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CAIRO: Close to 100 women have fallen victim to “rampant” sexual attacks in Cairo’s Tahrir Square during four days of protests against Egypt’s Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). It cited figures from the Egyptian Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment/Assault, which runs a hotline for…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The United States on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) said that it was gravely concerned about the health of a Korean-American sentenced to hard labor in North Korea who pleaded for help in a rare television interview. The State Department renewed appeals to Pyongyang to grant Kenneth Bae amnesty…

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NEW YORK CITY: The murder rate in New York fell by a quarter over the first half of 2013, compared to the year before—which already recorded the lowest number of murders in half a century. A total of 155 murders were committed between January and June 2013, compared to 206…

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LISBON: Portugal’s Foreign Minister Paulo Portas tendered his resignation on Tuesday, a day after the country’s finance minister also quit. The surprise move came a day after the shock resignation of Finance Minister Vitor Gaspar, the architect of the country’s reforms under its European Union-International Monetary Fund bailout, which has…

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TBILISI: Georgia on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) said it had revoked visa-free entry for Iranians amid concerns that Tehran might be using its booming business ties with the small former-Soviet state to skirt international sanctions. Georgia and Iran agreed visa-free travel for short visits in 2010, in a move that…

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JOHANNESBURG: South Africa’s last apartheid President FW de Klerk underwent a successful operation on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) to have a pacemaker fitted, as his fellow Nobel peace laureate Nelson Mandela lies critically ill. De Klerk cut short a visit to Europe over the weekend because of Mandela’s failing health,…

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PESHAWAR: Dozens of heavily armed militants stormed a checkpoint in a northwestern Pakistani village overnight, killing at least six paramilitary police and wounding seven others, officials said on Wednesday. The attack took place at Jina Kor, 40 kilometers southeast of Peshawar and close to the tribal area of Darra Adam…

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LYON: Police across Central America and the Caribbean have seized nearly 30 tons of drugs worth an estimated $822 million (630 million euros) in a coordinated operation, Interpol announced on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). Officers involved in the operation, which took place across 34 countries, also arrested 142 suspects. The…

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BEIJING: China and Russia will hold their second joint naval exercises from July 5 to 12 as Beijing and Tokyo row over disputed islands in the East China Sea. The drills come as China’s maritime power increases—its first aircraft carrier went into service last year—and as tensions escalate over island…

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HAVANA: Ricardo Alarcon, a longtime political ally of Fidel Castro, has been removed from the Cuban Communist Party’s powerful politburo. The 76-year-old Alarcon, a former foreign minister and former-speaker of the National Assembly, was the most prominent of five people removed from the policy-making body.

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