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PATNA: Multiple small bomb blasts hit the historic Bodh Gaya Buddhist temple complex in eastern India on Sunday, wounding two monks but the temple itself was not damaged. Two more bombs were found and defused inside the complex, one of them near the temple’s celebrated 80-feet-tall (24-meter) statue of the…

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PHNOM PENH: Cambodia’s opposition leader, who lives in self-imposed exile abroad, has vowed to return to the country, in a move his party hailed on Sunday as a boost to its chances in elections this month. Sam Rainsy, seen as the main challenger to strongman Hun Sen, promised to travel…

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MEXICO CITY: Hurricane Erick barreled up the western coast of Mexico on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), bringing with it the danger of flash floods and landslides. Heavy rains were falling over parts of southwestern Mexico, the US National Hurricane Center in Miami said, as the storm churned up the Pacific…

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KANO: Gunmen believed to be Boko Haram Islamists attacked a secondary school in Nigeria’s restive northeast on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), killing 42 people, many of whom were students. The attackers rounded up students and staff of the school and placed them in a dormitory before throwing explosives inside and…

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BAMAKO: Campaigning for Mali’s watershed July 28 presidential election officially begins on Sunday, with the nation struggling to move on from war and return to desperately-needed constitutional order after an 18-month political crisis. The ballot will be the first since a coup in March last year that ousted the democratically…

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SEOUL: North and South Korea held rare talks Saturday on re-opening a joint industrial zone seen as the last remaining symbol of cross-border reconciliation. The talks—delayed by nearly two hours—follow months of friction and threats of war by Pyongyang after its February nuclear test attracted tougher United Nations (UN) sanctions,…

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CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offered asylum to United States (US) intelligence leaker Edward Snowden late Friday, giving a possible escape route to the fugitive whose revelations rocked the US government and security establishment. In Nicaragua, President Daniel Ortega also gave the 30-year-old computer expert another glimmer of hope, saying…

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CAIRO: At least 26 people were killed in clashes across Egypt on Friday as tens of thousands of supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi turned out to protest his ouster by a popularly backed military coup. A coalition of Islamist groups including Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood vowed further “peaceful” protests in…

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LISBON: Portugal’s Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho patched up his ruling coalition Friday to save it from collapse, but financial jitters revived as the nation’s president warned of grave risks ahead. Investors fear the crisis could unleash a new wave of instability in the eurozone’s debt-laden periphery, where anti-austerity sentiment…