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UN official says US suffers from ‘great poverty and inequality’

A United Nations official says many people in the United States face “barriers to political participation” and suffer from “great poverty and inequality,” despite the US government’s emphasis on democracy and the country’s great wealth. Philip Alston, who is the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, is ...

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Ex-VW executive gets 7 years in US jail over ‘Dieselgate’

A federal court in the United States has sentenced former Volkswagen (VW) executive Oliver Schmidt to jail and fine for his role in the German automaker’s emissions cheating scandal or “Dieselgate”. The scandal started in September 2015 when the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a violation notice to the German automaker for ...

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Mattis, Tillerson warned Trump over Israel embassy move

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis are both said to oppose US President Donald Trump’s approach towards Jerusalem al-Quds. Multiple news outlets reported Wednesday that the two warned Trump over his statement about recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as the Israeli capital and relocation of the ...

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2,000 US troops in Syria, Pentagon finally admits

The US military has finally acknowledged that there are around 2,000 US troops in Syria, confirming reports that it previously disputed about the real troop levels in the Arab country. Pentagon spokesman Army Colonel Rob Manning announced the new number on Wednesday, claiming that it was declining. Washington was going ...

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Wildfire burns homes, winery in LA’s posh Bel-Air neighborhood

A wind-whipped wildfire raged on Wednesday into a wealthy Southern California neighborhood, destroying at least six homes, threatening hundreds more and scorching a building at a winery owned by billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch. The so-called Skirball Fire, which erupted early on Wednesday as the latest in a rash of ...

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