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International

India, US hold naval exercise with Japan; Philippines slams Chinese lighthouses

MANILA, Oct 19, (AFP): The Philippines on Monday strongly criticised two lighthouses China constructed in the disputed South China Sea, charging that they were covert means of enforcing Beijing’s claims to the disputed waters. The angry statement came despite China’s efforts to soothe tensions over its South China Sea claims …

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Delhi struggles to control dengue; Health officials blamed for slow response

NEW DELHI, Oct 19, (AP): At dusk, the foggers come out to spray their sticky-sweet clouds of diesel smoke and insecticide across the Indian capital. Mothers scold their children for wearing short sleeves. Posters glued to signposts warn about the perils of neighborhood puddles. Such efforts to stop mosquitoes from …

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Prince Alwaleed receives UNHCR Commissioner

RIYADH, Oct 18: HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, Chairman of Alwaleed Philanthropies, received at his office in Riyadh AntÛnio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and former Portuguese Prime Minister, who was accompanied by a UNHCR Pakistani and Afghani delegation. The meeting began as Guterres …

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Berlin struggles to find homes for refugees

CELLE, Germany, Oct 18, (RTRS): At a sprawling camp in the German town of Celle, refugees wearing thick sweaters sit around a heater smoking cigarettes as rain beats down on the cramped white tent that has become their home. Some of them are ill and worried it will snow. “The …

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Child brides fight for freedom; Deep-rooted tradition in poor, rural areas

JODHPUR, India, Oct 18, (AFP): University student Santadevi Meghwal has been threatened, harassed, ostracised and even fined by a council of male elders in her village in India. But the 20-year-old is determined to push ahead with annulling her child marriage, and join a small but growing number of youngsters …

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Police arrest teens for rape of ‘toddler’

NEW DELHI, Oct 18, (AFP): India police said Sunday they have arrested two teenagers over the rape of a toddler, the latest sexual assault on a child in the capital to ignite public anger. Twenty police teams questioned more than 250 suspects before arresting the juveniles over the attack on …

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Old church emerges from falling reservoir

MEXICO CITY, Oct 18, (AP): Leonel Mendoza fishes every day in a reservoir surrounded by forest and mountains in the southern Mexico state of Chiapas. But in recent days, he also has been ferrying curious passengers out to see the remains of a colonial-era church that has emerged from the …

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Saudi Shiites defiant after 5 killed in shooting – Islamic State claims responsibility

RIYADH, Oct 17, (Agencies): Saudi Shiites vowed Saturday to continue commemorating Ashura, one of their faith’s holiest occasions, despite a purported Islamic State group gunman killing five people at one of their gatherings. The attack in Eastern Province was the latest in a series of bombings and shootings linked to …

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Three Palestinians ‘killed’ while trying to stab Israelis

HEBRON, Oct 17, (AFP): Three Palestinians were shot dead while trying to stab Israelis in east Jerusalem and the West Bank Saturday, as violence that has fuelled international concerns of a full-scale uprising showed no let-up. The violence that has raged for more than two weeks prompted a “very concerned” …

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14-yr-old pleads guilty to killing an Iraqi boy

BUFFALO, New York, Oct 17, (AP): A 14-year-old has pleaded guilty to killing a 13-year-old boy whose family had immigrated to the US to escape the war in Iraq. Jean Sanchez pleaded guilty Friday in Erie County Court in Buffalo, New York, to seconddegree murder in the slaying of Ameer …

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