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25 dead, 150 missing in Philippine landslide

At least 25 people were killed in the southern Philippines on Thursday when a landslide buried gold prospectors who had refused to leave an area declared too dangerous for habitation. Up to 150 people were missing after the landslip hit a remote mountain community on Mindanao island that was settled…

Doctors to remove Vietnamese man’s 90kg tumour

A man left unable to walk by a tumour on his right leg that weighs more than the rest of his body went under the knife in Vietnam on Thursday to have the growth removed, hospital officials said. Nguyen Duy Hai’s massive 90 kilogramme (198 pounds) tumour is to be…

Last US Marine faces trial over 2005 Iraq killings

After years of appeals and delays, the last US Marine charged over the 2005 killings of 24 civilians in the Iraqi town of Haditha faces a court martial on Thursday in California. United States troops may have left Iraq, but there is still unfinished business in the legal arena with…

Israel ex-PM indicted for corruption

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was on Thursday indicted alongside a number of other people for allegedly taking bribes in a massive property scandal, judicial sources said. The allegations stem from Olmert’s tenure as Jerusalem mayor and will add to the woes of the former premier, who is already…

Baghdad blasts kill 21 in Shiite districts

A spate of blasts against Shiite enclaves in Baghdad killed at least 21 people on Thursday, officials said, as Iraq grapples with a political row that has stoked sectarian tensions. The violence, which left dozens more wounded, was the worst since a series of explosions across the Iraqi capital on…

Ex-News of the World editor to head NY Daily News: reports

NEW YORK — The former head of defunct tabloid the News of the World is taking the helm of the New York Daily News, the longtime rival of Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post, reports said. Colin Myler, who lost his job last July when Murdoch’s News of the World was…

Record $736k paid for single tuna fish in Japan

TOKYO — A deep-pocketed restaurateur shelled out nearly three-quarters of a million dollars for a single tuna, the most ever paid for the fish, at Japan’s Tsukiji fish market on Thursday. The 269-kilogramme (592-pound) bluefin — caught off the coast of Japan’s northern Aomori prefecture — stood at an eye-popping…

Mexican drug cartel chief pleads guilty in U.S.

LOS ANGELES — A Mexican drug kingpin pleaded guilty on Wednesday to US federal charges of racketeering and conspiracy to launder money, and could face up to 25 years in prison, court officials said. Benjamin Arellano Felix, former leader of the notorious Arellano Felix Organization, is due to be sentenced…

U.S. undecided on inmate release for Taliban talks

WASHINGTON — The United States said Wednesday it has taken no decision to release prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay in order to boost reconciliation talks with the Taliban. But State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Washington is “prepared to support” a proposed overseas Taliban office that backs an Afghan-led reconciliation…

New York governor urges mandatory DNA samples

NEW YORK — New York’s governor on Wednesday proposed making the state the first in the country to take mandatory DNA samples from anyone convicted of a crime, including relatively lesser offenses. Governor Andrew Cuomo, in an annual “State of the State” speech to the New York legislature, said currently…

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