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The Afghan parliament approves the Taliban’s imprisonment

Image copyright Reuters caption Ashraf Ghani said he would sign a decree releasing the detainees on Sunday An Afghan elder assembly of elders has approved the release of 400 Taliban prisoners accused of “major” crimes. Loya Jirga said the decision was made to remove an obstacle to peace talks between militants and the government. The Taliban had demanded the release …

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North Korea is battling severe flood damage

A man walks along the Taedong River in Pyongyang on Wednesday. AFP-Yonhap via Korea Herald / Asia News Network SEOUL – Days of torrential rain have flooded hundreds of houses and large rice fields in North Korea, with damage expected to grow further, thanks to a blow to a regime already battling the COVID-19 pandemic and a meandering economy under …

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Hundreds of protesters injured when anger swims in Beirut: Live | Lebanon News

At least 728 people have been injured in clashes with authorities when thousands of protesters took to the streets of central Beirut as riot police fired tear gas at those trying to break through a barrier against the parliament building. A police officer was also reported killed. Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab has demanded early votes after Tuesday’s deadly blast, …

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‘Asean Way of Partnership To Beat Virus’ – The Manila Times

President Rodrigo Duterte said on Saturday that he was convinced that the partnership and mutual assistance between the countries of Southeast Asia would help the region overcome the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. President Rodrigo Duterte. MALACAñANG PHOTO In its announcement to celebrate Sydostas association’s 53rd anniversaryAsian Nations (ASEAN), President Duterte said the regional blocs’ commitment to community building became …

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AFP chief to uphold PH sovereign rights

President Duterte’s decision not to take part in military exercises in the South China Sea does not mean that the Philippines will abolish its sovereign rights to the Western Philippines and the armed forces in the Philippines will continue to patrol and assert their rights in the disputed waters, AFP Lieutenant Gilbert Gapay said in a TV interview. Gapay, who …

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Bill Gates calls Microsoft’s potential TikTok deal “a poison lime”

In an interview with WIRED published on Friday, billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates spoke about the state of the US coronavirus testing, vaccines and Microsoft’s potential TikTok deal. On Thursday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning TikTok’s parent company – ByteDance, a Chinese company – from operating in the United States. Regarding Microsoft’s potential acquisition of TikTok, Gates, …

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Palace condoles with the Alfredo Lim family, praises the former mayor for the fight against drugs

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Saturday expressed his deepest sympathy and prayers to the family of former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, who died this afternoon. In a statement, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the Palace also praised Lim, who was also the former head of the National Bureau of Investigation, for his efforts to fight crime and drugs. We express …

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Ex-Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim dies at 90

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 8) – Former Manila mayor Alfredo Lim passed away on Saturday afternoon, his daughter Cynthia Lim confirmed. He was 90 years old. “[M]y father died at 16.30, August 8, Manila time, “she informed CNN Philippines in a statement. This comes just one day after incumbent Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso announced that Lim had …

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