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TORONTO: A veil of secrecy was draped ironically around a new movie charting the rise of WikiLeaks on Thursday (Friday in Manila) as the whistle-blower drama prepared to open the Toronto International Film Festival. A press preview of the film “The Fifth Estate” scheduled before its world premiere later Thursday…

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TAIPEI: Taiwan is set to withdraw troops from two islets near the Chinese mainland next year and turn the former battleground into a tourist attraction amid warming ties, reports said on Friday. Nearly 200 soldiers currently stationed in the Tatan and Ertan islets, which form part of the Taiwan-controlled Kinmen…

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CHICAGO: The brother of a Mexican drug cartel boss was among three men handed lengthy US prison sentences on Thursday (Friday in Manila) for a money laundering scheme involving champion race horses. Jose Trevino Morales, 46, was jailed for 20 years for his role in using millions in illegal drug…

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BEIJING: One of China’s most popular microbloggers received a huge outpouring of sympathy on Friday after he announced online that he has cancer. Kai-Fu Lee, a former head of Google China, has more than 51 million followers—more than the entire population of Spain—on Sina Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, and…

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LONDON: The former chief of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has accused the chairman of the body representing license payers’ interests of misleading parliament, the Guardian reported on Friday. Mark Thompson, now the New York Times chief executive officer, made the claims in evidence submitted to Britain’s public accounts committee…

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TEHRAN: Iran’s foreign minister said on Facebook that Tehran condemns the World War II Nazi massacre of the Jews, in stark contract to Holocaust denials by former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. “We condemn the massacre of Jews by the Nazis, and we condemn the massacre of Palestinians by the Zionists,” Mohammad…

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BAMAKO: Mali’s new president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Thursday (Friday in Manila) made 49-year-old banker Oumar Tatam Ly his prime minister, an official decree announced the day after Keita’s investiture. Ly, a career technocrat and the son of a celebrated writer, was until recently an adviser to the governor of…

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Fifteen Filipino seafarers of a Greek-owned tanker were rescued by Nigerian naval forces a day after pirates hijacked the Filipinos’ ship last month, the Department of Foreign Affairs official said on Friday. The DFA, quoting the seamen’s local manning agency, said the MT Norte was seized by armed men…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: A Filipina trader who was kidnapped along with her boyfriend here has been freed in the town of Talipao, police said on Friday. Police said Nancy Gonato, 38, was released on Thursday afternoon, but the fate of Ronnie Sandagon, 50, remains unknown. The couple was kidnapped on April…

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A TEACHERS’ group on Friday appealed to the Department of Education (DepEd) to consider deferment of the scheduled make-up classes in several divisions of Metro Manila, Calabarzon region and Central Luzon. The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition argued that the DepEd has yet to come up with a clear and uniform guidelines…