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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The United States (US) House of Representatives on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) narrowly beat back an effort to cut funding to National Security Agency (NSA) programs that scoop up telephone data on millions of Americans. The amendment, following disclosures about the sweeping US surveillance programs, was backed by…

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LONDON: Britain’s Prince William, his wife Kate and newly named baby son George spent on Wednesday night (Thursday in Manila) at her family home in rural England, far from the glare of the world’s media. The couple slipped away from London in the afternoon, shortly before it was announced that…

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MOSCOW: Fugitive United States (US) intelligence leaker Edward Snowden on Thursday awaited permission to leave the Moscow airport where he has been stuck for over a month, as the US stepped up pressure on Russia to send him back home. Reports on Wednesday indicated that Russian authorities were preparing to…

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CIDAUN: Rescuers searched the seas off Indonesia’s Java island on Wednesday for possibly dozens of asylum-seekers missing after their Australia-bound boat sank, leaving at least seven confirmed dead and 156 survivors. Five children including an 18-month-old baby were among the dead, local police spokesman Achmad Suprijatna said, adding that a…

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NEW DELHI: An Indian court is expected to deliver the first verdict this week on one of five suspects tried over the fatal gang-rape of a student, which triggered outrage and protests across the country. A juveniles’ court in New Delhi has finished hearing the case of the youngest suspect,…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: United States (US) regulators on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) released a review of scientific data that shows menthol cigarettes are harder to quit than regular kinds, and asked for public input on a possible ban. The mint-flavored cigarettes do not appear linked to a higher risk of disease,…

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SYDNEY: Australian Immigration Minister Tony Burke on Wednesday described as “horrific” explosive claims that asylum-seekers at one of its processing camps in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are being raped and tortured. A former senior official at the Manus Island facility also detailed “almost daily” self-harm and attempted suicides while warning…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: China and Indonesia headed the list of 177 countries named as sources of Internet attacks, a security survey said on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). The survey from United States (US) security firm Akamai found China remained at the top of the list in the first quarter of 2013,…

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NARATHIWAT: A spate of bomb and gun attacks in southern Thailand has left eight people dead including teachers and police officers, officials said on Wednesday, despite a tentative deal to curb violence. Malaysia—which is facilitating peace talks between the Thai government and Muslim rebels from the region—announced on July 12…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Vietnam’s president on Wednesday starts a rare visit to Washington to boost trade and security ties between the former war foes, but activists urged the United States (US) to press him on human rights. President Truong Tan Sang will on Thursday become only the second Vietnamese head of…