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RICHFIELD, United States: US President Donald Trump insisted on Thursday (Friday in Manila) that US forces would pull out of Syria “very soon” and lamented what he said was Washington’s waste of $7 trillion in Middle East wars. In a populist address to industrial workers in Ohio, Trump said US…

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SEOUL: South Korea summoned Tokyo’s ambassador on Friday to protest over new educational guidelines requiring high school students to be taught that disputed islands belong to Japan. Seoul has controlled the islets in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) since 1945, when Tokyo’s brutal colonial rule on the peninsula ended.…

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MEXICO CITY: The campaign for Mexico’s July 1 presidential election officially opens on Friday, with Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a veteran leftist promising a sharp break with the past, positioned as the man to beat. “AMLO,” as he is widely known, has a double-digit lead at the start of the…

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ISLAMABAD: Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai returned to Pakistan on Thursday, officials said, in her first visit since she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman six years ago for advocating education for girls. The 20-year-old’s unannounced arrival with her parents under tight security at Islamabad’s international airport…

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QUITO: Ecuador on Wednesday said it has stopped Julian Assange’s ability to communicate to the outside world from its London embassy, where the WikiLeaks founder has been holed up since 2012. The decision was taken because the Australian had broken a 2017 promise to not interfere in other countries’ affairs…

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SACRAMENTO: Huge crowds are expected to join an outpouring of grief and rage Thursday at the funeral of an unarmed black man shot dead by police in California’s capital Sacramento. The service, where civil rights activist Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy, has been moved to a bigger venue to…

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Bangkok: The United Nations Development Program and Citi Foundation on Wednesday concluded the inaugural regional Youth Co:Lab Summit 2018 in Bangkok. The summit, which started on Monday, brought together over 200 delegates including government officials, private sector participants, NGOs, academia and youth participants to advance discussions and next steps in…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: A 43-year-old man has been arrested after around a dozen packages containing potentially explosive material were posted to military and intelligence facilities around the US capital, the FBI said on Tuesday. Thanh Cong Phan, who lives near the northwestern city of Seattle, was taken into custody after the…

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ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates said two Qatari fighter jets “dangerously approached” two passenger flights on Monday, the third such incident between the Gulf rivals. Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have clashed repeatedly over alleged airspace violations this year, as a diplomatic crisis in the Gulf enters its…

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NEUMÜNSTER, Germany: A German court has kept former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont in custody pending possible extradition to Spain to face “rebellion” charges. Puigdemont will “remain in detention for the time being, until a decision is made concerning the extradition procedure,” the regional court in Kiel, northern Germany, announced a…

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