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George H.W. Bush to vote for Democrat Clinton? A Kennedy says so

Washington, United States | AFP |  Former president George H.W. Bush plans to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, the niece of president John F. Kennedy wrote in a Facebook posting. “The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!!” read the caption of a picture Kathleen Kennedy Townsend posted on …

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Obama hits at populist strongmen in last UN address

United Nations, United States | AFP | Barack Obama used his farewell UN address Tuesday to castigate strongmen and populists, taking aim at Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump’s rise at home. Obama told the UN General Assembly that democracy was a better path toward prosperity than the “crude populism” …

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France’s Hollande on Syria tells UN: ‘Enough is enough’

United Nations, United States | AFP |  French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday appealed for an end to the carnage in Syria, telling the United Nations: “Enough is enough”. “The Syrian tragedy will be seen by history as a disgrace for the international community if we do not end it …

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Trump, Clinton compete to meet top leaders in New York

New York, United States | AFP | Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton met Egypt’s president in New York on Monday as the two US presidential candidates tried to bolster their diplomatic credentials at the United Nations. Democratic standard-bearer Clinton said last week that she would meet Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, along …

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Two top China steelmakers announce merger to combat glut

Shanghai, China | AFP | Two of China’s top steelmakers announced plans Tuesday to merge,creating the world’s second-largest manufacturer of the commodity as markets struggle with a glut caused by Chinese overcapacity. The world’s second largest economy is trying to overhaul its lumbering state sector and especially its steel industry, …

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New York, New Jersey bomb suspect in custody

New York, United States | AFP |  The Afghan-born American wanted in connection with weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey was taken into custody on Monday following a shootout with police, US television networks reported. Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, was taken into custody by police in Linden, New …

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Putin’s party scores crushing win in Russia parliament vote

Moscow, Russia | AFP | Russia’s ruling United Russia party has cruised to an easy victory in parliamentary polls that could pave the way for President Vladimir Putin to glide to a fourth term in 2018 elections, partial results showed. Sunday’s ballot for the 450-seat State Duma was smooth sailing …

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