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  • Asean excludes Myanmar junta leader from summit in rare move

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    Asean excludes Myanmar junta leader from summit in rare move

    BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Oct 16 — Southeast Asian countries will invite a non-political representative from Myanmar to a regional summit this month, delivering an unprecedented snub...

  • Grand Mosque in Mecca drops social distancing

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    Grand Mosque in Mecca drops social distancing

    MECCA, Oct 17 — The Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia operated at full capacity today, with worshippers praying shoulder-to-shoulder for the first...

  • New Japan PM sends offering to controversial Yasukuni shrine

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    New Japan PM sends offering to controversial Yasukuni shrine

    TOKYO, Oct 17 — Japan’s new prime minister today sent a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni shrine that honours war dead and is seen by neighbouring countries as a...

  • 15 US missionaries and family kidnapped in Haiti, says security source

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    15 US missionaries and family kidnapped in Haiti, says security source

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Oct 17 — About 15 American missionaries and family members were kidnapped yesterday by a gang outside the Haitian capital, a local security source told AFP. The...

  • Melbourne to ease world’s longest Covid-19 lockdowns as vaccinations rise

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    Melbourne to ease world’s longest Covid-19 lockdowns as vaccinations rise

    MELBOURNE, Oct 17 — Melbourne, which has spent more time under Covid-19 lockdowns than any other city in the world, is set to lift its stay-at-home orders this week, officials...

  • US Congress stares down long odds for bringing Trump to book

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    US Congress stares down long odds for bringing Trump to book

    WASHINGTON, Oct 17 — It was supposed to be a critical week in the congressional investigation into the January 6 Capitol insurrection, focusing on the role of Donald Trump in...

  • ‘De-radicalisation’ offers Moroccan prisoners route to freedom

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    ‘De-radicalisation’ offers Moroccan prisoners route to freedom

    RABAT, Oct 17 — Saleh has been languishing in Moroccan jails for 19 years on terrorism charges, but he hopes to be freed soon thanks to a de-radicalisation programme. The former...

  • Sadat’s nephew negotiates way out for Egypt prisoners

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    Sadat’s nephew negotiates way out for Egypt prisoners

    CAIRO, Oct 17 — The fate of dissidents languishing in Egypt’s prisons has long been under scrutiny, but one veteran is leveraging his political prowess in a bid to have them...

  • China tested new space capability with hypersonic missile, reports Financial Times

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    China tested new space capability with hypersonic missile, reports Financial Times

    WASHINGTON, Oct 17 — China has tested a new space capability with a hypersonic missile, the Financial Times reported yesterday. The report, citing multiple sources familiar with...

  • Convicted murderer Robert Durst has Covid, is on ventilator, reports LA Times

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    Convicted murderer Robert Durst has Covid, is on ventilator, reports LA Times

    OCT 17 — Real estate heir Robert Durst, who was sentenced this week to life in prison for murdering a friend in 2000, has Covid and is on a ventilator, his lawyer told the Los...

  • Bill Clinton to spend one more night in hospital with non-Covid infection

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    Bill Clinton to spend one more night in hospital with non-Covid infection

    WASHINGTON, Oct 17 — Former US President Bill Clinton will spend another night at a hospital in California being treated for an infection, his spokesman said yesterday. Clinton,...

  • British MP’s killer was referred to counter-terrorism scheme, say reports

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    British MP’s killer was referred to counter-terrorism scheme, say reports

    LEIGH-ON-SEA, Oct 17 — The attacker who fatally stabbed British lawmaker David Amess was referred to a official counter-terrorist scheme for those thought to be at risk of...

  • Britain records 43,423 new Covid cases, 148 deaths

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    Britain records 43,423 new Covid cases, 148 deaths

    LONDON, Oct 16 ― Britain reported 43,423 new Covid-19 cases today, government statistics showed, with the total number of cases recorded between October 10 and October 16 up...

  • Macron condemns ‘inexcusable’ crackdown on’61 Paris protest of Algerians

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    Macron condemns ‘inexcusable’ crackdown on’61 Paris protest of Algerians

    PARIS, Oct 16  ―French President Emmanuel Macron today condemned as “inexcusable” a deadly crackdown by Paris police on a 1961 protest by Algerians whose scale was a...

  • Pope pledges to continue being a ‘pest’ in defence of the poor

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    Pope pledges to continue being a ‘pest’ in defence of the poor

    ROME, Oct 16 ― Pope Francis said today he realises some people, including within the Church, consider him to be “a pest” for defending the poor and most vulnerable, but that...

  • Italy’s unions rally against neo-fascist groups after violent protests

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    Italy’s unions rally against neo-fascist groups after violent protests

    ROME, Oct 16 ― Italy’s biggest workers’ unions rallied in Rome today and called on the government to dissolve the neo-fascist groups involved in last weekend’s violent...

