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SYDNEY: A shallow 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of the South Pacific island of Vanuatu on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, but there was no tsunami warning. The quake struck at a depth of eight kilometres (five miles), around 150 kilometres south east of the capital Port Vila. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...

KABUL: After a decade of war and billions of dollars in Western aid, Afghanistan is drowning in a tide of corruption that is exacerbating conflict and stifling economic development, experts say. Corruption is enabling the drug trade to thrive and pushing Afghans towards the Taliban, analysts warn fuelling the two drivers of instability in the war-torn country. Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam, head of the Afghan Anti-corruption Network, said graft lies at the heart of most of the country's ...
BHUBANESWAR: Indian Maoist rebels on Thursday released an Italian tour guide who was kidnapped nearly one month ago in the eastern state of Orissa, police said. "I have information from the local police that Paolo (Bosusco) has been released. He is yet to arrive out of the forest," senior police official R. K. Sharma told AFP. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...
KABUL:Washington andKabul have hailed breakthroughs towards signing a treaty on relations after 2014 -- but it will not cover the crucial issue of the status of anyUS troops remaining inAfghanistan. "Anything having to do with the continued presence of US forces and the roles that they will play will be negotiated separately after the strategic partnership agreement,"USembassy spokesman Gavin Sundwall told AFP. InIraq,Washingtonpulled out all its troops, leaving no residual force, after failing to getBaghdadto grant its ...
NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday downgraded tsunami alerts across the country that had been issued after an 8.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra. "The expected period of significant tsunami waves is now over for all threatened Indian coastal areas," said a bulletin from the national tsunami early warning centre in the southern city of Hyderabad. An official at the centre, S. A Kishore, said the highest tsunami warning level issued for the Andaman and Nicobar ...
NEW DELHI: Priya Mahindroo, 25, zips through New Delhi traffic on the back of a motorbike every day to get to work. While the law mandates a helmet for her male driver, as a woman she can legally go without. Campaigners are becoming increasingly vocal about the consequences of this anomaly which results in dozens of lives needlessly lost each year as well as thousands of serious injuries that wreck families and burden hospitals. Others see it ...
COLOMBO: A radical Sri Lankan activist reported by his party to have been abducted has been found safe and is to return to his home in Australia on Tuesday, a police spokesman in Colombo told AFP. Joint Sri Lankan-Australian citizen Premakumar Gunaratnam, 42, went missing on Friday from Kiribathgoda, north of Colombo, where he was preparing to launch a new political party, according to his family and fellow activists. "He has told us that he wants to ...


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