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BERLIN: Germany’s top court ruled Thursday that same-sex partners have a right to the same generous tax benefits as married couples, in another landmark step for gay rights in Europe. The Federal Constitutional Court in the southwestern city of Karlsruhe said denying gays and lesbians in civil partnerships tax breaks…

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The Philippines will be playing in Group A along with Jordan, Chinese Taipei and Saudi Arabia in the preliminary round of the 27th International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Asia Men’s Championship. Included in Group B are Japan, Qatar, Lebanon and Hong Kong while Group C, considered as “Group of Death”, is…

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The unit owner of Unit 501 of Two Serendra building which exploded last Friday will be arriving today to shed further light on circumstances leading to the explosion, it was learned on Thursday. Lawyer Raymond Fortun, legal counsel of the California-based Marianne Cayton Castillo, confirmed that his client will arrive…

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TAIPEI, June 06, 2013 (AFP) – Two Taiwanese were charged Thursday with attempted murder for planting explosive devices on a high-speed train and at a politician’s office in April, prosecutors said. The suspects, identified only by their family names Hu and Chu, were also charged with attempted arson and endangering…

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NAYPYIDAW: Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday declared her intention to run for the presidency as she sets her sights on elections due to be held in 2015. Addressing world leaders and heads of business at a major forum in the capital Naypyidaw, the Nobel Peace laureate…

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SHIMLA: Indian police arrested three men Thursday over the gang-rape of a US tourist who was attacked after she hitched a lift in a truck, an officer told AFP. “Three men have been arrested in connection with the rape,” Vinod Dhawan, police chief of Kullu district, in the northern state…

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SINGAPORE: Oil prices rose in Asian trade Thursday, boosted by stronger US demand but caution over a slowing Chinese economy limited gains, analysts said. New York’s main contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) light sweet crude for delivery in July, added 30 cents to $94.04 a barrel in the afternoon and…

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BEIJING: Chinese state media Thursday welcomed Beijing’s probe into wines from the European Union, warning of further action as the trade dispute intensified. Fears of an EU-China trade war mounted after the Ministry of Commerce on Wednesday said it would investigate the alleged dumping of European wines “in a strict…