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Kabul suicide bombing

AT LEAST 48 people, the majority of them students, were killed when a suicide blast ripped through a school in a Shiite area of Kabul Wednesday, officials said, the latest assault on Afghanistan’s war-weary capital. Afghanistan’s president Ashraf Ghani denounced the “terrorist bombing” and ordered relevant authorities to investigate how …

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North Korea on brink of catastrophic food crisis

A HEATWAVE in North Korea has led to rice, maize and other crops withering in the fields, “with potentially catastrophic effects”, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) says. The world’s largest disaster relief network warned of a risk of a “full-blown food security crisis” in …

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Lombok earthquake

ON Indonesia’s earthquake-devastated Lombok island, people are reeling as they mourn more than 300 dead and sleep in makeshift shelters. And an incessant wave of aftershocks is fuelling a sense that the crisis is far from over — and that the worst may be yet to come. According to disaster …

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China

CHINA could have more than one million people detained in what United Nations officials have described as a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy”. Many credible reports suggest that Uighurs and Muslim minorities have been forced into “political camps for indoctrination” in western Xinjiang, according to the UN …

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China delays plan to demolish mosque after protests

AUTHORITIES in northern China delayed the demolition of a massive mosque on Saturday after thousands of people demonstrated to stop its destruction, local residents said, amid a nationwide government drive to tighten restrictions on religious activities. Across China, officials have sought to limit religious freedoms for Muslims as part of …

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Muthuvel Karunanidhi dead at 94

MUTHUVEL Karunanidhi, a popular scriptwriter-turned-politician in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, has died after a prolonged illness. He was 94. Kauvery Hospital said Karunanidhi died Tuesday after suffering multiple organ failure. Hundreds of supporters carrying his photograph held a vigil at the hospital praying for his recovery. Many …

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Indonesia earthquake

A TOTAL of 1291 tourists have been evacuated from Lombok and the nearby Gili Islands in a massive overnight operation in the wake of Sunday’s earthquake which has devastated the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok and left almost 100 dead. The 1000 plus tourists swarmed onto beaches at the Gili …

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