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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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Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital feared to fuel bloodshed WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital prompted an almost universal diplomatic backlash and fears Thursday of new bloodshed in the Middle East. Trump’s defiant move—making good on a pledge made during his 2016 presidential…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The United States said on Wednesday it will bar entry to Cambodians who undermine their country’s democracy and called on the government to reverse a crackdown on the opposition. Cambodia’s Supreme Court, effectively controlled by strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen, outlawed the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party last…

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak put his party on a war footing on Thursday as polls loom, vowing to “fight till the end” despite a massive financial scandal that has rocked his government. The leader told the annual assembly of his United Malays National Organization (UMNO)—which has ruled…

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LOS ANGELES: An inferno engulfed the Los Angeles region Wednesday, forcing more than 200,000 people to flee and threatening thousands of homes, including mansions in the luxurious Bel-Air neighborhood. Authorities issued a “purple” alert—never used before—because of the extreme danger including winds that could reach 80 miles an hour (128…

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YANGON: Prolonged displacement of Rohingya refugees in squalid Bangladeshi camps poses a “grave security risk,” conflict analysts International Crisis Group (ICG) warned on Thursday, raising the specter of militants recruiting among the displaced and launching cross-border attacks on Myanmar. Raids by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on August 25…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Donald Trump took the rare step Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) of publicly demanding that ally Saudi Arabia immediately allow humanitarian aid into war-ravaged Yemen, as residents in the capital Sanaa scrambled for supplies. Trump stopped short of calling for a pause in the US-backed, Saudi-led bombing…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: A US court on Wednesday sentenced former Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt to seven years in prison for his role in the German automaker’s “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal. Schmidt, who led Volkswagen’s US regulatory compliance office from 2012 to March 2015, was also ordered by a federal judge in…

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BEIJING: An Indian drone has “invaded” China’s airspace and crashed, China’s defense ministry said Thursday, months after the neighbors ended one of their worst border standoffs in decades. “The Indian move violated China’s territorial sovereignty. We strongly express our dissatisfaction and opposition,” deputy director of the army’s western theatre combat…

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