Monday, 17 June 2019

Asia

Sri Lanka police bring Easter bomb suspects back from Saudia

COLOMBO: Five Sri Lankans suspected of having links to Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 250 people were brought home in police custody on Friday after being deported from Saudi Arabia, police said. Police declined to provide details of the arrests beyond saying the five were picked up in ...

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Abe flexes diplomatic muscle as he seeks to mend Iran-US standoff

TEHRAN: The purpose of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Iran is twofold: to deliver a message aimed at easing US-Iran tensions, and also to ensure stability in Japan’s crude oil imports. Abe hopes his close relationship with US President Donald Trump and Japan’s diplomatic ties crafted with nations in ...

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Protesters scuffle with HK police, government offices shut

HONG KONG: Scuffles broke out between demonstrators and police in Hong Kong as hundreds of people persevered with a protest against an extradition law with mainland China, a day after police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to break up big crowds. Protests around the city’s legislature on Wednesday forced ...

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Suicide bomber kills nine in Afghanistan

JALALABAD: A suicide bomber on foot targeted a police vehicle in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad, killing at least nine people, including civilians, local officials said. Atahullah Khogyani, spokesman for Nangarhar province’s governor, said the attacker set off his explosives as a police vehicle was passing from a residential area ...

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Thousands rally in Hong Kong over China extradition bill

HONG KONG: Thousands of protesters rallied in central Hong Kong, seizing two main highways on Wednesday, in a defiant show of strength against government plans to allow extraditions to China. The Asian financial hub was rocked over the weekend by the largest protest march since the city s 1997 return ...

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Hand-picked successor sweeps Kazakh vote criticised by monitors

NUR-SULTAN: The hand-picked successor of Kazakhstan’s longtime ruler won a sweeping victory in presidential elections that monitors said had shown “scant respect” for democracy. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev took 70.8 percent, the Central Election Commission said, in elections Sunday marred by a police crackdown. His nearest rival, opposition candidate Amirzhan Kosanov took ...

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Missing Indian AN-32 aircraft located after days of searching

NEW DELHI: The wreckage of the missing An-32 was spotted today 16 kilometres North of Lipo, North East of Tato at an estimated elevation of 12,000 feet by an IAF Mi-17 Helicopter scouting the extended search zone, the IAF said in a statement. Debris of the An-32 transport military plane were found 8 days after it went off the radar. ...

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Six men jailed over Indian child rape

NEW DELHI: Three men have been jailed for life for the rape, torture and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Indian-administered Kashmir. Three police officers were found guilty of destroying evidence and sentenced to five years in prison. The victim, who belonged to a Muslim nomadic tribe, was found ...

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