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WASHINGTON, D.C.: US federal workers prepared to return to work on Tuesday after Congress ended a three-day government shutdown, with President Donald Trump claiming victory in his standoff with Democrats. The House voted 266 to 150 to extend federal funding for another three weeks, hours after Senate Democrats dropped their…

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JERUSALEM: US Vice President Mike Pence pledged to move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem by the end of 2019 on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) in a speech to Israel’s parliament that saw Arab lawmakers expelled after they shouted in protest. As Pence spoke, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas arrived…

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SEOUL: A South Korean delegation crossed into the North on Tuesday to inspect venues for joint Olympic-linked events, even as Pyongyang demanded Seoul apologize for “despicable” protestors who burned Kim Jong-Un’s image, as controversy mounts over the rapprochement. The two Koreas agreed earlier this month that the North’s athletes would…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Facebook acknowledged on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) that the explosion of social media poses a potential threat to democracy, pledging to tackle the problem head-on and turn its powerful platform into a force for “good.” The comments from the world’s biggest social network were its latest response to…

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JAKARTA: A strong quake rattled Indonesia on Tuesday, sparking panic in the capital Jakarta and ripping roads apart in the countryside. The United States Geological Survey said the 6.0 magnitude quake struck at a depth of 43 kilometers (27 miles). There was no warning of any tsunami. The epicenter was…

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TOKYO: A Japanese soldier was killed on Tuesday after a volcano erupted near a popular Japanese ski resort, sparking an avalanche that left several injured and scores stranded up a mountain, officials said. Footage broadcast on Japanese television showed thick black smoke interspersed with falling rocks rolling down the snow-covered…

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BRASÍLIA: A Brazilian appeals court will rule on Wednesday whether to overturn a corruption conviction against ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, effectively deciding if he can run in this year’s election. Lula was sentenced in July to 9.5 years behind bars after being convicted of corruption in Brazil’s huge…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Hundreds of thousands of US federal employees will stay home without pay on Monday after lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on ending a government shutdown before the start of the working week. Although leaders of President Donald Trump’s Republican Party and the opposition Democrats said progress had…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday (Monday in Manila) began a one-week trip to Asia, hoping to strengthen defense cooperation with Indonesia and Vietnam as regional Chinese military power looms ever larger. “We share the Pacific—it’s an ocean named for peace—we would like to see it remain…

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