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WASHINGTON: The White House denied Thursday spying on US citizens or people living in the United States, after revelations of a vast Internet surveillance program. The Washington Post and Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported that the National Security Agency (NSA) had tapped directly into the servers of Internet giants — including…

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LONDON: Prince Philip, the 91-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, will on Friday undergo “exploratory” surgery at a London hospital, where he is expected to remain for two weeks, Buckingham Palace said. The duke was admitted to the London Clinic on Thursday for an exploratory operation following abdominal investigations, according…

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UNITED NATIONS: The UN force in the Golan Heights was thrown into disarray Thursday after Austria withdrew its troops and two peacekeepers were injured as Syrian government and rebel fighters battled for a border crossing. Peacekeepers from the Philippines and India were wounded by mortar shrapnel as the Syrians fought…

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SAN FRANCISCO: Apple, Facebook and other Internet titans denied Thursday opening doors for US intelligence agencies to mine data from their servers. The reaction came after The Washington Post reported that a secret program called PRISM gave the National Security Agency (NSA) and the FBI back doors into servers at…

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TOKYO: Tokyo stocks opened 1.53 percent lower on Friday after the greenback fell sharply ahead of the release of US employment data for May. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index was down 197.61 points to 12,706.41 at the start. The dollar stood at 97.32 yen in Tokyo early trade, compared with…

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SEOUL: North Korea on Friday made a counter-offer for proposed talks with South Korea, suggesting working-level talks inside North Korea, rather than a ministerial-level meet in Seoul. “It is our view that working contact between the authorities of the North and the South is necessary prior to ministerial-level talks proposed…

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LOS ANGELES: Michael Jackson’s jailed doctor Conrad Murray has sent a consoling message to the late pop icon’s daughter Paris after she tried to commit suicide, saying he loved her like a “precious father.” “You are not alone,” the medic — convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 over Jackson’s death…

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A Philippine UN peacekeeper in the Golan Heights was wounded by shrapnel Thursday amid fighting between Syrian government and rebel forces, the Filipino military said. “Currently, he is being treated by medics inside a shelter and is in stable and good condition,” a military statement said. Shrapnel hit the soldier…

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TUNIS: A roadside bomb targeting a Tunisian army vehicle killed two soldiers and wounded two others on Thursday in Mount Chaambi, near the border with Algeria, the military said. “At around 7:45 am (0645 GMT), two soldiers were killed and two others wounded when a device exploded as their vehicle…