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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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KABUL: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has halted all staff movement across Afghanistan and closed its office in Jalalabad that was hit by a suicide and gun attack. “All movements have been frozen throughout Afghanistan, there is not a single ICRC delegate or employee that is moving,…

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PARIS: Tamiflu, the frontline treatment for influenza, offers no benefit for patients if it is administered in double the normal dose, a study conducted in Southeast Asia said on Thursday. Doctors at 13 hospitals in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam tested the idea on 326 patients with severe flu symptoms.

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BISHKEK: Kyrgyzstan authorities on Friday arrested 92 protestors who seized an electricity station and cut off power to a Canadian-owned gold mine which is one of the country’s biggest assets. The protestors are demanding the nationalization of the Kumtor mine which has been wholly owned by the Canadian mining group…

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WELLINGTON: A New Zealand judge on Friday ordered police to return any digital material seized in an armed raid on Internet mogul Kim Dotcom’s mansion last year not directly related to the prosecution against him. The decision by High Court chief judge Helen Winkelmann follows a ruling last year that…

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UNITED NATIONS: Failure to agree on who will take part in an international conference on the Syria could thwart hopes that the make-or-break meeting will be held in June, diplomats said Wednesday. United Nations leader Ban Ki-moon said that key “elements” of the proposed conference had still not been agreed…

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LONDON: One of the chief suspects in the brutal killing of a British soldier on a London street is due to appear in court on Thursday charged with murder and possession of a firearm. Michael Adebowale, 22, was arrested on May 22, the day soldier Lee Rigby was hacked to…

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LASHIO: Security forces patrolled the riot-scarred streets of a town in eastern Myanmar on Thursday after a fresh outbreak of religious violence that left one dead and several wounded. Soldiers were out in force across Lashio in Shan state as authorities sought to stamp out the bloody unrest—the latest in…

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HANOI: Children with disabilities are among the most marginalized and excluded in the world, often going unregistered at birth and facing bullying, discrimination and even murder, a new United Nations (UN) report said on Thursday. “Many of the deprivations endured by children with disabilities stem from and are perpetuated by…

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KUALA LUMPUR: One person is confirmed dead and about a dozen are still missing two days after an overloaded ferry capsized in rough rapids on a remote Borneo river, Malaysian police said on Thursday. The accident happened Tuesday on the Rajang River as people traveled for a tribal festival this…