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TOKYO: A Japanese railway operator has issued a deep apology for the “tremendous nuisance” caused by a train departing 20 seconds early, surprising even a nation renowned for both punctuality and politeness. The Tsukuba Express train linking Tokyo and the capital’s northern suburbs pulled out of Minami Nagareyama Station at…

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TOKYO: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is “confident” of progress in amending Japan’s pacifist constitution, he said on Friday, in his first policy speech since his landslide election victory. Abe’s conservative coalition held a two-thirds “super majority” in the 465-seat lower house last month, giving him the numbers to realize a…

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ROME: Former “boss of bosses” Toto Riina, one of the most feared Godfathers in the history of the Sicilian Mafia, died early Friday after battling cancer, Italian media reported. Riina, who had been serving 26 life sentences and is thought to have ordered more than 150 murders, had been in…

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A score of mostly wealthy nations banded together at UN climate talks Thursday to swear off coal-fired power, a key driver of global warming and air pollution. To cap global warming at “well under” two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) — the planet-saving target in the 196-nation Paris Agreement –…

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The administration of US President Donald Trump faced a barrage of criticism on Thursday from animal rights groups after it authorized the import of Zimbabwean elephant hunting trophies. The move reverses a prohibition imposed under Barack Obama and is the latest rollback of Obama-era controls on a number of fronts.…

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, the world’s oldest head of state, refused to resign during a crunch meeting Thursday with military generals who have seized control of the country. The talks in Harare came after tumultuous days in which soldiers blockaded key roads, took over state TV and put the veteran…

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DUMAGUETE: Don Marc Bondad and Crisha Mae Merto wound up their perfect campaign in contrasting fashion on Wednesday, each picking up their sixth straight gold medal at the end of the Batang Pinoy Games Visayas archery tournament at the Negros Oriental State University range here. Carrying the banner of his…

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Cocolife flirted with disaster before running away with a 25-23, 25-15, 26-24 victory over dangerous Iriga City on Thursday in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix at the Filoil Flying V Center. Imports Taylor Milton and Tai Manu-Olevao delivered crucial hits as the Asset Managers weathered a torrid…

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PHNOM PENH: Cambodia’s Supreme Court dissolved the country’s main opposition party and banned more than 100 of its politicians from office for five years on Thursday, in a case blasted by rights groups as politically motivated. The court “decides to dissolve the CNRP and ban 118 leaders… from politics for…

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REIGNING girls champion National University and University of Santo Tomas hope to seal another title duel as they faced lower ranked foes in the UAAP Season 80 high school volleyball Final Four today at the Filoil Flying V Centre. The Bullpups take on fourth-ranked Far Eastern-University at 11 a.m., while…

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