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PEKANBARU, Indonesia: Indonesia was battling a rash of forest fires on Wednesday as it raised an alert over the blazes which occur every year and emit choking smog that can envelop neighboring Singapore and Malaysia. Fires have broken out in four provinces—South Sumatra, Riau, West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan—prompting them…

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LONDON: Hundreds of KFC outlets remained shut in Britain on Wednesday due to a supply crisis, leaving fans craving a fix of deep-fried chicken. The shortages, which are expected to last all week in some parts of Britain, have prompted online mockery and disbelief aimed at the US fast-food giant.…

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has narrowly avoided being targeted by a global watchdog over terrorism financing, the foreign minister said, after reports that the US had supported a motion to place its ally on the group’s watch list. Pakistan was granted a three-month reprieve by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), according…

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KATHMANDU: Nepal’s ruling party has merged with a former Maoist rebel group to form a super bloc that experts say will reshape politics after years of turbulence in the Himalayan nation. Officials said on Tuesday the new alliance, the Nepal Communist Party, was formally signed into agreement following late-night negotiations…

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MEXICO CITY: A medium intensity earthquake struck southwestern Mexico early Monday morning, scaring residents already shaken by a powerful quake two days earlier, though there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The US Geological Survey said its magnitude was 5.9 and it struck at a depth of 40.2…

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MALÉ, Maldives: The Maldives’ top court has suspended 12 pro-opposition legislators before a crucial parliamentary vote Monday, emboldening President Abdulla Yameen as he clings to power in the troubled islands. The Supreme Court decision late Sunday reverses its original order to reinstate the MPs, who had defected from the ruling…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) vowed to investigate an attack involving Russian citizens on American-allied forces in Syria but stopped short of accusing Moscow of orchestrating the assault. Russia has acknowledged that five of its citizens were killed in a US-led coalition bombing…

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