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India will send manned flight into space by 2022

Traffic moves in front of an illuminated Vidhan Sabha building on the eve of Independence Day in Lucknow, India, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. New Delhi, Aug 15 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi says India will send a manned flight into space by 2022. The announcement came amid celebrations Wednesday of India’s independence from British colonialists in 1947. Modi’s speech was ...

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Cars plunge as highway bridge collapses in Italy; 22 dead

Milan, Aug 14 : A bridge on a main highway linking Italy with France collapsed Tuesday in the Italian port city of Genoa during a sudden, violent storm, sending vehicles plunging 45 meters (nearly 150 feet) into a heap of rubble below. A transport official said at least 22 people were killed and eight injured in the tragedy. A huge ...

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Taliban storm Afghan army base, kill 17 troops

Kabul, Aug 14 : The spokesman for the Defense Ministry in Kabul says the Taliban have overrun a military base in northern Afghanistan, killing 17 soldiers and wounding at least 19 troops. Ghafor Ahmad Jawed says the insurgents overrun the base late on Monday night in Faryab province, in the district of Ghormach, after besieging it for three days. The ...

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12 Ecuadorean soccer fans killed in post-game bus crash

Lima, Aug 14 : A bus loaded with fans of a soccer team overturned on a highway in Ecuador after a game, killing at least 12 people and injuring 30 others, Ecuadorean police said Monday. The accident happened Sunday afternoon as the Barcelona SC fans were heading back to their home city of Guayaquil following a draw against a team ...

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Malaysia eyes more than 10-fold hike in Singapore water deal

Putrajaya, Aug 14 : Malaysia’s prime minister said Monday he is seeking to hike the price of water sold to neighboring Singapore by more than 10 times as his country searches for ways to pay off massive debts. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who shot back to power in an electoral upset in May, told The Associated Press that a decades-old ...

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Beijing: Anti-China forces are criticizing Uighur crackdown

Beijing, Aug 14 : China blamed “anti-China forces” on Tuesday for the growing criticism of Beijing’s policies in a far western region where large groups of ethnic Uighurs are being detained in internment camps. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said anti-China forces had made “false accusations against China for political purposes” after a U.N. human rights committee raised concern over ...

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Death toll in Syria arms depot blast rises to 69: monitor

The death toll of an explosion at a weapons depot in northwestern Syria has risen to 69, mostly civilians including 17 children, a monitor said Monday as search operations continued.   Sunday’s blast of unknown origin in the town of Sarmada in Idlib province took the lives of 52 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.  The explosion also ...

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Pakistan’s newly elected parliament meets for the 1st time

Pakistan’s newly elected parliament convened Monday for the first time since last month’s general elections which saw former cricket star turned politician Imran Khan’s party win most seats, propelling him toward the post of the country’s next prime minister.   The lawmakers were sworn in at a brief ceremony in the 342-seat National Assembly, the decision-making lower house of parliament. ...

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Malaysia’s Mahathir aims to scrap China deals

Putrajaya, Aug 13 : Malaysia’s prime minister said Monday he will seek to cancel multibillion-dollar Chinese-backed infrastructure projects that were signed by his predecessor as his government works to dig itself out of debt, and he blasted Myanmar’s treatment of its Rohingya minority as “grossly unjust.” Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad made the comments during a wide-ranging interview with The Associated ...

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Somnath Chatterjee, former Lok Sabha Speaker, dies at 89

Somnath Chatterjee, who was associated with the Communist Party of India (Marxis Somnath Chatterjee passes away at a Kolkata hospital on Monday, Aug 13, 2018. Express Photo. Somnath Chatterjee, former Lok Sabha Speaker, passed away Monday morning following a multi-organ failure at a city hospital. He was 89. Chatterjee was admitted at Belle Vue Clinic last Tuesday following a kidney ...

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