New Yorkers plead guilty to ‘movie-like’ bank heists | World

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At the time of their arrest in July 2016, New York´s then police commissioner Bill Bratton likened the burglaries to scenes from the movie “Heat”. Photo: Heat  NEW YORK: Four New Yorkers have pleaded guilty to blow-torching their way into bank vaults and making off with more than $5 million in burglaries likened to a …

Peru’s Congress prepares to oust President Kuczynski | World

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Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (C), flanked by vice-president Mercedes Araoz (L) and his cabinet, gives a speech at the Government Palace in Lima, Peru, December 14, 2017. Photo: Peruvian Government Palace LIMA: President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s chances of surviving the political crisis gripping Peru faded on Friday after Congress passed a motion to start …

Three missing, thousands flee as storm heads for Philippines | World

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About 20 typhoons or weaker storms either make landfall in the Philippines or reach its waters each year. Photo: AFP/File  Tens of thousands were driven from their homes by floods and three fishermen were missing Saturday as Tropical Storm Kai-Tak barrelled towards the eastern Philippines, officials said. Kai-Tak, packing gusts of up to 100 kilometres …

Tobacco industry trumps as India court cancels stringent health labelling rules | World

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A shopkeeper selling cigarettes waits in his store at a market in Mumbai, India, January 6, 2016. Photo: Reuters NEW DELHI: An Indian court on Friday quashed federal rules that mandated stringent graphic health warnings on tobacco products, lawyers involved in the case said, in a decision seen as a major victory for the tobacco …

Australian PM’s future at stake in crucial Sydney by-election | World

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Photo: File  SYDNEY: Voters began casting ballots in a Sydney by-election on Saturday that could determine the future of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who is hoping to regain his parliamentary majority and safeguard his leadership. The election campaign in the blue-ribbon Sydney seat of Bennelong has been bitterly fought …

US recognition of Jerusalem a ‘bomb’ in the Mideast: Erdogan | World

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends an interview with Reuters at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, July 21, 2016. ISTANBUL: The decision by US President Donald Trump to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel is a “bomb” thrown at the entire Middle East, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday. Erdogan, who has sought …

Tillerson urges long halt to North Korea weapon tests before any talks | World

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivers remarks to members of the press after a meeting about North Korea’s nuclear program at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, US on December 15, 2017. — Reuters UNITED NATIONS: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday urged North Korea to carry out a “sustained …

Palestinians killed in new wave of protests over Trump Jerusalem move | World

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GAZA CITY: Two Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli forces in clashes along the Gaza border Friday, as tens of thousands of people joined new protests against Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. US President Donald Trump’s December 6 announcement that he would break with decades of American policy and move his embassy to …

6.5 quake rocks southern Indonesia: USGS | World

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Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide. — AFP FILE JAKARTA: A strong 6.5 earthquake rocked Indonesia’s main island of Java late Friday evening, the US Geological Survey said, shaking buildings in the capital Jakarta. The tremor was measured at a …

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa vows new path for ‘desecrated’ party | World

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa received a statue of a crocodile — his nickname — after planting a tree at the party conference. — AFP HARARE: Zimbabwe’s new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, drew a firm line under the 37-year reign of Robert Mugabe in a keynote speech to the ruling ZANU-PF party on Friday. Mnangagwa took office last …