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WASHINGTON, D.C.: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson embarks this week on a diplomatic mission to shore up alliances in Europe and their defenses against Russian aggression and subversion. But as he prepares to set off Monday for Brussels, Vienna and Paris, his authority to speak for Washington has been…

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TEL AVIV: Tens of thousands of people have protested in Tel Aviv against what they say is corruption within the government and the slow pace of investigations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu is suspected of receiving luxury gifts from wealthy supporters and has also faced police questioning over a…

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VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Saturday said he wept hearing the plight first-hand of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, adding that this meeting was a condition set for his trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh. The Rohingya meeting was a highly symbolic gesture of solidarity with the Muslim minority fleeing violence in…

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ANGKOR, Cambodia: Thousands of orange-clad monks joined Cambodian Premier Hun Sen Sunday for a prayer ceremony by the famed Angkor temple, lauding “political stability” after the main opposition party was dissolved, an act that has cemented the strongman’s grip on power. Hun Sen has ruled Cambodia since 1985, making him…

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SEOUL: North Korea Sunday blasted the United States and South Korea as “warmongers” on the eve of their largest-ever joint air exercise, saying it could trigger a nuclear war. The comments came as White House National Security Advisor H.R McMaster warned of the “increasing” possibility of war with the impoverished…

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This column is not for government leaders of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean), nor their policy makers and development planners, because I am sure most of them have thought of this or are actually doing it. This is a primer for the young adults of the region…

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NEW YORK: James Levine, legendary music director for 40 years at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, has been accused of molesting a teenage boy in the 1980s, The New York Post reported Saturday. The allegations come with the United States reeling from a firestorm of sexual misconduct claims that have ended…

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SANTO DOMINGO: Venezuela’s government and opposition made “significant advances” in the latest talks aimed at resolving the country’s crushing economic and political crisis, they said Saturday after two days of meetings in the Dominican Republic. But there was no agreement and negotiations will continue in Santo Domingo on December 15,…

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SYDNEY: Australia’s deputy prime minister has easily won a crucial by-election triggered by a dual-citizenship crisis that threatened the ruling coalition’s grip on power. Barnaby Joyce’s emphatic re-election in the Saturday poll brought relief to a government which lost its slim parliamentary majority over the citizenship saga, and as it…

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UNITED NATIONS, United States: The United States, Britain, France and six other countries on Friday (Saturday in Manila) requested a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on human rights abuses in North Korea, which is already under fire for its missile and nuclear tests. The meeting, expected to be…

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