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US Senator McCain dead at 81 after battling brain cancer

WASHINGTON: Republican US Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam who ran unsuccessfully for president as a self-styled maverick Republican in 2008 and became a prominent critic of President Donald Trump, died on Saturday, his office said. He was 81. McCain, a US senator from Arizona for over three decades, had been battling glioblastoma — an aggressive brain cancer, discovered by his doctors in July 2017 — and had not been at the US Capitol in 2018. He also had surgery for an intestinal infection in April…

Trump approves release of secret memo in fight over Russia probe

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday approved the release of a classified Republican memo that alleges bias against him at the FBI and Justice Department, in an extraordinary showdown with his own senior law enforcement officials over the probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump told reporters he had sent the memo to Congress and it was now declassified, adding that the contents of the controversial document tell a disgraceful story and that “a lot of people should be ashamed.”…

Trump accuses FBI, Justice Dept of politicizing Republican memo

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump attacked the integrity of the FBI and Justice Department on Friday in an extraordinary showdown over the expected White House release of a secret Republican memo alleging FBI bias against him in its Russia probe. Trump, who has long been angered over the probe, accused the country’s top law enforcement officers - some of whom he appointed himself - of politicizing investigations in favour of Democrats and against his fellow Republicans. Trump has repeatedly complained about his…

Congressman shot at US lawmakers baseball practice

WASHINGTON: At least five people people including a top Republican congressman were wounded in a Washington suburb early on Wednesday morning when a shooting erupted as they practiced for an annual baseball game between lawmakers. Senior congressman Steve Scalise was shot in the hip, according to fellow Republican lawmaker Mo Brooks who told CNN at least two law enforcement officers and one congressional staffer were also shot in the incident in Alexandria, Virginia. "Five people were transported medically from the…

Obama-era veteran picked to lead Democratic Party

WASHINGTON: Opposition Democrats on Saturday chose Tom Perez as their new leader, tapping an establishment figure to lead the fight against President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress. Perez, a labor secretary under former president Barack Obama and the party’s first Hispanic-American leader, immediately named the contest’s runner-up, leftist lawmaker Keith Ellison, as the party’s deputy chairman. “Someday, they’re going to study this era in American history… and ask the question, of all of us, where were you in…

Pakistani Muslim leader recites Surah Fatiha at Trump’s inaugural prayer service

WASHINGTON: Founder of ‘American Muslims for Trump’ and a prominent Pakistani supporter for US President-elect Donald Trump, Sajid Tarar recited complete Surah Fatiha at Trump's Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service on Saturday. Pakistani-origin American Tarar took the stage and recited the Surah in Arabic which was calmly listened by the attendees including Trump and his wife Melania. Presidential inaugural prayer service was held at Washington National Cathedral a day after Trump took oath as the 45th president of…

Trump declining intelligence briefings: report

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump has received just two classified intelligence briefings since winning the presidency earlier this month, far less than his immediate predecessors, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. The Republican's limited engagement with his team of intelligence analysts has some officials questioning the real estate mogul's commitment to national security or international affairs, arenas in which he has no significant experience. The Trump transition team has brushed off those concerns, saying the…

New Yorkers build walls of sticky notes in defiance of Trump

NEW YORK: This is not the kind of wall Donald Trump was talking about.In the liberal stronghold of New York City, residents distraught over the incoming Republican administration were finding solace a week after the US presidential election by placing handwritten, anonymous notes on the walls of a busy subway station. On Tuesday, many notes offered support to immigrants or mocked Trump's promise to build a wall along the United States-Mexico border and have Mexico pay for it. "A better wall," read one sticky note. "This…

US House Republicans keep Paul Ryan as Speaker

WASHINGTON: Republican members of the US House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously chose Paul Ryan to keep his job as Speaker, following the party's victory at the polls last week, the House GOP conference announced. "It is a tremendous honor to be nominated by my colleagues to serve as Speaker of the House. Now it's time to go big," Ryan, a 46-year-old lawmaker from Wisconsin, tweeted after the closed-doors vote at the Capitol. Democrats and Republicans will formally vote to elect the chamber's speaker after…

Does Donald Trump’s victory spell the end of the West?

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump's election has thrown key US alliances into doubt, but could it yet destroy the liberal world order and the West as we know it? If you thought President Barack Obama's White House sit-down with Donald Trump was awkward, wait for Obama's menu of meetings with foreign leaders next week. During a three-nation foreign trip, Obama will meet the leaders of Britain, China, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Peru among others. Most of them will have similar questions: "How on Earth did this happen?…