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May 25, 2018 1:08 AM Trump pardons boxer Jack Johnson, first black heavyweight champ

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Thursday issued a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion, who was sent to prison a century ago in a racially charged case. Trump said Johnson, the "Galveston Giant", was the victim of what "many viewed as a racially motivated injustice". Johnson, who held the heavyweight 19

May 23, 2018 3:11 PM Teen wins battle in US 'toilet wars'

WASHINGTON: A US federal court ruled Wednesday in favour of a transgender teenager who fought for years to use the men's bathrooms at his high school in Virginia. In February, President Donald Trump's administration overturned rules set by his predecessor Barack Obama requiring public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms 19

April 17, 2018 1:06 AM Ex-governor who tried to sell Obama’s senate seat loses appeal bid

In this file photo taken on December 7, 2011 former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich waves to supporters outside his home after returning from his sentencing hearing in Chicago, Illinois. — AFP picILLINOIS, April 17 — The US Supreme Court yesterday rejected an appeal by the former Democratic governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, who gained notoriety 13

March 29, 2018 1:41 AM US judge rules 9/11 suits against Saudi can proceed

Protesters and family members of 9/11 victims protest in front of the White House regarding President Barack Obama’s threatened veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) in Washington, US, September 20, 2016. — Reuters picWASHINGTON, March 29 — A US federal judge yesterday rejected Saudi Arabia’s bid to drop lawsuits alleging it helped 11

March 28, 2018 11:39 PM Obama security aide Susan Rice joins Netflix

Newly appointed National Security Advisor Susan Rice embraces US President Barack Obama after he made the announcement during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC, June 5, 2013. — Reuters picLOS ANGELES, March 29 — Netflix said today it had tapped former US national security advisor and United Nations ambassador Susan Rice to join its board 15

March 27, 2018 12:26 AM McCain to release 'no-holds-barred' verdict on Trump

WASHINGTON: Veteran US Senator John McCain is to deliver a "no-holds-barred" verdict on his fellow Republican Donald Trump's presidency in a new book of memoirs, his publishers announced Monday. Despite being in the same party as the president, McCain has been one of Trump's most forceful critics over the last two years, both in the run-up to the 2016 election 8

March 22, 2018 7:00 AM Obama shares parenting tips with New Zealand PM Ardern

Former US President Barack Obama visits Government House and meets with Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern at Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand March 22, 2018. — Reuters picAUCKLAND, March 22 — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern received parenting tips from Barack Obama when she met the former US president in Auckland today. Ardern 10

March 21, 2018 3:28 AM New Zealand court rejects Megaupload founder’s call for Obama appearance

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom talks to members of the media outside the New Zealand Court of Appeals in Wellington September 20, 2012. ― Reuters picWELLINGTON, March 21 — A New Zealand court rejected today internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom’s application for former US President Barack Obama to appear in court in relation to a damages claim over his defunct 12

March 16, 2018 11:49 PM Xi set for second term with enhanced power

Xi Jinping’s reappointment by the Communist Party-controlled legislature is a foregone conclusion, but all eyes will be on whether his former anti-corruption enforcer, Wang Qishan, will become his deputy, as expected by analysts. — Reuters picBEIJING, March 17 — China’s President Xi Jinping will get a second five-year term today, with his right-hand 10

March 13, 2018 7:24 AM US Defence Secretary Mattis arrives in Kabul on unannounced visit

KABUL: Elements of the Taliban are open to talks with the Afghan government, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday as he arrived in Kabul on an unannounced visit. Mattis's remarks came as he flew into the war-torn city, weeks after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani unveiled a plan to open peace talks with the Taliban. The insurgents have so far given 21