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BEIJING: China is suspending local meteorological bureaus from issuing smog alerts, media reported Wednesday, raising suspicions the government is attempting to suppress information about the country’s air pollution as public anger over the issue grows. China’s Meteorological Administration notified local bureaus to “immediately stop issuing smog alerts,” according to a…

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BANGKOK: A Czech fugitive wanted in his homeland for knowingly spreading HIV to multiple victims has been arrested on a Thai resort island after living in the country for more than a year, police said Wednesday. Zdenek Pfeifer, 49, was detained at his apartment on the island of Phuket on…

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BANGKOK: Muslims across Thailand’s restive “Deep South” are mourning the death of Sapae-ing Basor, the spiritual leader of a near 13-year rebellion against Bangkok’s rule that has claimed more than 6,800 lives. Sapae-ing established a leading Islamic school and became a folkloric figure for many Malay-Muslims in Thailand’s culturally distinct…

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SYDNEY: Australia on Wednesday appointed its first indigenous minister, a former laborer who has credited education for his rise from humble beginnings in a country where Aborigines remain among the most disadvantaged. Ken Wyatt became Minister for Aged Care and for Indigenous Health when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull reshuffled his…

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Pakistan on Tuesday expressed its strong apprehension over the brutal killing of Kashmiris by the Indian occupation forces in IOK, urging the United Nations, human rights organizations and the international community to act to stop violence against Kashmiris. Paklistan claimed Indian occupation forces killed three more Kashmiri youth today in…

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LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled her Brexit blueprint on Tuesday, announcing for the first time that Britain will leave Europe’s single market in order to control EU immigration. In a highly-anticipated speech, May warned the EU against imposing harsh terms on Britain’s divorce from the bloc after more than…

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WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama on Tuesday slashed the sentence of transgender army private Chelsea Manning, who had been sentenced to 35 years behind bars for handing classified US documents to WikiLeaks. Obama pardoned 64 people and commuted the sentences of 209 others—including 29-year-old Manning, who will now be released…

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MADRID: The number of international tourists rose by four percent worldwide to 1.2 billion in 2016 as Asians travelled more, but security fears hit visitor arrivals in Europe, the World Tourism Organization (WTO) said Tuesday. This represents the seventh consecutive year of growth since 2009, when global tourism figures declined…

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BANJUL, Gambia: Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency just days before he was due to step down, with British and Dutch travel agencies scrambling to evacuate thousands of tourists Wednesday. He declared a state of emergency due to the “unprecedented and extraordinary amount of foreign interference in the…

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WASHINGTON: The outgoing Barack Obama administration announced Tuesday a contribution of half a billion dollars to the UN Green Climate Fund, just three days before Donald Trump takes over the White House. The $500 million payment, announced by State Department spokesman John Kirby in a statement, is the second from…

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