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NEW DELHI: India is looking at issuing visas on arrival for visitors from 40 more countries, raising hopes it will overcome national security fears to boost its tourism industry. The new countries would include the United States and Britain—the source of about 25 percent of all tourists last year—as well…

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KABUL: A security deal to allow some US troops to stay in Afghanistan to fight Al-Qaeda was at risk of collapse Tuesday after President Hamid Karzai said he was prepared to walk away from negotiations. The United States has pushed for the bilateral security pact (BSA) to be signed by…

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MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Moscow would welcome Indonesia joining Syria peace talks scheduled to take place in Geneva later this year. “We believe it is possible to expand the number of (conference) participants by including such big Muslim states like Indonesia. In my opinion, it…

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BUENOS AIRES: Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner was to undergo surgery on Tuesday to drain a brain hematoma, officials said, leaving her party in uncertainty in the run-up to this month’s congressional elections. Kirchner’s spokesman revealed on Saturday that she had been diagnosed with a brain injury following an August 12…

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BAGHDAD: A wave of car and roadside bombs hit Baghdad province on Monday evening (Tuesday in Manila), killing at least 21 people, while eight security forces members died in other attacks. The Baghdad attacks are just the latest coordinated bombings to strike Iraq’s capital in recent weeks, as the country…

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ROME: A French oceanographic vessel that helped find the wreck of the Titanic rescued 29 Syrian refugees on Monday, part of a group of 363 asylum-seekers that have landed in Italy in the past 24 hours. Le Suroit brought the Syrian migrants to the port of Pozzallo in southeast Sicily,…

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LOS ANGELES: Saudi Arabia’s first-ever candidate for the foreign language Oscar is among 76 movies on the Academy Award long-list announced on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), while Pakistan has entered its first film in five decades. Moldova and Montenegro have also submitted movies for the first time, among the hopefuls…

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TEHRAN: Iranian Telecommunications Minister Mahmoud Vaezi rejected on Monday any official plans to legalize Facebook and Twitter, although President Hassan Rouhani pledged to reduce online censorship. Tehran blocks access to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and numerous other sites, including blogs and pornography hubs, as it tries to stop Iranians from surfing…

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NUSA DUA, Indonesia: United States (US) Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad could take “credit” for quickly starting the process of destroying his regime’s chemical weapons arsenal and thanked Russia for its help. “The process has begun in record time and we are…

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NUSA DUA, Indonesia: United States (US) Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday urged Iran to come up with new nuclear proposals, rebuffing Tehran’s position that the onus is now on foreign powers to unblock the long-running impasse. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mo-hammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that the previous…