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Storms kill at least 33 in Bangladesh DHAKA: Fierce tropical storms wreaked havoc across Bangladesh on Thursday, killing more than 30 people, with police attributing many of the deaths to lightning strikes.The death toll from the 10 worst-hit districts stood at 33, police told AFP, with reports of an unconfirmed number of casualties in more remote regions.The northwest of the country was the worst hit, with at least 19 people killed in Pabna, Rajshahi, Sirajganj and Brahmanbaria districts as a huge electrical storm swept through the area at sunset."They were farmers. They were struck by lightning as they were returning home after day's work," Pabna police inspector Ahsanul Haq told AFP, referring to the six people who died in that district.In Rajshahi, five farmers were killed as they were working in rice fields, police inspector Shariful Alam told AFP. Four people died in Sirajganj district and a further four in Brahmanbaria, local police officials said.In Dhaka, three ...

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India passes bankruptcy law in long-awaited reform NEW DELHI: India has overhauled its archaic bankruptcy laws in a key reform that will make it vastly easier to wind down companies and help banks to recover bad loans.The long-awaited bill that cleared the parliament's upper house late Wednesday replaces a patchwork of outdated legislation with a single law and lays down a host of new rules. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 sets out a 180-day deadline to resolve bankruptcy cases -- currently ...

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Clashes in Bangladesh after Islamist leader's hanging DHAKA: Bangladesh police fired rubber bullets at protesters on Wednesday, after the execution of a top Islamist leader heightened tensions in a country reeling from the murders of several secular and liberal activists.The violence came as police charged Khaleda Zia, leader of the main Bangladesh opposition, with masterminding arson attacks during anti-government protests last year -- the latest in a string of charges she claims are politically motivated.Hours earlier her main political ally, Motiur Rahman ...

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Suicide blast kills at least 10 in eastern Afghanistan JALALABAD: A suicide car bomber detonated outside the home of an anti-Taliban fighter in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar Tuesday, killing at least ten people and wounding 23 more, local officials said.The bomber "detonated his explosives-laden car outside the house of a local 'uprising' commander this evening", said Nangarhar police chief Zrawar Zahed, referring to Afghan villagers who take up arms against the Taliban with the government's backing.A spokesman for the Nangarhar governor confirmed ...

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Iran touts newly tested long-range missile TEHRAN: Iran launched a new long-range missile late last month, a general announced on Monday, trumpeting the accuracy of the latest such weapon to be test-fired in defiance of the West."A missile with a 2,000-kilometre range was tested two weeks ago," said General Ali Abdolahi, adding that it has a negligible margin of error of just eight metres (yards)."We can guide this ballistic missile. It leaves the Earth's atmosphere, re-enters it and hits the target ...

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Duterte wins Philippine presidential election: monitor MANILA: Anti-establishment firebrand Rodrigo Duterte secured a huge win in the Philippine presidential elections, according to a poll monitor, after an incendiary campaign dominated by his profanity-laced vows to kill criminals.Duterte, the longtime mayor of the southern city of Davao, hypnotised millions with his vows of brutal but quick solutions to the nation's twin plagues of crime and poverty, which many believed had worsened despite strong economic growth in recent years.And after a record turnout ...

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China group buys DR Congo copper mine for $2.65 billion KINSHASA: US company Freeport-McMoRan said Monday it was selling control in the Tenke Fungurume copper mine in DR Congo to China Molybdenum, giving the Chinese company a strong foothold in the country's rich copper and cobalt reserves.Freeport-McMoRan will offload its 70 percent stake in TF Holdings, which in turn has 80 percent of Tenke Fungurume Mining SA, for $2.6 billion, giving China Molybdenum an effective 56 percent stake in the Congolese mine.In addition to the ...