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Jihadists go to rehab at ‘5-star’ Saudi center

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RIYADH -- With its indoor swimming pool, sun-splashed patios and liveried staff, the Saudi complex has the trappings of a five-star resort, but it is actually a rehab centre — for violent jihadists. Riyadh’s Mohammed bin Nayef Counselling and Care…

Catholic priest disappears

DHAKA -- A Catholic priest has disappeared in Bangladesh, police said Wednesday, a day before Pope Francis starts a landmark visit to the Muslim-majority nation wracked by Islamist extremism. Walter William Rosario, 40, is from the same village in northern…

Trump again backs alleged sex harasser

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Sunday redoubled his support for embattled Senate candidate Roy Moore, ignoring the sexual harassment allegations plaguing the ex-Alabama judge’s campaign, as Democrats moved to address harassment concerns afflicting their own party. In an early-morning…

Eruption feared

Thousands flee as Bali raises volcano alert to highest level KARANGASEM, Indonesia - A rumbling volcano on the resort island of Bali could erupt at any moment, authorities warned Monday as they raised alert levels to maximum, accelerated a mass…

Massacre toll up

Egypt mourns more than 300 killed in mosque attack CAIRO -- Egypt mourned on Saturday as the death toll from a gun and bomb assault on a mosque in the Sinai Peninsula soared above 300, including children, in the deadliest…

Egypt planes retaliate, hit militant hideouts

CAIRO, Egypt mourned on Saturday as the death toll from a gun and bomb assault on a mosque in the Sinai Peninsula soared above 300, including children, in the deadliest attack the country has witnessed. The army said warplanes had…

Deadliest attack

CAIRO -- Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has vowed to respond forcefully after attackers killed at least 235 worshippers in a packed mosque in restive North Sinai province, the country’s deadliest attack in recent memory. Al-Sisi declared three days of…

Trump claims he turned down Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

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WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump on Friday said he turned down being named Time’s “Person of the Year” after the magazine asked him for an interview and photo shoot but did not confirm he would be chosen. He tweeted:…

Pakistan frees Mumbai attacks suspect

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ISLAMABAD -- The US said it was “deeply concerned” Friday after Pakistan freed one of the suspected masterminds of the 2008 Mumbai attacks despite months of pressure from Washington over militancy. The statement came as firebrand cleric Hafiz Saeed, who…

Missing sub probe ordered

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MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina -- President Mauricio Macri on Friday ordered an inquiry to “know the truth” about what happened to Argentina’s missing submarine, the San Juan, which disappeared with the loss of its 44 crew. The 34-year-old submarine had…

Massive search on after US plane crash

THE United States has deployed several ships and aircraft in Philippine waters to find the three US sailors still missing after a C-2A Greyhound aircraft crashed southeast of Okinawa on Wednesday afternoon. “Search and rescue operations continue for three sailors…

Suu Kyi seeks Gordon assistance in Myanmar humanitarian crisis

MYANMAR State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi personally asked Senator Richard J. Gordon, also chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Philippine Red Cross, to send its humanitarian workers and volunteers to Myanmar, and provide humanitarian assistance to the affected…

CCC Week highlights importance of science on climate change

THE Climate Change Commission (CCC) has lined up various events to mark the observance of this year’s 2017 Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness (CCC) Week, as mandated by Presidential Proclamation 1667 issued in 2008. With the theme “Aligning Science,…

Graft scandal

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Indonesia speaker swaps hospital for detention amid corruption accusations JAKARTA -- Indonesia’s parliament speaker has been charged in a major graft scandal thought to have cost the state $170 million, after a bizarre drama that involved a failed raid on…

Step forward

BONN -- Negotiations to bolster the climate-saving Paris Agreement, crafted over two decades, closed in Bonn Saturday, deflated but not derailed by Donald Trump’s rejection of the treaty and defense of fossil fuels. The US President’s decision to yank the…
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