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Mozambique’s gem wars

Montepuez : Nearly a decade after rubies were first found in northern Mozambique, the discovery has proven a poisoned chalice, says traditional local ruler Cristina Joaquim. Instead of riches and reward, what could have been a windfall has brought harassment, violence an

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Over 28pc of Japanese population officially old

Tokyo : More than 28 per cent of Japan’s population is now officially classified as elderly according to government data, the highest rate in the world as the first wave of postwar baby boomers enter old age. Those aged 65 or older now make up a record 35.6 million, or 28.1pc of

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Missiles fired at Syrian city

Beirut : Missiles were fired from the sea at several locations in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia yesterday but were intercepted by air defences, Syrian state media said. The official SANA news agency said the Technical Industry Institution in the state-

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Philippine ex-general jailed

Manila : A retired Philippine army general was sentenced on Monday to decades behind bars over the 2006 disappearance of two activists. Jovito Palparan, dubbed “The Butcher” by leftist groups for his brutal

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Superbug kills 6 newborns in South Africa

Johannesburg : An outbreak of the Klebsiella pneumonia superbug that killed six newborns at a government hospital in Johannesburg has forced medics to close the facility’s neo-natal and maternity wards. The Thelle Mogoerane hospital in the eastern Johannesburg township of Vosloor

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Mangkhut leaves trail of destruction in Hong Kong

Itogon : Philippine rescuers yesterday searched desperately for dozens feared buried under a landslide unleashed by Typhoon Mangkhut, which also left a trail of destruction in Hong Kong and saw millions evacuated in southern China. The confirmed death toll across the northern Philippin

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