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NAYPYIDAW: Myanmar has revised a controversial copper mine deal with a Chinese company, officials said on Thursday, after a series of protests against the project that triggered a violent police crackdown. The new terms give the Myanmar government 51 percent of the revenue, Minister of Mines Myint Aung told parliament,…

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FORT MEADE, Maryland: The trial of Bradley Manning, the United States soldier accused of “aiding the enemy” by giving secret documents to WikiLeaks, enters its final stage on Thursday as both sides present closing arguments. The 25-year-old former intelligence analyst already has admitted to leaking hundreds of thousands of classified…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: United States (US) President Barack Obama on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) nominated Caroline Kennedy to become US ambassador to Japan, in the biggest foray into public service for John F. Kennedy’s sole surviving child. The former first daughter, who long resisted running for public office, if confirmed will…

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PATNA: Police on Wednesday arrested the head of a school in eastern India where 23 children died after eating a free meal laced with a lethal pesticide. The children, aged four to 12, fell ill within minutes of eating the lunch of lentils, potatoes and rice cooked at their primary…

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TOKYO: Japan should acquire amphibious units like the United States Marines and surveillance drones, newspapers on Thursday reported a government paper will say this week, as a territorial dispute with China rumbles on. The interim report, to be issued as early as Friday by the Defense Ministry, will also promote…

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RIO DE JANEIRO: Pope Francis has warned Latin America against legalizing drugs, arguing in sharply worded and highly political remarks that liberal policies under consideration in his home region will not reduce the problem. The Argentine-born pontiff delved into the hot topic on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) after celebrating the…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The United States (US) House of Representatives on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) narrowly beat back an effort to cut funding to National Security Agency (NSA) programs that scoop up telephone data on millions of Americans. The amendment, following disclosures about the sweeping US surveillance programs, was backed by…

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LONDON: Britain’s Prince William, his wife Kate and newly named baby son George spent on Wednesday night (Thursday in Manila) at her family home in rural England, far from the glare of the world’s media. The couple slipped away from London in the afternoon, shortly before it was announced that…

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MOSCOW: Fugitive United States (US) intelligence leaker Edward Snowden on Thursday awaited permission to leave the Moscow airport where he has been stuck for over a month, as the US stepped up pressure on Russia to send him back home. Reports on Wednesday indicated that Russian authorities were preparing to…

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CIDAUN: Rescuers searched the seas off Indonesia’s Java island on Wednesday for possibly dozens of asylum-seekers missing after their Australia-bound boat sank, leaving at least seven confirmed dead and 156 survivors. Five children including an 18-month-old baby were among the dead, local police spokesman Achmad Suprijatna said, adding that a…