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42 dead in rain, mudslides in India’s Kerala state

Photo: Indian army soldiers and volunteers transport flood victims to safer areas in Kodagu dictrict, in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. New Delhi, Aug 10 : At least 42 people have died and some 100,000 moved to relief camps following flash floods and mudslides caused by days of torrential rains in the southern Indian state of Kerala. The Press ...

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Myanmar landslide: Death toll climbs to 22, many more feared missing

At least 22 people were killed when a landslip triggered by monsoon rains struck a village in eastern Myanmar, as emergency workers continued the search Saturday for scores more feared missing. A huge brown scar on the hillside marked where the deluge of mud descended on Thae Pyar Kone village in Mon state on Friday, wiping out 16 homes and ...

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Mount Arafat beckons pilgrims as Haj journey peaks today

More than 2.5 million Muslims began Haj on Friday in Saudi holy city of Makkah. The Haj consists of a series of religious rites which are completed over five days in Islam’s holiest city and its surroundings in western Saudi Arabia. “All of the arms of state have been deployed (and) we are proud to serve as ‘God’s hosts’,” said ...

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More than two million Muslims begin Hajj pilgrimage

In total some 2.5 million faithful, the majority from abroad, will undertake the pilgrimage this year During the pilgrimage separate streams of men and women, grouped by nationality, will travel to Mina on foot or in buses More than two million Muslims begin the annual Hajj on Friday as the Saudi hosts seek to deter politicization of the pilgrimage against ...

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Pakistani foreign minister visiting China to discuss Kashmir

Photo: Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard near a checkpost in Jammu, India, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. Islamabad, Aug 9 : Pakistan’s foreign minister is visiting China as part of efforts to pressure India to reverse its decision revoking the special status of the disputed region of Kashmir. Shah Mahmood Qureshi will meet with Chinese leaders Friday. Before leaving for Beijing, ...

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Egypt says security forces killed 17 Islamic militants

Photo: People survey the aftermath of a fiery car crash outside the National Cancer Institute in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. Cairo, Aug 9 : Security forces killed at least 17 suspected militants in raids in Cairo and in another province, Egypt officials said Thursday, four days after a car filled with explosives wrecked outside the county’s main cancer ...

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Indian PM: Changes in Kashmir will free it from ‘terrorism’

Photo: Indians watch Prime Minister Narendra Modi address the nation in a televised speech, in an electronics store in Jammu, India, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019. New Delhi, Aug 9 : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the nation Thursday night that he stripped the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir of its statehood and special constitutional status to free the disputed region ...

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Cambodia, Sri Lanka sign 2 deals to boost bilateral ties

Phnom Penh, Aug 9 : Cambodia and Sri Lanka signed two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) on Thursday to boost bilateral relations in politics, trade and investment, a Cambodian senior official said. Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen and visiting Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena presided over the signing ceremony of the MoUs after their meeting at the Peace Palace, ...

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More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

More than two million Muslims begin the annual hajj on Friday as the Saudi hosts seek to deter politicisation of the pilgrimage against a backdrop of simmering Gulf tensions. The hajj, one of the world’s largest religious gatherings, is one of Islam’s five pillars and must be undertaken by all Muslims with the means at least once in their lives. ...

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9 dead, 43,000 people evacuated as flood, rains hit Karnataka

Nearly 43,000 people have so far been evacuated from flood-hit and rain-affected areas of Karnataka, where the rain fury has left nine people dead, authorities said on Thursday. The worst-hit was Belagavi district, where six persons have lost their lives, while 40,180 people have been evacuated.Two persons lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Uttara Kannada district, from where 3,088 ...

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