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TOKYO: Japan’s politically sensitive trade surplus with the US edged up in April, government data showed Monday, after Tokyo warned it may take retaliatory measures against US tariffs. Japan logged a surplus in April of 615.7 billion yen ($5.6 billion) with the US, up 4.7 percent after a 0.3 percent…

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HONG KONG: Asian markets rallied Monday and the dollar extended gains after the US and China said they had agreed to hold off imposing tariffs, averting a potentially damaging trade war. After high-level talks in Washington the two economic superpowers revealed a deal had been hammered out, ending months of…

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ROME: The impending arrival of an anti-establishment, far- right government in Italy heralds even more controversy over how to deal with the flow of migrants as it raises the specter of mass expulsions. With a coalition of the anti-system Five Star Movement (M5S) and the nationalist League party poised to…

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OAKLAND, US: Stephen Curry silenced his critics with a 35-point display as the Golden State Warriors thrashed the Houston Rockets 126-85 to take a 2-1 series lead in the NBA Western Conference finals on Sunday (Monday in Manila). Curry, targeted relentlessly by Houston as the Rockets leveled the series in…

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LOS ANGELES: Aaron Wise claimed his first US PGA Tour title on Sunday (Monday in Manila), firing six birdies in a six-under 66 to win the Byron Nelson by three strokes over Australian Marc Leishman. The 21-year-old, who started the day tied for the lead with Leishman, took full advantage…

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Rafael Nadal won the Rome Masters for the eighth time on Sunday (Monday in Manila) when he defeated defending champion Alexander Zverev 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 after a stunning comeback. German second seed Zverev was 3-1 up in the decider before two rain stoppages halted his momentum. Top seed Nadal raced…

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MADRID: Two Spanish giants bid farewell to their boyhood clubs on Sunday as Andres Iniesta waved goodbye to Barcelona and Fernando Torres went out with a bang at Aletico Madrid. Torres scored twice on his final appearance for Atletico, even if a Lucas Hernandez red card helped Eibar claim a…

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CARACAS: President Nicolas Maduro was unsurprisingly declared winner of Venezuela’s election on Sunday (Monday in Manila) in a poll rejected as invalid by his rivals, who immediately called for fresh elections to be held later this year. Reeling under a devastating economic crisis, only 46 percent of voters turned out…

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YANGON: “Golden Triangle” countries must address corruption and collaborate more closely to tackle record meth production and the gangs who traffick the drug across Southeast Asia and beyond, the UN said on Monday. From Bangkok to Brisbane, authorities are raking in huge hauls of methamphetamine stimulant pills—better known as “yaba”—and…

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia on Monday set up a task force to probe allegations that billions of dollars were looted from sovereign wealth fund 1MDB in an audacious fraud overseen by ousted ex-leader Najib Razak. New Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad led a reformist alliance to a shock victory at the May…

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