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Hope fades for survivors as India flyover toll hits 25 KOLKATA: The death toll from a collapsed flyover in eastern India rose to 25 on Friday, after emergency workers toiled through the night to find any remaining survivors trapped under huge slabs of concrete and metal girders.But emergency authorities said there was little hope of finding any more survivors after pulling almost 100 people from under the rubble of the road that collapsed onto a busy street in Kolkata on Thursday, crushing cars and pedestrians."The rescue operation will not stop until all the blocks of concrete and iron girders have been cleared," said deputy police commissioner Akhilesh Chaturvedi as he announced the toll had risen to 25."Nearly 300 rescuers, including army and disaster management personnel, are working around the clock to clear the rubble."The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) however said there was little hope of finding any more survivors under the rubble of the flyover, which had been under ...

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Suspected rebels kill seven police in central India RAIPUR: Suspected Maoist rebels triggered a powerful landmine blast in India's central Chhattisgarh on Wednesday, killing seven policemen, in the latest attack in the restive region, the state's police chief said.The truck carrying the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officers hit the landmine as it travelled through forested and remote Dantewada district, some 350 kilometres (220 miles) south of state capital Raipur."Seven jawans (officers) of the CRPF were killed," Chhattisgarh Director General of Police A.N. ...

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Chinese economy shifting to new pace of growth: president PRAGUE: Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday his country's economy was at a new normal and shifting to a slower pace of growth than in the past."The world economy is in the current situation going through a time of deep modifications and the situation is complicated and unstable," he told a Czech-Chinese business forum in Prague in comments broadcast through a Czech interpreter."The Chinese economy has entered into the state of a new normal, ...

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India's tycoon Vijay Mallya offers INR 4,000 crore repayment Vijay Mallya, the Indian business tycoon has agreed to repay Indian Rupee 4,000 crore, to the consortium of banks, led by the State Bank of India, by September this year.According to the Times of India, the Kingfisher Airlines and Vijay Mallya submitted a proposal to the Indian Supreme Court. Mallya has offered to pay Rs 2,000 crore upfront and the remaining Rs 2,000 crore by September 31, 2016. The Indian apex court has allowed the ...

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Khamenei says missiles, not talks, key to Iran's future DUBAI: Iran's top leader on Wednesday said missiles were key to the Islamic Republic's future, offering support to the hardline Revolutionary Guards that have drawn criticism from the West for testing ballistic missiles.Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei supported last year's nuclear deal with world powers but has since called for Iran to avoid further rapprochement with the United States and its allies, and maintain its economic and military strength."Those who say the future is in ...

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US F-16 crashes at Bagram in Afghanistan WASHINGTON: A US F-16 warplane crashed Tuesday while taking off from Bagram airfield in Afghanistan, an official said. The pilot ejected safely.Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the fighter from the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing crashed around 8:30 pm (1630 GMT)."Coalition forces are securing the crash site. The cause of this accident will be investigated," Cook said.The Taliban said their fighters shot down the jet, claiming that all on board had been killed. The insurgent ...

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Protests as China's Xi arrives in Prague PRAGUE: Protests greeted President Xi Jinping as he arrived in Prague on Monday on the first visit by a Chinese head of state to the Czech Republic.Along the road leading from the airport, dozens of pro-Tibetan demonstrators scuffled with well-wishers who had turned out to welcome the Chinese leader on a visit which has seen Czech President Milos Zeman come under fire for his pro-China policies. On Monday, in a park on the road from ...