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Bill Gates 'hopeful' for global pandemic response plan Bill Gates 'hopeful' for global pandemic response plan
Bill Gates says he is hopeful that President Trump's administration will take the necessary steps to be able to respond to a global pandemic or act of bio-terrorism. Mr Gates believes the world is currently not prepared to cope with such an event. He has said that the ability to cope with a pandemic requires government investment, co-ordination and planning among a variety of agencies including ...
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Trump picks debt-warrior Mulvaney to lead White House budget office Trump picks debt-warrior Mulvaney to lead White House budget office
President-elect Donald Trump said Saturday that he’ll tap Rep. Mick Mulvaney to be his budget director, putting an ardent conservative in the job that has the most control over the size of the federal government. Mr. Mulvaney, a South Carolina Republican, was elected to Congress as part of the 2010 tea party wave, and carved out a role as one of House conservatives’ fiercest fighters for cuttin...
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Trump raises spectre of 'imposter presidents' Trump raises spectre of 'imposter presidents'
Sounding more like the potentate of some palm-dotted tropical island than a presidential candidate, Donald Trump twice declined to say during the final televised debate whether he would accept the results of the 2016 election. The billionaire who has cast himself as the law and order candidate seemed ready to commit the democratic felony of refusing to accept defeat at the polls. The property ty...
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Predict the president: Will Clinton or Trump win the US election? You decide. Predict the president: Will Clinton or Trump win the US election? You decide.
Voters in the US go to the polls on 8 November to decide who will replace President Barack Obama. The US uses the electoral college system to elect its president, in which each state is given a number of votes based on its population. A total of 538 are up for grabs. Most states nearly always vote the same way, leaving a handful of battleground states where the election will be won and lost....
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Ceta: EU 'not capable' of signing deal says Canadian minister Ceta: EU 'not capable' of signing deal says Canadian minister
A trade deal between the EU and Canada is on the brink of collapse because a Belgian region with a population of just 3.6 million objects. An emotional Canadian Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland left the talks in Brussels, saying the EU was "not capable" of signing a trade agreement. Belgium, the only country blocking accord, needed consent from the regional parliament of Wallonia. The wide-rang...
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NJ Governor Chris Christie hit with criminal summons over bridge closure NJ Governor Chris Christie hit with criminal summons over bridge closure
A judge has signed a criminal summons accusing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of misconduct for his alleged role in the 2013 closure of a bridge. The case will move to the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office to determine whether an indictment will follow. The news comes as two former Christie aides are on trial for allegedly closing part of the bridge after a mayor refused to endorse the gover...
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Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize for Literature Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize for Literature
US singer Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, becoming the first songwriter to win the prestigious award. The 75-year-old rock legend received the prize "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition". The balladeer, artist and actor is the first American to win since novelist Toni Morrison in 1993. President Obama said the honour...
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Hillary Clinton 'cannot recall' email server details Hillary Clinton 'cannot recall' email server details
US Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has said she cannot recall key details about using a private email server while secretary of state, documents show. She had been asked to give sworn responses to 25 written questions from a conservative legal group. At least 21 responses used variations of "does not recall", the documents, provided by her lawyer, show. Mrs Clinton denies handling classifi...
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US election 2016: Trump mic malfunctioned, debate organisers confirm US election 2016: Trump mic malfunctioned, debate organisers confirm
Organisers of Monday's White House debate have confirmed Donald Trump's roundly mocked complaint that his microphone was defective. The Commission on Presidential Debates said "there were issues regarding Donald Trump's audio". After the forum in New York, the Republican candidate said his microphone was "terrible" and crackled. The volume on the device was lower than that of Democratic nominee...
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Roy Moore: Alabama top judge ousted over gay marriage stand Roy Moore: Alabama top judge ousted over gay marriage stand
Alabama's top judge has been suspended for the remainder of his term for defying federal court rulings that legalised same-sex marriage. Roy Moore, 69, violated judicial ethics with an order seen as directing probate judges to deny marriage licences to gay couples, a judicial panel ruled. The decision was a "politically motivated effort" by radical groups, he said. His lawyer has vowed to appeal...
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