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PM Modi first foreign leader to visit Sri Lanka after Easter terror attacks access_timeJune 9

Colombo,Sri Lanka– Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will be making a brief stopover in Sri Lanka on his way back to India from the Maldives, becomes the first foreign leader to visit the island nation after the deadly Easter terror attack that k...

Xi, Putin meet in St. Petersburg access_timeJune 7

RUSSIA–Chinese President Xi Jinping met with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on Thursday here in the latter's hometown. Putin invited Xi to a cruise tour on the Neva River. Welcoming Xi to his hometown again, Putin introduced to t...

Millions of Chinese students sit national college entrance exam access_timeJune 7

BEIJING–China's annual college entrance exam began Friday as an estimated 10 million students sat the critical exam needed to pursue their higher education. The exam will last two days generally across China but, due to different arrangeme...

281 people die in Malawi road accidents in 2019 first quarter access_timeJune 7

LILONGWE–At least 281 people died in road accidents in Malawi in the first quarter of 2019, up from 234 in 2018 during the same period. Malawi Police Deputy Spokesperson Thomeck Nyaude told local media Thursday that during the first three mont...

Death toll in north India due to storm, lightning goes up to 19: official access_timeJune 7

NEW DELHI–The number of deaths in Thursday's high-intensity thunderstorm and heavy rains, coupled with lightning, in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh has gone up to 19, and 48 persons were injured, said a high ranking state officia...

quits as party leader, starting succession race access_timeJune 7

LONDON–British Prime Minister Theresa May steps down as leader of her Conservative Party on Friday, formally triggering the race for a successor who will try where she failed to deliver Brexit. May will remain prime minister until a new leader...

Sudan protesters reject talks after 108 killed in crackdown access_timeJune 6

KHARTOUM–Sudanese protest leaders on Wednesday turned down an offer by the ruling military council for talks and demanded justice for a crackdown that doctors said has left 108 people dead. Security forces moved in to brutally disperse a protest ...

First captive panda cub of the year born in China access_timeJune 6

CHENGDU–A captive-bred giant panda gave birth to the first cub of the year in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, local authorities said Thursday. It is the world's first captive-bred panda cub born in 2019.The fema...

UN allocates 45 mln USD to avert famine risk in Horn of Africa access_timeJune 6

NAIROBI– The United Nations on Wednesday allocated 45 million U.S. dollars to help stave off famine risks in the Horn of Africa region. Mark Lowcock, under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator said the fu...

Arrests at U.S. southern border skyrocket in May access_timeJune 6

WASHINGTON–U.S. law enforcement officials apprehended more than 130,000 people trying to cross the border illegally in May, the highest monthly total on the southern border in 13 years, according to official figures released Wednesday. Of the ...

US moves to bar American tourists from visiting Cuba access_timeJune 5

WASHINFTON– The Trump administration clamped down on US tourist visits to Cuba Tuesday, aiming to cut the flow of dollars to a country that Washington accuses of helping prop up Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The Treasury Department bann...

17 missing as boat capsizes in central Indonesia, search underway access_timeJune 5

JAKARTA– Rescuers have been searching for the 17 crew of a cargo boat which sank in the waters off Central Sulawesi province, Indonesia, head of the search and rescue office in the provincial capital Basrano said on Wednesday. The capsizal too...

Mexican president to skip G20 summit access_timeJune 5

 MEXICO CITY–Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Tuesday that he will not attend the G20 summit to be held on June 28-29 in the Japanese city of Osaka. During his daily press conference, Lopez Obrador said he will send a &q...

6.1-magnitude quake strikes Japan's Torishima island region, no tsunami warning issue access_timeJune 4

TOKYO–An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 struck Japan's Torishima Island region, the weather agency said Tuesday. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the temblor struck at 1:40 p.m. local time at a latitude o...

Air pollution leads to premature deaths of 7 mln a year: UN expert access_timeJune 4

GENEVA–Some 7 million people die prematurely every year from air pollution, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment said Monday ahead of World Environment Day, noting there are also success stories. David Boyd...

Trump hits back at old foe Khan on UK state visit access_timeJune 3

LONDON– US President Donald Trump lashed out at London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Monday as he arrived for a three-day state visit to Britain, reviving a long-running enmity between the two politicians. On landing, he sent out a tweet calling Khan a ...

6.0-magnitude quake strikes off western Indonesia, no tsunami alert issued access_timeJune 3

 JAKARTA–A 6.0-magnitude earthquake jolted Indonesia's western North Sumatra province on Monday, but was not potential for tsunami, the meteorology and geophysics agency said here. The quake hit at 12:57 p.m. local time (0557 GMT), wi...

Japan PM to meet Iran's Khamenei to mediate with US: report access_timeJune 2

TOKYO– Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei later this month with Tokyo hoping to mediate between Washington and Tehran, a report said Sunday. As tensions intensify between Iran and Japa...

Ten killed in Israeli attack in Syria following rocket fire access_timeJune 2

BEIRUT– Israel carried out air strikes in Syria on Sunday in response to rare rocket fire from the neighbouring country, its military said, with a war monitor reporting 10 killed including Syrian soldiers and foreign fighters. Israel's arm...

Bhutan PM reaches Delhi for Modi's oath ceremony access_timeMay 30

New Delhi– Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering on Thursday arrived in Delhi to attend his counterpart Narendra Modi's oath ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan. He was received at the airport by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. The swearing-in ...