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39 die, dozens sick in India from drinking spurious liquor

NEW DELHI: At least 39 people have died and another 27 fallen sick from drinking cheap spurious liquor containing toxic methanol in several villages in the northern India, officials said. Senior police officer Ashok Kumar said 26 died in two separate incidents in the state of Uttar Pradesh, 306 kilometers ...

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China protests visit by India’s Modi to disputed border area

BEIJING: China on Saturday protested the visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, a contested region located on the border between the two countries. “The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called ‘Arunachal Pradesh’ and is firmly opposed to the Indian leader’s visit,” ...

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193 Bangladeshis found locked up in house

JAKARTA: Indonesian authorities discovered a total of 193 Bangladeshis locked up in a house on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, local media reports said late Thursday. National daily Kompas wrote that police found the irregular migrants – all men in their twenties – during a police raid of a building ...

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Gas-line explosion in San Francisco sets building on fire

SAN FRANCISCO: An explosion on a gas line has set at least one San Francisco building on fire and is sending huge plumes of fire and smoke into the air, prompting evacuations of nearby buildings. Three-story flames could be seen leaping into the air in television images. Police spokesman Robert ...

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Nuns ‘sex slaves’ scandal fresh blow to Catholic church

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis´s public admission that priests have used nuns as “sexual slaves” – and may still be doing so – marks a new chapter in the abuse crisis rocking the Catholic church. “It is the first time that the pope, but also the church as an institution, has ...

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Saudi crown prince told aide he would use ‘a bullet’ on Khashoggi

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia’s crown prince told a senior aide he would go after Jamal Khashoggi “with a bullet” a year before the dissident journalist was killed inside the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate, the New York Times reported quoting US intelligence. US intelligence understood that Mohammed bin Salman, the country’s 33-year-old de ...

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Sri Lanka to impose death penalty on drug convicts

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will impose the death penalty on convicted drug traffickers within the next two months after he vowed to free the country from the drug menace by 2020, local media reports said. Sirisena informed the parliament on Wednesday evening that he was determined to impose ...

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Fresh sparks between bitter neighbours

ISLAMABAD/KABUL: Pakistan and Afghanistan engaged in a new confrontation on Thursday as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani issued a controversial statement on Pakistan’s internal matters. In response, Pakistan urged Afghanistan’s leadership to pay attention to the issues of their own country rather than making statements against others. Rejecting the controversial tweet ...

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Bangladeshi among quizmasters facilitating cheating in UK test

A number of shady organizations are offering means to cheat on a required test for immigrants applying for British citizenship, a BBC investigation revealed. The ‘Life in the UK’ multiple-choice test is aimed at establishing an applicant’s understanding of British laws, traditions, and customs. A BBC undercover investigation found that ...

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