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Obama says Trump unfit to be president

President Barack Obama has said Republican nominee Donald Trump is unfit to be president, and questioned why his party still supports the New York billionaire's candidacy.Mr Trump has been sharply criticised for attacking the parents of a fallen US soldier who spoke out against him.

He has also been condemned for backing the Russian annexation of Crimea.Mr Obama said he had had policy differences with previous Republican presidents and candidates - but added that he had never thought they could not function as president. (BBC)

Donald Trump warns vote could be 'rigged'

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has suggested that the November election could be "rigged". He told a rally in Columbus, Ohio, that he had heard "more and more" that the contest would be unfair.

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US warplanes launch bombing campaign on Islamic State in Libya

US planes bombed Islamic State targets in Libya on Monday, responding to the UN-backed government’s request to help push the militants from their former stronghold of Sirte .Thet US officials described it as the start of a sustained campaign against the extremist group in the city.

“The first air strikes were carried out at specific locations in Sirte today causing severe losses to enemy ranks,” Prime Minster Fayez Seraj said on state TV. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the strikes did not have “an end point at this particular moment in time”.

The militants seized the Mediterranean coastal city last year, making it their most important base outside Syria and Iraq. But they are now besieged in a few square kilometres of the centre, where they hold strategic sites, including the Ouagadougou conference hall, the central hospital and the university.

Seraj said the Presidential Council of his Government of National Accord, had decided to “activate” its participation in the international coalition against Islamic State

India to evacuate jobless Indians from Saudi Arabia

A large number of Indian workers in Saudi Arabia who have lost their jobs and cannot even buy food due to severe financial hardship will be brought back home. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that not one of them will go hungry.

Duputy Minisdter of Externqal AffairsV K Singh is leaving for Saudi Arabia to oversee the evacuation process.

Mr. Sushma Swaraj said the Indian embassy in the Gulf nation was running five camps to feed the affected people.

Issues like logistics and modalities of a possible repatriation of the workers who want to return to India will be worked out during Singh's visit.

Official sources said approximately 10,000 Indian workers have been affected by the economic slowdown in the Gulf.

Sources said 3,172 Indian workers in Riyadh have not been paid their salary dues for several months but are getting regular rations.

Tokyo elects first female governor.

Former Defence Minister Yuriko Koike has been elected governor of Tokyo, the first woman to lead Japan's capital.
Koike, running as an independent candidate, received more than 2.9 million votes in yesterday's election, beating her opponents by a wide margin. One of her key challenges will be curbing the financial problems plaguing Tokyo's preparations to host the 2020 Olympic Games.

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Multiple victims in Texas shootings

 

One person is dead and four others have been hospitalised after two separate shooting incidents in the Texan city of Austin, police say. Both crime scenes are now secure, Austin police say, after earlier reporting an "active shooter incident".

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Turkish President to drop insult lawsuits.

Turkish President has said he is withdrawing all lawsuits against people charged with insulting him. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was inspired by the feelings of unity in the wake of the recent failed coup.

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Hillary Clinton to accept historic Democratic nomination.

Hillary Clinton is set to accept the Democratic presidential nomination at her party's convention in Philadelphia, the first woman to do so in US history. She will make her case for the White House as the event draws to a close.

Her high-stakes remarks follow a rousing speech by US President Barack Obama, who said there had never been a man or woman more qualified than Mrs Clinton to serve as president. Chelsea Clinton, Mrs Clinton's daughter, will introduce her.

Merkel rules out migrant policy reversal after attacks

Recent attacks in Germany involving asylum-seekers would not change its willingness to take in refugees, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said. She said the attackers "wanted to undermine our sense of community, our openness and our willingness to help people in need.

We firmly reject this". But she did propose new measures to improve security. These include information sharing, deciphering web chatter and tackling arms sales on the internet.

Hillary Clinton was formally anointed Democratic presidential candidate

Hillary Clinton was formally anointed Democratic presidential candidate on Tuesday, becoming the first woman to run for the White House on behalf of a major U.S. political party.

The 68-year-old former secretary of state, who enjoys near universal name recognition after almost four-decade public life, exceeded the 2,382-delegate threshold needed to clinch the nomination amid huge applause in the hall.

The tally included the overwhelming support by unpledged delegates or superdelegates for her. Superdelegates are party leaders who are free to vote at the party's convention.

However, her historic victory was overshadowed by the fallout of damaging leakage of internal emails revealing backroom bias against Clinton's rival Bernie Sanders during bitter primaries. The revelation sparked protests by thousands of Sanders supporters as the four-day convention kicked off here on Monday.

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