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TOKYO: Popular former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said on Tuesday he was backing a fellow former premier in the race to become Tokyo governor, setting the stage for an electoral clash over nuclear power. Morihiro Hosokawa, who served in the nation’s top job in 1993-1994 as head of a…

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JUBA: At least 200 South Sudanese civilians drowned on Tuesday in a ferry accident on the White Nile river while fleeing fresh fighting in the city of Malakal, an army spokesman said. “The reports we have are of between 200 and 300 people, including women and children. The boat was…

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ILOILO CITY: An express crystal elevator exclusively for the use of tourists and visitors of the new Iloilo City Hall will be installed within the year. Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Director Helen Catalbas said the elevator was promised by Secretary Ramon Jimenez to Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog…

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BEIJING: A Chinese former obstetrician was given a suspended death sentence on Tuesday for abducting newborn babies and selling them to traffickers, in a case that drew widespread outrage. Zhang Shuxia sold seven children in the northern province of Shaanxi, the intermediate court in Weinan city said on a verified…

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SAO PAULO: Ten public buses were destroyed on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) after 12 people were shot and killed overnight in the Brazilian city of Campinas. The surge of violence began with the murder of an off-duty policeman. A spokesman said police were investigating various possible motives for the shootings,…

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ABUJA: Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has approved a bill banning gay marriage and same-sex partnerships that sparked international condemnation. Under the terms of the law, anyone who enters into a same-sex marriage or civil union can be sentenced to 14 years in prison while any such partnerships entered into abroad…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: United States President Barack Obama will travel to Toluca, Mexico on February 19 for a North American leaders summit. The meeting will be hosted by Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto and will also include Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. AFP

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) after meeting with United States (US) President Barack Obama that Spain had received a “satisfactory” explanation of reports that American spies bugged European leaders’ phones. Last year, leaked documents from the US National Security Agency revealed that Washington…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: A former premier of the British-ruled Turks and Caicos was released on bail on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) by the territory’s top court as he faces corruption and bribery charges. Michael Misick was arrested in December in Brazil, where he had applied for refugee status alleging political persecution…