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VALLETTA: The shocking assassination of an influential anti-corruption blogger has brought to a head the public frustration at Malta’s stagnating institutions, bubbling away for years beneath the Mediterranean holiday island image. Academics, lawyers, friends of Daphne Caruana Galizia and mourners alike tell a common tale of failing confidence in the…

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HONG KONG: The seemingly unending run of records on Wall Street continued to help Asian markets on Thursday, with Tokyo also buoyed by a weaker yen but Shanghai slipped after data showed China’s economic growth moderating. Another positive day of earnings provided a base for the Dow and S&P 500…

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BEIJING: China’s economy slowed marginally in the third quarter but is well on course to beat the government’s annual target, cementing President Xi Jinping’s standing as he prepares to be handed a second term in power at a Communist Party conclave. The world’s number two economy expanded 6.8 percent in…

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TOKYO: Tokyo’s benchmark index rose Thursday to post its longest string of gains in nearly 30 years, as corporate earnings get into full swing and voters in the world’s number-three economy head to the polls this weekend. The Nikkei 225 gained 0.40 percent, or 85.47 points, to close at 21,448.52,…

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PARIS: The computer that stunned humanity by beating the best mortal players at a strategy board game requiring “intuition” has become even smarter, its makers said Wednesday. Even more startling, the updated version of AlphaGo is entirely self-taught — a major step towards the rise of machines that achieve superhuman…

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TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears poised to secure a fresh term at the helm of the world’s third-biggest economy Sunday, as he seeks a mandate for his nationalist agenda and hard-line stance on North Korea. Pyongyang has vowed to “sink” Japan into the sea and fired missiles over…

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RAQQA, Syria: Two days after retaking Raqqa from Islamic State group jihadists and dealing their dreams of statehood a fatal blow, US-backed forces combed the ruins of the Syrian city for survivors and bombs. A lightning final assault by the Syrian Democratic Forces on Tuesday saw jihadist defenses collapse faster…

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BEIJING: China said on Thursday the United States should “abandon its biased views” towards the country, as it hit back at cutting remarks made by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Ahead of his visit to India next week, President Donald Trump’s top diplomat stated the US preference to work…

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BAGHDAD: Iraqi government forces said Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) they had retaken almost all the areas disputed between Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdistan region following a sweeping advance into oil-rich Kirkuk province in response to an independence vote. The retreat of Kurdish forces, almost without a fight, triggered recriminations amongst…

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MIAMI: Researchers have uncovered widespread evidence of a link between traditional Chinese herbal remedies and liver cancer across Asia, a study said on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). The findings suggest stronger measures are needed to prevent people from consuming chemicals called aristolochic acids (AA), which are derived from the woody…

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