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OSLO: A Norwegian sentenced to death in 2010 for murder and spying in the Democratic Republic of Congo has died in prison, Norway’s foreign minister announced on Sunday. Tjostolv Moland and his friend Joshua French, who has dual British-Norwegian nationality, were sentenced to death for murder and spying in the…

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MEXICO CITY: Mexico said it had captured the leader of the country’s Gulf drug cartel on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), in a new blow to the criminal groups that have terrorized the country for years. The interior ministry said in a brief statement that soldiers captured Mario Ramirez Trevino, described…

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BEIRUT: Lebanese authorities have arrested three suspects and charged them in connection with the abduction of two Turkish Airlines pilots. On August 9, gunmen ambushed a bus carrying Turkish Airlines crew from Beirut’s international airport to a hotel in the city, and snatched the pilot and co-pilot. AFP

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JERUSALEM: The Israeli army fired into Syria after shells from the neighboring country hit the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). A military spokesman said at least three shells were confirmed to have hit Israel. He could not say whether the army considered the incidents…

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BENGHAZI: A bomb exploded on Saturday in front of Egypt’s consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, causing some damage to the building but no casualties, a security official said. The blast caused part of the outer wall of the building to collapse and damaged cars parked outside the…

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ISLAMABAD: A Pakistan court on Saturday acquitted a Muslim cleric who accused a Christian girl of blasphemy before he himself was arrested on similar charges. The girl, Rimsha Masih, was arrested in August 2012 for allegedly burning pages containing Koranic verses but the case against her, which drew widespread international…

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NEW DELHI: New Delhi and Tehran were working to resolve a dispute over the detention of an Indian oil tanker by Iranian naval guards for allegedly polluting seawaters in the Persian Gulf. The Indian government-owned MT Desh Shanti ship was on its way back to India from Iraq when it…

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SEOUL: European aerospace consortium EADS has been eliminated from a bid to provide fighter jets worth $7.3 billion to South Korea due to a failure to meet some requirements, a report said on Sunday. Seoul is seeking 45 one-seater aircraft and 15 two-seaters. But EADS proposed only six two-seater aircraft,…

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TOKYO: A Japanese steel giant sued by South Korean wartime slave workers is ready to pay compensation if it loses a long-running legal battle abroad, Japanese media reported on Sunday. Last month the Seoul High Court ordered Nippon Steel to pay a total of 400 million won ($360,000) to four…

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ROME: A gondola and a vaporetto waterbus collided on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) on Venice’s Grand Canal, killing 50-year-old German tourist Reinhard Vogel and badly injuring his young daughter. The accident happened around mid-day near the canal city’s famous Rialto Bridge as the public transport waterbus maneuvered toward a stop,…

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