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RIO DE JANEIRO: The ghosts of Brazil’s dictatorship are stirring in the wake of President Michel Temer’s order for the army to take over policing in Rio de Janeiro. There’s no direct comparison between the Rio operation and the 1964 coup that brought two decades of military rule to Latin…

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MEXICO CITY: Negotiators from the United States, Mexico and Canada open a new round of talks Sunday on overhauling the North American Free Trade Agreement, with the Mexican hosts already warning of turbulence. Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said the renegotiation of the 24-year-old trade deal is entering a critical…

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JAKARTA: A 66-year-old woman was mauled to death by a huge crocodile on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, police said on Saturday. The Indonesian woman’s family and neighbors launched a search after she failed to return home from a riverside garden near the remote village of Teluk Kuali in Jambi…

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CARACAS: Despite unpopularity and a deepening economic crisis, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro seems such a certainty for reelection in April that only an evangelical pastor has found the faith to run against him. “I am the light in the darkness,” said little-known pastor Javier Bertucci, without a hint of irony,…

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ATHENS: Wearing masks and gloves, specialized staff gingerly place their treasured cargo inside wheeled, shock-absorbing boxes for a historic trip to the other end of Athens in the biggest book move in Greek history. From January until April, the National Library of Greece is moving root and branch, out of…

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SILVERSTONE, United Kingdom: Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said he would chop off Formula One’s new halo head-protection device with a chainsaw if he had his wish as the double world champions unveiled their new F1 car for the 2018 season. After years of research and development, the FIA settled…

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LONDON: Double world champion Fernando Alonso said he was “excited but also apprehensive” as McLaren on Friday became the final major Formula One team to unveil their car for the new campaign. The British team has endured a miserable run in recent years but after ditching beleaguered engine partner Honda…

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WINTER OLYMPICS PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: Wendy Holdener led a strong Switzerland team to alpine team skiing gold on Saturday, as Norway took bronze to set a new record of 38 medals at a Winter Olympics. Switzerland won the final 3-1 against an Austrian quartet missing double gold medallist Marcel Hirscher…

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MIAMI: Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov beat Taylor Fritz 7-5, 6-4 on Friday (Saturday in Manila), but had to wait to find out who he’ll face in the semifinals of the ATP Delray Beach Open. Shapovalov, ranked 46th in the world, is vying to become the first 18-year-old since Japan’s Kei…

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LONDON: Pep Guardiola is anxious to play down suggestions that winning his first piece of silverware for Manchester City in Sunday’s (Monday in Manila) League Cup final against Arsenal would herald a period of dominance. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach takes his side to Wembley with the Premier…