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WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Tuesday slashed the sentence of transgender army private Chelsea Manning, who had been sentenced to 35 years behind bars for handing classified US documents to WikiLeaks. Obama pardoned 64 people and commuted the sentences of 209 others — including 29-year-old Manning, who will now…

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LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled her Brexit blueprint on Tuesday, announcing for the first time that Britain will leave Europe’s single market in order to control EU immigration. In a highly-anticipated speech, May warned the EU against imposing harsh terms on Britain’s divorce from the bloc after more than…

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BANJUL: Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency Tuesday just two days before he was due to step down, as British and Dutch travel agencies scrambled to evacuate thousands of tourists. Jammeh, who has ruled The Gambia with an iron fist for 22 years, initially acknowledged opponent Adama Barrow…

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KANO: At least 52 aid workers and civilians were killed on Tuesday when an air force jet accidentally bombed a camp in northeast Nigeria instead of Boko Haram militants, medical charity MSF said. The incident happened at about 9:00 am (0800 GMT) in Rann, in the far north of Borno…

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WASHINGTON:  Republican Linda Cools journeyed from Chicago to Washington to be a part of history: the upcoming inauguration of her favorite candidate Donald Trump to be the United States’ 45th president. “I’m very excited. It’ll be wonderful to see a new transition, a peaceful transition that does not happen globally,”…

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DAVOS, Switzerland: Donald Trump wants a “great relationship” with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a member of his transition team said Tuesday, after the US president-elect sparked anger with criticism of her and NATO. Anthony Scaramucci, a hedge-fund investor who is representing the Trump team at the World Economic Forum in…

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PARIS: The British government is “improvising” its handling of Brexit, France’s finance minister said Tuesday, as Prime Minister Theresa May prepared to give a major speech on the issue. Michel Sapin said it was clear that Britain had been caught by surprise by the vote to leave the European Union.…

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LIMAY, Bataan: A cargo boat crew died while five were rescued, leaving five others missing from the ill-fated vessel that burned and sank off the sea between Corregidor Island in Cavite and Mariveles in Bataan, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported on Tuesday night. Lieutenant Carlos Victor Carlos, CG–Bataan station…

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DAVOS, Switzerland: China’s President Xi Jinping warned Tuesday against scapegoating globalization for the world’s ills or retreating behind protectionist walls, days before Donald Trump takes office. In what amounted to a rewriting of the global economic order, led for decades by the United States, Xi used his debut speech at…

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On early Wednesday evening, news broke on social media that movie producer Donna Villa, better known as the spouse of comics novelist and director Carlo J. Caparas, had died. Although the family is yet to issue official statement on Villa’s demise, posts and comments from entertainment reporters said that the…

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