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India principal charged with sedition over Occupied Kashmir map NEW DELHI: An Indian school principal and two others have been charged with sedition for printing an 'incorrect map' of disputed Kashmir, police said Wednesday, an offence technically punishable by a maximum of life in jail.The principal was arrested on Monday along with the school's owner and a printing press owner following a complaint by a right-wing Hindu activist, who spotted the map in a school diary. Police said hundreds of diaries were printed by the private Green Bells Public School in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, showing parts of Kashmir within the borders of arch-rivals Pakistan and China.Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan but New Delhi imposes tight restrictions on all printed maps, insisting they show all of Kashmir as being within Indian borders."All of them have been charged with sedition and acting against the national interest," Satish Dwivedi, a senior police officer in Shahdol district where ...

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Seaplane hits bridge in Shanghai, killing five: media SHANGHAI: An amphibious plane crashed into a highway bridge on the edge of Chinese commercial hub Shanghai on Wednesday, killing at least five people, according to local media reports.The plane, owned by charter airline Joy General Aviation, was taking off on a demonstration flight with 10 people on board including the crew, when it hit the bridge in Jinshan district, Shanghai media platform "The Paper" reported.Five were killed, it said, without detailing the number of ...

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Tokyo jolted by third quake in four days TOKYO: Tokyo was struck by a third earthquake in four days on Wednesday, but there were no reports of damage or casualties.The 5.0 magnitude jolt was felt in Tokyo and areas of eastern Japan at 7:25 am (2225 GMT Tuesday), the US Geological Survey said.It was the third quake to shake the capital's high-rise buildings in recent days -- following a 4.8 magnitude quake on Tuesday and one of 5.0 on Sunday -- but an ...

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Export curbs 'in line with WTO rules': China BEIJING: China insisted its controls over some raw materials exports were legal, after the European Union followed the United States to take it to the World Trade Organisation over the restrictions.The EU lodged the legal challenge on Tuesday, accusing China -- the world's largest trader in goods -- of violating WTO rules with duties and quotas on 11 key materials.In a similar filing last week, the US alleged China failed to live up to a ...

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Philippines rejects China conditions for sea row talks MANILA: The Philippines rejected China's request for talks on their South China Sea dispute because it asked Manila to "disregard" a court ruling on the issue, the foreign minister said Tuesday.A UN-backed tribunal said last week there was no legal basis for China's claims to most of the strategic, resource-rich waters, with Beijing staunchly denouncing the decision."They asked us also to open ourselves for bilateral negotiations but outside of and in disregard of the arbitral ...

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26 dead in Taiwan tourist bus crash: officials TAIPEI: A Taiwan tour bus carrying visitors from mainland China crashed and caught fire Tuesday near the capital Taipei, killing 26 on board.Footage on local media showed the bus had rammed into an expressway fence with flames blazing from the front. It was then engulfed by thick plumes of smoke with the fire leaving burned-out wreckage at the roadside.The tour group of 24 people, eight men and 16 women, was from China's northeastern city of ...

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Maoist ambush in east India kills 10 police NEW DELHI: Suspected Maoist rebels have ambushed a convoy of paramilitary commandos in east India and killed 10, police said Tuesday, in the deadliest such attack since 2014.A landmine blast hit the convoy Monday afternoon while the men were conducting an anti-Maoist operation in the dense forests of Aurangabad district in Bihar state.At least three rebels were killed in a gunfight that followed the blast, police said."Ten of our men were killed in the blast ...