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Hillary Clinton:Democrats in disarray one eve of convention to nominate presidential aspirant

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On one side a growing rebellion by Bernie Sanders  and on the other side several union leaders and former Defence officialshave joined the list of speakers at the Democratic National Convention (DNC), which begins on Monday to nominate Hillary Clinton as their official presidential candidate for the White House.

Richard Trumka, elected president of the National Union Trade Centre will speak at the opening day of the convention being held in Philadelphia, as well as Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), according to a statement by the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) issued on Sunday.

On Tuesday, one of the main speakers of the evening will be the leader of the Democratic minority in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, the statement added.

On Wednesday, among others, the speech by former Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta is expected and on Thursday, the last day of the convention, retired General John Allen, former Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter Islamic State and former commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, will deliver a speech.

The convention will open with the US First Lady Michelle Obama and Senator Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s main rival in the Democratic primaries.

Tuesday will be the turn of former President Bill Clinton, while the current president, Barack Obama, and Vice President, Joseph Biden, will speak on Wednesday and on Thursday, the final night, the candidate will formally accept the nomination with a speech and will be introduced by her daughter, Chelsea Clinton.

In addition to other prominent leaders of the Democratic Party, including some Hispanics, immigrant activist Astrid Silva and the mothers of several African Americans killed by police officers will also attend the convention.

Several celebrities like actresses America Ferrera and Eva Longoria, singer Demi Lovato, lawyer Star Jones and former NBA players Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jason Collins, will also go to Philadelphia to attend the convention.

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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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