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Rotting corpses spark fears of epidemic amid India floods

DEHRADUN: India’s military vowed yesterday to press ahead with evacuations from the country’s flood ravaged north after 20 airmen and paramilitary members were killed when their helicopter crashed during a…

Fears of disease in flood-hit India

RUDRAPRAYAG: Indian officials stepped up efforts yesterday to prevent an outbreak of disease in the northern Himalayan region devastated by landslides and flash floods, as rains hampered the rescue of…

Taleban hits Kabul’s presidential palace – CIA base attacked by gunfire

KABUL: Taleban gunmen and bombers using fake NATO identification attacked an entrance to the Afghan presidential palace in the heart of Kabul yesterday, just a week after insurgent leaders opened…

Indian jewelers join govt drive to cut gold buying

MUMBAI: India’s biggest jewelers’ association has asked members to stop selling gold bars and coins, about 35 percent of their business, adding its weight to government efforts to cut gold…

Musharraf to face treason trial – Musharraf is first military ruler to be tried

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s prime minister said yesterday that the government plans to put the military ruler who ousted him in a coup over a decade ago on trial for treason, setting…

US heeds India’s fears on Taleban

NEW DELHI: India yesterday gave a cautious blessing to attempts to make peace with Afghanistan’s Taleban insurgents as US Secretary of State John Kerry promised to pay heed to the…

Time magazine’s ‘Buddhist Terror’ story irks Myanmar – Online petition collects 40,000 signatures

YANGON: Myanmar has reacted angrily to a Time magazine cover story on a prominent radical monk accused of fuelling anti-Muslim violence, accompanied by the headline “The Face of Buddhist Terror”.…

Gambling with bows and arrows in India

Every weekday afternoon in the picturesque Indian city of Shillong, dozens of men meet to play with bows and arrows, place bets and gamble, keeping a centuries-old tradition alive. The…

Bad weather hits India flood rescue operations

GOVINDGHAT: Bad weather hampered rescue operations yesterday in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have left pilgrims and…

Kerry begins first India visit

NEW DELHI: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in New Delhi yesterday for his first visit to India as the top US diplomat, looking to deliver on a pledge…

Third of women suffer domestic violence – A global problem of epidemic proportions

LONDON: In the first major global review of violence against women, a series of reports released recently found that about a third of women have been physically or sexually assaulted…

560 perish in India floods, landslides

RUDRAPRAYAG: Flash floods and landslides unleashed by early monsoon rains have killed at least 560 people in northern India and left tens of thousands missing, officials said yesterday, with the…