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BANGALORE: Five workers were killed early on Monday when a bar and restaurant in southern India caught fire, police said, less than two weeks after a blaze at another eatery killed 14. Police said an electrical short-circuit probably caused the fire at the Kailash Bar & Restaurant in the southern…

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NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court on Monday announced a review of a hugely controversial ban on gay sex, saying no one should have to live in fear because of their sexuality. The court said it would take up a legal challenge by five high-profile Indians who said the colonial-era law…

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BEIRUT: Air strikes by regime and Russian aircraft on rebel positions in the northwestern province of Idlib killed at least 21 civilians, including eight children, a monitor said Monday. The strikes carried out on Sunday were the latest against jihadists and rebels in a week-old regime offensive on Idlib, the…

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PARIS: In Mandarin, Emmanuel Macron’s name is rendered “Makelong,” or “the horse vanquishes the dragon”—an encouraging image for the French president as he heads to China on Sunday hoping to forge closer ties with President Xi Jinping. During the three-day trip which begins Monday, Macron plans to seek a “strategic…

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ISTANBUL: The leaders of Turkey and Bulgaria are Sunday due to reopen the Bulgarian St Stephen’s Church in Istanbul after seven years of restoration, in a gesture of harmony in an often turbulent relationship between the two neighbors. The Bulgarian Orthodox church in Balat, a historic Istanbul neighborhood on the…

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QUITO: Ecuadorian lawmakers on Saturday picked a new vice president, Maria Vicuna, to replace Jorge Glas, who has been jailed for six years for graft. Vicuna, who has been in the post on an acting basis, won the support of 70 of the 137-member legislature. She was to be sworn…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The US Treasury placed four serving or retired Venezuelan generals on its sanctions blacklist on Friday (Friday in Manila), raising pressure on the embattled government of President Nicolas Maduro. The Treasury Department alleged that the four were either involved in repressing protesters or tied up in major corruption…

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SRINAGAR, India: Four policemen were killed on Saturday in a bomb blast set off by suspected Islamist militants in Indian Kashmir, police and reports said, marking a deadly start to the new year in the restive valley. They were on patrol when the improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in Sopore,…

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MONTREAL: Two jets collided on the ground at a Toronto airport on Friday (Saturday in Manila), setting the tail of one aircraft alight and prompting passengers to evacuate the other via an emergency slide. Both WestJet and Sunwing confirmed that their planes were involved in the collision at 18:19 local…

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