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ENIWA, Japan: Some 300 Japanese and US military personnel on Wednesday carried out live-fire artillery training in northern Japan, officials said, amid high regional tensions over North Korean missile threats. The drill, part of a 19-day exercise, came after a tense war of words between the United States and North…

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SRINAGAR, India: Indian and Chinese troops clashed briefly on a disputed area of land in the Himalayas, officials said Wednesday, exacerbating tensions during a months-long stand-off between the two armies. Chinese troops threw stones at Indian soldiers near Pangong Lake, a major tourist attraction in the picturesque mountain region of…

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NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump sparked another political firestorm Tuesday when he doubled down on his initial response to the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that ended in bloodshed, saying there was “blame on both sides.” The Republican president—who one day ago solemnly denounced racism and singled out…

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TOKYO: Japan on Wednesday launched a study into whether precious coral was being illegally poached by Chinese fishermen off its shores to be sold for use in jewelry. The Fisheries Agency investigation will use an underwater camera to check the condition of the coral off the southern island of Kyushu.…

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After learning Monday that devastating floods and mudslides left hundreds dead in Sierra Leone, the United Nations migration agency released $150,000 in emergency, first-response aid relief for the West African country. “IOM [International Organization for Migration] is ready to work with Sierra Leone’s Government in any capacity it can, to…

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BOGOTA: Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos declared the country’s 50-year conflict with FARC guerrillas “truly over” Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), as the last truckloads of decommissioned weapons rolled away to be melted down. Santos himself shut a padlock on the last lot of decommissioned rifles before it was taken out…

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ROME: Two severed legs belonging to a woman were found inside a rubbish bag in a residential neighborhood in northern Rome, Italian media reported on Wednesday citing police sources. The grim discovery was made on Tuesday night by a young woman who was rummaging through bins near a park. The…

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LISBON: Thirteen people were crushed to death and 49 injured Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) when a 200-year-old oak tree fell on them at a religious festival on the Portuguese island of Madeira, doctors said. A dozen people, four of them children, were seriously injured, Miguel Reis, chief surgeon at the…

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SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said Tuesday he would hold off on a planned missile strike near Guam, but warned the highly provocative move would go ahead in the event of further “reckless actions” by Washington. Some analysts suggested Kim’s comments opened a possible path to de-escalating a growing…

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