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DHAKA: A Bangladesh war crimes court sentenced a British-based Muslim leader and a United States (US) citizen to death on Sunday in absentia for atrocities committed during the 1971 war of independence. The International Crimes Tribunal convicted Britain’s Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan, from the United States, on all 11…

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NEW DELHI: India began a countdown on Sunday to the launch of its most ambitious and risky space mission to date, sending a probe to Mars which was conceived in just 15 months on a tiny budget. After a recent Chinese attempt flopped, India is seeking to make a statement…

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LOS ANGELES: The gunman who allegedly killed a security officer at Los Angeles airport carried a note saying he planned to murder “multiple” agents, officials said on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) as they announced charges against him. A prosecutor told how Paul Ciancia allegedly opened fire at “point blank range”…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: United States (US) Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the Middle East on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), aiming to shore up decades-old alliances with Egypt and Saudi Arabia left badly frayed by the turbulence sweeping the region. Egyptian state media said the top diplomat would visit Cairo…

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MOSCOW: Intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is free to speak with whoever he chooses, including foreign authorities, a Kremlin spokesman said on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), after the United States (US) fugitive said he was ready to help a German probe into US spying. “He has temporary refugee status. That status…

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LAGOS: Seventeen people were killed and dozens of others injured on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) in a stampede following the end of an overnight church vigil in eastern Nigeria, a government spokesman said. “We have visited the hospital in Nkpor and found 17 corpses that were brought in from the…

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NEW DELHI: A large fire erupted at a factory in the Indian capital killing six workers, some of whom were trapped inside and burnt beyond recognition, a fire official said on Sunday. The blaze broke out at the three-story factory, which manufactured leather bags, in a New Delhi neighborhood on…

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SAO PAULO: Some 3,000 more Cuban doctors are to arrive in Brazil from Monday to join a government program to fill vacancies in the country’s public health system. The Cubans will join 3,664 professionals currently enrolled in the “More Doctors” program—819 Brazilians and 2,845 foreigners—to serve the underserved population of…

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MOSCOW: Jailed Pussy Riot punk Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has not been heard from for nearly two weeks since she left her Russian prison colony following demands to be transferred to another, her husband said. In September, Tolokonnikova went on hunger strike in protest at what she called murder threats and “slave…

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KOSOVSKA MITROVICA: Key local elections in Kosovo on Sunday, closely watched by Brussels, will be a crucial test for both Pristina and Belgrade after an European Union-brokered landmark deal to improve their relations. The turnout of Kosovo minority Serbs, especially in the north where they make majority and have so…