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Obama to visit water crisis-hit Flint WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will next week travel to Flint, Michigan, where a crisis over tainted water has become a focus of the 2016 election campaign, the White House said Wednesday.Responding to a letter from eight-year-old Flint resident Mari Copeny, Obama said he would visit the majority African American northern city on May 4."I want to make sure people like you and your family are receiving the help you need and deserve," Obama wrote.Republican and Democratic presidential candidates have used the Flint crisis to trade barbs about the size, role and failings of local and federal governments.More than 8,000 children are believed to have drunk water that contained harmful levels of lead.The tainted water stemmed from a decision to shift Flint's water source from the Detroit River to the Flint River as part of cost-cutting measures ordered by state Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican who has consistently resisted calls to ...

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Clinton all but secures White House nomination, Trump advances lead WASHINGTON: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were a giant step closer to their parties' presidential nominations Wednesday after crushing their respective Democratic and Republican rivals in a string of presidential primaries.Clinton has now virtually cleared the way to become the Democratic nominee in the November presidential election, the first woman in US history to reach that milestone.The former secretary of state won four out of five primaries Tuesday in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and the night's ...

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Clinton wins Connecticut primary, 4th win of night WASHINGTON: Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton on Tuesday scored her fourth primary win of the night over rival Bernie Sanders in Connecticut, US networks projected.Clinton -- the former secretary of state, first lady and US senator -- also won nominating contests in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania, according to US networks. Sanders won in Rhode Island.On the Republican side, frontrunner Donald Trump swept all five primaries on Tuesday in the US Northeast.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Experts leave Mexico 'sad' after not finding missing students MEXICO: The foreign experts came to Mexico in March 2015 with the daunting task of helping investigators solve the mysterious disappearance of 43 students.A year later, the five experts from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights are going home without an answer for the desperate parents of the young men missing since September 2014.But they leave behind a blistering account of the government's investigation -- a report on Sunday that accused authorities of stonewalling them ...

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Canada PM Trudeau says no to ransoms OTTAWA: Canada will not pay ransoms for the release of its citizens held hostage overseas, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday after the gruesome killing of a Canadian in the Philippines."Canada does not and will not pay ransom to terrorists, directly or indirectly," Trudeau said, vowing instead to hunt down and prosecute hostage-takers.His comments come after Trudeau delivered the grim news on Monday that Canadian John Ridsdel had been killed by his captors -- the ...

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Clinton, Trump look for big wins in five primaries WASHINGTON: Voters went to the polls Tuesday in five northeastern US states, where strong showings by presidential frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump could propel them closer to clinching the Democratic and Republican nominations.Should Clinton sweep the primaries in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware, it would put her on the cusp of Democratic victory against her rival Senator Bernie Sanders, a monumental step in her quest to become the nation's first female commander-in-chief."I ...

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FBI chief sees better cyber cooperation from China WASHINGTON: FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday he has seen some improvement in cooperation from China in fighting cybercrime following last year's bilateral agreement on the issue.Chinese authorities "seem to have an agreed upon framework for what is nation-state action appropriate, that is intelligence collection, and what is theft," Comey told a cybersecurity event in Washington, when asked about international cooperation on cybercrime."There are signs of progress in the Chinese helping us impose costs on ...