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Spain court’s sex attack ruling triggers protests

Spain court’s sex attack ruling triggers protests

A Spanish court has cleared five men of the gang rape of an 18-year-old at the 2016 San Fermin bull-running festival in Pamplona, convicting them of the lesser crime of sexual abuse.

Nepal preps for busy year as hundreds eye Everest

Nepal preps for busy year as hundreds eye Everest

Hundreds of adventurers have been granted permits to climb Mount Everest, officials in Nepal said Thursday, foreshadowing another bumper year despite concerns about overcrowding on the world’s highest mountain.

‘Castle boys’ in shifting sands of Boracay closure

‘Castle boys’ in shifting sands of Boracay closure

Jessler Magbanua has been sculpting elaborate sand castles for tourist tips on the Philippine resort island of Boracay for years, but now that it is shut for clean-up he will have to switch to mixing cement.

Ministry expresses ‘great displeasure’ as abuse row deepens

Ministry expresses ‘great displeasure’ as abuse row deepens

A dispute between Kuwait and the Philippines over reports of abuse of Philippine workers took a turn for the worse yesterday with the Philippines expressing “great displeasure” about Kuwait’s expulsion of its ambassador.

Duterte’s trust rating slightly down: survey

Duterte’s trust rating slightly down: survey

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s trust rating is “very good”, according to the result of the survey released yesterday, down slightly from an “excellent” rating in December.

Boracay closes for tourists amid heavy security

Boracay closes for tourists amid heavy security

The Philippines shuttered its most famous holiday island Boracay to tourists yesterday for a six-month clean-up, which the government has imposed with a muscular show of its security forces.

Latin America ‘in the grip of murder crisis’

Latin America ‘in the grip of murder crisis’

Latin America has suffered more than 2.5mn murders since the start of this century and is facing an acute public security crisis that demands urgent and innovative solutions, a new report warns.

W Bengal local election on May 14; opposition fumes

W Bengal local election on May 14; opposition fumes

West Bengal will hold panchayat (rural body) elections on May 14, the State Election Commission announced yesterday. Repoll, if needed, will be held on May 16.

13 children killed as train hits van in Uttar Pradesh

13 children killed as train hits van in Uttar Pradesh

Thirteen children were killed yesterday when a train hit their school van at an unmanned crossing in Uttar Pradesh, the second major accident involving school children in a little over two weeks.

Kim, Moon to meet at military demarcation line for summit

Kim, Moon to meet at military demarcation line for summit

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un and the South’s president Moon Jae-in will meet at the Military Demarcation Line that divides the peninsula before their summit today, Seoul said, in an occasion laden with symbolism.

Ex-California policeman arrested in ‘Golden State’ serial killer case

Ex-California policeman arrested in ‘Golden State’ serial killer case

An elderly former policeman has been arrested and charged with eight murders attributed to the Golden State Killer, a serial criminal responsible for dozens of rapes and slayings that terrorised parts of California during the 1970s and 1980s, authorities said on Wednesday.

UN: W Africa faces security threat from herders-farmers violence

UN: W Africa faces security threat from herders-farmers violence

Clashes between cattle herders and farmers pose a threat to countries across West Africa and the Sahel, the UN warned yesterday, after Nigeria’s parliament summoned President Muhammadu Buhari over escalating violence.

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