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SHANGHAI: A senior Chinese envoy has met an aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang, the two sides said Saturday, stressing longstanding ties despite deep divisions over the North’s nuclear activities. Song Tao is visiting on behalf of President Xi Jinping, ostensibly to brief the North’s officials on…

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PHNOM PENH: Two Cambodian journalists were charged on Saturday with spying for allegedly filing news reports to Washington-based Radio Free Asia amid a sweeping government crackdown on dissent. The reporters were detained on Tuesday night, days before Cambodia’s main opposition party was dissolved over accusations it conspired with the US…

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HARARE: Zimbabwe was set for more political turmoil Saturday with protests planned as veterans of the independence war, activists and ruling party leaders called publicly for President Robert Mugabe to be forced from office. The marches will cap an unprecedented week in which generals seized power and put Mugabe under…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: From the White House to Congress to the Supreme Court, Washington has had its share of sexual scandals. But the #MeToo wave exposing sexual misconduct which began in Hollywood slammed into the US capital this week, triggering a dizzying slew of allegations, apologies and resignations. Democratic Senator Al…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: President Donald Trump said on Friday (Saturday in Manila) he will uphold a ban on importing trophies of elephants hunted and killed in Zimbabwe, pending further review, reversing his own administration’s decision from just a day earlier after a public outcry. “Put big game trophy decision on hold…

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LONDON: He accepted living in her shadow. She forgave his periodic gaffes. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip will celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary on November 20, marking 70 years since they married in the splendor of Westminster Abbey. Despite three of their four children (Charles, Anne and Andrew) having…

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PARIS: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in France on Saturday from Saudi Arabia, where his shock resignation announcement two weeks ago sparked accusations that he was being held there against his will. Hariri is in Paris at the invitation of France’s President Emmanuel Macron, who is attempting to help…

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UNITED NATIONS, United States: Russia cast a second veto in as many days at the United Nations Security Council on Friday (Saturday in Manila) to block the renewal of a probe to identify the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria. A draft resolution put forward by Japan would have…

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BRUSSELS: The fight to host major EU regulatory agencies leaving London after Brexit reaches its climax Monday when ministers vote to choose new host cities in a perplexing process compared to the Eurovision song contest. The 27 EU affairs ministers meeting in Brussels will decide on how to resolve one…

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