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PHNOM PENH: Cambodia on Sunday reversed a ban on local radio stations airing foreign-produced broadcasts in the run up to next month’s general election, following US criticism of the move as an attack on freedom of expression. Local FM radio stations were this week ordered by the Information Ministry to…

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SYDNEY: Sydney will bid farewell to what has been termed a transport “white elephant” on Sunday—a futuristic monorail which has looped the center of the Australian city for almost a quarter of a century. The New South Wales state government announced in March that the controversial above-ground rail link would…

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CAIRO: Washington warned against travel to Egypt after an American was among three people killed during rival demonstrations for and against Islamist President Mohamed Morsi ahead of Sunday’s anniversary of his turbulent maiden year in office. The United States (US) State Department also authorized the departure of non-essential embassy staff…

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LOS ANGELES: A United States (US) federal court on Friday lifted a ban on same-sex marriage in California with immediate effect, following a landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court this week. The decision came only two days after the top US court’s ruling, much quicker than expected. “The stay…

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COLOMBO: A Sri Lankan man suffered a fatal heart attack after being presented with a shocking electricity bill, a media report said Saturday. The 61-year-old victim had protested at the Ceylon Electricity Board in Colombo Friday that his bill had suddenly spiked, the Ceylon Today newspaper said. It said the…

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MONTREAL: Another Quebec mayor resigned Friday amid sex allegations, bringing to four the number of municipal leaders in the Canadian province to quit in disgrace in recent months. Alexandre Duplessis, the interim mayor of Laval, announced he was stepping down after being accused of soliciting sex with a prostitute, which…

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DAKAR: United States (US) President Barack Obama sought on Thursday (Friday in Manila) to calm tensions surrounding fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden’s stay in a Moscow airport as it appeared he did not possess documents allowing him to travel further. Snowden, who is wanted by the US authorities for leaking…

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CAIRO: Fears mounted of a bloody showdown between supporters and opponents of Egypt’s Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on Friday after one activist was killed in the latest violence to cloud the Arab world’s most populous democracy. Islamist groups called on their supporters to camp out indefinitely in a Cairo square…

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DAMASCUS: A suicide bomber killed at least four people in a Christian area of the Syrian capital on Thursday (Friday in Manila) as aid groups said they cannot keep pace with the ever-growing suffering. State media said the “terrorist” bomber struck near a church of an order of the Maronite…

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JERUSALEM: United States (US) Secretary of State John Kerry met for nearly four hours into Friday morning with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his latest bid to revive Middle East peace talks. On his fifth visit in as many months, Kerry met for dinner on Thursday with Netanyahu at…