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SAW LA YAR KOO, Myanmar: When a village in the conflict-torn hills of eastern Myanmar was asked to pay authorities more than $10,000 to plug into an electricity grid, families put themselves in debt to find the cash.
Ten months later children ...
 
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LONDON: Britain faces a bigger threat to its security from terrorism than at any time before or since the Sept 11 2001 attacks on the United States, Home Secretary Theresa May said on Monday.
“When the security and intelligence agencies tell ...
 
 

MANILA: The Philippines will review its entry ban on nine Hong Kong journalists who shouted questions at President Benigno Aquino during a summit in Indonesia last year, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said on Monday.
Journalist ...
 
 

WASHINGTON: A highly sophisticated cyberspying tool has been used since 2008 to steal information from governments, businesses and others, security researchers said on Monday.
The security firm Symantec said the malware, known as Regin, was seen ...
 
 

OUAGADOUGOU: Burkina Faso’s new interim government will hold its first meeting on Monday, with the military retaining powerful posts three weeks after the army took over in the wake of a popular revolt.
Military strongman Lieutenant Colonel ...
 
 

TUNIS: The battle for an expected runoff for the Tunisian presidency got under way on Monday before the first round results were even in from the landmark post-Arab Spring election.
Veteran anti-Islamist politician Beji Caid Essebsi, whose party ...
 
 

BAGHDAD: A car bomb exploded in a crowded area of the Iraqi capital on Monday, killing at least 10 people and wounding at least 31, security and medical officials said.
The blast in the Shaab area of northern Baghdad struck an area where ...
 
 

BERLIN: A Swiss museum said on Monday it would accept a German recluse’s bequest of a spectacular trove of more than 1,000 artworks hoarded during the Nazi era.
The decision, announced at a press conference in Berlin, covers priceless paintings ...
 
 

NEW DELHI: A literary festival run by a top Indian newspaper group cancelled on Monday an invitation to a former leading editor of an investigative magazine charged with raping a colleague after a public outcry.
Tarun Tejpal, the founder and ...
 
 

KIEV: Ukraine will take the first steps this week towards forming a new government, President Petro Poroshenko said on Monday, seeking to assuage concern among his Western allies that the delay is holding up reform and imperilling Western ...
 
 

VIENNA: Iran and six powers failed for a second time this year on Monday to resolve their 12-year dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more months to overcome the deadlock that has prevented them from clinching an ...
 
 

DHAKA: Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia on Monday lost her latest attempt to halt trials on graft charges which could see her jailed for life if found guilty, her lawyer said.
The Supreme Court dismissed appeals by the former two-time ...
 
 

KABUL: Britain withdrew its last military forces from southern Afghanistan on Monday after 13 years of fighting that has cost hundreds of British lives in some of the most violent regions of the country.
A ceremony at Kandahar airfield marked ...
 
 

LONDON: British police on Monday urged the public to be alert to potential terrorist activity as they said the threat of extremist attacks would last for several years.
Launching Counter-Terrorism Awareness Week, police said that even if the ...
 
 

WASHINGTON: US Senator Rand Paul, a possible Republican candidate for president in 2016, is calling for a formal declaration of war against Islamic State militants who control parts of Iraq and Syria, the New York Times reported on Monday.
In ...
 
 

TRIPOLI: Fighters loyal to Libya’s internationally recognised government have seized control of the key western town of Kekla after more than 40 days of clashes with Islamists, both sides said on Monday.
A diverse coalition of mainly Islamist ...
 
 

BEIJING: China has claimed major success in bringing back hundreds of corrupt officials, who fled abroad with billions of dollars, as it brought back 312 of them from different countries to face trial, including the US where many of them took ...
 
 

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday declared that women are not equal to men and launched a bitter attack against feminists in Turkey, claiming they reject the concept of motherhood.
Speaking at a summit in Istanbul on ...
 
 

RABAT: The death toll from three days of what residents described as the heaviest storms to hit southern Morocco in decades has climbed to at least 32, authorities said on Monday.
The storms since Saturday caused flash floods in much of the ...