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U.N. urges Hong Kong to use restraint, investigate excessive force against protesters

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August 13, 2019 04:01 pm

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet urged Hong Kong authorities on Tuesday to exercise restraint and investigate evidence of its forces firing te...


Cathay Pacific warns staff over 'illegal protests'

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August 12, 2019 04:12 pm

Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific warned staff on Monday that they could be fired for supporting "illegal protests", as the firm comes under pressure from Beijing over ...


Hong Kong airport grinds to a halt as protests swell

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August 12, 2019 04:06 pm

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong’s airport cancelled all flights on Monday, with authorities blaming demonstrators for the disruption of one of the world’s busiest te...


Economic downturn to hit Hong Kong like a 'tsunami', city's leader warns

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August 09, 2019 07:03 pm

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong’s protests could hit the economy like a tsunami, the city’s leader said on Friday, pledging daring economic reforms in response, even...


Somalia says blind female suicide bomber killed Mogadishu mayor

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August 09, 2019 06:30 pm

The suicide bomber who killed the mayor of Mogadishu and six other people last month was a blind, female employee of the municipal government who was assisted by a fellow worker...


Japan's Empress Emeritus Michiko faces surgery for breast cancer

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August 09, 2019 06:26 pm

Japan’s Empress Emeritus Michiko is to have surgery, perhaps as soon as September, after being diagnosed with an early-stage breast cancer, the Imperial Household Agency s...


Huawei launches own operating system to rival Android

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August 09, 2019 04:08 pm

Chinese telecom giant Huawei unveiled its own operating system on Friday, as it faces the threat of losing access to Android systems amid escalating US-China trade tensions. ...


Kashmir curfew to be eased for Friday prayers: police

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August 09, 2019 03:48 pm

  Indian authorities have said they will ease a curfew in troubled Kashmir so the Muslim-majority population can go to Friday prayers with tensions running high ove...


Pakistan bans Indian films from being screened in country

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August 08, 2019 05:57 pm

KARACHI (Reuters) - Pakistan said on Thursday it would ban the screening of Indian films in the country’s cinemas, as tensions between the two countries rise over the cont...


At least 95 wounded in Taliban blast in Kabul

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August 07, 2019 07:52 pm

Scores of people were wounded when a Taliban car bomb detonated in Kabul on Wednesday, sending a massive plume of smoke over the capital and shattering windows far from the blas...


Pakistan says will downgrade diplomatic relations with India over Kashmir

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August 07, 2019 07:51 pm

Pakistan said on Wednesday it will “downgrade” diplomatic relations and suspend bilateral trade with arch-rival India after New Delhi stripped its portion of the con...


Sporadic protests as Indian Kashmir seethes under clampdown

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August 07, 2019 07:47 pm

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - Thousands of Indian security forces kept a lid on protests in disputed Kashmir on Wednesday, helped by the continued suspension of telephone and inte...


Veteran Indian politician Sushma Swaraj passes away

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August 07, 2019 11:05 am

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Veteran Indian politician Sushma Swaraj, who most recently served as minister of external affairs, passed away on Tuesday, following a cardiac arrest. ...


Japanese flying car hovers for a minute during test flight

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August 06, 2019 06:57 pm

(Reuters) - Japanese electronics manufacturer NEC Corporation unveiled a prototype flying car that stayed in the air for almost a minute during a test in Japan this week. ...


India detains Kashmir political leaders as threat to peace

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August 06, 2019 02:46 pm

Indian authorities say they have detained three political leaders in Kashmir because they are a threat to peace, with the Muslim-majority region under lockdown following an expl...


US ends visa-free entry for visitors to North Korea

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August 06, 2019 02:43 pm

Washington on Monday revoked visa-free entry rights to the United States for foreigners who have visited North Korea in the past eight years, potentially dealing a new blow to t...


'We will make them pay': North Korea launches missiles, condemns U.S.-South Korea drills

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August 06, 2019 02:29 pm

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea fired missiles into the sea off its east coast for the fourth time in less than two weeks, South Korea said on Tuesday, as Pyongyang warned that ho...


Pakistan says India has taken 'illegal steps' in scrapping special status for Kashmir

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August 05, 2019 02:40 pm

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan said on Monday it “strongly condemns” India’s decision to revoke the special status for its portion of the Kashmir region claime...


Strike grips Hong Kong as leader warns protests challenge China's sovereignty

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August 05, 2019 01:43 pm

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong was plunged into fresh chaos on Monday as a general strike followed another weekend of violent protests, paralyzing transport, leading to more th...


Ten people, including gunman, killed in Ohio mass shooting

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August 04, 2019 08:44 pm

A gunman dressed in body armor opened fire in a downtown district of Dayton, Ohio, early on Sunday, killing nine people and wounding at least 26 others, authorities said, in the...


Tsunami warning after magnitude 7 quake strikes off Indonesia's Sumatra

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August 02, 2019 06:15 pm

An earthquake of magnitude 7 struck off Indonesia’s island of Sumatra on Friday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS)said. The Indonesian geophysics agency i...


U.S. formally withdraws from 1987 nuclear pact with Russia

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August 02, 2019 03:35 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States formally withdrew from a landmark nuclear missile pact with Russia on Friday after determining that Moscow was in violation of the treat...


Crocodiles hunt in flooded Indian city

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August 02, 2019 03:23 pm

(AFP) Crocodiles hunted dogs in the flooded streets of the Indian city of Vadodara after it was battered by nearly 50 centimetres (20 inches) of rain in 24 hours leaving five pe...


Thai police say total six bombs exploded in Bangkok

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August 02, 2019 03:21 pm

A total of six bombs exploded at three locations in Bangkok on Friday and one explosive device was recovered before it blew up, a senior police officer said. Police Colo...


'Iceberg Corridor' sparks tourist boom on Canada's east coast

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August 02, 2019 03:11 pm

(AFP) At dusk, tourists marvel at the sensational collapse of an iceberg at the end of its long journey from Greenland to Canada's east coast, which now has a front-row seat...


Thai PM condemns those behind blasts that destroy peace

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August 02, 2019 10:27 am

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha on Friday condemned those behind at least three small bomb blasts that hit the capital Bangkok as it was hosting a Sout...


Can diet help cancer treatment? Study in mice offers clues

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August 01, 2019 03:12 pm

Diet is already a key part of managing diseases like diabetes and hypertension, but new research adds to a growing body of evidence that it could help cancer treatment too. ...


Japan approves growing human organs in animals for first time

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August 01, 2019 03:02 pm

Scientists in Japan will begin trying to grow human organs in animals after receiving government permission for the first study of its kind in the country. The cutting-e...


U.S. believes Osama bin Laden's son Hamza is dead - official

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August 01, 2019 02:57 pm

(Reuters) - The United States believes that Hamza bin Laden, a son of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and himself a notable figure in the militant group, is dead, a U.S. o...


Dubai ruler’s wife seeks 'forced marriage protection order' in English court

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July 30, 2019 09:03 pm

LONDON (Reuters) - The wife of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Jordanian Princess Haya, has applied a “non-molestation order” and a “forced ...




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The Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC), High Commission of India, Colombo, will be Organizing an evening of Bha...

Otara among 25 chosen personalities to name endangered baby gorillas in Rwanda

Sri Lankan entrepreneur, Otara Gunewardene was invited by the Rwandan Government as an honorary guest to name a ...

Environmentalists, conservationists gather for tropical biodiversity conference in Sri Lanka

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Shakespeare Drama Competition to get underway this month

The All Island Inter-School Shakespeare Drama Competition is back for the 46th year. The competition is organize...



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