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AP says photographer killed, reporter wounded in Afghanistan KABUL: The Associated Press said that one of its photographers was killed and a reporter wounded on Friday when an Afghan policeman opened fire on them in eastern Afghanistan."Anja Niedringhaus, 48, an internationally acclaimed German photographer, was killed instantly... Kathy Gannon, the reporter, was wounded twice and is receiving medical attention," the news agency said in a report from Kabul.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

India's opposition lacks manifesto four days from polling NEW DELHI: India's opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), frontrunner to form the next government, faced criticism Thursday for failing to release its manifesto just days before polls open.Reports earlier this week claimed the Hindu nationalists' programme would be unveiled on Thursday, but a party source told AFP it was now highly unlikely to be before Saturday -- two days before the first voters cast their ballots.Some political observers have attributed the delay to internal differences ...
16 killed in China storms BEIJING: At least 16 people were killed in rain and hailstorms that triggered flooding and landslides in southern China, officials said Monday.The severe weather, which began last Friday, has affected seven provinces and municipalities, China's ministry of civil affairs said in a statement, leaving 16 people dead and two missing.The storms are the first round of heavy rainfall this spring, the ministry said.In Guangdong province, one of the hardest-hit areas, flights at major airports ground ...
Sri Lanka ruling party set for local election win COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's ruling party was headed for victory in local elections but with smaller than expected margins in a crucial mid-term test for President Mahinda Rajapakse, early results showed Sunday.The president campaigned for polls held Saturday for southern and western provincial councils, both in the ethnic majority Sinhalese heartland, which account for more than a third of the total electorate.Rajapakse's Freedom Alliance party won comfortably in his home constituency of Hambantota, with 57.42 percent ...
Chinese MH370 relatives renew pressure on Malaysia envoy BEIJING: Frustrated relatives of Chinese passengers aboard missing flight MH370 demanded answers from the Malaysian ambassador for a second consecutive day Wednesday, with some openly insulting him at a Beijing hotel."All the things that were promised, we have received nothing. Was the ambassador talking out of the other end of his body -- was he talking out of his arse?" one relative said.His comments drew applause from other family members, querying why some of the ...
India's embattled ruling Congress to release poll manifesto NEW DELHI: India's floundering ruling Congress party will make a last ditch bid Wednesday to stave off defeat at national elections, releasing its manifesto expected to focus on access to health care and other pro-poor policies.Congress boss Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are set to announce the manifesto amid fanfare at the party's headquarters in New Delhi later Wednesday.The manifesto is an attempt to win over millions of voters ahead ...
Blasts heard near home of Afghan presidential candidate: witness, police KABUL: Two explosions were heard Tuesday close to the Kabul home of Afghan presidential election candidate Ashraf Ghani, police and a witness said.Ghani, a former World Bank economist, is seen as a leading runner for the April 5 poll, which the Taliban have vowed to disrupt with violence.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...


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