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BEIJING: A Chinese forensic expert who questioned the murder conviction of top politician Bo Xilai’s wife has resigned one of her positions, state media said on Monday, just as Bo’s trial date was announced. Wang Xuemei—who openly doubted the ruling Communist authorities’ account of the death of British businessman Neil…

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ANKARA: A Turkish pilot refused to fly a Beirut-bound plane from Istanbul in a show of protest against the kidnapping of two of his colleagues in Lebanon. Yilmaz Ozgenturk, a captain at national carrier Turkish Airlines (THY), left the cockpit after announcing to passengers in Turkish and English that he…

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TRIPOLI: Libyan Interior Minister Mohamed Khalifa al-Sheikh tendered his resignation on Sunday, just three months into the job, as unrest escalates in the North African country. Sheikh became the second cabinet minister to quit since August 4 when deputy prime minister Awadh al-Barassi stepped down citing the government’s inability to…

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GIBRALTAR: A Spanish protest fleet of 38 fishing boats sailed towards Gibraltar on Sunday to demand the British outpost remove 70 concrete blocks it has dropped in their fishing grounds. British naval and Gibraltar police patrols blocked the Spanish boats from entering disputed waters around the concrete reef, which has…

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PHNOM PENH: A nine-year-old boy has died from bird flu in Cambodia, the 10th victim this year, the World Health Organization said on Monday, warning that the kingdom’s deadliest outbreak of the virus could continue. The boy, from the northwestern province of Battambang, died in a children’s hospital in the…

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SINGAPORE: Singapore will build a new terminal that will double the capacity of Changi Airport in a bid to retain its edge as a regional aviation hub. Construction work will begin soon and will be completed in 12 to 15 years, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced in his annual…

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WELLINGTON: Dozens of same-sex couples said “I do” on Monday as New Zealand became the first Asia-Pacific country, and only the 14th in the world, to legalise gay marriage. Vows were exchanged in venues ranging from an airliner cruising at 30,000 feet (9,150 metres) to a historic bath house as…

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LABUHAN RUKU: Indonesian security forces on Monday hunted for a group of inmates who escaped from an overcrowded jail on Sumatra island, in the latest breakout to hit the country’s decrepit prison system. Prisoners rampaged through Labuhan Ruku jail on Sunday, setting fire to the building and attacking wardens, angered…

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police said they killed five suspected criminal gang members in a shootout early Monday, as they crackdown on a burst of violent crime that has shocked the country. Police said they launched the nationwide anti-crime push Saturday, following a growing public outcry over lawlessness that for the…

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OSLO: A Norwegian sentenced to death in 2010 for murder and spying in the Democratic Republic of Congo has died in prison, Norway’s foreign minister announced on Sunday. Tjostolv Moland and his friend Joshua French, who has dual British-Norwegian nationality, were sentenced to death for murder and spying in the…