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PETALING JAYA, Malaysia: Thousands of Malaysian protesters demonstrated Saturday against scandal-hit Prime Minister Najib Razak as political tensions rise ahead of an election expected within months. Led by opposition politicians from the Pakatan Harapan coalition, or Pact of Hope, the carnival-like rally was the latest outburst of anger linked to…

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VIENNA: Austrians voted Sunday in a snap election tipped to see conservative Sebastian Kurz, 31, become the EU’s youngest leader and form an alliance with the far-right, in the bloc’s latest populist test. A rightward shift in the wealthy European Union member of 8.75 million people would be a fresh…

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BRUSSELS: EU leaders are set to extend an olive branch to British Prime Minister Theresa May at a summit in Brussels this week in a bid to break a deadlock in Brexit negotiations. The Europeans will announce that there has not been enough progress on divorce issues, including the size…

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LOS ANGELES: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelled Harvey Weinstein on Saturday, vowing that the era of “shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior” in the movie industry was over. An emergency meeting of its 54-member board of governors, which includes stars such as Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg…

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THE HAGUE: Australia and East Timor have drawn up a draft treaty setting out their maritime borders, aiming to end a bitter dispute over lucrative oil and gas fields, officials said Sunday. “Timor Leste and Australia have reached agreement on the complete text of a draft treaty” in confidential talks…

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LOOSELY defined, ecosystems are the physical areas on our planet earth that affect or influence the lives of humans. These are: the 1) mountains and forests; 2) the croplands; 3) the human settlements (urban and rural areas where people reside); 4) the swamps or wetlands where the sea or ocean…

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LOS ANGELES: The death toll from California’s raging wildfires rose to 38 on Saturday, with more than 10,000 firefighters battling 16 large blazes and 100,000 people evacuated, the state’s fire service said. Around 335 square miles (864 square kilometers) of residential neighborhoods, forests and other property have been burned since…

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CARACAS: Venezuelans vote in watershed regional elections Sunday with the opposition set to win a majority of states despite alleged government efforts to impede a high turnout and to confuse voters. The vote is seen as a test for President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition alike after months of deadly…

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RIYADH: A fire at a carpentry workshop in the Saudi capital has left 10 people dead and three others injured, the kingdom’s civil defense said Sunday. “The Riyadh civil defense put out a fire that broke out at a carpentry workshop in the Badr district of Riyadh,” the Saudi civil…

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SEOUL: North Korea is believed to be preparing to launch a ballistic missile ahead of an upcoming joint naval drill by the US and South Korea, a news report said Saturday, citing a government source. The US navy said Friday that a US aircraft carrier will lead the drill in…

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