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ROME: The two daughters of a missing Italian journalist Domenico Quirico on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) launched a video appeal asking Syrians to help them find their father who disappeared while on a mission in the war-torn country. Quirico, who works for La Stampa newspaper, has not been heard from…

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NIAMEY: Inmates in Niamey’s main prison killed two guards on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), officials said, a week after twin suicide bombings claimed 20 lives in the west African country. Three inmates charged with terrorist offences tried to had break out of the prison, prosecutor Ibrahim Wazir Moussa said on…

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YOKOHAMA: Japan is to give $14 billion in aid to Africa over the next five years, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Saturday, as Tokyo seeks a slice of the potentially vast marketplace. “The ODA (overseas development aid) will be about 1.4 trillion yen ($14 billion)” Abe said at the start…

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MADRID, Spain: Spanish police seized a boat carrying three tons of cocaine in the Atlantic and arrested 21 people including the vessel’s Korean captain and Indonesian crew. “National police officers boarded a fishing boat in the Atlantic ocean with more than three tonnes of cocaine in parcels,” on Wednesday, a…

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PARIS, France: General anesthesia for the elderly boosts the risks of dementia by more than a third, according to a study by French doctors. Researchers led by Francois Sztark at the University of Bordeaux in southwestern France analyzed data from a long-term study into cognitive decline covering 9,300 elderly people…

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BEIJING: A mother whose newborn baby was rescued from a toilet pipe in China is in hospital after nearing “mental collapse” while the alleged father has requested a DNA test. The mother of the child, who became lodged in the pipe after she gave birth on the toilet, is “on…

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UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations on Thursday called on Myanmar authorities to end a ban on families having more than two children in two Muslim-majority townships in a troubled state. UN deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey said that pressing the policy in Rakhine state, where there have been widespread clashes…

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SYDNEY: A Dutch adventurer rowing from Australia to Africa was rescued from the Indian Ocean on Friday after he was injured in a close call with a passing oil tanker. Ralph Tuijn, 36, was well into his 9,000-kilometer, 120-day journey from Western Australia when his boat was reportedly swamped on…

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SYDNEY: Australia’s spy chief has declared the nation’s new intelligence headquarters secure after reports Chinese hackers stole the building’s top secret blueprints. Speaking for the first time since the reports aired Monday, Australian Security Intelligence Organization Director General David Irvine said security would meet “very, very high standards.”

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CHICAGO: A young Lebanese man caught plotting to detonate a bomb near Chicago’s iconic Wrigley Field baseball stadium was sentenced Thursday to 23 years in prison, prosecutors said. Lebanese citizen Sami Samir Hassoun was a legal resident of the United States at the time of his 2010 arrest.

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