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TOKYO: Millions of Japanese braved typhoon conditions Sunday for a snap election likely to hand Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a fresh mandate to revive the world’s third-largest economy and press his hardline stance on North Korea. If pre-vote surveys prove correct, Abe’s conservative coalition will cruise to a crushing majority…

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TOKYO: The winner of Sunday’s election in Japan faces a daunting in-tray, ranging from North Korean missiles to a rapidly ageing society. Here are some of the key challenges for Japan and its next leader: North Korea North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un has threatened to “sink” Japan into the sea…

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YANGON: Myanmar police have seized more than $5 million worth of methamphetamine pills in the north of violence-racked Rakhine state this month, an officer said Sunday. Millions of the caffeine-laced meth tablets were intercepted in Maungdaw district, the center of an army-led crackdown that has driven more than half a…

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RIYADH: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is to launch a fresh bid Sunday to ease a crisis between Riyadh and Doha, both allies of Washington, but without high hopes of a breakthrough. Apart from the months-long crisis, Iran’s rising influence in the Middle East is also expected to figure…

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MILAN: Voters in the northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto vote Sunday in autonomy referendums attracting additional interest against the backdrop of Catalonia’s push for independence from Spain. The consultative votes are only the beginning of a process which could, over time, lead to powers being devolved from Rome.…

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COLLEGE STATION, United States: All five of America’s living former presidents took the stage Saturday at a benefit concert in Texas to raise money for victims of the hurricane-ravaged southern United States and Caribbean. Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter appeared…

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GENEVA: The head of the World Health Organization said Saturday that he was “rethinking” his decision to name Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe a goodwill ambassador, as global outrage over the move mounted. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the UN health agency, had this week asked Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old authoritarian leader…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Donald Trump said Saturday he will allow long blocked secret files on the assassination of John F Kennedy to be opened to the public for the first time. The November 22, 1963 assassination—an epochal event in modern US history—has spawned multiple theories challenging the official version…

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PARIS: France has charged eight men, including three minors, following an investigation into far-right activists allegedly plotting to target politicians and mosques, prosecutors announced Saturday in Paris. The men—aged between 17 and 29—are accused of being party to a “criminal terrorist conspiracy”, and of links to Logan Alexandre Nisin, a…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Donald Trump said Saturday a transition can soon begin to set conditions for lasting peace in Syria now that the end of the Islamic State “caliphate is in sight” with the fall of Raqa. The United States and its allies will support diplomatic negotiations “that end…

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