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TAORMINA, Italy: President Donald Trump said Saturday that he would make a decision next week on whether the United States would abide by the 2015 Paris agreement on cutting global carbon emissions. The dramatic announcement came as a summit of G7 leaders in Sicily wrapped up in deadlock on the…

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CAIRO: The Islamic State group on Saturday claimed responsibility for shooting dead 29 Christians on a bus in central Egypt, an attack that prompted retaliatory air strikes on jihadists in neighbouring Libya. The shooting in the province of Minya on Friday, as the Coptic Christians were travelling on a bus…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The US military will try to intercept an intercontinental ballistic missile in a landmark test of a defense system that comes amid broad tensions over North Korea’s weapons program, the Pentagon said Friday. Scheduled for Tuesday, the test is the first time the military will attempt to intercept…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Pentagon on Friday (Saturday in Manila) said it was concerned by an “unsafe and unprofessional” encounter between two Chinese fighters and a US surveillance plane over the South China Sea. The Chinese J-10 warplanes intercepted a US Navy P-3 that was operating in international airspace Wednesday, Pentagon…

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MARAWI CITY: Philippine security forces dropped more bombs on Saturday on a southern city where they have been battling Islamist militants for five days, vowing no let up despite the start of Ramadan. President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law across the southern third of the Philippines in response to the…

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SINGAPORE: Apple opened its first Southeast Asia store in Singapore on Saturday, drawing hundreds of excited fans to the swanky two-storey site in the city’s upmarket shopping district. Located on the affluent Orchard Road, the new shop—easily distinguished by its iconic glass facade—is expected to be one of the most…

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MANCHESTER, United Kingdom: Britain has arrested a “large part” of the network behind Manchester’s suicide bomb attack, police said Friday, while the government came under fire for cutting police budgets as election campaigning resumed. Nine suspects are currently in detention on UK soil in connection with the blast, for which…

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TAORMINA, Italy: G7 leaders on Friday found common cause on combatting terrorism after the bloodshed in Manchester but failed to bridge a gulf between Donald Trump and US partners on trade and climate change. On the opening day of a two-day summit, the leaders endorsed a British call urging internet…

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WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, made a pre-inauguration proposal to the Russian ambassador to set up a secret, bug-proof communications line with the Kremlin, The Washington Post reported Friday evening. Kushner, a close adviser to Trump, went so far as to suggest using Russian diplomatic facilities in the…

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ROME: A highly contagious disease is spreading among farmed and wild tilapia, one of the world’s most important fish for human consumption, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Friday. The Rome-based UN agency said the outbreak should be treated with concern, and countries importing tilapias should take…

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