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Two killed in India violence linked to dead cows: Police

Posted by on 03/12/2018
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Two killed in India violence linked to dead cows: Police

Two killed in India violence linked to dead cows: Police

NEW DELHI: A violent mob rampaged through villages in northern India yesterday after the discovery of suspected cow carcasses, setting vehicles ablaze and murdering two people including a senior police officer. Police fired shots in the air as hundreds of villagers, incensed over the death of the sacred animals, pelted stones at officers sent to […]

Eight extremists on trial in Bangladesh

Posted by on 03/12/2018
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Eight extremists on trial in Bangladesh

Eight extremists on trial in Bangladesh

DHAKA: Eight alleged Islamist extremists went on trial in Bangladesh yesterday over a savage 2016 attack claimed by Islamic State that killed 22 people including 18 foreigners at a Dhaka cafe popular with Westerners. Prosecutors say that the eight members of a homegrown extremist outfit were “associates” of the five attackers killed when police stormed […]

BRICS slam protectionism amid China-US spat

Posted by on 01/12/2018
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BRICS slam protectionism amid China-US spat

BRICS slam protectionism amid China-US spat

Trump threat to escalate tariffs on China overshadow G20 BUENOS AIRES: Chinese President Xi Jinping and the leaders of major developing economies condemned protectionism at a G20 summit in Argentina on Friday overshadowed by US President Donald Trump’s threat to escalate tariffs on China. This year’s two-day gathering is a major test for the Group […]

Pakistan MPs critical of army barred from leaving the country

Posted by on 01/12/2018
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Pakistan MPs critical of army barred from leaving the country

Pakistan MPs critical of army barred from leaving the country

PESHAWAR: Two lawmakers who are vocal critics of Pakistan’s powerful military and have alleged widespread abuses by the armed forces say they have been barred from leaving the country, in the latest crackdown on dissent in the South Asian nation. Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar, two parliamentarians from the violence-ravaged North Waziristan region bordering Afghanistan, […]

Employees of IL&FS held hostage by Ethiopia staff fear for safety

Posted by on 01/12/2018
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Employees of IL&FS held hostage by Ethiopia staff fear for safety

Employees of IL&FS held hostage by Ethiopia staff fear for safety

Seven IL&FS employees held hostage NEW DELHI: Employees of Indian company Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) taken hostage by local staff in Ethiopia fear for their safety, with some being confined to a company campus north of the African nation’s capital Addis Ababa. India has asked Ethiopian authorities to investigate and help the seven […]

India’s economic growth slows as Modi prepares for re-election

Posted by on 01/12/2018
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India’s economic growth slows as Modi prepares for re-election

India’s economic growth slows as Modi prepares for re-election

NEW DELHI: India’s economic growth fell to a worse-than-expected 7.1 percent in the July-September quarter, dragged down by a slower consumer spending and farm growth, in a setback for Prime Minister Narendra Modi who faces a national election by May. India’s growth is still faster than China’s 6.5 percent in the same quarter, but the […]

UK security firm G4S says 5 staff killed in Kabul attack

Posted by on 29/11/2018
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UK security firm G4S says 5 staff killed in Kabul attack

UK security firm G4S says 5 staff killed in Kabul attack

Taleban claims responsibility; At least 10 people die KABUL: British security firm G4S said yesterday that five of its employees were killed and 32 wounded in a Taleban-claimed attack on one of its compounds in Kabul. A massive crater marked the spot where the militants detonated a vehicle bomb outside the compound late Wednesday before […]

Sri Lanka parliament blocks cash flow to Rajapakse’s office

Posted by on 29/11/2018
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Sri Lanka parliament blocks cash flow to Rajapakse’s office

Sri Lanka parliament blocks cash flow to Rajapakse’s office

Rajapakse’s govt unable to present 2019 budget COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s parliament voted yesterday to block any spending by the prime minister’s office, further paralyzing a government adrift from weeks of conflict as two rivals claim to run the country. The island has been in crisis since October 26 when the president sacked prime minister Ranil […]

Pakistanis ‘on one page’ in seeking India friendship

Posted by on 28/11/2018
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Pakistanis ‘on one page’ in seeking India friendship

Pakistanis ‘on one page’ in seeking India friendship

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said yesterday his government and the military want to mend ties with arch-foe India, in the latest bid to improve relations between the nuclear-armed neighbors. “I, the prime minister, my political party, the rest of our political parties, our army, all our institutions are all on one page. We […]

Indian forces kill Kashmir militant

Posted by on 28/11/2018
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Indian forces kill Kashmir militant

Indian forces kill Kashmir militant

SRINAGAR: Government forces in Indian-administered Kashmir killed a top commander of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba militant group yesterday during a fierce firefight, police said, triggering clashes with protestors. LeT, the proscribed group India blames for the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, is one of the several groups fighting Indian soldiers for decades, seeking independence for Kashmir […]

Drought driving Afghans to marry off their children

Posted by on 27/11/2018
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Drought driving Afghans to marry off their children

Drought driving Afghans to marry off their children

PHNOM PENH: Afghanistan’s worst drought in decades has driven tens of thousands of people from their homes and is pushing families to marry off their children in exchange for dowries in order to survive, the United Nations said yesterday. About 223,000 people have been uprooted from their homes in the drought-hit western provinces of Herat, […]

India denounces schools making students carry heavy bags

Posted by on 27/11/2018
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India denounces schools making students carry heavy bags

India denounces schools making students carry heavy bags

MUMBAI: Concerned about producing a generation of children with hunched backs and other spine problems, India has denounced schools for making students carry heavy school bags and giving young children homework. The government has issued weight guidelines for school bags depending on a child’s age, citing studies that show how the load can affect soft, […]