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Saudi Arabians among three dead in India prison fight GUWAHATI: Three prisoners including two Saudi Arabian nationals were killed in a fight in a jail in India's remote northeastern state of Manipur, officials said.A police spokesman said the incident took place just before dawn at the Manipur central jail in the state capital Imphal."Two Saudi prisoners attacked and killed another inmate lodged in the same cell, and on hearing about the incident other inmates counter-attacked and killed the two foreign jail inmates," P. Doungel, the state's additional director general of police told reporters.The two Saudi nationals -- Sushak Yusuf Ahmed and Abdul Salam -- were facing trial on charges of entering the country without valid travel documents after being arrested in 2013. The other deceased inmate has been identified as Thangmilian Zou, a local tribal member from Manipur's Churachandpur district.Doungel said it was not immediately clear what triggered the fight."Autopsy of the three is being done. We are investigating ...

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China accuses Vietnam officials of passport profanity HANOI: China has urged Vietnam to investigate claims that a Chinese visitor's passport was defaced with profanities by officials at Ho Chi Minh city airport, in an apparent reference to a bitter territorial spat between the nations.Photographs circulated in online Chinese media this week purported to show a Chinese passport with the words "fuck you" scribbled on two pages next to maps of China and its hotly contested "nine-dash line".Beijing says the line demarcates its ...

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UN rights body raps Malaysian govt over security law KUALA LUMPUR: The UN's human rights body said Friday it was "gravely concerned" by a new Malaysian security law coming into force next week that grants the government extraordinary emergency powers.The government rammed the National Security Council Act through parliament last December, giving it powers to declare virtual martial law in areas of the country determined to be under security threat.But critics of Prime Minister Najib Razak say he enacted the law as ammunition against ...

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Thousands stranded near New Delhi as rains flood roads NEW DELHI: Thousands of Indians were left stranded overnight Friday as major traffic gridlock paralysed roads leading to a key business city near New Delhi and authorities struggled to get the situation under control.Television images showed thousands of partially submerged cars stranded in miles-long jams on a key highway and link roads connecting New Delhi with the satellite town of Gurgaon. Office-goers and locals were pictured wading through knee-deep water after heavy monsoon rains deluged ...

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India's Jaitley meets state ministers to rescue stalled tax reform NEW DELHI: Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley met his state counterparts on Tuesday to forge a political consensus on a much-awaited sales tax reform that is held up in parliament, but made little progress in breaking the impasse.The proposed tax reform, the biggest since India's independence from Britain in 1947, seeks to replace a slew of federal taxes and levies in 29 states, transforming the nation of near 1.3 billion people into a customs union.Analysts ...

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India's Jaitley to meet state ministers to push tax reform NEW DELHI: Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will meet state ministers on Tuesday to put pressure on the opposition Congress party to back a long-delayed sales tax reform whose chances have again been thrown into doubt by a parliamentary standoff.The proposed tax reform, the biggest since India's independence from Britain in 1947, seeks to replace a slew of federal taxes and levies in its 29 states, transforming the nation of 1.3 billion people into a ...

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Top Chinese military leader gets life sentence for corruption BEIJING: Former top Chinese military leader Guo Boxiong was sentenced Monday to life in prison for accepting bribes, the official Xinhua news agency said -- the latest high-profile conviction in President Xi Jinping's crackdown on corruption.For a decade, Guo was one of the two vice chairmen of the Central Military Commission, second only to the Chinese president in the top body of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). He retired in 2012 and was expelled from ...