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Indian state bans students from wearing shoes, socks at board exams access_timeफागुन ११, २०७४

NEW DELHI - India's eastern state of Bihar has banned students appearing for this year's Class X board examinations from wearing shoes and socks, to curb cheating.  "The board has decided that candidates wearing only slippers will be...

Record tourist arrivals in Paris in 2017 access_timeफागुन ११, २०७४

PARIS - After two years during which Paris was scarred by terror attacks, tourists returned to the French capital in record numbers in 2017, hotel booking figures showed Thursday.  Hotels in the Paris area received 2.9 million more foreign and Fr...

5 Afghan intelligence agency workers killed access_timeफागुन ११, २०७४

Kabul [Afghanistan] - At least five workers of the Afghan intelligence agency, National Directorate of Security (NDS) have been killed in a militant attack in Afghanistan's northern Parwan province.  The incident took place in the vici...

UK economy grows less than expected on Brexit unease access_timeफागुन ११, २०७४

LONDON - Britain's economy expanded last year less than first thought, official data revealed on Thursday, adding to concerns that Brexit uncertainty was impacting growth.  Gross domestic product growth stood at 1.7 percent in 2017, the Offic...

Syria, Russia pound rebel enclave, put clinic out of service access_timeफागुन १०, २०७४

ARBIN, Syria,  - Syrian and Russian air strikes on the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta enclave have killed more than 100 civilians for the second straight day and put another hospital out of service.  In a major development in Syria's complex ...

Pakistani Supreme Court disqualifies Nawaz Sharif to be party chief access_timeफागुन १०, २०७४

ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday disqualified former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to be chief of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), saying that all the decisions made by him as the party chief would also stand nu...

11 terrorist suspects arrested in Malaysia access_timeफागुन १०, २०७४

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian police said Wednesday that 11 Malaysians and Filipinos with suspected link to terrorist organizations, including the Abu Sayyaf militant group in southern Philippines, were arrested.  The 11 suspects were arrested in poli...

Cuban president meets U.S. Congress delegation access_timeफागुन १०, २०७४

HAVANA - Cuban President Raul Castro met with a visiting delegation of U.S. senators and representatives here on Tuesday to exchange views on "issues of common interest" amid a setback in bilateral ties.  According to a short press...

Libyans agree to continue to work on UN-sponsored political agreement access_timeफागुन १०, २०७४

TRIPOLI - Libya's eastern-based House of Representatives (parliament) and the Tripoli-based Higher Council of State agreed on Tuesday to continue consultations to amend the UN-sponsored political agreement in preparation for a constitutional refere...

What Does the US Want in Syria ? access_timeफागुन ९, २०७४

- Christopher R Hill    After seven years of bloodshed across shifting battlefronts, the conflict in Syria has become so complicated that a workable resolution seems all but impossible anytime soon. And the United States' failure to d...

Israeli PM's confidant suspected of bribery: police access_timeफागुन ९, २०७४

JERUSALEM - A confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is suspected of attempting to bribe a judge in return for closing a corruption case against Netanyahu's wife, the police said Tuesday.  Nir Hefetz, also a former spokesman o...

Plastic found in over 70 pct of deep ocean fish: study access_timeफागुन ९, २०७४

LONDON - Plastic particles have been found in almost three quarters of fish living in the ocean depths in northwest Atlantic, one of the highest frequencies of microplastic in fish worldwide, according to a study.  Many had consumed multiple tiny...

Egypt court enlists 16 as terrorists including ex-presidential candidate access_timeफागुन ९, २०७४

CAIRO - An Egyptian court on Tuesday issued a ruling enlisting 16 persons including head of Strong Egypt Party and former presidency candidate Abdel-Moneim Aboul-Fotouh on the lists of terrorists, official news agency MENA reported.  Investigatio...

Cholera outbreak kills 18 in central Tanzania since October access_timeफागुन ९, २०७४

ARUSHA, Tanzania - An outbreak of cholera in central Tanzania's Dodoma region of has left 18 dead in four months, a health official said on Tuesday.  Since last October, 470 cholera cases have been recorded in the region, Dodoma Regional...

Nearly 200 dead in Syria enclave as UN warns situation 'out of control' access_timeफागुन ९, २०७४

ARBIN, Syria - Air strikes hit Syria's Eastern Ghouta for a third straight day on Tuesday, bringing the civilian death toll to nearly 200 as the UN warned the situation in the rebel enclave was spinning "out of control".  Air strike...

SAARC parliamentary body appeals for restoration of democracy in Maldives access_timeफागुन ९, २०७४

Colombo [Sri Lanka] - Expressing concern over the ongoing political crisis in the Maldives, where democratic norms have been cast aside, the Chairman of the Association of SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians has appealed to the Speaker of the Majl...

Iran teams find wreckage of plane in Zagros mountains access_timeफागुन ८, २०७४

TEHRAN - Iranian search teams found the wreckage on Tuesday of a plane that went missing in the Zagros mountains two days earlier with 66 people on board, a spokesman said.  Aseman Airlines flight EP3704 disappeared from radar as it flew ove...

Syria bombardment of rebel enclave kills 18 civilians: monitor access_timeफागुन ८, २०७४

BEIRUT - Heavy Syrian regime bombardment of rebel-held Eastern Ghouta killed at least 18 civilians on Monday, a monitor said, as government forces appeared to prepare for a ground assault.  The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air st...

Swiss welcome Russia parliament head despite EU-US sanctions access_timeफागुन ८, २०७४

GENEVA - Russia's parliamentary speaker, slapped with US and EU sanctions, will meet the Swiss foreign minister Monday during a visit that Bern said aims to foster "dialogue" on the Ukraine conflict.  Vyacheslav Volodin, the pr...

Syrian army to enter Afrin under deal with Kurdish forces: report access_timeफागुन ८, २०७४

DAMASCUS - The Syrian army and the Kurdish-led forces have reached an agreement on the army's entry into the Afrin enclave where Turkey is launching a military offensive, a report said Sunday.  The Syrian army will enter Afrin on Monday, Shei...