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BRASILIA: President Dilma Rousseff sought support from lawmakers on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) for sweeping reforms in response to a wave of massive protests by Brazilians demanding better public services and cleaner government. Rousseff, a leftist and Brazil’s first woman president, proposed a plebiscite on reforms aimed at placating the…

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BEIJING: China completed its longest manned space mission on Wednesday as its Shenzhou-10 spacecraft and three crew members safely returned to Earth, in a major step towards Beijing’s goal of building a permanent space station by 2020. The return capsule touched down at 8:07 a.m. live state TV footage showed,…

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BRUSSELS: The European Commission on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) praised a new broad plan to fight climate change unveiled by United States President Barack Obama, including restrictions to curb carbon emissions and incentives to foster clean energy sources. “I very much welcome President Obama’s renewed push to tackle global climate…

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KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian court on Wednesday found the country’s police chief liable for the 2009 death in custody of a young ethnic Indian. The family of the deceased, Ananthan Kugan, sued Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar, who was a state-level police chief at the time of the…

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ULAN BATOR: Resource-rich Mongolia headed to the polls on Wednesday for a presidential election. Incumbent Tsakhia Elbegdorj is considered the frontrunner with his main challengers being champion wrestler Badmaanyambuu Bat-Erdene and Natsag Udval, from the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party, Mongolia’s first female presidential candidate.

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HANOI: An American man could face the death penalty in Vietnam after allegedly attempting to smuggle more than one kilogram of heroin from the communist country to Australia, state media said on Wednesday. The 40-year-old, a US citizen of Vietnamese origin, was trying to leave the southern business hub of…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The US Army will scrap 12 combat brigades as part of a budget-cutting plan to slash the size of the force after a decade of war, chief of staff General Ray Odierno said on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). Calling the move the biggest reorganization of the Army since…

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BOGOTA: Colombian authorities have detained four suspects in the killing of US Drug Enforcement Administration agent James Watson, who was stabbed to death during a robbery last week, officials said on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). The four suspects, who are part of a criminal gang, face an extradition request from…

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WELLINGTON: New Zealand Post said it was slashing 120 jobs on Wednesday as its traditional mail services continue to decline by eight percent a year in the face of alternatives such as email and text messaging. The state-owned postal service said the jobs will go as part of a plan…

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TOKYO: Japan Tobacco is suing the Thai government over plans to introduce bigger and more prominent anti-smoking warnings on cigarette packets, the company said on Wednesday, as rival Philip Morris vows similar action. The Tokyo-based firm, one of the world’s biggest cigarette companies, with brands including Winston and Benson &…