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US warns Russia, Assad to respect 'frayed' Syria truce BEIRUT: US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia and the Syrian government on Wednesday to respect a "frayed" ceasefire, as vicious fighting south of second city Aleppo left dozens dead.The vital northern province of Aleppo has been ravaged on multiple fighting fronts in a devastating war that has killed more than 280,000 people. The conflict has also drawn in world powers who back opposing sides -- including the United States which broadly supports the opposition and Russia on the side of President Bashar al-Assad. "Russia needs to understand that our patience is not infinite, in fact it is very limited with whether or not Assad is going to be held accountable," said Kerry. "We also are prepared to hold accountable members of the opposition," he said after a meeting in Norway with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.UN-hosted peace talks aimed at ending the five-year conflict have been stalled ...

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US gun industry thrives but challenged by demographics WASHINGTON: Driven by fears of tighter regulation, gun sales in the United States have prospered during the Obama presidency and after mass killings, even as few new customers enter the market.The day after the massacre at an Orlando nightclub, investors were back betting on a pickup in gun sales Monday. Shares in two of the largest US firearms makers, Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger, soared 6.9 percent and 8.5 percent, respectively.The same scenario has ...

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Trump signals could bar gun sales for terror suspects WASHINGTON: Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump signalled Wednesday he could support banning people on terror watch lists from purchasing guns, a move that would place him in opposition to members of his own party.Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, regularly touts his support for the constitutionally enshrined right to bear arms.He has said several times after terrorist attacks, including the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida Sunday, that death tolls would have been lower if ...

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US judge temporarily halts bondholder lawsuits against Caesars CHICAGO: A US judge on Wednesday temporarily halted bondholder lawsuits against Caesars Entertainment Corp seeking up to $11.4 billion. Caesars has said that rulings favorable to hedge fund bondholders suing in New York and Delaware courts could force the company into bankruptcy alongside its operating unit, which filed for Chapter 11 protection in January 2015. Caesars has denied any wrongdoing. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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US Third Fleet expands East Asia role as tensions rise with China WASHINGTON: The US Navy's Third Fleet will send more ships to East Asia to operate outside its normal theater alongside the Japan-based Seventh Fleet, a US official said on Tuesday, a move that comes at a time of heightened tensions with China. The Third Fleet's Pacific Surface Action Group, which includes the guided-missile destroyers USS Spruance and USS Momsen, was deployed to East Asia in April. More Third Fleet vessels will be deployed in the ...

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Clinton wins final 2016 primary as debate turns to terror fight WASHINGTON: Hillary Clinton captured the mostly symbolic Democratic primary Tuesday in the US capital, the final vote of the 2016 presidential primaries, as the race shifts to her showdown with Republican rival Donald Trump.Clinton won nearly 79 percent of the vote, compared with just 21 percent for Bernie Sanders, with nearly all votes counted, according to US networks.It marked a deflating finish for the Vermont senator, who captivated liberals and independents with his grassroots campaign ...

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May goes down as Earth's hottest on record: NASA WASHINGTON: May's temperatures broke global records yet again, as the northern hemisphere finishes its hottest spring on record, statistics released Tuesday by NASA showed.The Arctic in particular experienced abnormal heat, causing Arctic sea ice and the Greenland ice sheet to start melting unusually early, said NASA.Alaska recorded its warmest spring on record by a wide margin, and in Finland the average May temperature was between three and five degrees warmer than usual in most regions, ...