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CARACAS: Venezuelans vote in watershed regional elections Sunday with the opposition set to win a majority of states despite alleged government efforts to impede a high turnout and to confuse voters. The vote is seen as a test for President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition alike after months of deadly…

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RIYADH: A fire at a carpentry workshop in the Saudi capital has left 10 people dead and three others injured, the kingdom’s civil defense said Sunday. “The Riyadh civil defense put out a fire that broke out at a carpentry workshop in the Badr district of Riyadh,” the Saudi civil…

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NAIROBI: Two protesters were shot dead Friday (Saturday in Manila) as opposition supporters clashed with police in western Kenya, with hundreds defying a ban on rallies to express their anger over an increasingly uncertain presidential election. In the town of Bondo, the rural home of opposition leader Raila Odinga, a…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus submitted to questioning Friday (Saturday in Manila) by investigators looking into Russian meddling in the US presidential campaign and possible collusion by associates of President Donald Trump, US media reported. Politico and the Washington Post quoted Priebus’s lawyer William Burck…

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BEIRUT: All Syrian fighters of the Islamic State group have left the jihadists’ one-time bastion of Raqa and preparations are under way for foreign combatants to leave, a monitor said on Saturday. The Syrian jihadists left Raqa with their families, heading to unknown destinations, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human…

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DENPASAR, Indonesia: An Australian who was nabbed with drugs in his luggage in Bali and briefly escaped custody by climbing through a toilet air vent has been charged with narcotics possession, a police spokesman said Saturday. Joshua James Baker was detained after arriving at Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport from Bangkok…

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TOKYO: Japan urged the US military Friday to suspend flights of its CH-53 helicopters until safety is guaranteed, after one of them burst into flames in Okinawa. The US military had already grounded the helicopters for 96 hours after a CH-53 was destroyed by a major fire on Wednesday after…

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YANGON: Pope Francis will push for peace during his visit to Myanmar, a church official said Thursday. The leader of the world’s Catholics will visit both nations on a highly charged trip in late November—although there are currently no plans to visit strife-torn Rakhine or the refugee camps in Bangladesh.…

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SEOUL: Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong was back in court Thursday to appeal his five-year sentence for bribing South Korea’s ousted president Park Geun-Hye, with prosecutors arguing for a longer jail term. Lee, vice-chairman of Samsung Electronics, was found guilty in August of bribery, perjury and other charges relating to payments…

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