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Trump aide says U.S. sanctions on Russia may be disproportionate WASHINGTON: A top aide to President-elect Donald Trump said in an interview aired on Sunday that the White House may have disproportionately punished Russia by ordering the expulsion of 35 suspected Russian spies.Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on ABC's "This Week" that Trump will be asking questions of U.S. intelligence agencies after President Barack Obama imposed sanctions last week on two Russian intelligence agencies over what he said was their involvement in hacking political groups in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Obama also ordered Russia to vacate two U.S. facilities as part of the tough sanctions on Russia."One of the questions that we have is why the magnitude of this? I mean you look at 35 people being expelled, two sites being closed down, the question is, is that response in proportion to the actions taken? Maybe it was; maybe it wasn't but you have to think ...

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Obama to deliver farewell speech next week in Chicago WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama will deliver a farewell speech next week from his political stronghold of Chicago, one of the last times he will be able to advocate for his policies before the inauguration of Donald Trump.The Republican political novice has vowed to rip up key Obama initiatives such as the so-called Obamacare healthcare reform act, to back out of climate change agreements and to reassess ties with foreign allies and foes.Obama will hand ...

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Trump plans 'many big things' and lots more tweeting: spokesman WASHINGTON: Donald Trump is planning to do "many big things" after being sworn in as president, his communications director said Sunday, adding that his boss has no intention to stop using Twitter.Asked by ABC News what "one big thing" the public should expect from the president-elect once he takes office on January 20, spokesman Sean Spicer replied: "It's going to be not one big thing. It's going to be many big things."Spicer said the Republican ...

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Trump seems to rule out meeting with Taiwan president WASHINGTON: President-elect Donald Trump seemed to rule out Saturday a meeting with the president of Taiwan when she travels to America next month.Trump angered China and seemed to upend decades of US policy this month when he took a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen.Tsai will transit in Houston January 7-8 as she travels to Central America and stops over in San Francisco January 13-14 on her way home.Beijing has asked Washington to ...

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Obama to meet lawmakers in attempt to protect health law WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama plans to meet on Wednesday with Democratic lawmakers in Congress to discuss how to protect his signature healthcare law from Republican efforts to dismantle it, Politico reported on Friday. A notice sent to members of Congress said the president, who leaves office on Jan. 20, will meet with Democrats from both the House of Representatives and the Senate, Politico said. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Pakistani Americans confident load-shedding will end in motherland WASHINGTON: A large majority of Pakistanis living in the United States are confident that policies of the present government will help end the load-shedding in Pakistan by 2018, saying the country under the previous regime witnessed the worst level of corruption and zero development. Reacting to reports of inauguration of a 340 MW nuclear plant in Punjab, several community leaders and professionals lauded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his commitment to the welfare of the ...

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Trump slams 'inflammatory' Obama PALM BEACH: US President-elect Donald Trump poured kerosene on a simmering dispute with Barack Obama Wednesday, accusing him of derailing a smooth transition with "inflammatory" statements and "roadblocks."Ever since the November 8 election, Trump and Obama have tried to bury political differences in favor of a united public front that would smooth the transfer of power on January 20.But the Republican president-in-waiting unceremoniously cast any bonhomie aside in a morning twitter tirade from his Mar-a-Lago ...