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PARIS: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in France on Saturday from Saudi Arabia, where his shock resignation announcement two weeks ago sparked accusations that he was being held there against his will. Hariri is in Paris at the invitation of France’s President Emmanuel Macron, who is attempting to help…

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UNITED NATIONS, United States: Russia cast a second veto in as many days at the United Nations Security Council on Friday (Saturday in Manila) to block the renewal of a probe to identify the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria. A draft resolution put forward by Japan would have…

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BRUSSELS: The fight to host major EU regulatory agencies leaving London after Brexit reaches its climax Monday when ministers vote to choose new host cities in a perplexing process compared to the Eurovision song contest. The 27 EU affairs ministers meeting in Brussels will decide on how to resolve one…

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LOS ANGELES: The US Navy was left red-faced Friday (Saturday in Manila) after a pilot painted an enormous outline of a penis in the sky using the condensation trails from his multi-million-dollar warplane. Residents of the town of Okanogan, in the western state of Washington, had been stunned to see…

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TOKYO: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is “confident” of progress in amending Japan’s pacifist Constitution, he said on Friday, in his first policy speech since his landslide election victory. Abe’s conservative coalition held a two-thirds “super majority” in the 465-seat lower house last month, giving him the numbers to realize a…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The United States on Thursday (Friday in Manila) demanded Cambodia reverse its ban on the country’s main opposition as it warned the dissolution of the party would strip 2018 elections of legitimacy. Washington hit out after Cambodia’s Supreme Court—effectively controlled by strongman premier Hun Sen—outlawed the Cambodia National…

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Pushing small children to the ground, force-feeding them spicy wasabi as a way of punishment… the physical abuses at a daycare center run by Shanghai-based online-travel company Ctrip for its employees enraged Chinese netizens after secret surveillance video footage of the abuse went viral last week. The teachers were detained…

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HARARE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe attended a university graduation ceremony Friday, making a defiant first public appearance since the military takeover that appeared to signal the end of his 37-year reign. Mugabe, 93, had been confined to house arrest after the military took over the country. But on Friday, he…

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GOTHENBURG, Sweden: European Union leaders warned British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday that the “clock is ticking” to make Brexit concessions and it is increasingly likely talks will fail to move on to the next phase in December. Britain’s impending split threatened to overshadow an EU summit in the…

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