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Trump renews clash with US sports world
SOMERSET: President Donald Trump renewed his spat with the sports world on Sunday, again calling for National Football League (NFL) owners to fire players who protest during the US national anthem. In an early morning tweet, Trump suggested fans could boycott NFL games in order to pressure teams to discipline players who protest the anthem. “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country,
 
 
6.2 quake kills 5 in Mexico
MEXICO CITY: A magnitude 6.2 aftershock that shook Mexico on Saturday was blamed for five deaths, spreading fear among anxious residents reeling from a string of natural disasters and interrupting the search for survivors from a bigger tremor earlier this week. The Popocatepetl volcano south of Mexico City sent a column of ash into the sky, capping an intense period of seismic activity including two powerful tremors this month
   
Truce to extend until Jan.9, say Colombia rebels
QUITO: Colombia’s leftist National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels said Saturday that their temporary ceasefire would stretch from Oct.1 to Jan.9, and not three days later as the government indicated. When the ceasefire was announced in September, President Juan Manuel Santos, also gave the later date. After that, Santos said, it would be extended in line with progress in peace negotiations. But terms reached in Quito as the
 
 
Poltergeist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre director passes away
LOS ANGELES: Movie director Tobe Hooper, best known for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist horror films, died in California on Saturday, US media reported. He was 74. The cause of the director’s death in the town of Sherman Oaks was not announced, the Hollywood industry magazine Variety reported. Hooper, a native of Austin, Texas, was a college professor and documentary producer before branching out in 1974 to direct
   
General’s comment raises eyebrows in Brazil
BRASILIA: A general’s comment that the military could be forced to intervene in Brazil’s corruption crisis has rattled a country that only exited a two-decades long dictatorship in 1985. The top Brazilian army commander, Eduardo Villas Boas, repeated earlier assurances on Friday that the military “is committed to the consolidation of democracy.” But the lack of any public disciplinary action against his subordinate, General
 
 
Weiner faces sentencing in ‘sexting’ saga
NEW YORK: It seemed as if Anthony Weiner had hit rock bottom when he resigned from Congress in 2011. “Bye-bye, pervert!” one heckler shouted as the Democrat quit amid revelations that he had sent graphic pictures of himself to women on social media. Time has shown his self-destructive drama had only just begun. Weiner, 53, is set to be sentenced on Monday for sending obscene material to a 15-year-old girl in a case that may
   
Obamacare repeal plan suffers new setbacks
WASHINGTON: A proposal by US Republicans to repeal and replace the Obamacare health insurance programme suffered new setbacks on Sunday, when two pivotal senators from the party dug in with criticisms of the bill that President Donald Trump is pushing for quick passage. Senator Susan Collins, who just two days ago said she was “leaning against” the legislation, on Sunday declared in an interview on CNN’s State of the Union. “It
 
 
EPA recovers 517 containers of hazardous material
WASHINGTON: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it has recovered 517 containers of “unidentified, potentially hazardous material” from highly contaminated toxic waste sites in Texas that flooded last month during hurricane Harvey. The agency has not provided details about which Superfund sites the material came from, why the contaminants at issue have not been identified and whether there’s a threat to human health.
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