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Tibetan man self-immolates in China: reports BEIJING: A Tibetan man has burned himself to death in northwest China, overseas media and a campaign group reported on Monday, the latest in a string of self-immolation protests in recent years against Beijing's control.Student Lhamo Tashi died after setting himself on fire in front of a police station in Hezuo county, a Tibetan-populated area of Gansu province, the Britain-based Free Tibet group said, citing locals.At least 130 Tibetans have set themselves alight in China since 2009, according to tallies by campaign groups and RFA, in what rights groups call protests against government repression in the region.The last such reported self-immolation was in April.News of Tashi's fatal burning on Wednesday emerged only at the weekend, due to a communication clampdown imposed by Chinese authorities, US-funded broadcaster Radio Free Asia (RFA) said.Tashi "did it for Tibetan freedom and died in the self-immolation," RFA cited a local source as saying.His body was ...

Indian finance minister back in hospital for check-up NEW DELHI: Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has returned to hospital for a check-up after an operation to treat his diabetes, his doctor said on Monday, adding that the minister was doing well and should leave soon.Jaitley had to skip a meeting of finance ministers from the Group of 20 nations in Australia last weekend after gastric bypass surgery to treat weight gain he has suffered because of a long-standing diabetic condition.The 61-year-old lawyer, who ...
India court sends 13 men to jail over gang-rape of tribal woman KOLKATA: An Indian court on Saturday sentenced 13 people, including a village headman, to 20 years in jail for gang-raping a tribal woman as a punishment for "dishonouring" her community.The 20-year-old woman was gang-raped on orders from tribal village elders who objected to her relationship with a man from a different community.The attack took place in January in a remote village in eastern West Bengal state, where the unmarried woman from the Santhal group, one ...
Lizard in food sends 300 school children in India to hospital NEW DELHI: About 300 pupils at an Indian school were rushed to a hospital after consuming government-provided lunches, evoking memories of 23 children who died last year after eating food from the same welfare scheme.A dead lizard was found in one of the seven food containers provided under India's midday meal scheme at a government school in southern city of Bangalore, a teacher told Reuters.That led to a panic situation as food had already been ...
France drops case against Iranian dissidents after 11-year probe PARIS: Prosecuting judges in Paris on Wednesday dropped all charges of money laundering and fraud against nine people close to an exiled Iranian opposition group more than 10 years after they were arrested on terrorism charges. The five women and four men were among 167 sympathisers of the People's Mujahideen Organisation of Iran (PMOI) who were rounded up in 2003 during a police raid on the ouskirts of Paris for questionning over possible links to ...
China's Xi to launch $1.4bn port city development in Sri Lanka COLOMBO: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Sri Lanka Tuesday to launch construction of a Beijing-funded $1.4 billion port city and seek closer defence ties that could provoke unease in neighbouring India.China is increasingly asserting its influence in the Indian Ocean, with Sri Lanka a midway point on one of the world's busiest international shipping lanes.It is already the largest investor in Sri Lanka, having financed the construction of a deep-sea port elsewhere and an ...
Large blast rocks central Kabul: AFP KABUL: A large blast ripped through central Kabul on Tuesday, shaking buildings and setting off the siren alert at the US embassy as emergency vehicles raced through the streets to assess the damage.The explosion occurred in the Afghan capital as the two candidates in the presidential election hold talks on ending a prolonged stalemate over who won the vote on June 14.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

 



 
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