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ISLAMABAD: Pakistani lawmakers on Tuesday began voting for a new president, marking an end to the five-year term of outgoing Asif Ali Zardari whose party lost in May’s general elections. An official from the Pakistan election commission said that lawmakers in the Senate, National Assembly and the four provincial assemblies…

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PARIS: Indonesia and India on Tuesday were named as the world’s biggest catchers of sharks in an European Union (EU)-backed probe into implementing a new pact to protect seven threatened species of sharks and rays. Indonesia and India account for more than a fifth of global shark catches, according to…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The United States (US) voiced concern on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) about reports of irregularities in Cambodia’s weekend elections and called for a credible investigation. “We urge all parties and their supporters to continue to act in an orderly and peaceful manner in the post-election period,” State Department…

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TAIPEI: Dozens of Taiwanese pro-independence activists clashed with police during a protest on Tuesday against an agreement to further open up service sector trade with China as lawmakers debated the pact. Chanting “Opposing the trade service agreement, safeguarding sovereignty,” demonstrators attempted to push their way through a police cordon around…

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PARIS: Boeing and rival Airbus said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) they would check distress beacons made by Honeywell on their planes, after the device was identified as the likely cause of a fire on a Boeing Dreamliner. Some 6,000 so-called emergency locator transmitters (ELT), designed to help localize the…

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BEIJING: Beijing has ruled out any imminent leaders’ summit with Tokyo, Chinese state-run media said on Tuesday after a Japanese official raised the possibility, in a rebuff underscoring tensions over a long-running maritime dispute. Asia’s two largest economies are locked in a bitter row over a string of islands in…

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SYDNEY: Organized crime is so big globally that were it a country, it would be part of the G20 group of major economies, the Australian government said on Tuesday. Releasing the biennial report by Australian Crime Commission (ACC) on the issue, Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said organized crime had…

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RANGES-PRES-MARNAND: Two trains collided head-on on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) in western Switzerland, killing one of the drivers and injuring 35 passengers, at least five of them seriously. The accident happened in Granges-pres-Marnand shortly before 7 p.m. (5 p.m. Manila time), according to regional police. The force of the impact…

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CAIRO: European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton held two hours of talks with the ousted Egyptian president as she pressed efforts on Tuesday to broker an end to an increasingly bloody crisis. Ashton’s intensive talks with leaders of both the army-installed interim government and the Islamist opposition came…

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JEDDAH: A Saudi court sentenced on Monday a rights activist to seven years in jail and 600 lashes for setting up a “liberal” network and alleged insults to Islam, activists said. “Raef Badawi has been sentenced to seven years in jail and 600 lashes,” lawyer Waleed Abualkhair wrote on his…