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BEIJING: A Chinese police chief who sentenced the mother of a rape and kidnap victim to hard labor apologized to her during a court hearing on Tuesday over compensation. Tang Hui’s sentencing to 18 months in a “re-education through labor” camp for demanding her daughter’s attackers be punished sparked widespread…

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RIYADH: A Saudi court sentenced 18 men, some of them foreigners, to jail terms of between seven months and 15 years on Monday after convicting them of fighting in foreign conflicts on behalf of Sunni Muslim extremist groups. Saudi Press Agency did not specify which foreign conflicts they were found…

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CAIRO: Egypt’s opposition on Monday gave Islamist Mohamed Morsi a day to quit or face civil disobedience after deadly protests demanded the country’s first democratically elected president step down after just a year in office. “We give Mohamed Morsi until 5 p.m. (1500 GMT) on July 2 to leave power,…

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LOS ANGELES: At least 19 firefighters were killed on Sunday (Monday in Manila) battling a fast-moving wildfire in Arizona, officials said, in the deadliest incident of its kind in the United States in decades. The firefighters died while racing to contain the Yarnell Hill wildfire north of Phoenix, in what…

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RIO DE JANEIRO: Protesters hurling petrol bombs clashed with riot police as the curtain came down on the violence-plagued Confederations Cup on Sunday (Monday in Manila) with host nation Brazil downing world champions Spain in the final. A fiesta of football inside Rio’s iconic Maracana Stadium saw Brazil triumph 3-0…

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CAPE TOWN: President Barack Obama headed to Tanzania on Monday, on the last leg of an African tour in which ailing Nelson Mandela’ offstage presence complicated a key US diplomatic push in a rising continent. Obama warned on Sunday that Africa could only fulfill its destiny with leaders who strive…

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JERUSALEM: Hardliners in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud were elected into key positions in the party’s governing institutions on Monday, in a move that could create difficulties on making concessions to the Palestinians. Deputy Defencse Minister Danny Danon, an outspoken opponent of the two-state solution, won the vote for…

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ZAGREB: Tens of thousands of Croatians cheered the country’s entry into the European Union at midnight on Sunday as fireworks lit up the skies above Zagreb. It was a historic moment for the former Yugoslav republic, coming nearly two decades after it emerged from a bloody independence war in the…

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WASHINGTON: US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew expressed hope the economic sanctions aimed at stopping Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program will work, because “the alternatives are worse.” Lew, whose Treasury Department is tasked with enforcing the sanctions, was speaking Sunday at a conference in Aspen, Colorado. “It would be the best…

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HONG KONG: Thousands of protesters, some waving British colonial-era flags, marched in Hong Kong on Monday to denounce the city’s leaders and demand universal suffrage on the 16th anniversary of the territory’s handover to China. Tropical Storm Rumbia brought rain and strong winds as demonstrators bearing banners saying “Democracy now”…