Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Asia

UK stands in solidarity with govt, people of Sri Lanka: Jeremy Hunt

LONDON: United Kingdom Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP said on Sunday that the UK stands in solidarity with persecuted Christians around the world and with the government and people of Sri Lanka. According to a statement issued by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office here on Sunday, speaking ...

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Death toll in Sri Lanka blasts climbs to 290; 13 arrested

COLOMBO: At least 13 suspects were arrested on Monday in connection with Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka that targeted churches and hotels, killing at least 290 people and leaving 500 others wounded, police said, as a curfew imposed yesterday was lifted. Authorities have not made public details on those ...

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Death toll from Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka rises to 207

COLOMBO: The death toll from a devastating series of eight bomb blasts that ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on Sunday has risen to 207, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said. At least 450 people were injured in the attacks. A manager at the Cinnamon ...

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Kabul attack over, assailants killed

KABUL: Afghan authorities declared Saturday the end of an hours-long, multi-pronged assault by suicide bombers and gunmen at the communications ministry in Kabul. “Operations finished. All suicide bombers killed & more than 2000 civilians staff rescued,” the Ministry of Interior said on Twitter. The attack had started about six hours ...

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India’s top judge accused of sexual harassment

NEW DELHI: India’s most senior judge has been accused of sexual harassment by a former Supreme Court employee. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi called the accusations made by a 35-year-old junior court assistant “unbelievable” and said they were an attempt to stop him from hearing important cases. Saying judicial independence was at ...

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No Pakistani killed in Indian air strike: Sushma Swaraj

AHMADABAD: Speaking at a women’s rally in Ahmadabad, India’s External Affairs Minister and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj had acknowledged that no Pakistani soldier or citizen had died in the Balakot air strike. She claimed the air strike had been carried out in “self-defence”. “When we carried out air strike across ...

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Bangladesh schoolgirl burned to death on teacher’s order

DHAKA: A schoolgirl was burned to death in Bangladesh on the orders of her head teacher after she reported him for sexually harassing her, police said on Friday. The death of the 19-year-old, Nusrat Jahan Rafi, last week sparked protests across the country, with the prime minister promising to prosecute ...

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6.1 strong earthquake hits Taiwan

TAIPEI: A 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolted Taiwan, the US Geological Survey said, disrupting traffic and injuring 17 people. In the capital Taipei, highrises swayed while some panicked schoolchildren fled their classrooms in eastern Yilan county, according to reports. The quake was felt across the island and a highway connecting Yilan and ...

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