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AMMAN: Jordan has warned of “grave consequences” if US President Donald Trump decides to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, state media said. Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi told his US counterpart Rex Tillerson by phone Sunday (Monday in Manila) that it was “necessary to preserve the historical and legal…

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WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Saturday shrugged off the bombshell news that his former national security adviser pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and will cooperate with a special prosecutor probing Russian election meddling. As the Russia probe overshadowed a major legislative win, the Senate’s passing of landmark…

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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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