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President Rodrigo Duterte to send rogue cops to violence-plagued south Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte to send rogue cops to violence-plagued south Philippines

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MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said corrupt police will be sent to a violence-racked stronghold of Islamist militants or they should quit, in a fierce dressing down of men from a force he had relied on to fight his war on drugs. Duterte had been unwavering in his defence of…

Melania dons flats, puts Mrs Abe on level playing field

Melania dons flats, puts Mrs Abe on level playing field

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The language of diplomacy finds delicate expression with the new US first lady, Melania Trump. While US president Donald Trump was golfing with Shinzo Abe, haranguing Japan to allow US auto companies and defending his decision to kill the TPP trading arrangement, Melania accompanied Akie Abe on a walk through…

Small percentage of people spread most Ebola cases: Study

Small percentage of people spread most Ebola cases: Study

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MIAMI: Most of the people infected with Ebola in the West Africa epidemic that began in 2014 got sick through contact with a small number of “superspreaders” with the disease, researchers said. The study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows such “superspreaders” can be extremely dangerous…

Malaysia police hunt Kim Jong-Nam’s assassins

Malaysia police hunt Kim Jong-Nam’s assassins

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police hunted the killers of the half-brother of North Korea’s leader as they tried to unravel the Cold War-style assassination, which South Korea said was carried out by two female agents. Pathologists in Kuala Lumpur were examining the body of Kim Jong-Nam for clues to how he…

North Korean elite turning against leader Kim Jong Un: Defector

North Korean elite turning against leader Kim Jong Un: Defector

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SEOUL: The North Korean elite are outwardly expressing their discontent towards young leader Kim Jong Un and his government as more outside information trickles into the isolated country, North Korea’s former deputy ambassador to London said. Thae Yong Ho defected to South Korea in August last year and since December…

China releases new list of items banned for export to North Korea

China releases new list of items banned for export to North Korea

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BEIJING: China has released a new list of items banned for export to North Korea, following a new round of United Nations sanctions and complaints from President Donald Trump that Beijing was not doing enough to pressure its communist neighbor. A statement from the Commerce Ministry said the items included…

Australian PM says not sure how many refugees US will accept

Australian PM says not sure how many refugees US will accept

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CANBERRA: Australia’s prime minister would not say how many refugees from Pacific island camps would be resettled in the United States after President Donald Trump’s administration said “extreme vetting” would be used to check their cases. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that Trump had agreed during a weekend telephone conversation…

UN warns of famine risk in Somalia amid worsening drought

UN warns of famine risk in Somalia amid worsening drought

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NAIROBI: Somalia risks slipping back into famine, the United Nations, as worsening drought has left millions without food, water or healthcare in a country crippled by decades of war. Five million Somalis, or more than four out of 10 people, do not have enough to eat because of poor rains…

Putin: Obama administration trying to undermine Trump

Putin: Obama administration trying to undermine Trump

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MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin took a parting shot at the Obama administration, accusing it of trying to undermine Donald Trump’s legitimacy with fake allegations and “binding the president-elect hand and foot to prevent him from fulfilling his election promises.” In his first public remarks about an unsubstantiated dossier outlining…

Were opportunities for clues from MH370 debris missed?

Were opportunities for clues from MH370 debris missed?

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SYDNEY: Three nations shelled out around $160 million and years’ worth of work on the underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The result: No plane. The only tangible — and arguably most important — clues into what happened to the aircraft have come courtesy of ordinary citizens, who…

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