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Donald Trump says unlikely to have a good relationship with British PM Cameron LONDON: Donald Trump has said he is unlikely to have a good relationship with David Cameron because the British prime minister cast the US presidential candidate as "divisive, stupid and wrong" for proposing a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States. After Trump's call for an entry ban on Muslims, Cameron criticised Trump in the British parliament and suggested that Trump, who is now the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, would unite Britain against him if he visited."It looks like we're not going to have a very good relationship, who knows," Trump told Britain's ITV television station in an interview aired on Monday when asked how ties would be if he won power in the Nov. 8 presidential election."I hope to have a good relationship with him but it sounds like he's not willing to address the problem either," Trump said, although earlier in the interview he said he didn't ...

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Trump taps climate change skeptic, fracking advocate as key energy advisor WASHINGTON: Republican presidential contender Donald Trump has turned to one of America's most ardent drilling advocates and climate change skeptics to help him draft his energy policy. The New York billionaire has asked US Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer of North Dakota - a major oil drilling state - to write a white paper on energy policy, Cramer and sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.Cramer and some other Trump energy advisers also recently met with ...

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Republicans score court victory against Obamacare WASHINGTON: Republicans clinched a victory Thursday against President Barack Obama's signature health care law, when a federal judge ruled that two of its central provisions violate the US Constitution.US District Judge Rosemary Collyer in Washington agreed with the Republican-led House of Representatives, which said the law illegally uses public funds to pay for tax credits to make insurance premiums more affordable, or to reduce deductibles, co-pays and other insurer "cost-sharing" measures for lower-income individuals.At stake ...

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US ready to loosen Libya arms embargo: US official WASHINGTON: The US government is ready to loosen a United Nations ban on arms exports to Libya, in a bid to help the country's fledgling unity government fight the Islamic State group, officials and diplomats told AFP Thursday."If the Libyan government prepares a detailed and coherent list of things that it wants to use to fight ISIL, and responds to all the requirements of the exemption, I think that (UN Security) Council members are going ...

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Trump, Republican leaders hold 'positive' talks in Washington WASHINGTON: Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump fell short of winning an endorsement from House Speaker Paul Ryan Thursday but both men said they had taken a "positive step" toward unifying the party behind the New York billionaire's White House run.Trump, facing a critical early test of the his general election candidacy, met with Ryan to air their differences, as well as with other Republican leaders."Great day in D.C. with @SpeakerRyan and Republican leadership. Things working ...

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US jobless claims jump WASHINGTON: More Americans filed new claims for US unemployment insurance benefits last week, pushing the level to the highest in more than a year, government data released Thursday showed.Despite the jump in the often-volatile weekly number, the US labor market continues to tighten, economists said.Initial jobless claims, a sign of the level of layoffs, rose by 20,000 to 294,000 in the week ending May 7, the highest level since late February 2015, the Labor Department ...

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Trump, Ryan to meet in search for Republican unity WASHINGTON: US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will hold an unusual tete-a-tete on Thursday with Paul Ryan, the country's top elected Republican, to see if they can begin healing fissures in the party created by Trump's insurgent candidacy. Party leaders are normally eager to rally around the presidential nominee in order to unite forces for the general election battle. But Ryan, the US House of Representatives speaker, has withheld his endorsement out of concern over ...