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SEOUL: Chinese tourist numbers to South Korea plunged by two-thirds in April after Beijing banned tour groups over Seoul’s deployment of a US missile defense system, official statistics showed. Beijing imposed a boycott from March 15 on Chinese tour groups visiting the South in a spat over the US Terminal…

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SEOUL: South Korea’s ousted president Park Geun-Hye, grim-faced and brought to court in handcuffs, went on trial Tuesday over a sprawling corruption scandal that saw millions take to the streets and led to her downfall. Only two months after leaving the presidential palace in disgrace, Park was brought to the…

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BEIJING: A cartoon posted in a dusty alleyway in the heart of Beijing warns passersby not to fall prey to the charms of foreign men: they might be spies. It is a graphic reminder of a struggle usually waged in the shadows, and a sign of the Chinese government’s intensifying…

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BEIJING: A booming rental bike business has flooded China’s streets with packs of cyclists, but their habit of going the wrong way and abandoning their rides anywhere is causing havoc. The authorities, scrambling to catch up, are considering new regulations to curb the chaos – from capping the number of…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: President Donald Trump asked two top US intelligence officials in March to help push back against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) probe into his campaign’s possible links with Russia, The Washington Post reported on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). In the newest report suggesting the White House sought…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Washington has announced a bumper arms deal with Saudi Arabia, heralding the package as a major boost to long-standing security ties and a way to further isolate Iran. Administration officials claim the agreement – worth $110 billion over the next decade – is the biggest single arms deal…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The US Senate on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) confirmed Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as the next ambassador to Beijing, providing President Donald Trump with an envoy whose decades-long connection to China could smooth relations between the global powers. The confirmation, by a bipartisan vote of 82 to 13,…

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BRASÍLIA: Brazilian President Michel Temer warned opponents on Monday he will not go without a fight as he won more breathing space in a corruption crisis sparking calls for his resignation. “If they want to, then they have to force me out, because if I resign, that is an admission…

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GENEVA: The World Health Organization’s 194 members on Tuesday choose among three candidates to replace Margaret Chan as global health supremo, with each pledging to reform an agency under scrutiny. Chan steps down on June 30 after a decade in which new epidemics such as bird flu and Ebola and…

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BRUSSELS: US President Donald Trump will press his NATO allies on Thursday to increase defence spending and take a more active role in the fight against Islamist terror. Here are the expected main talking points during the brief summit at NATO’s new, futuristic headquarters on the outskirts of Brussels. Washington…

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