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Manafort jury urged to reach consensus
ALEXANDRIA: Jurors in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Tuesday asked the judge in his bank and tax fraud trial how to fill out a verdict form for a single count if it cannot come to a consensus on that count. “If we cannot come to a consensus on a single count, how should we fill out the verdict form for that count?” jurors asked the judge, who read the question aloud in court. The judge said if they
 
 
EPA seeks to roll out Clean Power Plan
WASHINGTON: The Trump administration on Tuesday proposed replacing the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of former President Barack Obama’s regulatory efforts to combat climate change, in a move critics said would have dire environmental and health consequences. The proposal released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would grant states the ability to write their own weaker regulations for the plants and give them the
   
Freed Mexico teachers’ union boss attacks education reforms
MEXICO: The former leader of Mexico’s influential teachers union made a combative comeback to public life on Monday after being let off corruption charges, by attacking the outgoing government in a speech and claiming its education reform had failed. Long accused by critics of corruption, Elba Esther Gordillo was a powerful force in Mexican politics before her arrest in 2013, a day after President Enrique Pena Nieto signed into
 
 
Trump wants to meet Putin early next year, after Russia probe
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump will postpone a second meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin until next year after the federal probe into Russian election meddling is over, national security adviser John Bolton said on Wednesday. “The president believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin should take place after the Russia witch hunt is over, so we’ve agreed that it will be after the first of the ye
   
Colombia rescues 49 women from ‘sexual slavery’
BOGOTA: Almost 50 women trafficked through underground tunnels to work as nightclub “sex slaves” were rescued from the tourism hotspot Cartagena, Colombian prosecutors said on Monday. The victims -- 26 Colombians and 23 Venezuelans -- were allegedly forced into working as prostitutes in nightclub basements connected by a series of tunnels. They were tricked with false promises of work before being held captive in “precarious
 
 
Brazil says won’t close border with Venezuela
SAO PAULO: Brazil won’t close its border with Venezuela despite tensions that led to attacks on migrants who had fled to the border town of Pacaraima in the northern state of Roraima, an official said on Monday. Institutional Security Minister General Sergio Etchegoyen told a news conference that closing the border would be illegal and wouldn’t help ease the situation in the border town. “The closing of the border is unthinkable
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