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Trump, you're fired! TV contestants turn on mentor NEW YORK: Several former participants of the program that catapulted Donald Trump into a reality television star turned the tables on the Republican frontrunner Friday, hitting out at the "sexism" and "racism" of his presidential campaign.Trump's well-worn catchphrase "You're fired!" signaled the end for contestants on "The Apprentice," but they returned to haunt the billionaire real-estate mogul ahead of the crucial New York state primary on Tuesday.The group, including Dr Randal Pinkett, an entrepreneur and 2004 season four winner on the show, now want voters to give Trump the boot."We respect Donald's success as a businessman and we genuinely appreciate the opportunity afforded to us by 'The Apprentice,'" Pinkett told a New York press conference, saying the former contestants were speaking out "as an act of patriotism and not disloyalty.""So much is at stake in this election, not only for America but also for the world today, we denounce Donald's ...

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Research finds Zika 'significantly changed' since 1947 MIAMI: The mosquito-borne Zika virus has significantly evolved since it was first discovered in 1947, and researchers said Friday these genetic changes could shed light on why it has the power to cause birth defects.The research in the journal Cell Host and Microbe was led by scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles and the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College in Beijing.Researchers looked for individual differences between more than ...

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Kerry demands Russia rein in Syrian forces WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry called his Russian counterpart Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday to demand that Moscow press its Syrian allies to respect a crumbling ceasefire."Secretary Kerry said the United States expected Russia to urge the regime to comply with the cessation and that we would work with the opposition to do the same," US spokesman John Kirby said.Kerry's call came as a new round of fierce fighting around the northern ...

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UN calls North Korea missile test 'alarming' UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations said Friday that North Korea's latest test-firing of a missile was alarming and called for restraint.The missile disappeared from tracking radar a few seconds after its launch and was believed to have exploded in midair, according to a Seoul intelligence official quoted by Yonhap news agency.Asked about the failed launch, UN spokesman Farhan Haq said:"We certainly are aware of the recent reports of activity by the Democratic People's Republic of ...

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Mexico federal agents implicated in students' disappearance MEXICO CITY: Two Mexican federal police officers possibly participated in the disappearance of 43 students, the National Human Rights Commission said Thursday, implicating national agents in the 2014 case for the first time.The announcement adds a new twist to a probe that has come under fire from international human rights groups and independent investigators.Jose Larrieta Carrasco, a commission official investigating the case, said the authorities should now look into a "new route in the disappearance" ...

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Muslims 'annoyed' by support for Trump DOHA: A leading Islamic scholar has claimed Muslims are "annoyed" by the level of support among Americans for US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.Ali Qara Daghi, Secretary-General of the Qatar-based International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), told AFP late Wednesday that Trump was also using "attacks on Islam" to try and secure his bid for the White House."This is really annoying us so much that he has these levels of support," he said."We do not ...

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Clinton, Sanders face off in New York debate NEW YORK: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders face off Thursday in a closely watched US presidential debate ahead of the key New York primary in the increasingly acrimonious Democratic race for the White House.The former secretary of state holds a double-digit lead over the Vermont senator in polls and needs a big win in next Tuesday's primary after losing seven of the last eight contests to her leftist rival.The Brooklyn-born, self-described Democratic socialist is similarly ...