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KATHMANDU: Another three climbers have perished during Himalayan expeditions in Nepal, casting a shadow over celebrations this week of the first summit of Everest 60 years ago. A 67-year-old Japanese woman named as Chizuko Kono and 50-year-old Spaniard Juanjo Garra went missing on Friday on Mount Dhaulagiri along with their…

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KUALA LUMPUR: A British tourist died in Malaysia when she was struck by a passing boat’s propeller in a diving accident off a group of popular resort islands in the South China Sea, police said on Tuesday. Madeline Jayne, 25, suffered serious injuries to her lower limbs and torso in…

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SYDNEY: Aerial surveillance of a remote Indian Ocean area near where 28 life jackets were found four days ago revealed no evidence of a ship wreck, an Australian government spokeswoman said on Tuesday. The discovery of life jackets on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands off Western Australia on Friday has prompted…

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SYDNEY: Victims of child sex abuse by Catholic clergy in Australia and their supporters on Tuesday called for the resignation of the church’s top ranking cardinal, saying they were unimpressed with his apology. Sydney Archbishop Cardinal George Pell on Monday appeared at a Victorian state government inquiry into the criminal…

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SYDNEY: Australian immigration officials confirmed on Tuesday that a German jewel thief transiting through Bangkok under escort managed to escape his guards and flee the airport in an embarrassing bungle. Carlo Konstantin Kohl, 25, was being extradited to Germany via Thailand when bad weather forced an extended stopover at Bangkok’s…

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WASHINGTON: A fire broke out aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship on Monday, forcing the more than 2,000 guests aboard to gather at assembly areas while it was extinguished, the cruise line said. The company said the fire broke out at 2:50 a.m. (0650 GMT) in a mooring area on…

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BEIJING: A Chinese province is likely to abolish mandatory HIV tests for teachers, the first region on the mainland to do so, state media said on Tuesday. HIV carriers are excluded from civil service jobs including teaching and policing in many provinces across China, leading to accusations of discrimination from…

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SANTIAGO: Authorities in Chile and Argentina on Monday issued a red alert and ordered the evacuation of 3,000 people living near the Copahue volcano near their common border, saying an eruption could be imminent. Chile’s interior minister Andres Chadwick said anyone living in a 25-kilometer radius of the volcano had…

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SYDNEY: Fear of scandal prompted the cover-up of child sex abuse allegations within the Catholic Church, Australia’s top-ranking Cardinal George Pell admitted Monday. Pell, speaking at an inquiry by Victoria’s parliament into child sex abuse in the state, denied being personally involved in the cover-up of pedophile priests, but said…

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SHANGHAI: China’s commercial hub Shanghai plans to turn recycled cooking oil, some of it seized by authorities, into an environmental asset by converting it into fuel for vehicles, state media said on Monday. The country has been rocked by a series of food safety scandals including the re-use of waste…