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LONDON: British police made two further arrests on Thursday and raided houses across London following the brutal murder of a serving soldier who survived a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Prime Minister David Cameron appealed for calm after 25-year-old Lee Rigby was butchered outside a London Army barracks on Wednesday,…

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MOSCOW: Russia said on Friday that the Damascus regime had agreed “in principle” to attend an international peace conference on the Syria crisis that world powers hope will take place in Geneva in June. “We note with satisfaction that we have received an agreement in principle from Damascus to attend…

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LOS ANGELES: A highway bridge over a river in the northwestern US state of Washington partially collapsed Thursday, sending   cars and people plunging into the water below without causing any fatalities. Three people were fished out but there were no reports of serious injuries or fatalities in the incident, which…

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WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama laid out new guidelines for drone strikes on Thursday and launched a fresh bid to close Guantanamo, warning that a “perpetual” US war on terror would be self-defeating. Obama told Americans their country was at a crossroads, and must move on from the counterterrorism policies deployed…

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PARIS: French prosecutors began questioning IMF Chief Christine Lagarde for a second day on Friday to decide if she should be charged over a state payout   to a disgraced tycoon during her time as finance minister. Lagarde was grilled for 12 hours on Thursday over her 2007 handling of a…

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STOCKHOLM: At least nine cars were torched and two schools and a police station were set ablaze as riots swept through Stockholm’s immigrant-dominated suburbs early Friday for the fifth straight night, police and firefighters said. The riots, which have shattered Sweden’s image abroad as a peaceful and egalitarian nation, have…

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LOS ANGELES: It’s 1.7 miles long. Its surface is covered in a sticky black substance similar to the gunk at the bottom of a barbecue. If it impacted Earth it would probably result in global extinction. Good thing it is just making a flyby. Asteroid 1998 QE2 will make its…

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BEIJING: North Korea’s authorities have opened the border town of Sinuiju to Western tourists, Chinese-based travel agencies said, despite international tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear test in February. The move opens up the possibility of foreign tourists being able to make day tours to the secretive state, a considerably cheaper option…

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OSAKA: Two South Korean women forcibly drafted into Japanese military brothels during World War II have cancelled a meeting with a Japanese mayor, who sparked outrage by calling them a wartime necessity. Outspoken Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto and two former “comfort women” were to meet on Friday, but the elderly…