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NEW DELHI: Afghan President Hamid Karzai will try to secure more military aid in talks with Indian leaders on Tuesday as he looks to beef up his security forces after international troops pull out next year. Karzai is to hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Indian counterpart…

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SINGAPORE: An American scientist found hanged in Singapore last year was murdered and his death made to look like a suicide as part of a conspiracy, a US pathologist told an inquiry in the city-state on Tuesday. Edward Adelstein, 75, a deputy medical examiner in Missouri, contradicted Singapore police findings…

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JERUSALEM: Israeli soldiers patrolling the disputed Golan Heights along the border with Syria fired back after coming under fire overnight, an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) statement said on Tuesday. “Overnight, shots were fired at an IDF patrol on the border in the central Golan Heights, damaging a military vehicle,” said…

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BEIJING: North Korea released 16 Chinese fishermen and their boat on Tuesday, the Chinese state media said, after reports that armed assailants had taken the sailors hostage fuelled strains between the neighbors. “All the fishermen with the boat are safe on their way back,” China’s Xinhua news agency said, citing…

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NO NEW H7N9 CASES IN CHINA FOR A WEEK BEIJING: No new human cases of the H7N9 virus have been recorded in China for a week, national health authorities said, for the first time since the outbreak began in March. One previously infected patient died in the week beginning May…

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MOSCOW: United Nations (UN) chief Ban Ki-moon was to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday as global pressure grows on Moscow to end arms supplies to the Syrian regime and drop  its support for President Bashar al-Assad. Ban was to have separate talks with both Putin and Foreign Minister…

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UNITED NATIONS: Syrian rebels seized three United Nations (UN) peacekeepers in the Golan Heights in the third abduction in two months in the ceasefire zone between Syria and Israel, the UN said on Thursday (Friday in Manila). The abduction of the three observers came as the United Nations struggles to…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Amid a flurry of moves to organize peace talks to end Syria’s bloody civil war, US President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted Bashar al-Assad must step down. The two met on Thursday in Washington as efforts to bring the Assad regime and the…

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NEW YORK: Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrote a note before his capture in which he called the victims “collateral damage” for US action in Afghanistan and Iraq, local media reported on Thursday. “When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims,” Tsarnaev also scribbled on the inside wall of…

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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…