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NEW DELHI: Fighter jets, drone deals and shared concerns over Afghanistan’s security look set to dominate the agenda when US Defense Secretary James Mattis visits India this week. Mattis is scheduled to arrive late Monday and is set to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his new defense minister, in…

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GENEVA: Switzerland votes Sunday on a divisive pension reform plan the government says is vital to safeguard benefits but which critics deride as too modest to rescue a retirement system in financial peril. The key measures, approved by parliament in April, include raising the women’s retirement age by a year…

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NEW YORK: Stevie Wonder knelt before a packed New York festival Saturday in a protest for peace as he led stars and politicians in pressing for sustained aid to eliminate the world’s worst poverty. Thousands converged on Central Park for the live-broadcast Global Citizen Festival which hands out tickets for…

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FLORENCE, Italy: British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday called for a two-year transition after Brexit in which Britain would largely maintain its current ties with Brussels, in a charm offensive intended to unlock stalled negotiations with the European Union. In a major speech in Florence, May promised to meet…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: US Senator John McCain announced Friday (Saturday in Manila) his opposition to the latest Republican attempt to replace Barack Obama’s signature health care law, likely dooming the repeal effort. It is the second time in two months that he has defied his party and President Donald Trump over…

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MEXICO CITY: The bodies of eight foreigners have been recovered from the rubble of the quake that struck Mexico City, officials said on Friday (Saturday in Manila). The remains were those of four Taiwanese women, a Korean man, a Spanish man, a Panamanian woman and an Argentine man, Mexico’s high…

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BANGKOK: Thailand’s deputy junta leader has accused three police officers of helping sneak ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra out of the country last month, a vanishing act that stunned the kingdom. Yingluck, whose government was toppled by the military in 2014, has not been seen since August 25, when she failed…

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BANGKOK: Four Thai army rangers were killed Friday when a roadside bomb tore through their truck as they were securing a road for teachers, an army official said, the latest carnage in an insurgency roiling the kingdom’s far south. The blast in Pattani province also wounded six, including one civilian,…

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SYDNEY: A man wearing a “yes” badge headbutted former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott while he was campaigning against legalizing gay marriage, the ex-leader said Friday. Abbott, an outspoken critic of such unions, said he was in Hobart in south Tasmania on Thursday when a man approached wanting to shake…

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UNITED NATIONS, United States: Declaring that Canada is “no land of wonders,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the United Nations on Thursday that his country was working to address failures in the treatment of its indigenous people. Trudeau told the UN General Assembly that Canada’s 1.2 million indigenous people had…

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