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BAGHDAD: Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced an overhaul of Iraq’s security strategy on Monday as a fresh surge of violence killed dozens of civilians and police officers, bringing the month’s toll to 366. “We are about to make changes in the high and middle positions of those responsible for security,…

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NEW DELHI: Afghan President Hamid Karzai will try to secure more military aid in talks with Indian leaders on Tuesday as he looks to beef up his security forces after international troops pull out next year. Karzai is to hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Indian counterpart…

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SINGAPORE: An American scientist found hanged in Singapore last year was murdered and his death made to look like a suicide as part of a conspiracy, a US pathologist told an inquiry in the city-state on Tuesday. Edward Adelstein, 75, a deputy medical examiner in Missouri, contradicted Singapore police findings…

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JERUSALEM: Israeli soldiers patrolling the disputed Golan Heights along the border with Syria fired back after coming under fire overnight, an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) statement said on Tuesday. “Overnight, shots were fired at an IDF patrol on the border in the central Golan Heights, damaging a military vehicle,” said…

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BEIJING: North Korea released 16 Chinese fishermen and their boat on Tuesday, the Chinese state media said, after reports that armed assailants had taken the sailors hostage fuelled strains between the neighbors. “All the fishermen with the boat are safe on their way back,” China’s Xinhua news agency said, citing…

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NO NEW H7N9 CASES IN CHINA FOR A WEEK BEIJING: No new human cases of the H7N9 virus have been recorded in China for a week, national health authorities said, for the first time since the outbreak began in March. One previously infected patient died in the week beginning May…

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FORMER governor Joel Reyes of Palawan challenged the set of evidence the Office of the Ombudsman presented before the Sandiganbayan in line with his mining-related graft charge. According to Reyes and his lawyer Ferdinand Topacio, a number of evidence that forms part of the documentary proof against the former governor…

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THE Supreme Court affirmed a Commission on Elections decision unseating Vice Mayor Romeo Ramos of Cavite City. In a full court ruling signed by Clerk of Court Enriqueta Vidal, the High Court dismissed the petition for certiorari filed by Ramos against the Comelec and his rival, Dhino Carlo Chua, for…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Communist rebels disguised as policemen and antidrug agents raided a security agency, carted assorted weapons and took six people captive before escaping, officials said Tuesday. Lt. Col. Lyndon Paniza, a spokesman for the 10th Infantry Division, said some 15 New People’s Army rebels raided the Davao Security and…

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CLARK FREEPORT ZONE: A health official noted 20 cases of full-blown human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive recorded in Pampanga for this year alone. According to Dr. Verona Guevarra, Angeles City Reproductive and Health Wellness head, the record showed a dramatic rise in HIV cases in the province. Guevarra did not…