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CHITTAGONG: Bangladesh began cleaning up on Friday after a killer cyclone wrecked thousands of homes along its coast while breathing a sigh of relief that the damage was not much worse. Fourteen people are so far known to have died in Bangladesh after Cyclone Mahasen, which has since been downgraded…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Indonesia’s foreign minister called on Thursday (Friday in Manila) for a new treaty spanning across Asia to help build trust, warning of the potential for conflict in the fast-changing region if tensions fester. On a visit to Washington, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said that a new treaty could…

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BEIJING: Chinese premier Li Keqiang embarks this weekend on his first foreign trip since taking office, heading to India, Pakistan, Switzerland and Germany as Beijing seeks to address security and economic disputes. Li’s journey follows one by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Russia and three African nations in March after…

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TOKYO: Three Chinese government ships entered the waters of disputed islands on Friday, Japan’s coastguard said, more than a year after the then-Tokyo governor set off the row by announcing plans to buy them. The Chinese maritime surveillance vessels were spotted off the Senkaku islands, which China calls the Diaoyus,…

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SEOUL: North Korea is now thought to have around twice as many mobile missile launchers as previously estimated by Seoul, a report said on Friday, quoting a state-run military analysis unit. Yonhap news agency said that, the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses (KIDA) had revised its figures after seeing a…

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JAKARTA: Indonesia executed three convicted murderers on Friday, an official said, the second time that the country has done so since 2008 in a move that drew condemnation from rights groups. Suryadi Swabhuana, Jurit and Ibrahim, all Indonesians, were put to death by firing squad in Nusakambangan prison, on an…

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UNITED NATIONS: The UN General Assembly condemned President Bashar al-Assad’s “escalation” of the Syrian war on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) as rebels battled to free inmates from a prison in the key city of Aleppo. The vote came on the eve of talks between US President Barack Obama and Turkey’s…

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VIENNA: Nuclear talks between Iran and the UN atomic agency failed yet again on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), as the top US diplomat in separate six-party negotiations warned Washington’s patience was wearing thin. International discussions on Iran’s nuclear ambitions were held in Istanbul and Vienna but the Western reactions afterwards…

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SEOUL: South Korea on Thursday criticized an “unhelpful” visit to North Korea by a senior aide to Japan’s prime minister, saying it weakened the united front needed to deal with Pyongyang. Isao Iijima arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday on a visit that clearly surprised both Seoul and Washington, which have…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: After days under siege, President Barack Obama has sprung into action to confront three alleged scandals that Republicans are slamming as evidence of abuse of power and cover-ups. In a multipronged attack on the Republicans, the President is acting amid incoming fire over the assault last year on…