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CHICAGO POLICE: 50 Shot, 12 Fatally, on Christmas Weekend

WASHINGTON: At least 50 people were shot, a dozen of them fatally, over Christmas weekend in Chicago, where more than 700 people have been murdered this year, according to police. Alalam America Since Friday evening, at least 12 people have been killed in the city, police told media on Monday, …

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CIA chief admits US role in Syrian bloodshed

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) The head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has admitted responsibility in the bloodshed in Syria while wishing that the US could have prevented the defeat of militants in Aleppo by Syrian forces. “I think we always like to say that we wish that we would have …

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2 Killed, 5 Injured in 2 New York City Shootings on Christmas

At least two people have been killed and five injured as a result of two shootings in New York City on Christmas Day. In a mass shooting that took place on Sunday morning, a gunman opened fire on people inside the Mansion nightclub in Mount Vernon, killing two and injuring …

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US mercenaries stumbling block to peace in Syria: Commentator

MOSCOW: (Web Desk) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Russian President Vladimir Putin have held their third telephone conversation over the past month. They exchanged views about the latest developments in Syria, particularly since the full liberation of the strategic city of Aleppo from the grip of militants. The two presidents …

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Trump after Berlin, Turkey attacks: ‘I’ve been proven to be right’

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) US President-elect Donald Trump said on Wednesday that attacks this week in Berlin and Ankara proved he was correct to propose curbing Muslim immigration to the United States. “What’s going on is terrible, terrible,” Trump told reporters, when asked about the truck attack that killed 12 people …

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US denies involvement in assassination of Russian envoy

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry has denied American involvement in the assassination of Russia’s envoy to Turkey, voicing concern about Ankara’s rhetoric against Washington. On Tuesday, Turkey blamed US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen for Monday’s assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey and tried to place blame on …

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´Unpresidented´ Trump tweet on China sets off deluge of mockery

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) US President-elect Donald Trump got plenty of attention — but not the kind he was looking for — after a tweet Saturday calling out China for its seizure of an unmanned US naval probe. “China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters — rips it …

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‘Is a Tweet policy?’ State Department officials ponder

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) When is a tweet just a tweet? A debate is percolating in the US State Department, where diplomats measure their words with demitasse spoons, on how to handle Donald Trump’s Twitter commentary if he continues to tweet after he becomes US president on Jan 20. By tradition, anything the …

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Obama refuses to sign or veto Iran sanctions bill

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama declined on Thursday to sign a renewal of sanctions against Iran, but allowed it to become law without his signature. The bill extends the sanctions against Iran for 10 years. President Obama had the option to sign it into a law or veto it but …

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