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AMMAN: Jordan’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission has given the go-ahead for a first nuclear research reactor as the desert kingdom, which lacks any oil, seeks to meet its energy needs. The five-megawatt reactor will be built at the Jordan University for Sciences and Technology near the northern city of Irbid. AFP

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SEOUL: A reactor at one of South Korea’s largest nuclear plants shut down on Wednesday. The reactor, one of six at the Yeonggwang complex in the southwest of the country, shut down at 2:44 p.m. (0544 GMT). A spokesman for the Korea Hydro and Power Co. said there was no…

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RAMALLAH: Israeli and Palestinian officials held talks in Jerusalem on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) and were to meet again later the same day. The meetings were taking place just six days after Israeli and Palestinian negotiators formally resumed direct peace talks after a hiatus of nearly three years, thanks to…

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HARARE: Zimbabwe’s top court has ruled that veteran Robert Mugabe won a fiercely contested presidential election fair and square, paving way for a stadium-style inauguration on Thursday. The declaration—despite widespread allegations of vote rigging—clear the way for 89-year-old Mugabe to hold his high-profile inauguration and embark on another five-year term.…

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CAIRO: Egyptian authorities said Tuesday they had arrested the supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, as they stepped up a campaign to crush the party of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. The arrest stoked fears of an escalation in the already tense situation in Egypt, where nearly 900 people have died…

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WASHINGTON, District of Columbia: The United States will only lift sanctions on Zimbabwe’s newly re-elected President Robert Mugabe if he implements political reforms, the US said on Monday. In March 2003, the United States imposed sanctions on Mugabe and on a list of his relatives. Mugabe, Africa’s oldest leader at…

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KANO, Nigeria: Nigeria’s army said on Monday that the leader of Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, branded a “global terrorist” by the United States, may have died following a clash with soldiers. Intelligence reports “available to the (military) revealed that Abubakar Shekau, the most dreaded and wanted Boko Haram terrorists…

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PARIS, France: China, the United States and Qatar were accused of environmental plunder on Tuesday as green activists marked “Earth Overshoot Day,” the date at which mankind has exhausted a year’s budget of natural resources. “In just over eight months, we have used as much nature as our planet can…

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JAKARTA: Australian ministers participated in regional talks on people-smuggling in Indonesia Tuesday as an asylum-seeker boat carrying 105 people was sinking off Christmas Island, highlighting the urgency of stemming the flood of would-be refugees. Less than three weeks before Australians go to the polls, Foreign Minister Bob Carr and Immigration…