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Union Minister Ananth Kumar passes away access_timeNovember 12

New Delhi –  Union Minister Ananth Kumar passed away in the wee hours of Monday in Bengaluru.  The 59-year-old political leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had not been keeping well for the past few months. He was suffering fro...

WHO maps dangerous misuse of antibiotics access_timeNovember 12

GENEVA – The World Health Organization warned Monday that antibiotics consumption is dangerously high in some countries while a shortage in others is spurring risky misuse, driving the emergence of deadly superbug infections.  In a firs...

149 killed in 24 hours in Yemen's Hodeida: medics, military access_timeNovember 12

HODEIDA, Yemen –At least 149 people including civilians have been killed in 24 hours of clashes between government loyalists and rebels in Yemen's flashpoint city of Hodeida, medics and military sources said Monday.  A military offi...

Vietnam ratifies Pacific trade pact access_timeNovember 12

HANOI – Vietnam on Monday became the seventh country to ratify a sprawling Pacific trade pact set to come into effect later this year, despite US President Donald Trump's pullout from a deal he decried as a "job killer".  ...

Ukraine separatists hold elections in defiance of West access_timeNovember 11

DONETSK, Ukraine –Polling stations opened in rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine on Sunday as Kremlin-backed separatists choose their new leaders despite Western calls on Moscow not to sabotage peace talks.  Washington and Brussels say ...

California fire death toll rises to 23 access_timeNovember 11

  PARADISE, United States –The death toll from destructive fires hitting California rose to 23 Saturday as rescue workers recovered more bodies of people killed by the late-season infernos.  Firefighters battled raging fires at ...

Bangladesh opposition says it will contest general election access_timeNovember 11

DHAKA – Bangladesh's main opposition party said Sunday it would not boycott next month's general election and would challenge Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the polls, despite its leader being in jail.  "We have announced ...

31 cases of Zika virus reported in central India access_timeNovember 11

NEW DELHI – As many as 31 persons have reportedly been infected with Zika virus in India's central state of Madhya Pradesh, local media reported Sunday.  Although some media reported that two persons died due to Zika virus, state he...

Facebook blocks 115 accounts on eve of US election access_timeNovember 6

SAN FRANCISCO –Facebook said Monday it blocked some 30 accounts on its platform and 85 more on Instagram after police warned they may be linked to "foreign entities" trying to interfere in the US midterm election.  The announc...

Pompeo to meet top aide to Kim Jong Un on Thursday access_timeNovember 6

WASHINGTON –US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet a top aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in New York on Thursday, the State Department said.  The US chief diplomat and Kim Yong Chol "will discuss making progress on all...

Trump says American dream at stake in US midterms after polarizing campaign access_timeNovember 6

WASHINGTON –Donald Trump completed a whirlwind final push to stop Democrats from breaking his Republicans' stranglehold on the US Congress in bitter midterm elections Tuesday.  Hitting three states in one day, with a final late rall...

Shallow 5.1-magnitude quake strikes Indonesia's Sulawesi access_timeNovember 6

JAKARTA –A shallow 5.1-magnitude earthquake rocked Indonesia's Sulawesi island on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said.  The quake struck 11 kilometres (seven miles) east of Mamasa in west Sulawesi at 2:35 am (18:35 GMT), accordin...

Japan-India ties completely transformed in recent years: PM Modi access_timeNovember 6

New Delhi –  Ahead of his Japan visit for the Annual Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asserted that India's ties with Japan, both economic and strategic, stand completely transformed in recent years.  Prime Minist...

Yemen government eyes budget as war famine looms access_timeNovember 6

ADEN –Yemen's government ordered tighter tax collection at ports under its control Tuesday as it began preparing its 2019 budget with no end in sight to nearly four years of war.  The government had approved just one formal budget s...

Saudi sent 'cover-up team' to dispose of Khashoggi body: report access_timeNovember 5

ISTANBUL – Saudi Arabia deployed a chemist and toxicology expert to Istanbul after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in an attempt to cover up evidence of the killing, a Turkish newspaper reported on Monday.  The murder of the Saudi ...

79 school pupils abducted in restive anglophone Cameroon access_timeNovember 5

YAOUNDÉ – Seventy-nine school students were kidnapped on Monday in an English-speaking region of Cameroon where separatists are fighting an armed campaign for independence, a government source said.  The students were abducted al...

Iran says to sell crude oil despite "cruel" U.S. sanctions access_timeNovember 5

TEHRAN – Iran will continue selling its crude oil in the international market despite "cruel" U.S. new sanctions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday.  Iran will break the sanctions imposed by Washington on Tehran ...

Macron says has 'immense pride' in New Caledonia vote for France access_timeNovember 4

NOUMEA –The Pacific islands of New Caledonia voted Sunday to remain part of France in an independence referendum that showed support for Paris in one of its many far-flung but strategic outposts.  Some 18,000 kilometres (11,000 miles) f...

President Xi admits 'uncertainty' in China's economy access_timeNovember 4

BEIJING –President sought to reassure Chinese entrepreneurs at a meeting Thursday with promises to prop up private firms with lower taxes and more funding, as he acknowledged uncertainty in China's economy.  Xi held the meeting amid...

Trump has 'disgraced' US prestige: Iran's Khamenei access_timeNovember 3

TEHRAN –Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Saturday that President Donald Trump has "disgraced" US prestige and would be the ultimate loser from renewing sanctions on the Islamic republic.   "This new US...