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NEW YORK: Avicii, one of the world’s most successful DJs who helped usher in the global boom in electronic music but struggled to cope with the hard-partying lifestyle, died on Friday in Oman, his representative said. He was 28. Two years after his unusually early retirement from touring amid recurring…

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HAVANA: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrived in Havana on Friday (Saturday in Manila) to meet with Cuba’s new president and ratify his struggling nation’s ties with one of its few remaining allies. Before leaving Caracas, Maduro said he would be making “a working visit, one of brotherhood, to give an…

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NEW YORK: Kanye West, the once-omnipresent rap superstar who vanished a year and a half ago amid a purported mental breakdown, on Thursday (Friday in Manila) re-emerged to announce not one but two albums. The 40-year-old rapper and fashion designer who has likened himself to Michelangelo tweeted that he will…

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HARARE: A Zimbabwe parliament committee has summoned former president Robert Mugabe to give evidence on May 9 over diamond corruption costing billions of dollars, underlining his dramatic fall from power after 37 years of autocratic rule. “We have set May 9 as the date on which he will give evidence,”…

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BANDA ACEH, Indonesia: About 80 Rohingya in a wooden boat arrived in Indonesia on Friday, officials said. The group landed in Aceh province on Sumatra island, just weeks after dozens of the persecuted Muslim minority from Myanmar came ashore in neighboring Malaysia. All appeared to be in good condition, according…

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The Defense Ministry yesterday denied that weapons seized from a Thai national in Thailand’s Trat province, which borders Koh Kong province’s Cham Yeam International Border checkpoint, were from Cambodia. Chhum Sucheat, spokesman for Defense Ministry, said yesterday that news report published by Thai media outlet was false. “The spokesman of…

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ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called snap elections for June 24, bringing the polls forward by a year-and-a-half to accelerate the transition to a new system critics fear will lead to one-man rule. The announcement by the strongman leader, who has ruled his country since 2003, upended…

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TAMPA: NASA on Wednesday blasted off its newest planet-hunting spacecraft, TESS, a $337 million satellite that aims to scan 85 percent of the skies for cosmic bodies where life may exist. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) soared into the cloudless, blue sky atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from…

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BEIJING: Chinese combat helicopters conducted live-fire drills with missiles off the country’s southeast coast, state media said on Thursday, without confirming whether the exercises took place in the sensitive Taiwan Strait. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) exercise took place on Wednesday and involved various types of helicopters that tested “all-weather…

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THE HAGUE: Diplomats were holding emergency talks on Wednesday on the poisoning of a former Russian spy, after the global chemical arms watchdog confirmed British findings that he was the victim of a nerve agent attack. Diplomatic sources said the closed-door meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical…

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