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Clinton says election exposed deep divisions in US WASHINGTON: In her first public appearance since conceding to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton on Wednesday said the US presidential vote has exposed deep divisions, in the "greatest country in the world.""Over the past week, a lot of people have asked themselves whether America is the country we thought it was," the former Democratic candidate told an evening benefit event in Washington. "The divisions laid bare by this election run deep, but please listen to me when I say this: America is worth it."She was addressing donors and other guests at an event for the Children's Defense Fund, a nonprofit advocacy group for underprivileged children.The event honored Clinton for her contributions to the organization, for which she first worked as a young lawyer in the 1970s before later serving as chair of the board of directors."I will admit coming here tonight wasn't the easiest thing for me," she told an auditorium ...

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No new US administration is completely prepared: Biden WASHINGTON: No newly elected administration is totally ready to govern on the first day in office, US Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday after a lunch meeting with Vice President-elect Mike Pence. "No administration is ready on day one. We weren't ready on day one," Biden told reporters. "But I'm confident on day one everything will be in good hands." Biden met with Pence and his wife at the vice president's residence in Washington ...

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Senate Democratic leader Schumer ready to battle Trump WASHINGTON: US Senate Democrats on Wednesday elected Chuck Schumer as their leader, a position from which he will head opposition to Republican President-elect Donald Trump beginning in January.Senator Bernie Sanders, the independent self-declared socialist from Vermont who challenged Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primaries, made his debut in party leadership, as chair of outreach, a sign that the bruised Democrats have learned from Clinton's defeat in last week's presidential election.In all, the 48 Democrats ...

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UN warns of mass atrocities in South Sudan UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is warning of a "very real risk of mass atrocities" in South Sudan and that peacekeepers deployed in the war-torn country will not be able to stop such a bloodbath.Ban told the Security Council in a report released Wednesday that the United Nations must clearly define what actions it is prepared to take in the event of mass killings."There is a very real risk of mass atrocities being committed ...

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Trump denies transition in disarray NEW YORK: Donald Trump denied charges Wednesday that his White House transition was in disarray amid reports of a backstabbing purge of mainstream Republican aspirants, as his team said new administration appointments were expected soon.The president-elect remained ensconced in his luxurious Trump Tower headquarters in Manhattan, taking phone calls from foreign leaders and meeting or talking with potential cabinet members, his aides said.Asked whether Trump would reveal new cabinet picks Wednesday, his son Eric Trump ...

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Trump denies any disarray in transition to White House after sackings NEW YORK: US President-elect Donald Trump has defended his handling of the transition to the presidency, amid reports of disarray in his team. Trump, who will be inaugurated on 20 January 2017, has yet to announce any nominations to his cabinet, however, the daunting task appears to be chaotic with competing forces jockeying for position and influence in the incoming administration. But Trump tweeted that the process of selecting his new cabinet and other positions ...

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Obama says confident US will continue commitment to NATO ATHENS: President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he was confident the commitment of the United States to NATO would continue, seeking to reassure allies Republican President-elect Donald Trump would maintain core US strategic interests around the world. "Today, NATO, the world's greatest alliance, is as strong and as ready as it has ever been. And I am confident that just as America's commitment to the Translantic Alliance has endured for seven decades - whether it's ...