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School buss collision with truck in India, kills 15 children NEW DELHI: At least 15 children were killed and dozens more injured when a school bus collided with a truck in northern India on Thursday, police said.The driver of the bus also died in the crash, the latest deadly accident in a country with one of the worst road safety records in the world."Tragic road accident in Aliganj, Etah. Over 15 school kids feared dead. Rescue of injured ongoing," tweeted Javeed Ahmed, director general of police in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh where the crash occurred.Police in Etah district subsequently confirmed via direct Twitter message that 15 children had died and said the number could increase to 20.It is not yet clear what had caused the vehicles to crash, although collisions are a common occurrence on winter mornings, when northern India is frequently blanketed with thick fog.Road accidents killed nearly 150,000 people in India last year, around 400 a ...

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China's richest man warns Trump against trade war DAVOS: China's richest man, Hollywood investor Wang Jianlin, warned Donald Trump Wednesday against dragging the entertainment industry into a trade war -- saying his country's millions of movie-lovers are key to the future of cinema.The Chinese billionaire joined a chorus of concern from international business chiefs gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week over the protectionist leanings of the US president-elect, who takes office Friday.Wang, whose Wanda conglomerate owns a US ...

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India police arrest tailor over serial child sex attacks NEW DELHI: Indian police said Monday they have arrested a man accused of multiple sexual assaults on young girls in Delhi, revealing he had been arrested on a similar charge last year and released on bail.Police arrested 38-year-old tailor Sunil Rastogi in Delhi on Saturday following complaints from alleged victims and study of CCTV footage, deputy police commissioner Omvir Singh Bishnoi told AFP.The suspect regularly travelled to Delhi from his home in northern Uttarakhand state ...

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Amazon's Gandhi flip-flops spark anger in India NEW DELHI: Flip-flops bearing the face of India's independence icon Mahatma Gandhi for sale on Amazon triggered fresh outrage Sunday, days after the e-retail giant was forced to stop selling Indian flag doormats.On Wednesday, India demanded Amazon apologise for selling "insulting" doormats featuring India's national flag, with Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj warning of tough action against the company.Amazon removed the offending products from its website, but the controversy had barely died down when Twitter users ...

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Bangladesh PM asks Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees DHAKA: Bangladesh's Prime Minister on Wednesday asked Myanmar to take back tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled a military crackdown in the Buddhist majority nation's Rakhine state, an official said.According to the UN, at least 65,000 people belonging to the Muslim minority have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar -- a third of them over the past week -- since a military operation was launched in October following attacks on police posts. The ...

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Taliban say twin blasts near Afghan parliament kill or wound scores KABUL: The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for twin blasts near parliament offices in Kabul on Tuesday which they said had killed or wounded scores of people. The attack targeted a minibus carrying staff from the NDS, Afghanistan's main intelligence agency, and as many as 70 people were killed or wounded, the insurgents said. There was no immediate confirmation of casualty numbers from the police. The attack, which ended a period of relative calm in the ...

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Indian police investigate New Year sex attacks BANGALORE: Indian police have filed a case after finding "credible" evidence that groups of men sexually assaulted women at a New Year's eve celebration, an incident that has sparked widespread outrage.Praveen Sood, the police commissioner of Bangalore city, said an inquiry had been set up into allegations women attending the Saturday night celebrations were chased, groped, molested and robbed.The announcement followed a public outcry over comments by a local minister blaming the attacks in the ...