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LONDON – A British zoo said on Wednesday it has suspended one of its animal keepers for allegedly punching a seal. The animal, an American fur seal, has been examined by a vet and appears well, but an investigation is under way. The incident occurred at Bristol Zoo in…

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LONDON – British police said on Wednesday they had arrested a 32-year-old man in connection with threats made on Twitter against a woman lawmaker and a feminist campaigner. Stella Creasy, from the opposition Labour party, has received threats culminating in a tweet of a picture showing a masked man…

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SEOUL – South and North Korea agreed Wednesday to new talks on their shuttered joint industrial park in Kaesong, after Pyongyang offered what Seoul called “forward-looking” proposals for reopening the complex. The agreement came just hours after Seoul had announced it would start paying compensation to South Korean firms…

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BANGKOK – An airplane that became wedged in mud after skidding off the runway during take-off in southern Thailand has forced the closure of the airport, authorities said Wednesday. The Boeing 737, operated by low cost Thai carrier Nok Air, veered onto soft ground on the edge of the…

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Carly Rae Jepsen, the artist behind the massive hit single “Call Me Maybe,”admits even she gets tired of the song sometimes. “When that happens, I just try to remember that it’s such a gift. That song changed my life. I will always love that song.” The Canadian pop star is…

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BEIJING – China said Wednesday it has fined six mostly foreign baby formula producers including New Zealand’s scandal-hit Fonterra a total of $108 million for price-fixing, as it seeks to cool public anger over the sector. The penalties — also levied against firms from the US, France, the Netherlands,…

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Defending champion Team Manila-Philippines absorbed its first loss in the 2013 Big League Softball World Series Championship in Sussex, Delaware. Team Manila-Philippines fell short against East America-Pennsylvania, 5-10, in the 16-18 age category this time held at the Comisky Field. The Filipina batters were actually leading,5-2, at the bottom…

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Traffic was snarled on the northbound lane of EDSA in Makati City after a  bus caught fire Wednesday morning. A Cher Transit bus with license plate TYF 984 went up in flames near the Buendia loading bay at 11:14 a.m., the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) reported. While firefighters were putting out…

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WASHINGTON DC – US President Barack Obama has confronted Russia over its granting of asylum to fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, saying Moscow occasionally displays a “Cold War mentality.” During an appearance on a late-night comedy show Tuesday, Obama said Moscow was still being helpful in Afghanistan and on…