Philippines storm death toll climbs to 133

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Manila, Dec 23 (AFP) The death toll from a tropical storm in the southern Philippines climbed swiftly to 133 on today, as rescuers pulled dozens of bodies from a swollen river, police said. Tropical Storm Tembin has lashed the nation's second- largest island of Mindanao since yesterday, triggering flash floods and mudslides. The Philippines is pummelled by 20 major storms each year on average, many of them deadly. But Mindanao, home... Read More

UN slams ‘shocking’ killing of disabled Palestinian protester

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Geneva, Dec 19 (AFP) The UN's human rights chief said today he was "truly shocked" by Israeli troops' killing of a wheelchair-bound Palestinian protester in Gaza, and demanded an "independent and impartial investigation". Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh, a 29-year-old who lost his legs after an Israeli attack a decade ago, was among five Palestinians killed on Friday during protests against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital... Read More

Rohingya refugees to start returning from January: officials

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Dhaka, Dec 19 (AFP) Bangladesh and Myanmar today reaffirmed their commitment to begin repatriating Rohingya refugees from January, despite rights groups warning that their safety is still not assured should they return. The foreign secretaries of Bangladesh and Myanmar met in Dhaka to finalise the agreement signed on November 23 for the voluntary return of nearly three-quarters of a million stateless Rohingya living in refugee camps along the border. Read More

Tillerson calls Myanmar army chief over Rohingya crisis

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By Lalit K Jha   Washington, Oct 27 (PTI) Expressing concern over the “humanitarian crisis” in Myanmar, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has urged the country’s army chief to help the government end violence in the northern Rakhine state where unrest has forced over 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh. In a telephone Read More

China media dominated by Xi, reinforcing image as leader

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Beijing, Oct 26 (AP) Newspapers, TV and magazines were dominated today by images of President Xi Jinping, reinforcing his public image as China’s most powerful leader in decades following a Communist Party congress. Photos of Xi took up as much as one-quarter of party newspapers and titles as diverse as China Sports News. Rows of Read More

7 killed, 48 injured as terror attacks strike heart of London

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By Aditi Khanna London, Jun 4 (PTI) Three knife-wielding attackers wearing fake suicide vests unleashed a terror rampage through central London, plowing a high-speed van into pedestrians on the iconic London Bridge before stabbing revellers in a nearby market, killing seven people and injuring 48. In the attack, just days before the general election on Read More

India, France to jointly work on climate change, combating terrorism

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Paris, Jun 3 (PTI) India and France today vowed to work together for the successful implementation of the landmark Paris climate agreement and fight the challenge posed by terrorism, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi met newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron here. Modi said India was committed to “go above and beyond” the Paris deal Read More

Trump withdraws from Paris Accord, says India, China get advantage

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From Lalit K Jha Washington, Jun 2 (PTI) President Donald Trump today announced his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement on climate change and renegotiate the deal that was agreed upon by over 190 countries during the previous Obama administration. Arguing that countries like China and India are benefiting the most from Read More

Modi backs Merkel’s EU leadership as Trump scolds Germany

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By Aditi Khanna Berlin, May 30 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today backed German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “strong leadership” in uniting the European Union at a time the economic grouping showed signs of strain over the UK’s decision to exit it and the protectionist stance adopted by US President Donald Trump. Modi, whose visit to Read More

Modi arrives in Germany on first leg of four-nation tour

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By Aditi Khanna Berlin, May 29 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here today on the first leg of his six-day, four-nation tour of Germany, Spain, Russia and France aimed at boosting bilateral economic engagement with them and inviting more investment for India’s transformation. “Reached Germany. I am sure this visit will lead to Read More

Death toll from Lanka floods rises to 151

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Colombo, May 28 (PTI) The death toll from devastating floods in Sri Lanka today rose to 151 as rescuers pulled out more bodies from mudslides triggered by the country’s worst torrential rains since 2003 that displaced nearly half a million people. Sri Lanka has sought international assistance. India, the first country to respond, dispatched Read More

India hopes for sovereign, independent, united Palestine: Modi

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New Delhi, May 16 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today assured Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas of India’s “unwavering support” to the Palestinian cause, saying it hopes to see a sovereign, united and an independent Palestine, co- existing peacefully with Israel. Modi, who is scheduled to travel to Israel in July, also hoped for early Read More

Nepal holds 1st local polls in 20 years; 1 killed in violence

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By Shirish B Pradhan Kathmandu, May 14 (PTI) Millions of Nepalese today voted in the country’s first local-level polls in two decades as the Himalayan nation took a crucial step towards cementing democracy amid political turmoil. Authorities recorded a 71 per cent voter turnout with sporadic election-related violence reported and one person killed in police Read More

Global cyber attack hits hospitals and companies, threat seen fading for now

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By Jeremy Wagstaff and Costas Pitas | SINGAPORE/LONDON A global cyber attack leveraging hacking tools believed to have been developed by the U.S. National Security Agency has infected tens of thousands of computers in nearly 100 countries, disrupting Britain’s health system and global shipper FedEx. Cyber extortionists tricked victims into opening malicious malware attachments to Read More

President Trump fires FBI boss Comey, courts controversy

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Washington, May 10 (PTI) US President Donald Trump today fired FBI chief James Comey, abruptly removing the top sleuth overseeing a criminal probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election that was won by the real estate mogul. Read More