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'Diabetes cure' herbal medicine kills four in India NEW DELHI: A self-styled doctor and three of his patients died in a south Indian village after drinking a poisonous herbal medicine which he claimed cured diabetes and hypertension, officials said Tuesday. Another patient is in a critical condition at a government-run hospital after they drank the concoction prepared by the doctor at his makeshift clinic in Alagappuram village in Tamil Nadu on Sunday. "They were unconscious and vomiting and were shifted to hospital where four of them died," said local police officer Muthiah, who only uses one name. The doctor, named by police as Muthupandi, first drank the herbal mix to prove its efficacy before giving it to five of his patients from the village, the police officer told AFP.Muthupandi claimed to run a clinic in the nearby town of Tenkasi and was visiting villages in the region to treat patients. The officer said police suspect that Muthupandi was ...

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Seven killed in powerful blast in China BEIJING: A powerful explosion ripped through a building in a northern Chinese city on Monday, killing seven people and injuring scores more.Media reports said the blast in Yulin, which destroyed or damaged nearby buildings including a hospital, may have been caused by explosives illegally stored in the building.The official Xinhua news agency said dozens of firefighters were sent to the scene in Shaanxi province, and rescuers were hunting for survivors who may be trapped in ...

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India police kill at least 21 Maoists in shoot-out NEW DELHI: Indian police on Monday killed at least 21 rebels in a shoot-out in eastern India, a local officer said, one of the deadliest incidents this year in a long-running Maoist insurgency.Police said they ambushed a meeting of 30 to 40 Maoists in a forest near the border of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh states, triggering a gunbattle."Now 21 bodies of the Maoists have been recovered. The search operation is still on," sub-inspector C.K. Dharua ...

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Malaysia's Najib delivers budget amid opposition protests KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak courted voters with perks and subsidies on Friday but was greeted by angry protests from opposition leaders unhappy with his handling of a corruption scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Najib, eyeing possible early elections next year, also pledged in his budget to cut a large fiscal deficit to keep the economy on track for strong growth. Southeast Asia's second-largest oil producer was left reeling from ...

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UN official urges Sri Lanka to take stronger measures to protect minorities COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's government must "clearly demonstrate" its political will and commitment to better protect the Indian Ocean island's minorities by taking urgent steps to resolve post-war issues, a United Nations rights expert said on Thursday. Since the end of a 26-year war in May 2009, successive Sri Lankan governments have yet to take strong action to ensure minority rights. Several religious places were attacked during the tenure of former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, defeated in ...

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Iran must be hospitable to foreign investors: Rouhani TEHRAN: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday that his country must be hospitable to foreign businessmen, two days after a high-profile Iranian-American and his father were jailed for 10 years as spies."The businessman and investor who wants to come, we must be hospitable. They must come and leave Iran easily," Rouhani said in a speech to promote trade in Tehran. The moderate president's comments came just two days after the judiciary, which is controlled by ...

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China's Xi says he hopes Duterte visit can ‘fully improve’ Philippine ties BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday that he hoped Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's "milestone" visit to China could help "fully improve" ties, which have suffered from to a territorial dispute in the South China Sea.Duterte arrived in Beijing on Tuesday with at least 200 top business people to pave the way for what he calls a new commercial alliance, as relations with longtime ally the United States deteriorate.On Wednesday, to the cheers of ...