Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Asia

Pakistan to pay gold mining firm $6bn fine

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will have to pay almost $6 billion in damages to a foreign gold mining firm whose dig was shut down by the government in 2011, the World Bank said on Sunday. The consortium Tethyan Copper company – of which Canadian gold firm Barrick and Chile’s Antofagasta Minerals control 37.5 ...

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Magnitude 7.3 quake damages homes in eastern Indonesia

JAKARTA: A strong, shallow earthquake struck eastern Indonesia on Sunday, damaging some homes and causing panicked residents to flee to temporary shelters. There were no immediate reports of casualties, and authorities said there was no threat of a tsunami. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.3 quake was cantered ...

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Death toll in Pakistan train collision rises to 23

LAHORE: The death toll from a train collision in central Pakistan rose to 23 on Friday after several people succumbed to their injuries overnight, officials said. The incident took place Thursday in Rahim Yar Khan district in Punjab province when a passenger train coming from the eastern city of Lahore ...

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20-year-old Pakistani Alina Azhar wins Diana Award

BIRMINGHAM: Alina Azhar has become the first Pakistani woman to receive The Diana Award for her humanitarian efforts. The 20-year-old philanthropist has been involved in social work since she was 11 years old. “This the first time that a Pakistani woman has been awarded The Diana Award,” said Azhar. She ...

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Hong Kong chief says China extradition bill ‘dead’

HONG KONG chief Carrie Lam has said a controversial bill that would’ve allowed extradition to the Chinese mainland and that subsequently led to mass protests in the city is “dead”. “I have almost immediately put a stop to the [bill] amendment exercise. But there are still lingering doubts about the ...

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Hong Kong protesters march again

Thousands of protesters marched to a railway station in Hong Kong that links the territory to China on Sunday, the latest in a series of rallies over a planned extradition bill that have rocked the former British colony. It was the first major protest in the territory since young, masked ...

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Indonesia sends more toxic waste, trash back to US, Europe, Australia

The Batam Customs and Excise Office has warned the importers of 49 containers filled with hazardous waste to follow the government’s order of returning the waste to their countries of origin within 90 days. Office head Susila Brata said the he had sent letters ordering four companies which were responsible ...

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France returns looted 450 ancient relics to Pakistan

PARIS (AFP) – France handed over to Pakistan nearly 450 ancient relics, some dating as far back as 4,000 BC, seized by French customs agents over a decade ago. Customs agents at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport in 2006 intercepted a parcel from Pakistan containing 17 terracotta pots addressed to ...

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India recovers 13 bodies after monsoon dam breach

MUMBAI: Thirteen bodies have been recovered in western India after the heaviest monsoon rains in a decade breached a dam and caused mayhem in Mumbai, authorities said Thursday. Eleven people were still missing after the dam in Ratnagiri, around 275 kilometres (170 miles) south of Mumbai, burst on Wednesday and ...

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