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TOKYO: Japan’s gaffe-prone deputy prime minister on Friday rejected calls for his resignation after stoking international condemnation by saying Tokyo could learn from the Nazis’ swift overhaul of Germany’s constitution. Taro Aso, who is also Japan’s finance minister, added that he had no plan to apologize, as he repeated a…

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GIBRALTAR: The tiny British-held territory of Gibraltar complained to the European Union (EU) on Thursday over delays at its border crossing with Spain which it said were “deliberately” caused by Spanish authorities. Gibraltar said cars entering and leaving the territory on Spain’s southern tip were made to wait up to…

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KABUL: A United States (US) air strike killed five Afghan policemen during a joint operation against insurgents on Thursday, in an incident likely to further strain ties between the allies. Afghan and US troops called for aerial support while fighting in the eastern province of Nangarhar. AFP

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DHAKA: Bangladeshi security forces have killed at least 150 protesters since February, using excessive force during demonstrations against war crime trials for top Islamists, a rights group said on Thursday. New York-based Human Rights Watch said security forces have also injured more than 2,000 protesters during the street rallies, and…

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CAIRO: European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton left Egypt on Tuesday after a mediation trip that included talks with the ousted president, but the country’s crisis appeared no closer to a resolution. She said Mohamed Morsi, who has not been seen in public since being deposed on July…

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FORT MEADE, Maryland: American soldier Bradley Manning was found guilty of espionage on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) for leaking United States (US) government secrets, but he was cleared of the most serious charge that he willfully helped Al-Qaeda. Manning, in full military uniform, showed little emotion as he heard his…

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SHANGHAI: Ten people have died in China’s commercial hub Shanghai, a local health official said on Wednesday as the city grapples with its highest temperatures in at least 140 years. Much of China is in the grip of a summer heatwave, and the China Meteorological Association issued a high temperature…

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LONDON: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) called United States (US) soldier Bradley Manning a “hero” and said he expected him to appeal after a military judge convicted him of espionage. Assange said the verdict had set a “dangerous precedent” and was an example of “national security…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: United States (US) President Barack Obama on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) lent his weight to a fresh American initiative to hammer out a Middle East peace deal, meeting with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators. Obama, who travelled to Israel in March for his first visit to the region as…

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KINSHASA: The United Nations (UN) on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) threatened to use force against M23 rebel forces near Goma city, eastern Democratic Republic (DR) of Congo, if they do not disarm within 48 hours. A new UN intervention brigade will be used for the first time to help the…