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Las Vegas, October 20: Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton beat Republican rival Donald Trump 52 per cent to 39 per cent in Wednesday night’s final presidential debate, according to a CNN/ORC poll of debate watchers.

There was a plus or minus 4 percentage point margin of error.

The sample of debate watchers were 36 per cent Democratic and 29 per cent Republican, making them slightly more Democratic than an average poll of all Americans.

Trump did outperform expectations, however. Nearly 6 in 10 viewers said he did better than expected, whereas 44 per cent said the same of Clinton, the poll showed.

The debate took place in University of Nevada and was moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News.

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Both the presidential candidates went head-to-head in the final presidential debate on Wednesday sparring over various issues including gun control, immigration and Russia.

Without a hand shake or a smile, the two candidates took the stage at here at University of Nevada’s Thomas and Mack Centre, CNN reported.

Moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News started the 90-minute debate with the topic Supreme Court and the first was “Where do you want to see the court take the country and secondly what’s your view on how the Constitution should be interpreted?”

The first reply came from Clinton where she said: “When we talk about the Supreme Court, it really raises the central issue in this election, namely what kind of country are we going to be?”

“I feel strongly that the Supreme Court needs to stand on the side of the American people, not on the side of the powerful corporations and wealthy… We need a Supreme Court that stands up on behalf of women’s rights, on behalf of the rights of the LGBT community,” the former Secretary of State added.

She also talked about abortion, gay marriage and money in politics.

Trump, in response said, “The Supreme Court is what it’s all about”.

“The justices that I am going to appoint will interpret the constitution the way the founders wanted it and I believe that’s very, very important.”

The real-estate magnate raised the Second Amendment (protects the rights of people to keep and bear arms), hitting Clinton for being anti-gun.

Clinton insisted that she did not want to take away everyone’s guns, but said she wass in favour of sensible gun control.

“I support the second amendment…But I also believe that there can be and must be reasonable regulation,” she added.

Regarding immigration, Trump reiterated his stance to build the wall along the Mexican border.

“We all want the wall…We have to have strong borders. We have to keep drugs out of the country.”

“She wants to have open borders,” he accused Clinton.

“We have some bad ‘hombres’ here, and we’re going to get them out,” he adds, dropping a little Spanish.

Clinton condemned Trump’s “deportation force”, which she described as impractical and “an idea that is not in keeping with who we are as a nation”.

The former First Lady said Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted Trump be elected because he wants a “puppet” as US president.

‘You’re the puppet!’ Trump snapped back.

He said Putin had “outsmarted” and “outplayed” Clinton at every turn.

Clinton also said that she was “encouraged” by the special forces helping Iraqi troops but will not support putting troops on the ground, adding that it’s not in US interests.

“We need to keep our eye on IS (Islamic State),” said Clinton, also calling for an “intelligence surge” to prevent homegrown terrorism.

The candidates are debating on six topics: national debt and health and social benefits, immigration, economy, the Supreme Court, foreign flashpoints and their fitness to be president.

This debate comes 20 days before the November 8 election.

Read More: The stage for final presidential debate. 

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US unemployment rate falls to 50-year low

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The U.S. unemployment rate fell in September to a new five-decade low of 3.5%, while employers added a modest 136,000 jobs.

The Labor Department says that despite the ultra-low unemployment rate, which was down from 3.7% in August, average hourly wages slipped by a penny. Hourly pay rose just 2.9% from a year earlier, lower than 3.4% at the beginning of the year.

Hiring has slowed this year as the U.S.-China trade war has intensified, global growth has slowed, and businesses have cut back on their investment spending. Still, hiring has averaged 157,000 in the past three months, enough to lower the unemployment rate over time.

The unemployment rate for Latinos fell to 3.9%, the lowest on records dating from 1973.

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Trump embarrassed by TV channel

As Trump was speaking to the media after meeting Zelensky to clarify his position, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace cut into it, saying: “We hate to do this but the President isn’t telling the truth.”

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New York, Sep 26 : US President Donald Trump was subjected to an embarrassment when the MSNBC news channel cut away from his press conference while he was speaking on the controversy surrounding him over the Ukrainian probe against former Vice President Joe Biden.

Trump on Wednesday was addressing the press conference against the backdrop of impeachment proceedings announced against him by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi following allegations that he put pressure on the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to order a probe against Biden whose family has business interests there.

The allegation against Trump came to light because of a whistleblower and a transcript of the conversation between him and Zelensky in July, which has become public.

As Trump was speaking to the media after meeting Zelensky to clarify his position, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace cut into it, saying: “We hate to do this but the President isn’t telling the truth.”

She added that Trump was trying to do it to deflect the attention from his impeachment.

According to the transcript of the telephonic conversation that has gone public, Trump is heard asking Zelensky to “do us a favour”, after the latter expresses gratitude for the military aid the US provided to his country.

Trump’s words of “do us a favour” is seen as a quid pro quo for the American military aid, because of which the impeachment proceedings have been announced.

After Wallace cut the press conference, her guest on the programme, justice and security analyst Matthew Miller, rebuked Trump for saying that Biden and his son had done wrong.

“This story has been looked at and thoroughly debunked by everyone involved,” Miller said, adding the real issue was whether Trump’s conduct is “impeachable”.

Trump is facing problem at a time when he is in New York to attend the UN General Assembly.

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Kim Jong-un receives ‘excellent’ letter from Trump

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Pyongyang, June 23 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has received a personal letter with “excellent” and “interesting” content from US President Donald Trump, Pyongyang’s state media said on Sunday.

“After reading the letter, the Supreme Leader of the Party, the state and the armed forces said with satisfaction that the letter is of excellent content,” the Korean Central News Agency said, referring to its leader.

“Appreciating the political judging faculty and extraordinary courage of President Trump, Kim Jong-un said that he would seriously contemplate the interesting content,” it added.

The KCNA did not disclose when and how the letter was delivered to Kim, reports Yonhap News Agency.

The letter appears to be in response to the one Kim sent to Trump recently in time for the anniversary of their first-ever summit in Singapore last June.

Trump had described Kim’s letter as “beautiful” and “very warm”. He also emphasized that the relationship between them remains strong and that “something will happen that’s going to be very positive”.

The exchange of correspondence between the leaders renewed hopes for a resumption of denuclearization talks which have stalled since the breakdown of their second summit in February.

The summit collapsed as Pyongyang wanted sanctions relief as a corresponding measure in exchange for dismantling its Yongbyon nuclear complex, while Washington insisted that sanctions should remain in place until the North completely gives up its nuclear weapons programme.

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