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Ousted Thai party confident of poll win

BANGKOK: The leader of the Pheu Thai political party that was ousted as Thailand’s government in a 2014 military coup says she’s confident of winning Sunday’s election. Speaking to reporters after voting in Bangkok, Sudarat Keyuraphan said: “I don’t say it’ll be a landslide. I don’t know. Depend on the …

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Vietnam tells monks to stop karma rituals

HANOI, Vietnam: Vietnamese authorities have ordered monks at a popular Buddhist pagoda to stop “soul summoning” and “bad karma eviction” ceremonies after an investigation found the rituals were a scam. Tens of thousands of worshippers had been paying the 18th century Ba Vang pagoda in northern Quang Ninh province between …

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Widodo inaugurates Jakarta’s 1st subway

JAKARTA, Indonesia: Indonesia’s long-awaited first subway opened Sunday in the country’s capital with the aim of relieving crippling traffic gridlock in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy. Minutes after inaugurating the 16-kilometer (10-mile) transit line running south from Jakarta’s downtown, President Joko Widodo presided over a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning …

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Israel strikes Gaza after explosions

JERUSALEM: Israeli aircraft targeted Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip early Sunday after Palestinians there threw explosive devices at the border fence during “riots,” the army said. Also Sunday, the Health Ministry in Gaza announced the death of a Palestinian wounded previously in clashes with Israeli forces. Palestinians in Gaza …

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NBC crew last IS victim in Syria

BAGHOUZ, Syria: A driver-crew working with NBC News reporters in Syria was killed Sunday by an explosive device in eastern Syria, where several media outlets are covering the liberation of the last sliver of territory held by the Islamic State (IS) group. The driver was believed to be the last …

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DIY bomb hurts 6 in Cambodia

A farmer in Pursat province’s Veal Veng district in Cambodia was seriously injured when he hit an unexploded remnant of the war with his plough, and in Ratanakiri province’s Taveng district five persons were injured when they tried to do-it-yourself (DIY) an explosive device. Heng Ratana, director general of the …

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Asian group tagged in P1.8-billion shabu 'tea'

Not their cup of tea, as the Bureau of Customs and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency seized Friday some P1.8 billion worth of shabu at the Manila International Container Port, the biggest single haul of illegal drugs discovered by authorities this year. BIG HAUL. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General …

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Suspect released as Cebu teen laid to rest

A man holds back the crowd during the burial rites for murdered teenager Christine Lee Silawan at the Catleya Memorial Garden in Cordova, Cebu yesterday. MANILA, Philippines — The 17-year-old suspect in the slay of 16-year-old Christine Lee Silawan in Cebu was ordered released on Friday by the Lapu Lapu …

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Duterte bans govt junkets

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has issued an executive order (EO) prohibiting government officials and employees from going on junkets abroad. Under EO 77, official local or foreign travels and assignments would only be allowed if these were essential to the effective performance of an official or employee’s mandates or functions; if …

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Sotto, Arroyo vow to end budget deadlock soon

SENATE President Vicente Sotto 3rd and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Friday vowed to end the budget deadlock that has pitted the two houses of Congress against each other. Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd. FILE PHOTO Sotto said the House only needed to submit the measure as approved in …

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