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Top Iraqi scholar rejects Trump's plan for 'US base' in Iraq

US president said this week American forces should stay at a military base in Iraq so Washington can ‘watch Iran’. Iraq’s most senior Shia religious scholar on Wednesday joined a chorus of criticism aimed at President Donald Trump who said US troops should stay in the country to keep an eye on neighbouring Iran. Grand […]

Strong jobs growth, stocks rebound give Trump prime SOTU platform

Trump expected to use strong US labour market and rebound in stocks to pitch for bipartisan support on signature issues. Good news on the economic front is always welcome. For US President Donald Trump, it arrived just in the nick of time. A week ago and a half ago, some hardline conservatives were lambasting the […]

Trump declares a national emergency to build border wall

Trump signs a national emergency order for the border, setting up an expected legal battle with Democrats. US President Donald Trump declared a national emergency at the United Sates-Mexico border on Friday, a move expected to plunge him into a fight with Democrats over what they call an unconstitutional attempt to fund a wall without approval from […]

Budget debate: Coronavirus concerns present long-term opportunities, say MPs

SINGAPORE – While the coronavirus outbreak has battered businesses, it has also created opportunities to better prepare Singapore for future challenges, MPs said on Thursday (Feb 27). Speaking on Day 2 of the debate on the Budget statement, they said these include getting more firms to adopt e-commerce, diversifying supply sources and making flexible work arrangements […]

Tories pocketed £37 million in run up to election in record year for donations

The Tories pocketed £37 million from backers in the run up to the election, in a record year and quarter for donations. Political parties accepted a combined total of £113,119,000 in 2019 – the largest value ever reported in one year and almost £40 million more than 2017, the year with the previous largest value […]

Ad spending nears $900 million, Biden lands key endorsement as Democrats campaign in South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden won the endorsement of an influential black congressman from South Carolina on Wednesday, which could prove pivotal as he competes with national front-runner Bernie Sanders for the support of the state’s African-American voters in Saturday’s primary. Recent opinion polls show Biden, once the leading candidate in […]