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US intel report says Putin directed cyber campaign to help Trump

WASHINGTON: Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an effort to help Republican Donald Trump's electoral chances by discrediting Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign, US intelligence agencies said in an assessment on Friday. Russia's objectives were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate former Secretary of State Clinton, make it harder for her to win and harm her presidency if she did, an unclassified report released by the top US intelligence agency said. "We assess…

Asked about Trump, Pope says his concern is for politicians’ impact on the poor

VATICAN: Pope Francis declined to give a personal judgment on US President-elect Donald Trump in an interview on Friday, saying he was interested only in the impact of politicians' choices on the poor. Asked what he thought of the real estate mogul who won Tuesday's US presidential election, the Argentine pontiff was quoted in Italian newspaper La Repubblica as saying: "I do not make judgments on people and political men; I only want to understand what suffering their behaviour causes to the poor and the excluded."…

It’s Trump. So, which Hollywood stars leaving US now?

NEW YORK: In a bizarre win, Donald Trump will be representing the United States for the next four years after he stunned Hillary Clinton, Americans, world and celebs in Tuesday US presidential polls with tears, fear and laughter. Bags were already packed in Hollywood in case Trump clinches the presidency.  Many stars just joked but some 13, including Miley Cyrus and Amy Schumer, were pretty confident that they would either move to Canada or head for the Southern border if the former reality TV host became their president.…

Enough of US elections, Khan wants Pakistan to get down to business

ISLAMABAD: Just when Republican Donald Trump was sending shockwaves to the world with a stunning triumph in the United States presidential elections and people were finding it tough to accept the inevitable, Imran Khan was signalling Pakistan to wake up and smell the coffee. It’s Trump. A wealthy real-estate developer and former reality TV host defeated heavily favoured Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's presidential election, ending eight years of Democratic rule and sending the US on a new, uncertain path. Worried a Trump…

US Elections: NASA astronaut casts lone vote from space

MIAMI: In a US presidential election that's already been out of this world, the lone American astronaut in outer space has cast his vote, NASA said on Monday. Shane Kimbrough became the latest astronaut to join in a long tradition of voting while floating above the Earth, inside the orbiting International Space Station. Kimbrough rode a Russian Soyuz rocket to the ISS on October 19 to start a four-month mission at the research outpost, along with two Russian cosmonauts. US astronauts have been able to vote from…

Animal Politics: Familiar with Republican elephant and Democratic donkey?

WASHINGTON: Do not be surprise if you see an elephant and a donkey as symbols for the Republicans and the Democrats in political cartoons because the two animals represent them in the United States. The question is, why? A Republican elephant was first used like this by an Illinois publication during Abraham Lincoln's 1860 election campaign – most probably as a symbol of strength, however it is still debated. Later, it was made popular after a man called Thomas Nast - who was also a Republican - drew it in a…

Asian shares edge up as investors cautiously optimistic on Clinton win

SINGAPORE: Most Asian stock markets rose on Tuesday ahead of the US presidential election, with investors optimistic but cautious over improving prospects for a win by Democrat Hillary Clinton. The Mexican peso, which strengthens as the perceived chances of an election victory by Republican Donald Trump fall, retained its strong gains from Monday. The dollar, which also advanced on Monday, edged slightly lower. Boosting Clinton's chances of winning, and markets globally, was a statement by the US Federal Bureau of…

FBI clears Clinton in email review but Trump cries foul

WASHINGTON: The FBI said on Sunday it stood by its earlier finding that no criminal charges were warranted against Democrat Hillary Clinton for using a private email server for government work, lifting a cloud over her presidential campaign two days before the US election. FBI Director James Comey made the announcement in a letter to Congress, saying the agency had worked "around the clock" to complete its review of newly discovered emails and found no reason to change its July finding. "During that process, we…

For Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump is a ‘sore loser’

CHARLOTTE: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump a "sore loser" on Sunday because of his refusal at their debate last week to commit to accepting the results of the November 8 election. Clinton, a former secretary of state, said Trump's comments were more consistent with what dictators in non-democratic countries might say about their opponents. "To say you won’t respect the results of the election, that is a direct threat to our democracy," Clinton told a rally at the University of North…

Melania Trump calls taped comments by Donald Trump ‘boy talk’

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES: Melania Trump rose to her husband's defence on Monday, describing lewd comments the Republican presidential nominee made on a leaked 2005 video in which he bragged about groping women as ‘boy talk.’ Trump, who has kept a low profile during her husband's presidential bid, gave her first television interviews since the Oct. 7 release of the tape that has shaken Donald Trump's campaign. He trails Democrat Hillary Clinton in opinion polls ahead of the Nov. 8 election. Melania Trump told CNN her…