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TEHRAN: World powers will meet for fresh talks with Iran on its controversial nuclear program on Tuesday, as hopes rise for a more conciliatory approach from the new Tehran government. The two-day meeting in Geneva will be the first such negotiations since President Hassan Rouhani, a reputed moderate, took office…

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BRASILIA, Brazil: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced on Sunday (Monday in Manila) that her government was creating a secure email system to try and shield official communications from spying by the United States and other countries. “We need more security on our messages to prevent possible espionage,” Rousseff said on…

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NEW YORK CITY: The Statue of Liberty was back to her shining best on Sunday (Monday in Manila), reopened to tourists for the first time since falling victim to the United States (US) government shutdown two weeks ago. Basking in glorious autumn weather, American and foreign tourists thronged Battery Park,…

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GOPALPUR, India: Tens of thousands of people who fled India’s strongest cyclone in 14 years returned to discover their homes and livelihoods destroyed on Monday, as a massive relief operation kicked into gear. One million people were forced to seek refuge in shelters and government buildings after the terrifying cyclone…

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BOGOTA: A new 21-story apartment building collapsed in the Colombian city of Medellin, leaving 11 workers missing in the rubble, authorities said on Sunday (Monday in Manila). The building had been evacuated after inspectors warned of a risk of collapse, but workers were inside trying to shore up the structure…

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UNITED NATIONS, United States: Attackers swooped on a United Nations (UN) water convoy in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region on Sunday (Monday in Manila), killing three Senegalese peace-keepers, the UN said. It was the second deadly attack on the UN mission in Darfur, UNAMID, in three days and UN leader Ban…

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STOCKHOLM: US trio Lars Peter Hansen, Eugene Fama and Robert Shiller won the Nobel Economics Prize on Monday for groundbreaking work on spotting trends in asset markets, the jury said. The three “have laid the foundation for the current understanding of asset prices. It relies in part on fluctuations in…

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VALLETA, Malta: Syrian refugees who survived a boat capsize off Malta in the latest disaster in the Mediterranean said on Sunday (Monday in Manila) they were fired on by “militiamen” as they set out on their perilous journey from Libya. At least 36 people perished after the boat sank on…

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BEIJING: China marks 10 years since it first sent a human into space Tuesday, with its ambitious program rocketing ahead while rival National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is largely closed because of the United States (US) government shutdown. Yang Liwei orbited the Earth 14 times during his 21-hour flight…

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HANOI: Vietnam is evacuating tens of thousands of people in the path of Typhoon Nari, state media said Monday, after the powerful storm left 13 dead in the Philippines. Nari is expected to slam into central Vietnam on Tuesday morning, after ripping off rooftops, toppling trees and triggering flash floods…