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India bans vaccine imports from tainted China company

New Delhi, Aug 1, 2018 (AFP) -India has banned the import of a rabies vaccine from a Chinese manufacturer embroiled in a safety scandal, the head of India’s drug regulator told a newspaper in comments published Wednesday. “The vaccine is being used in India, but we don’t have the exact …

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Islamic State fighters surrender to Afghan forces after Taliban assault

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say more than 150 Islamic State fighters have surrendered to government forces in the face of an onslaught by the Taliban in the northern Jawzjan province. Gen. Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani, the provincial police chief, said 152 fighters surrendered Wednesday, including Habib-ul Rahman, their commander. …

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UAE offers amnesty for foreign workers stuck in Catch-22

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has begun a three-month visa amnesty program, hoping to resolve a Catch-22 for foreign workers who are fined daily for overstaying their permits but prevented from leaving until they pay the penalties. The government isn’t releasing specific numbers, but says …

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India police hunt eight men after sex attack on goat

New Delhi, July 31, 2018 (AFP) -Police in northern India on Tuesday said that a major manhunt was underway for eight men accused of having sex with a pregnant goat that later died. The suspects face prosecution under the colonial era Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that outlaws …

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Roadside bomb hits Afghan bus, killing eight, wounding 40

Herat, Afghanistan, July 31, 2018 (AFP) -A roadside bomb which hit a bus in restive western Afghanistan on Tuesday killed at least eight people and wounded around 40, mostly women and children, officials said. “It was a bomb planted by the Taliban to hit security forces but… it got a …

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Pakistan election sees rise of anti-blasphemy party

Islamabad, July 31, 2018 (AFP) -A relatively new anti-blasphemy party whose leader has reportedly vowed to nuke the Netherlands should he ever come to power did surprisingly well in Pakistan’s elections last week, which were tainted by the rise of extremist groups. Islamic fundamentalist parties fielded more than 1,500 candidates …

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Philippine police vow ‘surgical and chilling’ war on drugs, crime

MANILA, July 30 (Reuters) – Philippine police vowed on Monday to revamp and intensify a fight against crime and drugs, a week after President Rodrigo Duterte promised no letup in a bloody crackdown that has alarmed the international community. “Surgical and chilling will be the trademark of the reinvigorated anti-illegal …

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Neymar admits ‘exaggerated’ reactions at World Cup

July 30 (Reuters) – Ridiculed the world over for faking and diving during a disappointing World Cup campaign in Russia, Brazilian forward Neymar has admitted to “exaggerated” reactions saying he is still learning to deal with frustration. In a 90-second video made for his sponsor Gillette and published on social …

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Dubai bound Nepal flight FlyDubai delayed by 10 hours after pilot fails alcohol test

Kathmandu, July 30, 2018 (AFP) -A Dubai-bound flight from Nepal was delayed by nearly 10 hours after the pilot was found to be under the influence of alcohol, officials said Monday. The FlyDubai flight eventually left Kathmandu with a different crew. Crew members alerted airport officials that the pilot seemed …

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India effectively strips four million of citizenship in Assam

Guwahati, India, July 30, 2018 (AFP) -India on Monday effectively stripped four million people in Assam of citizenship, sparking fears of mass deportations of Muslims from the northeastern state. The draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), published on Monday, includes only those able to prove they were in Assam before …

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