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Congress passes tougher North Korea sanctions, sends bill to Obama

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WASHINGTON The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation on Friday broadening sanctions to punish North Korea for its nuclear program, human rights record and cyber crimes, and sent the measure to President Barack Obama to sign into law.

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Obama will not block North Korea sanctions bill: White House 7:41pm GMT

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE The White House said on Friday it will not oppose legislation approved by Congress to expand sanctions against North Korea after it recently conducted a rocket launch and a nuclear test.

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Young blacks more open to Bernie Sanders' White House bid 8:19pm GMT

ORANGEBURG, S.C. If Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders has a chance of drawing African-American voters away from rival Hillary Clinton in South Carolina's presidential nominating contest on Feb. 27, his best opportunity will be among the young.

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Clinton, Sanders clash over Obama as they vie for minority votes 2:34pm GMT

MILWAUKEE Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clashed sharply in a debate on Thursday over their support for President Barack Obama, with Sanders accusing Clinton of "a low blow" after she compared him to Republicans. | Video

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Trump, Bush and Cruz to be elbow-to-elbow at CBS debate 5:31pm GMT

WASHINGTON Nearly all the U.S. Republican presidential candidates will take the stage at CBS News' televised debate on Saturday, with Donald Trump flanked by rivals Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush, the network said.

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Biden, Poroshenko discuss reforms needed in Ukraine: White House 6:12pm GMT

WASHINGTON U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke by phone for the second consecutive day on Friday to discuss the need for Kiev to quickly pass reforms needed for a $17.5 billion International Monetary Fund bailout.

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Michigan governor, EPA to testify at House panel on Flint 6:38pm GMT

WASHINGTON Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will testify on the Flint drinking water crisis at a House of Representatives oversight panel next month, aides for the committee said on Friday.

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Obama to sign customs, trade enforcement bill into law: White House 1:14am GMT

WASHINGTON U.S. President Barack Obama will sign into law a bill that will strengthen trade enforcement rules and provide new tools to address currency manipulation, the White House said on Thursday.

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House seen passing North Korea sanctions bill Friday 10:59am GMT

WASHINGTON The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Friday on legislation broadening sanctions against North Korea that is expected to pass with overwhelming support, sending the measure to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign into law.

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From a river town in Slovenia to Trump Tower, and the White House? 4:57pm GMT

SEVNICA, Slovenia If Melania Trump succeeds Michelle Obama as First Lady, she may trace her road to the White House back to 1987 and a chance encounter in the capital of her native Slovenia.