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SYDNEY: Papua New Guinea police wielding metal rods cleared the final 320 holdouts from a shuttered Australian refugee camp on Friday, ending a 24-day standoff that put a global spotlight on Canberra’s tough policy on asylum-seekers. Videos and photos posted by the detainees showed police moving through the camp on…

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NEW DELHI: Thirteen coaches of an express train derailed in northern India early Friday throwing sleeping passengers from their seats in a new disaster that left three dead and nine injured. The Vasco Da Gama Express flipped off the tracks in thick fog soon after leaving Manikpur station in Uttar…

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BAGHDAD: Iraqi forces announced the launch of a major operation on Thursday to flush remaining Islamic State group fighters out of the western desert near the border with Syria. The arid, sparsely populated wastelands between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers are the last refuge of the jihadists in Iraq after…

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KOROR, Palau: The crew of a Japanese trawler found capsized in remote Pacific waters have been located safe and well in the Philippines, the US Coast Guard said on Thursday. The abandoned Gyotoku Maru No.1 was found drifting 350 kilometers (220 miles) southwest of Palau on Monday after it send…

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MIAMI: American actor and musician David Cassidy, a 1970s teen idol best known for his role in musical-sitcom “The Partridge Family,” died Tuesday. He was 67. Publicist Jo-Ann Geffen told Agence France-Presse that Cassidy—who revealed he had been diagnosed with dementia earlier this year—died of liver failure in Florida. “David…

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MOSCOW: The Russian parliament’s upper house on Wednesday backed a law that would require international media outlets to register as “foreign agents,” following US pressure on the Kremlin-backed RT television channel. The legislation, which parliament’s lower house unanimously backed in a fast-tracked vote last week, would allow Moscow to target…

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SHANGHAI: Skype has apparently joined the lengthening list of internet tools on China’s blacklist, disappearing from download stores with Apple saying on Wednesday it was ordered by the government to remove certain apps. Skype is no longer available for download from the Chinese Apple Store or popular Android sites, with…

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