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BAGHDAD: Iraq’s top court on Monday declared the Kurdish north’s independence referendum in September to be unconstitutional, firing a new salvo in the political crisis with the autonomous region. The legal move marked the latest stage in the dispute between Baghdad and Kurdish regional capital Arbil sparked by the referendum,…

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BEIJING: China said on Monday that Myanmar and Bangladesh have backed its plan to resolve a crisis that has caused more than 600,000 Rohingya refugees to flee from Myanmar into Bangladesh. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi presented a “three-phase solution” during visits to Bangladesh last week and Myanmar this weekend.…

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LOS ANGELES: Charles Manson, the psychopathic guru who masterminded a savage killing spree in the United States that shocked the world, has died aged 83, California prison officials said late Sunday. Manson “died of natural causes at 8:13 p.m. (0213 GMT Monday) on Sunday” at a hospital in Kern County,…

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Chancellor Angela Merkel was left battling for political survival on Monday after high-stakes talks to form a new government collapsed — plunging Germany into a crisis that could see it hold fresh elections. Europe’s biggest economy now faces weeks, if not months of paralysis with a lame-duck government that is…

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip celebrate 70 years of marriage on Monday, becoming Britain’s first reigning couple to mark a platinum wedding anniversary. The decades-spanning marriage of the Queen – the nation’s longest serving sovereign— has outlasted those of all prior British monarchs. The royal couple will not hold…

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De La Salle University rallied from a 15-point deficit in the second half and turned back Adamson University, 82-75, to return to the finals of Season 80 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum. In a game marred by physical plays and questionable calls,…

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said he would issue a proclamation labeling communist rebels as terrorists as he reiterated that he no longer wanted to talk with the National Democratic Front and the Communist Party of the Philippines following a string of attacks by the New People’s Army on state…

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The government will provide assistance to displaced partner drivers of motorcycle-hailing app Angkas as well as to habal-habal drivers. Aileen Lizada, spokesman of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LFTRB), said the agency will gather Angkas and habal-habal drivers for a dialogue at 3 p.m. on December 12 at…

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MIAMI: Could playing video games help keep the brain agile as we age? A new study suggests older adults who practice specific computer training exercises that test how fast they respond to visual stimuli could face a 29 percent lower chance of developing dementia, results deemed encouraging by experts even…