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Kerry to try again with Russia on Syria talks  BRUSSELS: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday said he would try to get Syrian peace talks going again with Russia's help as government forces closed in on rebels in the besieged city of Aleppo.Moscow launched an air campaign last year to help long-time ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad who now appears on the verge of capturing all of Aleppo in what would be a huge blow to the rebel cause."We have been trying to find a way to get to the negotiating table ... but Assad has never shown any willingness," Kerry said at a NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels."Russia says Assad is ready to come to the table ... and I am in favour of putting that to the test," he said.Kerry, who has had repeated meetings on Syria with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, said he would have another discussion with him when the two meet later this week.Even if Aleppo falls, "the war will continue," ...

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US Senate leader pushes for extension of coal miner healthcare         WASHINGTON: US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said he is pushing to extend expiring healthcare benefits for retired coal miners by including a provision in a spending bill Congress hopes to pass this week.  In a statement on the Senate floor, McConnell, a Republican, said that in conversations with House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan he has insisted that the Continuing Resolution include "a provision to address that issue so these retirees don't lose their healthcare benefit at the ...

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Trump WASHINGTON: Donald Trump's comment on Tuesday calling for the government to cancel the purchase of Boeing's new Air Force One plane reflect the US president-elect's focus on keeping costs down, his transition team told reporters.  Speaking in a conference call with reporters, Trump's aides said the team was focused trying to save taxpayers' money and that there would be more specific details about such efforts after Trump takes office on Jan. 20.    Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Obama targets Trump in final speech on terror fight WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama delivers his final address on the fight against terrorism Tuesday, in a speech aimed at his successor who has not yet publicly outlined his own anti-terror strategy.Speaking from MacDill Air Force Base -- the Florida headquarters of the Special Forces Command and CENTCOM, command for the US military in the Middle East -- Obama will give a rundown of operations in places like Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria during his two terms in office. Obama will ...

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US reaffirms WASHINGTON: The United States has been in touch with Chinese officials to reassure them that it is adhering to the "One China" policy after President-elect Donald Trump's telephone call with the Taiwan's leader last week.  White House spokesman Josh Earnest said US officials reiterated "our country's continued commitment to a one-China policy."  The policy has been in place for 40 years and is focused on  promoting and preserving peace and stability in the strait separating China and Taiwan, which is in US ...

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Snowden says he does not expect pardon from Obama WASHINGTON: Edward Snowden says he does not expect a pardon from US President Barack Obama which would spare the fugitive whistleblower from a toughened approach when Donald Trump takes power."I'm not counting on it," Snowden said in an interview published by Yahoo News on Monday.The former National Security Agency contractor leaked thousands of classified documents to the press in 2013 which revealed the vast scope of US surveillance of private data that was put in place after the 9/11 attacks. After ...

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Trump names former rival Carson as housing secretary WASHINGTON: US President-elect Donald Trump on Monday chose Ben Carson, the mild-mannered retired neurosurgeon who challenged him for the Republican nomination, to turn around troubled US inner cities as secretary of housing and urban development.Carson, an African American who is a religious conservative, has no background in housing policy but has cited his poor childhood in Detroit as a qualification for the job.He is the first black selected by Trump for his team."Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about ...