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BY AFP WASHINGTON: The United States formally said for the first time on Wednesday that it had killed radical Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and three other US citizens in antiterror strikes abroad. The acknowledgement that Washington targeted Awlaki in Yemen in September 2011 and that the three others were not…

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BY AFP AMMAN: US Secretary of State John Kerry flew in to Israel on Thursday as he kept up a push to bring Israelis and Palestinians back to peace negotiations amid a growing skepticism over his efforts. Making his fourth trip to Israel since he began his tenure in February,…

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BY AFP BOSTON: A friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev implicated himself and the Boston bombing suspect in an unsolved triple homicide before FBI agents killed him in a violent altercation on Wednesday, local media reported. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said the man initiated a “violent confrontation” during questioning in Orlando,…

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BY AFP QUETTA: A bomb planted in a rickshaw tore through a vehicle used by security forces in southwest Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 12 people, police said. The remotely detonated bomb containing around 100 kilos of explosives targeted a truck carrying members of a government paramilitary force on…

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BY AFP KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian court on Thursday charged a student activist with sedition and three others, including two opposition politicians, were arrested on the same charge in what critics decried as a crackdown on dissent. Prime Minister Najib Razak pledged last year to repeal the Sedition Act, widely…

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BY AFP KATHMANDU: Five climbers, including the first Hungarian to scale Mount Everest, are missing and feared dead on Nepal’s treacherous Kangchenjunga mountain, tourism officials said on Thursday. The climbers—two from Hun-gary, two from Nepal and one from South Korea—went missing on Monday afternoon as they attempted to climb the…

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BY AFP SINGAPORE: The parents of a United States scientist found hanged in Singapore last year said on Thursday that they will seek a US congressional inquiry and tap a celebrity Thai pathologist to prove their son was murdered. Mary Todd, mother of the late researcher Shane Todd whose death…

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KATHMANDU: An 80-year-old Japanese climber reached the summit of Mount Everest on Thursday, becoming the oldest person to scale the world’s highest mountain, his website and a Nepalese official said. Yuichiro Miura and his party arrived at the summit at around 9a.m. (0315 GMT), according to the website. “I feel…

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BY AFP JAKARTA: Hundreds of sunbathers fled a popular Indonesian beach in panic when a four-meter crocodile laid down next to them to soak up some rays, an official said on Wednesday. Crowds were thronging the beach at Balikpapan on Borneo island at the weekend when the 500 kilogram reptile…