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Obama orders US to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees Obama orders US to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has ordered his team to admit at least 10,000 Syrian refugees next year, the White House said Thursday, amid criticism that the United States has not done enough. Spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama had asked staff to "scale up" the number of refugee admissions from around 1,500 in this fiscal year, to 10,000 in the next, beginning October 1. "He has inform...
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Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing to recognise gay marriages Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing to recognise gay marriages
Kentucky: A Kentucky county clerk was jailed on Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but a full day of court hearings failed to put an end to her two-month-old legal fight over a U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding same-sex marriage. U.S. District Judge David Bunning found Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in contempt then elicited a pledge from five of her six deputies ...
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White House wins enough Senate support for Iran deal White House wins enough Senate support for Iran deal
Washington: US President Barack Obama on Wednesday earned sufficient congressional backing to ensure the international deal to roll back Iran`s nuclear program goes into effect, when a 34th senator announced her support for the accord. Most US lawmakers are opposed to the deal, which would ease punishing economic sanctions on Tehran while preventing Iran from advancing its nuclear program. Many...
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Wall between US, Canada `legitimate` idea: White House hopeful Wall between US, Canada `legitimate` idea: White House hopeful
Washington: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the White House, said Sunday that building a wall between the US and Canada was a "legitimate" idea to explore. Immigration is a hot-button topic in US politics and Donald Trump, the leading Republican contender, has added fuel to the fire by promising to have Mexico pay to build a wall between the United ...
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Republican candidate Rubio rips into China`s Xi Republican candidate Rubio rips into China`s Xi
Washington: Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio on Friday accused Xi Jinping of seeking to undermine US interests, in a notably personal attack ahead of the Chinese president`s visit to Washington. Rubio -- a Florida lawmaker who sits on the Senate foreign relations committee -- singled out the Chinese leader, as he branded Beijing`s record on human rights a "disgrace." China has bee...
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Colorado movie gunman sentenced to 12 lifetimes and 3,318 years Colorado movie gunman sentenced to 12 lifetimes and 3,318 years
Colorado: Condemning movie massacre gunman James Holmes to 12 life sentences and the maximum 3,318 years in prison for his rampage in a midnight screening of a Batman film, a Colorado judge said on Wednesday that evil and mental illness are not mutually exclusive. "It is the court`s intention that the defendant never set foot in free society again ... If there was ever a case that warranted the...
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US pledges commitment to South Korea's defence US pledges commitment to South Korea's defence
Washington: The Pentagon said on Saturday that its military leader pledged "unwavering commitment" of the US to South Korea`s defence. According to a Pentagon statement, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E Dempsey, called his South Korean counterpart Adm. Choi Yoon-Hee late on Friday night and reiterated the strength of the US-South Korea alliance, Xinhua reporetd. Th...
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US military deploys troops to help in California wildfires US military deploys troops to help in California wildfires
Los Angeles: The US military is sending hundreds of troops to help tackle wildfires raging across parched California, authorities said Tuesday, while also warning of the growing risk posed by drone pilots flying over affected areas. Navy Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said 200 troops from Washington state would receive three days´ training before heading to California to help the 12...
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Four killed as small planes collide in California Four killed as small planes collide in California
California: Four people were killed Sunday when a pair of small aircraft collided in southern California near the Mexican border, US media reported. One of the aircraft was a twin-engine Sabreliner and the other a single-engine Cessna 172. They crashed near Brown Field Airport in San Diego, the Los Angeles Times reported. The crash killed four and caused small brush fires, according to th...
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FBI offers help to probe killing of Bangladesh blogger FBI offers help to probe killing of Bangladesh blogger
Dhaka: Officials of US investigating agency FBI on Sunday met Bangladeshi officials and offered their expertise in probing the murder of secular blogger Niladri Chattopadhyay Niloy. Mahbub Alam, a deputy commissioner of police, told reporters here that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials inquired if Bangladesh detectives need any help in their investigation. The FBI officials...
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