and passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the White House said.The White House said Obama also discussed the opioid epidemic, cancer research and criminal justice reform with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell."The president is eager to see Congress take that action as soon as possible ...

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Trump's defeat raises questions about his jetsetting campaign DES MOINES: Republican Donald Trump's surprise defeat in Iowa at the hands of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz reflected shortcomings in his get-out-the-vote operations and an over reliance on his celebrity status in a state where voters prefer the personal touch.The New York billionaire and former TV reality star generated much enthusiasm for his anti-establishment message, but in the end he was out muscled by Cruz' more traditional ground game and saw some late-deciding voters side ...

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Date by date, the US election year ahead WASHINGTON: After the US presidential caucuses in the heartland state of Iowa, the 2016 race for the White House moves on to New Hampshire, which holds its primary on February 9.Here are the key political dates in 2016, from primary debates and statewide caucus votes to national conventions and the big day on November 8:February========4: Democratic debate in Durham, New Hampshire6: Republican debate in Manchester, New Hampshire9: New Hampshire primaries11: Democratic debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin ...

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Democrat O'Malley to end White House run DES MOINES: Democratic White House hopeful Martin O'Malley is set to suspend his campaign after garnering less than one percent Monday in the Iowa caucuses that launched the 2016 presidential race, sources in his camp said.The former Maryland governor is expected to make a formal announcement in Des Moines, Iowa at 0330 GMT Tuesday, the sources said.With 82 percent of precincts reporting in Iowa, O'Malley had garnered just 0.6 percent, his campaign eclipsed by former ...