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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…

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SINGAPORE: A Singapore court on Wednesday charged a senior anti-corruption official with siphoning off more than a million dollars of government money to fund his casino gambling habit. Edwin Yeo Seow Hiong, 39, an assistant director at the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB), is accused of misappropriating Sg$1.76-million ($1.4-million) worth…

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APARECIDA: Pope Francis on Wednesday will lead his first big mass since arriving in Brazil, officiating at the country’s most revered Catholic shrine and touting his “church for the poor” message. The first Latin American and Jesuit pontiff was due to arrive at (12:30 a.m. Manila time) in Aparecida, where…

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SOFIA: Anti-riot police broke up a protesters’ blockade of Bulgaria’s parliament on Wednesday and escorted out over 100 ministers, lawmakers and journalists who had been trapped inside for over eight hours. Policeman with shields pushed away the anti-government protesters and formed a tight cordon barring all access to the stately…

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CAIRO: Pressure was growing on Egypt’s new leaders to release Mohamed Morsi from detention after clashes between supporters and opponents of the deposed Islamist president left 13 people dead. The clashes broke out on Monday and raged into Tuesday, leaving dozens wounded alongside the fatalities, after Morsi’s family vowed to…