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China to hold drills in disputed waters ahead of court ruling BEIJING: China will hold military drills in the disputed South China Sea, the government said Sunday, ahead of an international tribunal ruling over Beijing's maritime claims in the resource-rich area.The drills will be held in waters around the Paracel Islands from July 5 to 11, with other ships prohibited from entering the waters during that time, a short statement by the maritime safety administration said.The military exercises come as an international tribunal in The Hague prepares to rule on a case brought by the Philippines challenging China's claims in the strategic waterway.Manila lodged the suit against Beijing in early 2013, saying that after 17 years of negotiations it had exhausted all political and diplomatic avenues to settle the dispute.Beijing, which asserts sovereignty over almost all of the South China Sea despite rival claims from Southeast Asian neighbours, insists that the Permanent Court of Arbitration has no jurisdiction over the issue ...

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Landslides and flooding kill 25 in India DEHRADUN: The death toll from landslides and flooding in northern India has risen to 25 after rescuers found more bodies buried under debris, officials said Saturday.At least dozens more are missing after torrential rains triggered landslides and floods in the Himalayan states of Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh.Some 15 people have lost their lives so far in Uttarakhand and at least 10 were reported dead in the remote Arunachal Pradesh state."We have recovered 15 bodies so ...

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Sri Lanka President appoints Indrajit Coomaraswamy as new central bank chief COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday said he has appointed former central banker Indrajith Coomaraswamy as the new central bank chief, moving to quell uncertainty after the previous governor declined to seek reappointment."After consulting all parties relevant, I appointed Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy to head the Central Bank of Sri Lanka," President Sirisena said in his twitter feed.The 66-year old senior economist was a former director of economic affairs at the Commonwealth Secretariat.He worked ...

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Bus accident kills 26 in north China: report BEIJING: A bus accident in north China killed 26 people and injured four when the coach crashed through a highway guard rail and plunged into a canal, state media reported Saturday.Images of the scene of Friday's accident showed rescue workers pulling bodies from a coach submerged in deep water below an expressway near the northern port city of Tianjin.The long-distance coach was carrying 30 people from northern Hebei province to the northeastern city of Shenyang, ...

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Landslides and flooding in India kill at least eight DEHRADUN: Flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rain in a mountainous part of north India killed at least eight people on Friday and 30 more are missing, a disaster control official said.Piyush Rautela said the toll from the disaster in the scenic Himalayan state of Uttarakhand could rise, with many believed buried in the mud and debris that barrelled down slopes into homes."So far eight bodies have been recovered and 30 are believed to be ...

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India's monsoon rains 1pc above average in past week NEW DELHI: Monsoon rains in India were 1 percent above average in the week ending June 29, the weather office said on Thursday. The June-September monsoon has remained 12 percent lower than average so far, but rains have covered almost the entire country, and helped quicken the planting process of summer crops such as rice, soybeans, cotton and pulses.Though the monsoon arrived in India on June 8, a week later than usual, the weather office ...

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China's Xi urges caution over US missile deployment in South Korea BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged South Korea to pay attention to China's concerns about the deployment of the US THAAD missile defence system to the country and "cautiously" address the plan.The United States and South Korea have begun talks on possible deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system after North Korea tested its fourth nuclear bomb on Jan. 6 and conducted missile tests.China and Russia have urged the United ...