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WASHINGTON: With conflicts raging across the Middle East, the US is seeking to reassure its Gulf allies that it has a regional strategy which will be bolstered, not shredded, by any Iran nuclear deal. The US administration appears increasingly caught in a game of whack-a-mole as it confronts a series…

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BANGKOK: Thailand’s top cop says his task is to revive trust in a graft-tainted force, but observers believe his real brief is to be a hatchet man for a junta trying to tame the police—and their patron, billionaire ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra. For decades the fortunes of the Thai police and…

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MULTAN, Pakistan: A Pakistani man and his father have been arrested in the country’s latest so-called “honor killing” after they set the son’s wife alight for leaving the house without asking his permission, police said Sunday. Muhammad Siddique became enraged on learning that his wife, Shabana Bibi, 25, had visited…

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SIEM REAP, Cambodia: Balancing on her hands, a young contortionist throws her legs over her head and slowly draws back a bow with her toes, before loosing off an arrow into a balloon covered by a black shroud. The balloon bursts and the audience erupts into applause in recognition of…

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SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has scaled the country’s highest mountain, state-run media said Sunday, arriving at the summit to tell troops that the hike provides mental energy more powerful than nuclear weapons. A photo of the leader of the isolated state showed a smiling and wind-swept Kim standing…

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SABETTA, Russia: Spread across the frozen whiteness of the Russian Arctic, the ambitious $27 billion Yamal gas megaproject aims to defy both the extreme temperatures and the Ukraine crisis impacting its funding. Some 2,500 kilometers (1,600 miles) northeast of Moscow, the Yamal site — a joint venture by Russia’s Novatek,…

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NIAMEY: More than 2.5 million people in Niger are suffering from food insecurity because of a shortfall in the cereal harvest due to bad weather and crop pests, the agriculture minister said Saturday. “A survey conducted since December 2014 indicated that 15.7 percent of the population, or 2,588,128 people, are…

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MOSCOW: The marginalized Russian opposition parties of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov and arch Putin foe Alexei Navalny have announced they will form an alliance for legislative polls in 2016. Nemtsov’s RPR-Parnas and Navalny’s Party of Progress said Friday they are joining forces to put forward joint candidates at local…

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GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: An explosive device was detonated outside the UN agency for Palestinian refugees in Gaza City overnight, without causing any injuries, UN and Palestinian security sources said late Saturday. “A bomb exploded near the outer wall of UNRWA’s headquarters in Gaza, some 10 meters from the gate,…

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ADEN: At least 27 people were killed in Yemen’s Taez in clashes between loyalists and rebels and Saudi-led coalition air raids in a day that claimed 52 lives, medics said Saturday. Residents said the city in southwest Yemen was rocked by explosions and gunfire overnight as the coalition-backed forces of…