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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The annual cost of cybercrime has hit $600 billion worldwide, fueled by growing sophistication of hackers and proliferation of criminal marketplaces and cryptocurrencies, researchers said Wednesday. A report by the security firm McAfee with the Center for Strategic and International Studies found theft of intellectual property represents about…

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JAKARTA: Eleven people are missing and 14 have been injured following a landslide Thursday that cascaded down the terraced slopes of a rice field on the Indonesian island of Java, officials said. The missing people, farmers tending their crops in Brebes distarict, Central Java, were buried under an avalanche of…

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PODGORICA, Montenegro: A suicide attacker blew himself up after throwing an explosive device into the US embassy compound in Podgorica, the Montenegrin government said on Thursday. In a tweet, the government said that an unknown person threw a possible hand grenade into the compound and then committed suicide with another…

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia called on Thursday on Damascus to “stop the violence” in its deadly assault on the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta. The Saudi foreign ministry said on Twitter that Saudi is “concerned over the continuation of Syrian regime attacks on Eastern Ghouta and the impact on civilians there.”…

PRESIDENT KEEPS HANDS OFF IN BREWING FEUD

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“YOU messed with the wrong girl,” Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte told Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez after the lawmaker called her the “opposition” for forming her own local political party. President Rodrigo Duterte’s outspoken daughter vented her ire on Alvarez in a series of Instagram posts on Thursday noon. “Ano sabi…

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TALLINN: US President Donald Trump will welcome his counterparts from the three Baltic states in Washington on April 3 to discuss security and economic ties, the Estonian presidency said on Thursday. The presidents of fellow NATO members Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania—Kersti Kaljulaid, Raimonds Vejonis and Dalia Grybauskaite—last met with Trump…

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BEIJING: China said on Thursday it was investigating allegations that a ship marked with Chinese characters transferred cargo to a North Korean vessel in a potential violation of UN sanctions on the high seas. Japan has said a military patrol plane and an escort vessel observed the alleged transfer in…

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SEOUL: US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka will come face-to-face with a top North Korean general at the Winter Olympics closing ceremony in the South this weekend, it emerged on Thursday. The Pyeongchang Games have become a venue for geopolitics as much as sports as the nuclear-armed North mounts a…

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“YOU messed with the wrong girl,” Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte told Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez of Davao del Norte after the lawmaker called her the “opposition” following a move to form her own political party, which included local officials whom Alvarez allegedly excluded from her father’s party. Duterte’s daughter vented…

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THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas announced on Thursday that Monetary Board member Valentin Araneta passed away. He was 69. In a statement, the Bangko Sentral said Araneta died on Wednesday but did not cite specific reasons for his death. Araneta reportedly suffered a stroke on December 2017. MAYVELIN U. CARABALLO…

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