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India court rejects French woman's extradition challenge NEW DELHI: India's top court on Thursday rejected a French woman's challenge against extradition to Chile, where she is wanted over the assassination of a key supporter of General Augusto Pinochet's military regime.Chile is seeking the extradition of Marie-Emmanuelle Verhoeven, aged in her mid 50s, for her alleged role in a conspiracy to kill Senator Jaime Guzman Errazuriz on April 1, 1991.Indian police arrested her on February 16 last year as she entered the country overland from Nepal, and she has been held in New Delhi's high security Tihar Jail ever since.Verhoeven, who has told authorities she was visiting India on a Buddhist pilgrimage, had challenged a treaty between India and Chile allowing for extradition.Lawyers argued that the treaty dating back to the 1800s was not constitutional because it was not ratified after partition of India in 1947.But the Supreme Court in a written judgement on Thursday ruled in favour ...

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Sri Lanka expects to reach IMF staff level agreement for loan soon COLOMBO: Sri Lanka is expected to reach a staff level agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a loan as early as this week, the central bank deputy governor said on Tuesday. "On the technical level we have come to an agreement on the fiscal and monetary reforms. Hopefully we should be able to finalise it within if not a couple of days, probably within this week," Nandalal Weerasinghe told reporters in Colombo. "I ...

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Japan's Abe sets sights on improving wages, aims to redistribute wealth TOKYO: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will raise wages for day care and retirement home staff to lure workers to two sectors that face labour shortages and to counter criticism that his policies have yet to benefit average citizens.The government is also considering shopping vouchers for households in what it calls a "redistribution of wealth" intended to revitalise its economic agenda before parliamentary elections later this year.Abe is placing renewed focus on his economic agenda ...

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Filippine presidential favourite talks tough in final debate MANILA: A tough-talking Philippine presidential candidate vowed to kill his children if they ever took drugs during a televised debate Sunday, as analysts warned his scandalous remarks about raping a missionary could hurt his chances.Rodrigo Duterte has become the surprise favourite to succeed President Benigno Aquino after making a name for himself in a southern Philippine city infamous for vigilante death squads.The 71-year-old mayor of Davao has promised to crack down hard on the Philippines' ...

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Nepal marks one year since quake as frustration mounts KATHMANDU: Nepal held memorial services on Sunday for the thousands killed in a massive earthquake one year ago, as victims still huddled in tents across the country accused the government of failing them.Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli laid flowers at a destroyed 19th-century tower in Kathmandu, where hundreds gathered to remember the devastating quake that ripped through the impoverished Himalayan nation.Buddhist monks in maroon robes also held prayers at the site of a popular temple ...

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Japan's Abe orders extra budget for earthquake reconstruction TOKYO: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered his government on Sunday to compile an extra budget package to fund reconstruction from recent earthquakes that hit the south of the country, with an aim to put it into effect by June 1.The move comes as Abe faces increasing pressure to inject more economic stimulus to reignite growth in a stagnant economy ahead of a Group of Seven (G7) summit his government will host in late May ...

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China's Xi stresses Communist leadership over religion BEIJING: Chinese religious groups must obey the staunchly atheist ruling Communist Party, President Xi Jinping has told a key meeting on religion according to state media, as Beijing tightens controls on civil society organisations and churches."Religious groups... must adhere to the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC)," Xi told senior party officials at a conference ending on Saturday, the official Xinhua news agency said.But party members must be "unyielding Marxist atheists", he said, ...