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VIENNA: Nuclear talks between Iran and the UN atomic agency failed yet again on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), as the top US diplomat in separate six-party negotiations warned Washington’s patience was wearing thin. International discussions on Iran’s nuclear ambitions were held in Istanbul and Vienna but the Western reactions afterwards…

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SEOUL: South Korea on Thursday criticized an “unhelpful” visit to North Korea by a senior aide to Japan’s prime minister, saying it weakened the united front needed to deal with Pyongyang. Isao Iijima arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday on a visit that clearly surprised both Seoul and Washington, which have…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: After days under siege, President Barack Obama has sprung into action to confront three alleged scandals that Republicans are slamming as evidence of abuse of power and cover-ups. In a multipronged attack on the Republicans, the President is acting amid incoming fire over the assault last year on…

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KAMPONG SPEU: A ceiling collapse at a shoe factory in Cambodia on Thursday killed two workers, police said, fuelling concern about workplace safety after last month’s industrial disaster in Bangladesh. Local rescue teams, helped by soldiers, scrambled to search through the rubble of the fallen structure, which appeared to have…

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CHITTAGONG: A cyclone ripped into the Bangladeshi coast Thursday as hundreds of thousands of people hunkered down in evacuation shelters, including in a region of Myanmar torn by communal unrest. Two people died as Cyclone Mahasen hit Bangladesh’s southern Patuakhali coast, officials said, while heavy rains and strong winds also…

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MALAYSIAN COUPLE JAILED FOR STARVING MAID TO DEATH KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian court on Thursday sentenced a couple to 24 years in jail for starving their Cambodian maid to death. Hardware store owners Soh Chew Tong, 44, and his wife Chin Chui Ling, 42, were found guilty of culpable homicide…

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Part 3 [This is the conclusion of the author’s three-part analysis of the Sabah situation. This should have come out on Saturday. An Ambassadors’ corner column by Amb. Lauro Baja will come out on Saturday.] The stakes in the Sabah standoff are high. The timing of the attempt to reclaim…

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Showbiz personalities and old faces dominated the council race in Quezon City. Actor-turned politician and former District 2 councilor Alfred Vargas was elected as House Representative of the newly created District 5 (Novaliches). A surprise winner is TV host and comedian Anjo Yllana, who was a former councilor of Paranaque…

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The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday filed tax evasion charges against a man who had bought a P200-million sports car worth out of his unreported income. The BIR filed the charges against Napoleon Segui Villapando with the Department of Justice, according to the a press statement the bureau…

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VOTE-BUYING, intimidation and minors casting their votes were among the “serious irregularities” witnessed by members of the 2013 International Observers’ Mission organized by the Compact for Peaceful and Democratic Elections (Compact). The group’s report covered the six areas it monitored during the conduct of the midterm elections on May 13.…