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SEOUL: South Korea on Friday proposed formal talks next week with the North on arranging the first reunion in three years of families separated by the 1950-1953 Korean War. In a telephone message, the South suggested holding discussions on August 23 under Red Cross auspices at the border village of…

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PANAMA CITY: The Panama Canal authority said on Thursday (Friday in Manila) it will impose as much as a $1 million fine on the North Korean freighter caught with an undeclared shipment of Cuban weapons. “It is a flagrant violation of safe passage through the Panama Canal and we have…

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JAKARTA: Indonesian rescuers found five more bodies on Friday after a boat taking people home following holidays at the end of Ramadan sank, an official said, taking the death toll from the accident to 13. The small wooden vessel, which was holding more than double its capacity of about 20…

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MUMBAI: India’s navy on Friday retrieved three badly burned bodies from a submarine that exploded in a Mumbai dockyard and said it was unlikely any of the other 15 missing crewmen would be found alive. The diesel-powered INS Sindhurakshak sank in a military dockyard on Wednesday, dealing a setback to…

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UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations (UN) is in urgent need of $98 million to finance emergency aid for the people of North Korea, the UN coordinator for the impoverished country said on Thursday (Friday in Manila). Of the $150 million required to maintain food, health and sanitation programs by five…

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TOKYO: Japanese police were on Friday investigating the cause of an explosion at a fireworks festival, which left at least 59 people injured including some with serious burns when it ripped through the crowded site. Witnesses recounted seeing victims, including children, screaming as they rolled around on the ground to…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The National Security Agency (NSA) has breached privacy rules or acted outside its authority several thousand times since being granted sweeping new powers five years ago, the Washington Post reported on Thursday (Friday in Manila). The paper said on its website the breaches had been revealed after analysis…

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BEIRUT: Lebanon was holding a day of mourning on Friday after a car bombing killed at least 22 people in a Beirut stronghold of Shiite group Hezbollah which backs Syria’s embattled president. A previously unknown group, apparently a Syrian rebel cell, said it carried out Thursday’s attack in the densely…

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CAIRO: Egypt’s Christians are living in fear after a string of attacks against churches, businesses and homes they say were carried out by angry supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. As police dispersed Morsi supporters from two Cairo squares on Wednesday, attackers torched churches across the country in an…

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WELLINGTON: A powerful earthquake rattled major cities across New Zealand on Friday, sending terrified office workers fleeing as central Wellington shook “like jelly,” but authorities reported no major damage. The 6.5-magnitude quake struck at 2:31 p.m. near an area where a series of quakes hit last month, the United States…