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Marcos Jr Loses Election For Philippines Vice President Post

MANILA — The son and namesake of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos has narrowly lost the election for vice president, according to an official count that was only completed today, almost three weeks after polls closed.

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Pakistanis Bash Islamics Clerics Who Say Men Can ‘Lightly Beat’ Wives

ISLAMABAD — Pakistani media and activists poured scorn today on a suggestion from an Islamic religious body that men should be allowed to “lightly beat” their wives, made in their draft of a women’s protection bill.

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Freed Ukrainian Pilot Says Ready To Negotiate With Pro-Moscow Separatists

KIEV — Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, freed from a Russian jail this week, today said she is ready to negotiate with pro-Russian separatists on releasing prisoners.

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Second Israeli Minister Quits In A Week Over Netanyahu’s ‘Extremist Government’

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suffered his second cabinet resignation in a week today when a minister quit over the appointment of a hardline nationalist in the “extremist government”.

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Singapore Court Revokes Bail Decision For Ex-BSI Wealth Manager

SINGAPORE — A former wealth manager of troubled Swiss private bank BSI was denied bail by the Singapore High Court today and will await his trial in prison for two of the nine charges that are part of the city-state’s investigations into money laundering.

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UN Atomic Watchdog Says Iran Sticking To Nuclear Deal

VIENNA — Iran is still complying with the July 2015 landmark nuclear deal with major powers, a report from the UN atomic watchdog seen by AFP showed today.

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Duterte Death Squad Fears Rise As Philippine Police Kill Eight

MANILA: Philippine police shot dead eight drug suspects this week, authorities said Friday, following repeated calls by president-elect Rodrigo Duterte for security forces to kill criminals.

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Trump, Sanders Explore Staging Unusual Presidential Debate

BISMARCK: Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders on Thursday explored staging an unconventional US presidential debate that would sideline Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and create a television spectacle that could attract huge ratings.

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Speedboat Crash Kills Three Foreigners In Thailand

BANGKOK: Three foreign tourists were killed and a British man is missing after a speedboat crashed and capsized in bad weather near the southern Thai island of Samui, police said on Friday.

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Taiwan Angry Over ’Emotional’ Female President Comments

TAIPEI: Outraged Taiwanese took to the Internet Thursday to slam sexist comments by a Chinese analyst who said the island’s new president practises “emotional” politics because she is a single woman.

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