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TOKYO: Asian rivals China and Japan on Monday pledged a “new starting point” for bilateral ties, vowing to co-operate closely amid a flurry of diplomacy on the North Korean missile threat. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Japanese counterpart at a meeting in Tokyo: “With both of us standing…

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TOKYO, Japan: Japan’s premier was facing fresh pressure on Monday as new polls showed a second cronyism scandal has sent his approval ratings nose-diving, and thousands of protesters rallied for his resignation. Shinzo Abe looked to have weathered the storm over a first scandal on the cut-price sale of government…

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LANGKAWI, Malaysia: Malaysia’s veteran ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad will run at an upcoming general election on the holiday island of Langkawi, the opposition announced on Sunday night, as he seeks to oust the scandal-plagued government. Mahathir has come out of retirement and joined the opposition alliance to take on his former…

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AL-AWJAH, Iraq: In his native village of Al-Awjah, the mausoleum of Iraq’s executed dictator Saddam Hussein has been reduced to broken concrete and tangled barbed wire, showing no trace of his remains. The man who ruled Iraq with an iron fist for a quarter of a century was hanged at…

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DAMASCUS, Syria: The global chemical arms watchdog held emergency talks on Monday in The Hague on an alleged Syrian regime attack on Douma, where a team of its experts was beginning its field work. Ambassadors convened at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW) headquarters two days after…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Fired former FBI chief James Comey lashed out at Donald Trump in an interview with ABC broadcast on Sunday (Monday in Manila), calling him “morally unfit” to be president and describing him as a serial liar who will “stain everyone around him.” Comey’s remarks are the latest salvo…

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PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron said oSunday that Paris had convinced Donald Trump to stay engaged in Syria “for the long-term”—but just hours later the White House responded by saying it wanted US forces there “to come home as quickly as possible.” A day after France joined the United States…

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BERLIN, Germany: A 13-year-old boy and an amateur archaeologist have unearthed a “significant” treasure trove in Germany which may have belonged to the legendary Danish king Harald Bluetooth who brought Christianity to Denmark. Rene Schoen and his student Luca Malaschnitschenko were looking for treasure using metal detectors in January on…

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