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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The US Senate on Thursday confirmed Gina Haspel as the first female CIA director, despite deep reservations among some lawmakers that her past involvement in the torture of terror suspects was a red flag. President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency passed on a vote…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Donald Trump’s controversial plan to privatize the International Space Station beginning in 2025 has met with strong opposition from lawmakers, including from some in the Republican majority. The US administration announced in February it wanted to redirect the money it spends on the ISS toward other…

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GENEVA: An Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo has a high risk of spreading internally, the World Health Organization warned on Friday ahead of a meeting on whether to declare it an event of international concern. In a statement, the UN agency said WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom…

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SOCHI, Russia: President Vladimir Putin held a rare meeting with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad on Thursday (Friday in Manila) and said the “military success” in Syria allowed for a large-scale “political process” leading to the withdrawal of foreign forces and the reconstruction of the country. A day after UN special…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Pentagon is not considering cutting back the joint US-South Korean military exercises that have drawn angry condemnation from Pyongyang ahead of a planned US-North Korea summit, an official said on Thursday (Friday in Manila). “There’s been no talk of reducing anything. There’s been no talk of changing…

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PARIS: France on Friday froze the assets for six months of companies based in Syria, Lebanon and China after they were linked to an alleged chemical weapons program in Syria. The businesses include Sigmatec and the Al Mahrous Group, both based in Damascus; Technolab in Lebanon; and a trading company…

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MIAMI: An exploding e-cigarette killed a Florida man found dead in his burning apartment, an autopsy has found. In what is believed to be the first death from a vaping pen explosion in the United States, 38-year-old Tallmadge D’Elia died when two pieces of the e-cigarette lodged themselves in his…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Donald Trump sounded a note of caution on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) about his much-vaunted summit with Kim Jong Un, saying “we’ll see” after Pyongyang threatened to cancel. Trump said the US government had not received any official word of a change in plans for the…

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KUALA LUMPUR: Police conducted an extensive search of the home of Malaysia’s scandal-tainted former premier on Thursday that his lawyer decried as “harassment,” as the new government presses forward with probes into a massive graft scandal after seizing power in historic elections. Police arriving in a dozen vehicles converged on…

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