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Malaysia eyes more than 10-fold hike in Singapore water deal

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Putrajaya, Aug 14 (AP) - Malaysia's prime minister said Monday he is seeking to hike the price of water sold to neighboring Singapore by more than 10 times as his country searches for ways to pay off massive debts.
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who shot back to power in an electoral upset in May, told The Associated Press that a decades-old treaty governing the water agreement needs to be revised to reflect increases in the cost of living.
The water deal has long been a point of contention...
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Pakistan's newly elected parliament meets for the 1st time

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Islamabad, Aug 13 (AP) - Pakistan's newly elected parliament convened Monday for the first time since last month's general elections that saw the party of former cricket star turned politician Imran Khan win most seats, propelling him toward the post of the country's next prime minister.
The...
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Scores killed fighting Taliban in Afghan city

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Kabul, Aug 13 (AP) - Afghanistan's defense minister says the ongoing battle with the Taliban in the eastern city of Ghazni has killed about 100 policemen and soldiers, as well as at least 20 civilians.
Gen. Tareq Shah Bahrami gave the toll at a press conference on Monday, the fourth day of...
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Death toll from quake that hit Indonesian island passes 430

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Jakarta, Aug 13 (AP) - The death toll from the earthquake that rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok a week ago has passed 430 and the government is estimating economic losses will exceed several hundred million dol-lars.
The national disaster agency said Monday the Aug. 5 quake killed 436...
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Kenya president urges citizens to arrest the corrupt

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Nairobi, Aug 13 (AP) - President Uhuru Kenyatta urged Kenya's young people on Sunday to make citizen's arrests of those suspected of corruption, a vice that is endemic in the country.
Critics have called Kenyatta's regime the most corrupt of the four leaders that Kenya has had since gaining...
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