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Sri Lanka arrests New Zealand-bound boat people COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's police arrested 75 would-be asylum seekers on Wednesday, including nine women and six children, who were trying to leave for New Zealand illegally by boat, police said.The group was arrested in the southern coastal town of Moragolla, the first large-scale arrest of nationals in months after Australia, long a favourite destination for Sri Lanka's refugees, tightened its borders."These people were trying to leave illegally for New Zealand," a police statement said, adding that they would be taken before a magistrate later Wednesday.The arrests came five days after Australia announced illegal boats had not reached its shores for 50 days thanks to tighter border patrols.Asylum seekers, many of whom claim persecution at home over Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamil separatist conflict, have tried to travel to New Zealand by boat in the past. But neighbouring Australia has been a more favoured destination in recent years.Sri Lankan police have arrested ...

Tiger evades hunters, kills 10th person in India in six weeks ISLAMABAD: A tiger prowling near villages in northern India killed its 10th person in six weeks, a day after eluding a trap set by hunters with a live calf as bait.The female tiger is believed to have strayed from Jim Corbett National Park, India's oldest national park, which was established in 1936 to provide endangered Bengal tigers with safe territory, Times of India reported.The big cat's latest victim was a 50-year-old man who was collecting ...
Iran, IAEA resume talks on nuclear transparency TEHRAN: The UN atomic watchdog on Sunday started a second day of talks in Tehran on safeguards to enhance transparency on Iran's nuclear drive and on allegations of its past weapons work.The talks were expected to continue into the afternoon, after a first day of meetings was described as "constructive" by Iran's atomic organisation spokesman, Behrouz Kamalvandi.Iranian media have reported little details of the negotiations with the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).And there has ...
Delhi residents protest after alleged rape of Manipur 14-year-old NEW DELHI: An angry crowd gathered outside a Delhi police station on Saturday to protest poor policing and racist treatment of people from India's northeast after a 14-year-old girl from that part of India filed charges of rape in the capital.The death last week of Nido Tania, a student from the northeast's Arunachal Pradesh who was alleged to have been beaten by shopkeepers, has sparked similar protests in recent days.At least 100 protesters gathered outside ...
Air India Dreamliner diverted to Malaysia after "glitches" NEW DELHI: An Air India Dreamliner was diverted to Kuala Lumpur Wednesday after suffering "software glitches", an airline official said, in the latest of a series of mishaps to hit the Boeing aircraft.The Melbourne-Delhi flight, carrying 215 passengers, made an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur airport as technical engineers were called from Hong Kong to fix the problem, Air India spokesman Praveen Bhatnagar told AFP Wednesday."We called 787 (Dreamliner) engineers from Hong Kong as they ...
At least 11 dead in Bangladesh boat accident: police DHAKA: A boat packed with labourers and their children caught fire and capsized in a river in northeastern Bangladesh leaving at least 11 people dead and others missing, police said Tuesday.The boat was thought to be ferrying around 100 passengers home from a stone quarry along the Surma river, in the town of Chhatak, when a fire sparked by a kerosene stove engulfed the vessel on Monday night."They jumped into the river in panic. We've ...
Iran arrests anti-corruption officials for fraud TEHRAN: Iran has arrested several anti-corruption officials on fraud charges, the justice minister announced on Sunday."In the Government Discretionary Punishments Organisation (GDPO), some of our colleagues have been corrupted," Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi said, quoted by Fars news agency."In line with the fight against corruption, more than 10 colleagues in GDPO, most of them managers and consultants, were arrested and interrogated," he said, without giving further details.On its website, the GDPO says it was set up to ...

 



 
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