Thursday, 13 December 2018

Asia

Sri Lanka President to end moratorium on death penalty

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s president says the government will still end its 42-year moratorium on capital punishment despite requests by the European Union and other diplomatic missions not to do so. President Maithripala Sirisena said the decision to implement the death penalty for drug smugglers “will not be changed under any ...

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Vietnam flooding kills 20, dozen missing

HANOI: Flooding triggered by a tropical storm has killed at least 20 people and left over a dozen missing in northern Vietnam, local media reports said. Ten people drowned in floods caused by heavy rain in Yen Bai province after Tropical Storm Son Tinh hit the country’s northern region last ...

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Pakistan and Afghanistan agree to improve coordination

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to improve coordination between working groups constituted under Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity. The agreement came at the first meeting of the working groups between Pakistan and Afghanistan in Kabul. According to Foreign Office Spokesperson, the talks were held under the Afghanistan-Pakistan ...

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Indonesian teen raped by her brother jailed for abortion

JAKARTA: A 15-year-old Indonesian girl who was raped by her brother has been sentenced to six months in prison for having an abortion, police said Sunday. Both the girl and her 18-year-old brother were convicted Thursday by the District Court of Muara Bulian in Batanghari district in Jambi province, said ...

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Dostum survives suicide attack near Kabul Airport, 11 killed

KABUL: A suicide bomber killed at least 11 people and wounded 14 at the entrance to Kabul international airport today, officials said, as scores gathered to welcome home Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum from exile. Senior government officials, political leaders and supporters were leaving the airport after greeting the ...

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Extreme weather hits Asia

LONDON: Extreme weather is striking parts of Asia with deadly flash-flooding in Vietnam, a tropical storm prompting evacuations and disrupting travel in China and an on-going heat wave in Japan. In Vietnam, 21 people have died and more people are missing after Tropical Depression Son Tinh triggered flash floods and ...

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Singapore PM targeted in country’s biggest ever cyberattack

SINGAPORE: State-actors were likely behind Singapore´s biggest ever cyberattack to date, security experts say, citing the scale and sophistication of the hack. The city-state announced Friday that hackers had broken into a government database and stolen the health records of 1.5 million Singaporeans, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong who ...

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Police charge former finance minister Chidambaram over telecoms deal

MUMBAI: India’s federal police have charged former finance minister P. Chidambaram with abuse of his official position and criminal conspiracy over the approval of a telecoms deal in 2006, they said. The accusations center on the role of Chidambaram, now a senior leader of the main opposition Congress party, his ...

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11-year-old Indian girl repeatedly gang-raped

(File/PTI) CHANNAI: The girl was lured with soft drinks laced with drugs, then later kept silent with weapons and threats, according to police. Repeatedly, over several months, authorities said, more than a dozen men raped and molested the 11-year-old, who lived with her parents in a gated community in the ...

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Sadiq Khan calls for easier UK visas for Indian students

LONDON: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan called on the UK government to add India to the list of low-risk countries offered a more simplified student visa application process, asserting that it is vital the country maintains its reputation for higher education excellence. In a letter to UK Home Secretary Sajid ...

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