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NEW YORK CITY: The United States Department of Justice on Wednesday charged a fourth person in an Indonesia bribery scandal involving officials from French power company Alstom. Lawrence Hoskins, 62, was charged with conspiring to violate America’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. AFP

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LONDON: A third British soldier taken ill earlier this month during a gruelling training exercise for entry into the elite Special Air Service unit has died, the Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). The two other soldiers, Edward Maher, 31, and Craig Roberts, 24, died after temperatures…

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NEW DELHI: India has decided to reinstate vital fuel subsidies given to its northeastern neighbor Bhutan, the Bhutanese prime minister said on Tuesday, reversing a decision, which strained relations between the two countries. The subsidies on cooking gas and kerosene were halted shortly before elections earlier this month, causing more…

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VIENNA: Austria defended on Wednesday its controversial decision to withdraw from the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping force on the Golan Heights, as its last soldiers returned home ending a nearly 40-year mission. Defense Minister Gerald Klug said he had repeatedly told the UN about the poor security situation in the…

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SAO PAULO: Brazilian riot police fired tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) to disperse extremist protesters who ransacked bank branches, shops and a car dealership in central Sao Paulo. A total of 20 people were arrested during the clashes, which followed a peaceful march…

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BEIJING: A Chinese man went on trial on Tuesday for poisoning frozen dumplings which were exported to Japan and sickened 10 people there, in a case that raised tensions between Beijing and Tokyo. Factory worker Lu Yueting was said to have injected pesticide into the dumplings because he was unhappy…

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MIAMI: A series of explosions shook a gas plant in central Florida, injuring at least seven people and prompting evacuations of nearby neighborhoods, news reports said on Tuesday. The Orlando Sentinel, citing local officials, wrote that 24 people were working at the Blue Rhino factory when the explosions occurred on…

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BEIJING: Extraordinary video footage captured during torrential storms that hit northwest China this month shows four men making a miraculous escape when a landslide engulfs their car as they travel along a mountain road. The vehicle is making its way steadily along the road, its hazard lights flashing in the…

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TOKYO: Three South Korean climbers who went missing during a mountaineering trip in Japan have been found dead, Japanese media said on Tuesday. The trio were among nine people who disappeared near the 2,728-meter (8,950-foot) Mount Hinokio in central Japan on Monday. AFP

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KANO: A series of explosions rocked Nigeria’s second city of Kano on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), killing at least six people and sparking panic in a neighborhood previously targeted by Boko Haram Islamists. The Sabon Gari area of Kano, where four blasts were reported, is full of outdoor bars and…

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