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Former presidents take stage at hurricane benefit concert

ATLANTA: All five of America's living former presidents took the stage Saturday at a benefit concert in Texas to raise money for victims of the hurricane-ravaged southern United States and Caribbean. Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter appeared together onstage at Texas A&M , praising Americans for their willingness to help fellow citizens and urging them to do more. The effort by the three Democrats and two Republicans has raised over $31 million from…

‘Bigotry seems emboldened:’ Bush slams Trump-era politics

NEW YORK: Former president George W. Bush issued a sharp if veiled denunciation of Trumpism on Thursday, warning that bigotry, white supremacy and falsehoods are coarsening the national tone and threatening American democracy. "Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication," Bush said in a speech in New York. He did not mention President Donald Trump by name, but Bush offered unmistakable criticism of the current administration and the controversial…

Ex-president Bush struggles with rain poncho at Trump inauguration

Donald Trump officially became the 45th President of the United States on January 20 in a fancy inauguration ceremony. The guests who were lucky enough to score a seat on the main stage for got a bit of an unwelcome surprise when it began to shower during his remarks. The rain sent the expensively-attired members of the political elite rushing for their umbrella and ponchos hoping to remain dry. Select guests, including Michelle Obama and Melania Trump, were given clear plastic umbrellas at their seat in case of…

US rejects ICC ‘war crimes’ probe

WASHINGTON: The United States insisted Tuesday its soldiers and spies in Afghanistan are not subject to prosecution by the International Criminal Court and any war crimes probe into their actions would be "unwarranted." On Monday, ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she is considering whether to launch a full investigation into allegations that US troops and CIA operators tortured Afghan prisoners between 2003 and 2004. But Washington has not ratified the Hague-based court's founding Rome Statute, and State…

Some folks were tortured after 9/11, says Obama

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama said on Friday the CIA "tortured some folks" after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and that the White House had handed over to Congress a report about an investigation into "enhanced interrogation techniques."