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BERLIN: Tough talks to form Germany’s next government went into overtime Friday, putting Chancellor Angela Merkel’s political future in the balance as failure to produce a deal could force snap elections. Merkel’s disputed liberal refugee policy that let in more than a million asylum seekers since 2015 came back to…

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BONN: UN negotiations on implementing the Paris climate change agreement wrap up Friday after two weeks of talks that were slowed down by the United States defending the use of fossil fuels. Envoys from nearly 200 countries, including delegates from Washington, gathered for the conference in Bonn to negotiate a…

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SEOUL: Two former heads of South Korea’s spy agency were arrested Friday on suspicion of paying millions of dollars in bribes to aides of ousted president Park Geun-Hye, as a widening corruption scandal rocks the country. Nam Jae-Joon and Lee Byung-Kee, ex-heads of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), were arrested…

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ROME: Former “boss of bosses” Toto Riina, one of the most feared Godfathers in the history of the Sicilian Mafia, died early Friday after battling cancer, the government said. Riina, who had been serving 26 life sentences and is thought to have ordered more than 150 murders, had been in…

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ATHENS: Six people are still missing in Greece two days after a flash flood killed 16 people near the capital, the fire department said on Friday. “We are looking for two additional people whose disappearance was declared to police,” a fire department spokesman said. “That brings the total to six,”…

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BAGHDAD: The Iraqi army retook the last town in the country still held by the Islamic State group on Friday as the jihadists’ self-proclaimed “caliphate” faced collapse on both sides of the border with Syria. The lightning recapture of the small Euphrates valley town of Rawa in an offensive launched…

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TOKYO: Japan and the United States launched a joint naval drill on Thursday in a show of force aimed at North Korea, whose nuclear ambitions dominated US President Donald Trump’s recent Asia trip. The 10-day exercise, joined by some 14,000 US servicemen, aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and the guided-missile…

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PHNOM PENH: Cambodia’s Supreme Court dissolved the country’s main opposition party and banned more than 100 of its politicians from office for five years on Thursday, in a case blasted by rights groups as politically motivated. The court “decides to dissolve the CNRP and ban 118 leaders… from politics for…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Myanmar security forces slit the throats of Muslim Rohingya, burned victims alive, and gang-raped women and girls, according to two separate reports detailing mounting evidence of genocide against the minority group. Human Rights Watch focused on the use of sexual violence in its report on the military’s campaign…

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KOUIK, Iran: Iranian survivors of a powerful earthquake that killed more than 400 people pleaded Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) for water, tents and other emergency supplies as aid trickled into remote villages near the Iraqi border. The government ordered rescuers to keep searching for people trapped under rubble after the…

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