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India steps up search for missing military plane CHENNAI: India on Saturday stepped up a major search operation for an air force plane that disappeared over the Bay of Bengal the day before with 29 people on board, as the defence minister headed to the region.The AN-32 military transport plane was on a routine flight from the southern city of Chennai to Port Blair, capital of the remote Andaman and Nicobar islands, on Friday morning when it vanished from radar screens.Twenty-one of the passengers on board were defence personnel, including six crew members, while eight others worked for the military in non-uniform roles, an IAF source told AFP.On its official Twitter account the Indian navy said 18 navy and coastguard ships were now deployed in the search operation, along with six aircraft and a submarine. "#SAROps 18 Naval & ICG ships (+1sm) deployed with various aircraft... to locate missing AN 32" the navy tweeted.Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar travelled ...

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Anger erupts over government handling of China flood BEIJING: Anger erupted on Saturday over floods in northern China left more than 100 people dead or missing, with media and internet users accusing officials of negligence. Torrential rain has lashed northern China this week, and a flashflood near the city of Xingtai in Hebei province, which left nine dead and 11 missing, has become a focus of the public's dissatisfaction with the government's response to the disaster.Angry villagers have blamed local officials for failing ...

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China alone cannot save world from Brexit downturn: Li BEIJING: The world cannot depend on China alone to save it from a Brexit-induced downturn, the country's premier said Friday, ahead of hosting a meeting of G20 finance ministers.Government representatives and central bank chiefs from the world's top 20 economies gather in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu this weekend with the impact of Britain's vote to leave the European Union (EU) high on the agenda.China's economic boom of recent decades has seen it become ...

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Indian aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan rescued KABUL: An Indian woman working for an international aid group who was kidnapped in the Afghan capital last month has been rescued unharmed, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj announced on Saturday. Judith D'Souza, who works for the Aga Khan Foundation, was abducted on June 9 in the centre of Kabul."I am happy to inform you that Judith D'Souza has been rescued," the minister said in a tweet.She thanked Afghanistan for its "help and support" but ...

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Afghan brothers launch new mine-hunting drone EINDHOVEN: Former refugees Massoud and Mahmud Hassani stunned the world three years ago with an invention like a dandelion puffball that sought to rid the world of landmines. Now the Afghan brothers are back with their latest creation: a low-cost drone to detect and destroy mines, which each year claim thousands of lives.Ridding the world of their childhood horror has become the life work of the Hassanis, who now live in the Netherlands.In 2013, they ...

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Bangladesh court jails opposition leader's son DHAKA: A Bangladesh court Thursday sentenced the eldest son of the main opposition leader to seven years in prison for money laundering, a move that could end his political ambitions.The high court convicted 51-year-old Tarique Rahman, overturning a 2013 acquittal by a lower court, and sentenced him to seven years in jail.Rahman, who lives in exile in London, is the eldest son of opposition leader and two-times former prime minister Khaleda Zia and was considered ...

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Turkmenistan limits access to foreign currency as exports fall-sources ALMATY: Turkmenistan, Central Asia's biggest gas exporter, has restricted access to foreign currency for local companies and individuals in response to a sharp fall in export revenues, Turkmen businessmen say.Foreign currency controls would normally be a crisis measure implemented when a country is worried its foreign currency reserves are being seriously depleted.In the case of Turkmenistan, the government does not disclose the size of its reserves, so it is difficult to gauge how serious the ...