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LOS ANGELES: The trailers have dropped, the frantic media tours have concluded and the phony war is over: Star Wars: The Last Jedi finally begins the real battle on Saturday at its glittering world premiere. Hotter than one of Yoda’s root leaf curries, the movie is expected to cash in…

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BONSALL, United States: Unrelenting winds fanned towering flames on Friday (Saturday in Manila) in southern California, where hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee multiple devastating fires in the Los Angeles area and new outbreaks near San Diego. Hundreds of structures including multi-million dollar mansions have been…

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AHMEDABAD, India: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat began voting on Saturday, in a key electoral test of his popularity after a series of controversial economic reforms. Voters, with their election cards in hand, started lining up at polling booths early in the morning in Gujarat where…

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CARACAS: Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro is set for the latest in a sweep of poll victories in mayoral elections on Sunday, with the opposition showing little sign they can prevent his re-election next year. Voters are heading to the polls to elect 355 mayors across the country, but the lack…

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BRUSSELS: Britain and the EU reached a historic deal on Friday on the terms of the Brexit divorce after Prime Minister Theresa May rushed to Brussels for early morning talks. The European Commission said it “recommends sufficient progress” had been made by Britain on separation issues including the Irish border,…

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JERUSALEM: Palestinians have called for a “day of rage” on Friday as protests spread against US President Donald Trump’s widely criticized recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. A senior Palestinian official said late Thursday US Vice President Mike Pence was “not welcome in Palestine” following the policy shift, which ended…

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TOKYO: Japan plans to purchase offensive air-to-surface missiles to counter North Korea’s rising military threat, its defense minister said on Friday, a move likely to stir debate over its decades-long pacifist policy. Itsunori Onodera said the ministry intends to request a special budget for the fiscal year starting April 2018…

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The United Nations health agency on Thursday launched the first global monitoring system for dementia, which is expected to affect 152 million people worldwide by 2050—triple the current 50 million—amid the aging of the global population. Dementia includes Alzheimer’s disease and other types of memory loss and cognitive disabilities. “Nearly…

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LOS ANGELES: Two teens were killed in a shooting at their high school in the southwestern US state of New Mexico on Thursday (Friday in Manila), police said, adding that the assailant was dead. The attack took place at Aztec High School, New Mexico State Police said on Twitter. The…

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