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BUENOS AIRES: Argentine President Cristina Kirchner was recovering in hospital on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) after successful surgery to remove a blood clot on her brain. Kirchner was said to be in “good spirits” following the operation, which came just three weeks before crucial mid-term legislative elections. AFP

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BEIJING: Chinese police opened fire on a group of protesters in Tibet, injuring 60, the United Kingdom-based group Free Tibet said on Wednesday. The demonstrators had gathered on Sunday to demand the release of a fellow Tibetan detained for refusing to fly the Chinese flag. AFP

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MECCA: Saudi Arabia is gearing up for next week’s hajj with scores of pilgrims set to miss the world’s largest annual gathering over construction work and fears about a deadly virus. Last year a total of 3.2 million faithful, including 1.75 million foreigners, performed the pilgrimage to Mecca, Islam’s holiest…

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has asked Iran for $2 billion in financing to build its side of a controversial gas pipeline that has drawn threats of United States sanctions. The Iranian side of the $7.5-billion project is almost complete, but Pakistan has run into repeated problems paying for the 780 kilometers section…

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BAKU: Oil-rich Azerbaijan voted in a presidential election on Wednesday that looks certain to see strongman Ilham Aliyev seal a third term, with critics claiming a widespread crackdown on his foes ahead of the poll. Despite refusing to campaign publicly, Aliyev appears a shoo-in as the authorities exert an iron…

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UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations (UN) warned on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) that inspectors face a yearlong mission of unprecedented danger in trying to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, as rebels launched a major offensive. In a report to the UN Security Council, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said it would…

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STOCKHOLM: In a year with no clear favorites, Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami appears to be the frontrunner to win the Nobel Prize for Literature this week. Murakami, known across the globe for works such as “Norwegian Wood” and “1Q84,” heads the list at bookmaker Ladbrokes with 5/2 odds. Also near…

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NUSA DUA, Indonesia: Japan’s prime minister reached out to the leaders of China and South Korea at an Asia-Pacific summit, officials said on Tuesday, shaking hands and exchanging greetings in a bid to overcome deep tensions. Shinzo Abe managed a brief encounter with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday and…

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SEOUL: North Korea on Tuesday warned the United States (US) of a “horrible disaster” and put its troops on alert over a massive joint naval drill involving a nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier alongside South Korean and Japanese vessels. The warning came after Seoul and Washington last week signed a new…

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BEIJING: Two Chinese miners were rescued on Tuesday after 10 days trapped underground by a flood. A total of 42 workers were underground when water began pouring into the state-owned Zhengsheng coal mine on September 28, and although 30 escaped a dozen were stuck inside. AFP