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GOMA: Fighting between troops and rebels in eastern Congo has killed at least 130 people including 10 soldiers, the government said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), the deadliest clashes in months. The fighting broke out on Sunday outside Goma, the capital of North Kivu province in the volatile east. AFP

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MEXICO CITY: Mexican marines captured the head of the country’s ultraviolent Zetas drug cartel on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), giving the new government its biggest catch as it seeks to rein in violence. Miguel Angel Trevino, alias “Z-40,” was detained in Nuevo Laredo, the northeastern Tamaulipas state city bordering Texas,…

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PANAMA CITY: Panama President Ricardo Martinelli said on Monday that a North Korean ship captain tried to kill himself after the vessel was stopped en route from Cuba and found to have suspected missile material on board. The vessel’s estimated 35-man crew also rioted when police stepped aboard, according to…

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BEIRUT: Shelling and air raids by Syrian government forces against a string of villages in the northwestern province of Idlib killed at least 29 people on Sunday (Monday in Manila). The military carried out five separate strikes, including a rocket attack on the village of Maghara that killed 13 people…

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BANGKOK: One of Thailand’s most prestigious universities apologized on Monday after students created a large mural depicting Adolf Hitler among a host of comic book superheroes during graduation celebrations. Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University expressed its “deep regret” over the painting, which appeared last week and featured Superman, Batman and the Incredible…

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DAMASCUS: The United Nations (UN) Secretary General’s special envoy for children and armed conflict, Leila Zerrougui, arrives in Syria on Monday for three days of meetings on the violence in the country. Zerrougui’s trip to Syria comes as part of a regional tour that includes stops in Jordan, Iraq, Turkey…

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KABUL: An Afghan soldier held on suspicion of killing a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) soldier from Slovakia has escaped from prison on a heavily guarded military base with the help of a guard. The soldier was arrested on July 9 after opening fire on foreign troops. The Slovakian died…

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BEIJING: Chinese police have detained four top executives of British drug firm GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in China for alleged bribery and other offences. Four managers whose responsibilities included operations, human resources, legal affairs and business development had committed “serious” economic crimes, the official Xinhua news agency said on Monday. AFP

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BEIJING: Typhoon Soulik was set to dump up to 18 centimeters of rain on eastern parts of China in just 24 hours, the China Meteorological Administration said on its website on Sunday, a day after the storm killed two when it battered Taiwan. The storm lashed coastal Fujian province with…

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SEOUL: Pilots of the Asiana Airlines passenger jet which crash-landed in San Francisco have returned to South Korea after being quizzed by United States aviation officials. The four pilots would face another probe by officials in Seoul after their medical checkup ends on Tuesday, the South Korean transportation ministry said…

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