  • US intelligence chief to meet with South Korea, Japan counterparts

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    US intelligence chief to meet with South Korea, Japan counterparts

    WASHINGTON, Oct 16 ― The intelligence chiefs of the United States, South Korea and Japan are expected to meet in Seoul early next week for closed-door discussions about North...

  • Norway police query bow-and-arrow killer’s Muslim faith

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    Norway police query bow-and-arrow killer’s Muslim faith

    OSLO, Oct 16 ― Norwegian police today cast doubt on the narrative that the perpetrator of a bow-and-arrow attack that left five people dead was a serious convert to Islam....

  • Merkel vows continuity on last visit to Erdogan

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    Merkel vows continuity on last visit to Erdogan

    ISTANBUL, Oct 16 ― Chancellor Angela Merkel today vowed continuity in Germany’s relations with Turkey that included both cooperation and criticism of Ankara as she paid her...

  • Zaghari-Ratcliffe loses appeal on second Iran jail term

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    Zaghari-Ratcliffe loses appeal on second Iran jail term

    LONDON, Oct 16 ― British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has lost an appeal against a second jail term in Iran after spending more than five years in detention, her...

  • Austrian chancellor says government coalition can still work together

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    Austrian chancellor says government coalition can still work together

    ZURICH, Oct 16 ― Newly installed Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said the country’s ruling coalition is on “thin ice” but could still work together after his...

  • Myanmar junta blames ‘foreign intervention’ for Asean summit exclusion

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    Myanmar junta blames ‘foreign intervention’ for Asean summit exclusion

    YANGON, Oct 16 ― A spokesman for Myanmar’s military government blamed “foreign intervention” for the rare exclusion of its junta leader from a regional leaders’ summit...

  • Biden to attend memorial service honouring US law enforcement officers

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    Biden to attend memorial service honouring US law enforcement officers

    WASHINGTON, Oct 16 ― President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will attend a memorial service today at the United States Capitol to honour law enforcement officers who lost...

  • Taliban pledge to step up security at Shi’ite mosques after Friday’s attack

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    Taliban pledge to step up security at Shi’ite mosques after Friday’s attack

    KABUL, Oct 16 ― Taliban authorities pledged to step up security at Shi’ite mosques after the second Islamic State attack in a week on worshippers killed more than 40 people in...

  • Italy police arrest dealers of dormice, prized mafia dish

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    Italy police arrest dealers of dormice, prized mafia dish

    ROME, Oct 16 ― Three people have been arrested in Calabria, the heartland of the ‘Ndrangheta mafia, after discovering a stash of frozen dormice, a favourite mob food, the...

  • UK interior minister: security measures for lawmakers to be put in place

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    UK interior minister: security measures for lawmakers to be put in place

    LONDON, Oct 16 ― Britain’s interior minister Priti Patel today said that security measures would be put in place for lawmakers so they could keep doing their job after an MP...

  • NASA launches first space probe to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids

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    NASA launches first space probe to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids

    FLORIDA, Oct 16 ― NASA launched a first-of-its kind mission today to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids, two large clusters of space rocks that scientists believe are remnants...

  • Teenager armed with Lego gun triggers alarm in southern Germany

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    Teenager armed with Lego gun triggers alarm in southern Germany

    ZURICH, Oct 16 ― A teenager triggered a large scale police operation after a restaurant owner mistook a toy gun he was carrying for a real weapon. A witness raised the alarm...

  • Boris Johnson visits church where lawmaker was stabbed to death

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    Boris Johnson visits church where lawmaker was stabbed to death

    ESSEX, England, Oct 16 ― British Prime Minister Boris Johnson today laid flowers at the church where a lawmaker was stabbed to death a day earlier, in what police say was a...

  • Asean excludes Myanmar junta leader from summit in rare move

    2 days ago

    Asean excludes Myanmar junta leader from summit in rare move

    BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Oct 16 ― Southeast Asian countries will invite a non-political representative from Myanmar to a regional summit this month, delivering an unprecedented snub...

  • Russia’s daily Covid-19 deaths exceed one thousand mark

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    Russia’s daily Covid-19 deaths exceed one thousand mark

    Russia’s daily Covid-19 death toll at record high as vaccination program stalls MOSCOW, Oct 16 ― Russia reported a record 1,002 deaths from coronavirus today, the first time...

  • Horse race marks Sydney's emergence from long Covid-19 lockdown

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    Horse race marks Sydney's emergence from long Covid-19 lockdown

    SYDNEY, Oct 16 ― Thousands of Sydney residents flocked to a prominent horse race today, as Australia's biggest city emerges from a strict Covid-19 lockdown and the nation begins...

  • New Zealand vaccinates 2.5pc of its people in a day in drive to live with Covid-19

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    New Zealand vaccinates 2.5pc of its people in a day in drive to live with Covid-19

    AUCKLAND, Oct 16 ― New Zealand vaccinated at least 2.5 per cent of its people today as the government tries to accelerate inoculations and live with Covid-19, preliminary health...