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US President signs spending bill, averting government shutdown

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Friday signed a $1.3 trillion compromise federal spending bill despite being "unhappy" with many of its provisions -- thereby averting what would have been the third government shutdown of 2018.  Trump said he signed the measure that had passed the Senate just hours earlier "as a matter of national security," because it dramatically expands military funding and provides for "the largest pay increase" for US troops in over a decade. "There are a lot of things I'm unhappy…