As Republican "establishment" rival Sen Marco Rubio fades away, U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has been seen as the most plausible anti- Trump candidate. This has shown in a new Reuters/Ipsos national poll, where he pulled into a statistical dead heat with front-runner Donald Trump,  with the Texas senator appeared poised to pick up a key victory in Wisconsin's primary. Cruz received 35.2 percent of support to Trump's 39.5 percent, the poll of 568 Republicans taken April 1-5 found. The numbers put the two within the poll's 4.8 percentage-point credibility interval, a measure of accuracy. Cruz and Trump were also briefly in a dead heat on March 28. The U.S. senator from Texas was running ahead of Trump in Wisconsin according to opinion polls as voters in the state went to the polls on Tuesday. Cruz hopes a win in Wisconsin would show he can unite disparate factions of the party and ...

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Photo Credit: Reuters Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump rolled to victory on Saturday in South Carolina in a contest that saw former Florida Governor Jeb Bush drop out, while Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton beat back a strong challenge from Bernie Sanders in Nevada. The victories by Trump, who is running as an anti-establishment outsider, and Clinton, a preeminent political insider, solidified their positions as the front-runners to win their parties' respective nominations ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election. By winning both South Carolina and New Hampshire and holding leads in 13 states that hold Republican contests on March 1, Trump was arguably on track to win the nomination, an outcome that seemed astounding to contemplate when he entered the race last summer. "It's going to be very difficult for him to be derailed at this point," said Hogan Gidley, who was a senior adviser to former Republican candidate Mike Huckabee. The 69-year-old real ...

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Photo Credit: US News As the Iowa caucuses begins its drawdown, most Politicians are clamouring for a piece of media action - but not Donald Trump. What made Thursday Night's debate one of the most unusual debate nights in history was that it was a showdown without a front-runner. Donald Trump skipped the debate, claiming Fox News and moderator Megyn Kelly were biased against him. That left seven rivals on stage, just four days before the Iowa caucuses: Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Rand Paul. Trump held his own event at the same time at Drake University, setting up a split-screen kind of evening. Below are some of the key highlights that happened during the debates. Mockery of Donald Trump continues Ted Cruz, who is very much expected to win the Iowa Primary, opened the debate with a sarcastic impression of Donald Trump's frequent insults of his opponents. "I'm a ...

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Seven Republican presidential candidates will participate in Fox Business Network's prime-time debate on Thursday, but Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and former business executive Carly Fiorina did not qualify for the main event, the network said on Monday. The seven candidates chosen for the main debate by Fox Business, based on the network's polling criteria, were billionaire businessman Donald Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Ohio Governor John Kasich. Debate host Fox Business Network announced the debate lineup Monday evening, dealing a blow to both candidates three weeks before Iowa's leadoff presidential caucuses. Just seven candidates — the smallest Republican group so far — will be featured in Thursday's 9 p.m. ET main event, based on criteria established by the network that relied on recent polls. Fiorina, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania ...

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Photo credit:Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images Obama will first present a long-awaited plan to Congress about how to close the facility, and seek its approval, McDonough said in an interview. If Congress fails to act, the White House will determine what steps to take, he said. McDonough's reply, according to TIME, came after he was pressed about how Obama was going to accomplish that goal, especially given some Congressional lawmakers’ aversion to letting the detainees go. "He feels an obligation to the next president. He will fix this so that they don't have to be confronted with the same set of challenges," McDonough said. Obama pledged during the 2008 presidential election campaign that he would close the military prison, which housed foreign terrorism suspects after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. That pledge, still unfilled, has been a feature of his annual State of the Union addresses to the nation ever since. Obama ...

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Credit: AP Faced with legal and political obstacles that have consistently slowed his plans, US President Barack Obama nevertheless vowed to stop the gun violence that has been turning small areas into pits of doom. Acknowledging the pain and heartache that many families and friends of victims, Obama is pushing for concrete steps to prevent further violence. The statement, which also called for new gun-buying, restrictions heralded the highest monthly gun sales in about twenty years. Narrower definitions of gun dealers and more stringent background checks for buyers would be required before a gun can be purchased. However the move faces much opposition both practically and theoretically. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch told reporters that she was unable to say with confidence that had the proposed stricter restrictions been in place, the recent series of mass shootings, including last month’s attack in San Bernardino, would not have taken place. Practically, most of the executive ...

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Neighbouring countries reacted with firm reiterations that a North Korea with nuclear capabilities is unacceptable. Before it was even independently confirmed that a nuclear test had in fact been conducted, China’s Xinhua News reported that the Chinese Foreign Ministry “firmly opposes” this most recent nuclear test, while South Korea’s President said that North Korea will pay “the corresponding price” for its nuclear test. Korean Central Television, the only available network in North Korea, claimed that the nuclear test had been personally ordered by its leader, Kim Jong-un, in December. Worries over tensions around the Korean peninsula grow as the North relentlessly pursues its nuclear dream. Just last month, Kim claimed that the nation had achieved hydrogen bomb capabilities and had conducted tests as an act of “self-defense”. While expert sources remain doubtful about the veracity of this claim, countries remain watchful and mindful of tensions. Japan’s Prime Minister reiterated that the North presents a ...

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Photo credit: Reuters/Dominick Reuter Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Monday called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, after the mass shooting in San Bernardino last week by two radicalized Muslims. Trump, who is the frontrunner for the Republican Presidential nomination for the 2016 Elections has been making anti immigration statements ever since he announced his candidacy this summer, starting with calling Mexicans criminals and rapists. Now, the billionaire real estate mogul has made his most dramatic statement yet after the shooting in San Bernardino where two Muslims killed 14 people. The FBI has deemed the assailants as radicalized, so Trump took his chance and started his campaign for prevention of Muslim immigration. According to Reuters, he stated “We have no choice,” while being at a campaign stop in South Carolina and added that if the United States does not take the necessary measures there would be another 9/11 attacks. ...

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Photo credit: Getty images U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro met at the 70th United Nations General Assembly and had a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the improvement on bilateral relations. The Cold War foes have eased the animosity in the previous months with restoring diplomatic relations on the 20th of July with the mediation by Pope Francis that helped the two countries achieve détente last year and reopen embassies in Havana and Washington. The announcement took everyone by surprise, and conservative Republicans in particular were very opposed to the decision. It was expected since Obama first shook hands with Castro in December of 2013 at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. Ever since his first term in office Obama has been pushing for closing the Guantanamo detention facility located on Cuban territory. However, the trade embargo imposed on Cuba has not yet been lifted and is under opposition in the Republican led Congress. According to Reuters, Castro in his speech ...

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Photo credit: Slate Leading Democrats and Democratic fundraisers on Friday signed a letter urging U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to join the Democratic Presidential candidates in the 2016 Elections race. More than 50 Democratic donors and activists are asking Biden to challenge Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic Presidential nomination, because in their opinion the Obama administration has been a “spectacular success” due to the low unemployment rate, health care and non-interventionist foreign policy with Iraq and Afghanistan. According to Reuters, the letter shows a growing support for Biden with Democrats stating that if he decides to run he would have a substantial support by the establishment. The letter states “To finish the job, America needs a leader who is respected both home and abroad, and who understands the real challenges facing American families. In our opinion, the next president must be Joe Biden. If he announces he’s running, we are all in. It’s a campaign we know he ...

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