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Landslide kills 10 in India NEW DELHI: A landslide triggered by strong winds killed at least 10 construction workers in northern India on Monday, police said.Five more labourers were injured in the disaster in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, where they were building a road."We have recovered 10 bodies and shifted injured to the hospital," said Sadanand Date, chief of police for state capital Dehradun.Landslides are common in the Himalayan region, mostly in the monsoon season, when heavy rains make the ground unstable.At least 16 construction workers were killed when a landslide hit their camp in northeastern Arunachal Pradesh state in April.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Tajikistan votes in referendum to empower veteran president DUSHANBE: Ex-Soviet Tajikistan went to the polls Sunday in a referendum on constitutional changes almost certain to strengthen the hold of long-time President Emomali Rakhmon and his family over the impoverished Central Asian state.After an early morning rush to the polls, the country's electoral commission said the vote was valid, claiming that 80 percent of 4.3 million eligible voters had cast their ballots by 1000 GMT in a referendum on whether Rakhmon can run for ...

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Flood-hit Sri Lanka pulls more bodies from landslides COLOMBO: Sri Lankan soldiers pulled more bodies from landslides and distributed food and water Sunday to hundreds of thousands forced into shelters after major floods hit the island.Floodwaters were receding in the capital Colombo after the heaviest rains in 25 years pounded the country since last weekend, triggering landslides that have buried victims in tonnes of mud.Soldiers and other rescuers have discovered 15 bodies in the last 24 hours in the worst-hit district of Kegalle, ...

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Foreign aid reaches flooded Sri Lankan capital COLOMBO: Foreign aid began arriving Saturday in Sri Lanka, bringing help to half a million people who have been driven from their homes by heavy rains and deadly landslides, as floodwaters subsided slightly, officials said.The Sri Lankan Foreign ministry said an Indian air force plane carrying emergency supplies had arrived in Colombo while two Indian naval ships were also expected at the port in the capital.Floodwater levels in parts of the capital subsided a little ...

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G7 agrees to 'strengthen global fight against terrorist financing' SENDAI: Group of Seven finance officials on Saturday vowed to cooperate in countering the financing of global terror at the end of a two-day meeting in Japan."Countering violent extremism and bringing perpetrators to justice remain top priorities for the whole international community," they said in statement. "The G7 commits to working together to strengthen the global fight against terrorist financing."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Five dead, thousands flee as Cyclone Roanu nears Bangladesh DHAKA: Cyclone Roanu was poised to make landfall in southern Bangladesh Saturday, as strong winds and heavy downpours unleashed by the storm left five people dead and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes.Officials said the cyclone was expected to hit the Bangladesh coast around 12:00 pm local time (0600 GMT) packing winds of 88 kilometres (54 miles) per hour.Authorities took 60,000 people to cyclone shelters following a warning that an expected storm surge ...

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Fire kills three in Bangladesh textile factory DHAKA: A fire in a textile factory in Bangladesh Saturday killed three workers and left five injured, police said, in the latest accident to cast a spotlight on the country's hazardous garment industry.A Pakistani technician was among those killed in the blaze in the sprawling complex belonging to fabric manufacturer Mom Tex in Narsingdi, just outside the capital Dhaka.Police officials said the fire started on the ground floor of a seven-storey building where chemicals and ...