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Obama doesn't regret 'red line' over Syria conflict WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama says he does not regret his speech drawing a "red line" over Syria's use of chemical weapons, a phrase critics say symbolizes the US failure to act over the country's conflict.Obama made the comment in 2012 about possible US military action in Syria, saying "a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized."In what was billed as his last network interview, on CBS News program "60 Minutes" broadcast on Sunday -- less than a week before his term ends Friday -- Obama confirmed that he had ad-libbed phrase, which wasn't in the text of his speech."I don't regret at all saying that if I saw (Syrian President) Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons on his people that that would change my assessments in terms of what we were or were not willing to do in ...

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Race relations: hope and disappointment of Obama years NEW YORK: If Barack Obama was elected on a wave of optimism, eight years later, hopes of a post-racial America have soured amid recognition that it takes more than a black president to overcome centuries of racism.A recent poll confirmed findings of a number of studies published in the final months of the Obama administration: 52 percent of Americans questioned by Gallup said the country had taken a step backwards on issues of race. Just ...

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Democrats not attending Trump's inauguration WASHINGTON: A growing number of Democratic lawmakers have announced they will not attend Republican Donald Trump's presidential inauguration on Friday, several of them in the wake of Trump's attack on civil rights icon John Lewis on Saturday.The following is a list of those who have publicly said they will not attend the January 20 ceremony, and the states which they represent: House of RepresentativesEarl Blumenauer (Oregon)Katherine Clark (Massachusetts)Yvette Clarke (New York)William Lacy Clay (Missouri)John Conyers ...

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Trump unleashes attack on US civil rights icon WASHINGTON: President-elect Donald Trump lashed out Saturday at a prominent civil rights icon and lawmaker who said he is skipping next week's inauguration ceremony because he sees the New York businessman's election as illegitimate.Trump aimed his latest Twitter blast at longtime congressman John Lewis and the majority-black district in Georgia he represents, drawing widespread criticism just days before the holiday honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.A park near the monument to King ...

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Trump slams civil rights icon who says his election illegitimate WASHINGTON: President-elect Donald Trump lashed out Saturday at a prominent civil rights icon and lawmaker who said he is skipping next week's inauguration ceremony because he sees the New York businessman's election as illegitimate."Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results," Trump said in a tweet."All talk, talk, talk ...

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Obama admits Trump transition 'unusual' WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has admitted that the transition period leading to Donald Trump's inauguration has been "unusual" and warned that the CEO's "improvisational" style might not translate well to the presidency.In excerpts of an interview with the CBS news program "60 Minutes" released on Friday, Obama laid bare some of the tensions between the 44th and the soon-to-be 45th president."It's unusual," Obama said in the interview, to air in full on Sunday. "I ...

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No 'credible' security threats to Trump inauguration: government DULLES: US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Friday the government sees no immediate threats for the January 20 inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.Johnson said US authorities have ramped up security preparations in light of the rise of "lone wolf" type attacks, including recent atrocities in France and Germany in which jihadist-inspired attackers drove trucks into large crowds.But he stressed: "We know of no specific credible threat" to the massive event, addressing reporters at a ...