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COLLEGE STATION, United States: All five of America’s living former presidents took the stage Saturday at a benefit concert in Texas to raise money for victims of the hurricane-ravaged southern United States and Caribbean. Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter appeared…

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GENEVA: The head of the World Health Organization said Saturday that he was “rethinking” his decision to name Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe a goodwill ambassador, as global outrage over the move mounted. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the UN health agency, had this week asked Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old authoritarian leader…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Donald Trump said Saturday he will allow long blocked secret files on the assassination of John F Kennedy to be opened to the public for the first time. The November 22, 1963 assassination—an epochal event in modern US history—has spawned multiple theories challenging the official version…

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PARIS: France has charged eight men, including three minors, following an investigation into far-right activists allegedly plotting to target politicians and mosques, prosecutors announced Saturday in Paris. The men—aged between 17 and 29—are accused of being party to a “criminal terrorist conspiracy”, and of links to Logan Alexandre Nisin, a…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Donald Trump said Saturday a transition can soon begin to set conditions for lasting peace in Syria now that the end of the Islamic State “caliphate is in sight” with the fall of Raqa. The United States and its allies will support diplomatic negotiations “that end…

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President Rodrigo Duterte has offered to shoot criminals himself, while warning he may bring police back to the frontlines of his deadly war on drugs. Duterte made the comments late Friday following his announcement on October 11 to withdraw the police from his anti-drug war after they were accused of…

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MOSCOW: A century ago, on October 25, 1917, Lenin’s Marxist Bolsheviks took control of Russia’s imperial capital, launching the October Revolution that led to the creation of the Soviet Union. Although the Bolsheviks were in a political minority, they painstakingly prepared their coup, benefiting from a power vacuum in the…

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BEIJING: Marx might struggle to recognize his heirs among the billionaires, skyscrapers and stock exchanges of modern China. But as the country’s ruling Communist Party meets for its twice-a-decade congress this week, it boasts an 89 million-strong membership that still attracts people motivated by ideology — and self-interest. “When I…

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BANGKOK: Gilded chariots, horses and columns of military men in bright costumes swept through Bangkok’s old quarter on Saturday in a final dress rehearsal for late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s funeral — a meticulously-planned spectacle of devotion to a man known as the “soul of the nation.” Steered by the Buddhist…

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LOS ANGELES: What a difference a day makes for Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball who rebounded from a dreadful NBA debut to flirt with a triple double on Friday (Saturday in Manila). Ball had 29 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in his second NBA game to power the…

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