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Sri Lanka to fight dengue virus with bacteria access_timeDecember 12

COLOMBO– The Sri Lankan government is to begin trialling a special bacteria as part of a program to eradicate the dengue virus, local media reports, quoting Health Ministry officials said here Thursday. Deputy Director General of the Health Mi...

Eight killed in blaze at Bangladesh plastics factory access_timeDecember 12

DHAKA– Eight people were killed and at least 24 critically injured when a devastating fire swept through an illegal plastics factory outside the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, police said Thursday. The fire started on Wednesday afternoon and quick...

5.9 magnitude quake hits southwest of Africa access_timeDecember 10

JOHANNESBURG–An earthquake measuring 5.9 on Richter Scale struck southwest off the African continent on Monday (local time), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said. The epicentre of the quake, which occurred at around 17:59 (UTC), was...

5.2-magnitude quake hits 44 km WNW of Samara, Costa Rica: USGS access_timeDecember 9

NEW YORK –A 5.2-magnitude earthquake jolted 44 km WNW of Samara, Costa Rica at 18:31:39 GMT on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 10.0137 degrees north lati...

Johnson, Corbyn clash in final debate before UK election access_timeDecember 8

LONDON–British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn clashed Friday night in the last head-to-head debate before a general election in six days — an underpowered showdown that saw both men stick to we...

Delhi: PM Modi announces ex-gratia for families of those killed in Anaj Mandi fire access_timeDecember 8

NEW DELHI–Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from Prime Minister's National Relief Fund each for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives in a fire incident in Delhi. The Prime Minister ...

Indian police shoot dead suspects in rape-murder access_timeDecember 6

NEW DELHI– Indian police on Friday shot dead four detained gang-rape and murder suspects as they were re-enacting their alleged crime, prompting outrage but also wild celebrations. The men, who had been in custody for a week, were shot early F...

Typhoon death toll rises to 11 in Philippines access_timeDecember 4

MANILA–At least 11 people have died in typhoon that unleashed torrents of rain and strong winds since Monday, leaving a trail of destruction in the provinces in southern Luzon and central Philippine Samar province, police said on Wednesday. Ty...

Rouhani: Iran still ready for talks if US lifts sanctions access_timeDecember 4

TEHRAN–President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that Iran is still ready for nuclear talks on condition the United States first lifts "unlawful" sanctions. "If they are prepared to put aside the sanctions, we are ready to talk...

Magnitude quake strikes off eastern Indonesia access_timeDecember 4

JAKARTA– An 5.5-magnitude earthquake jolted Indonesia's eastern province of Maluku on Wednesday, the meteorology and geophysics agency said here. The quake struck at 13:04 p.m. Jakarta time (0604 GMT) with the epicenter at 188 km nort...

Cabinet approves Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 access_timeDecember 4

NEW DELHI– The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that seeks to provide citizenship to non-Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh if they faced persecution in their countries. Union Minister for inf...

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter hospitalized for urinary tract infection access_timeDecember 3

WASHINGTON– Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has been admitted to hospital with a urinary tract infection, a spokesperson said in a statement on Monday. The 95-year-old longest-living former U.S. president was admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medic...

India gangrape protests mount as schoolgirl killed access_timeDecember 3

NEW DELHI– Hundreds of Indian protestors took to the streets on Monday as public anger grew over the brutal gang-rape and murder of a female veterinary doctor, with one MP calling for the perpetrators to be "lynched". The demonstrati...

Sub-lieutenant Shivangi becomes first woman pilot for Indian Navy access_timeDecember 2

KOCHI–Sub-lieutenant Shivangi became the first woman pilot for the Indian Navy on Monday. Shivangi was born in the city of Muzaffarpur in Bihar. She was commissioned into the Indian Navy last year after her initial training. Shivangi joined op...

Thousands flee as Typhoon Kammuri churns towards Philippines access_timeDecember 2

MANILA–Tens of thousands of people were sheltering in evacuation centres as powerful Typhoon Kammuri barreled towards the Philippines, threatening plans for the Southeast Asian Games events near the capital Manila. Kammuri is expected to make ...

Wall collapse kills 17 in India access_timeDecember 2

NEW DELHI–At least 17 people from four families in India were buried alive as they were sleeping on Monday when heavy rains caused a large wall to collapse on their homes, police said. The dead included two children in the village in the south...

Sudan's PM heads to U.S. for official visit access_timeDecember 1

KHARTOUM–Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok on Saturday headed to the United States for an official six-day visit, official SUNA news agency reported. Hamdok is scheduled to hold talks with U.S. officials over bilateral cooperation, the...

5.2-magnitude quake affects over 2,000 in south China access_timeNovember 28

NANNING–One person was killed, five injured and another over 2,000 people suffered losses in a 5.2-magnitude earthquake that hit south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region three days ago. The earthquake jolted the city of Jingxi at 9:1...

UK election poll predicts Conservative majority access_timeNovember 28

LONDON– Boris Johnson's Conservative Party would win a comfortable majority in Britain's parliament if the upcoming election were held this week, according to a poll by respected research firm YouGov. Britain votes on December 12,...

Thousands of women rally in Istanbul against male violence access_timeNovember 26

ISTANBUL– Thousands of Turkish women on Monday flocked to the streets of Istanbul to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. On the iconic Istiklal Avenue, protesters held a symbolic march to commemorate women...