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PM Modi's mother casts vote in Ahmedabad access_timeApril 23

 Ahmedabad ,Gujarat, India–Heeraben Modi, mother of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cast her vote at a polling station in Raisan area here on Tuesday. The nonagenarian arrived at the polling booth in a car and was assisted by people in...

6.2-magnitude earthquake rattles central Philippines access_timeApril 23

 MANILA–A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Eastern Samar province in the central Philippines on Tuesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. The institute said the earthquake, which struck at 1:37 p.m. l...

Vietnamese ex-president who ousted Khmer Rouge dies aged 99 access_timeApril 23

HANOI– General Le Duc Anh, a Communist party hardliner and former Vietnamese president who led the invasion of Cambodia which led to the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime, has died aged 99. Duc Anh, who was born in 1920, spent much of his life in so...

Ukraine comedian Zelensky wins presidency in landslide access_timeApril 22

KIEV–A comedian with no political experience won a landslide victory in Ukraine's presidential election, drawing congratulations from global leaders while dealing a stunning rebuke to his country's political establishment. Volodymyr Zelen...

Fresh arrests as Sri Lanka Easter attack toll hits 290 access_timeApril 22

 COLOMBO–The death toll from bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka rose dramatically Monday to 290 -- including dozens of foreigners -- as police announced new arrests over the country's worst attacks fo...

Urgent: 5.7-magnitude earthquake strikes northern Philippines access_timeApril 22

MANILA– A 5.7-magnitude earthquake, which was strongly felt in Manila, struck northern Zambales province in the Philippine main Luzon island on Monday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. The earthquake was measured by...

At least 42 dead in Sri Lanka church, hotel blasts: police access_timeApril 21

 COLOMBO– A string of blasts hit high-end hotels and churches in Sri Lanka on Sunday, injuring hundreds of people as worshippers attended Easter services. The first explosions were reported at St Anthony's Church in Colombo and St Seb...

Global measles cases up 300 percent year-on-year: WHO access_timeApril 16

 GENEVA–Measles cases rose 300 percent worldwide through the first three months of 2019 compared to the same period last year, the UN said Monday, as concern grows over the impact of anti-vaccination stigma. Measles, which is highly contagio...

At least 5 killed, 17 missing in heavy rains, floods in western Afghanistan access_timeApril 16

 HERAT, Afghanistan–At least five people were killed and 17 others went missing after heavy rains and floods hit Afghanistan's western province of Herat, a local official said Tuesday. "Five people were killed and 17 others went ...

Notre-Dame fire under control, Macron vows to rebuild access_timeApril 16

 PARIS– A raging fire that tore through Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris was under control early Tuesday after the blaze brought its towering spire and roof crashing to the ground, wiping out centuries of priceless heritage central to F...

Mahathir says Chinese contractor will help run new rail link access_timeApril 15

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia –Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Monday a Chinese company building a rail link across peninsula Malaysia will jointly help to manage, operate and maintain the network that will help reduce the country's financial burd...

Blast kills 7 children in Afghanistan access_timeApril 15

Laghman ,Afghanistan–Seven children lost their lives while scores of people were wounded after a bomb went off here on Sunday evening, according to Provincial Governor's Spokesman Assadullah Dawlatzai. The children were playing outside the ho...

Iran flood death toll rises to 76 access_timeApril 14

TEHRAN– Seventy-six people have been killed in Iran by floods in recent weeks, according to a new toll published Sunday with warnings still in place for large swathes of the country. "With the death of five people in the Khuzestan provinc...

Clash kills 15 including 8 police in N. Afghanistan access_timeApril 11

 KUNDUZ, Afghanistan– At least 15 fighters including eight police and seven militants have been killed as a clash broke out in Chardara district of northern Afghanistan's Kunduz province on Thursday, a local security official Abdul Hadi ...

Australian prime minister sets election for May 18 access_timeApril 11

 SYDNEY–Australia's prime minister on Thursday called a national election for May 18, firing the starting gun on what promises to be a bareknuckle campaign focused heavily on climate and the economy. The vote will decide whether the c...

WikiLeaks' Assange arrested at Ecuador embassy in London access_timeApril 11

 LONDON– Police in London say they've arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy on a court warrant dating back to 2012. In a statement Thursday, police said Assange has been taken into "custody at a cent...

Modi favourite as India's incredible election begins access_timeApril 11

 NEW DELHI –India's gargantuan election, the biggest in history, kicked off on Thursday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking a second term from the South Asian behemoth's 900 million voters. Opinion polls put 68-year-old Modi...

UN chief calls for more investment in quality education access_timeApril 10

 UNITED NATIONS–UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday highlighted the importance of investing in quality education and decent work for all young people. Speaking at the closing session of the eighth Economic and Social Council ...

Netanyahu projected to win Israeli election: media access_timeApril 10

 JERUSALEM–Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was projected to win a fifth term in office on Wednesday after nearly complete results from Israel's general election put him in position to form a rightwing coalition, media reports said. ...

Tens of thousands march in Australia for higher wages access_timeApril 10

 MELBOURNE– Tens of thousands marched for better work conditions and higher wages in Australia Wednesday, bringing the city of Melbourne to a standstill, ahead of national elections in May. The opposition Labor party wants to make stagnan...