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Duterte terminates Philippines troop pact with US

MANILA/WASHINGTON: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday announced the termination of a two-decade-old Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States (VFA), delivering on threats to downgrade an alliance important to US interests. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper called the decision “unfortunate”

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Unpaid bills, empty homes: Families of Iran plane crash victims still mourning

TORONTO: Grief-stricken relatives of passengers killed aboard an airliner shot down by Iran over Tehran last month are grappling in Canada with the daily challenges of long-distance funeral arrangements, empty homes, cars left in driveways and unpaid bills. Iran admitted

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Sarawak MATTA targets more tourists from India this year

KUCHING: The Sarawak Chapter of the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) is aiming to attract more Indian tourists to the state this year, said its chairman Lina Tsen Pei Tsin today. She said this effort was aimed

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Coronavirus: US declares public health emergency, bars China travellers

The Trump administration, while insisting the risk to Americans from coronavirus is low, had declared a public health emergency yesterday and announced the extraordinary step of barring entry to the US of foreign nationals who have travelled to China. In

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Malaysia rejects new Palestine-Israel peace plan by US

PUCHONG: Malaysia rejects the Israel-Palestine peace plan announced by United States three days ago. In a statement today, Prime Minister’s Office said the Malaysian government found the proposal unfair to the Palestinians and will only perpetuate injustices they have long

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China virus death toll passes 100, US and Canada issue travel advisory

SHANGHAI: The US warned against travel to China yesterday and Canada issued a more narrow travel warning as the death toll from the spreading coronavirus passed 100, with tens of millions stranded during the biggest holiday of the year and

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U.S. to screen passengers for new China coronavirus at three airports

WASHINGTON: The United States will begin screening efforts at three U.S. airports to detect travelers from the central Chinese city of Wuhan who may have symptoms of a new respiratory virus that so far has killed two people and infected

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The Endless War Within

CW: While this article does not contain graphic depictions, it discusses war and sexual violence towards women, which may be triggering to some readers. I was entering my teens the year my adoptive mother forced me to take my white

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US-China trade talks ‘stalled’ due to newly-passed HK law

A trade deal between United States and China was now “stalled because of Hong Kong legislation”, news website Axios reported yesterday, citing a source close to US President Donald Trump’s negotiating team. The deal was stalled also because time was

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ASEAN must take bold economic reform to cushion impacts of trade war

KUALA LUMPUR: ASEAN member states must take bold and effective measures to bolster their economies to cushion the impact of the ongoing trade war between the United States (US) and China which has yet to show any sign of resolution.

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