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China's Xi stresses Communist leadership over religion BEIJING: Chinese religious groups must obey the staunchly atheist ruling Communist Party, President Xi Jinping has told a key meeting on religion according to state media, as Beijing tightens controls on civil society organisations and churches."Religious groups... must adhere to the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC)," Xi told senior party officials at a conference ending on Saturday, the official Xinhua news agency said.But party members must be "unyielding Marxist atheists", he said, calling on them to "resolutely guard against overseas infiltrations via religious means".China is estimated to be home to hundreds of millions of Buddhists, Christians and Muslims, with the Communist Party seeking to "guide" believers while cracking down on unofficial religious groups.Since Xi came to power in 2012, Communist officials have taken a harder line towards civil and religious society.In Zhejiang province in the east, local officials have in recent years demolished churches or removed crosses ...

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Ecuador quake death toll jumps to 646, one week on QUITO: Nearly 650 people are now known to have died in the strong earthquake that hit Ecuador one week ago, President Rafael Correa said Saturday, as the toll jumped yet higher.Last Saturday's 7.8-magnitude quake was the worst to strike the South American country in decades, causing buildings to collapse and damaging roads and other infrastructure in tourist areas along Ecuador's coast.Strong aftershocks have rattled the country daily since and the number of dead is expected ...

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New aftershocks shake Ecuador still reeling from quake PEDERNALES: New aftershocks continued to rattle Ecuador Friday as emergency workers continued searching for bodies after a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed nearly 600 people.A 6.0-magnitude quake struck just off the coast of northwest Ecuador around 10:00 pm Thursday (0300 GMT Friday), the US Geological Survey said.It was followed by smaller aftershocks Friday morning, ranging in magnitude from 4.0 to 5.2, said Ecuador's Geophysics Institute.AFP reporters in the region felt some shaking, but there were ...

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Landslide in northeast India kills 16 NEW DELHI: A huge landslide hit a camp for construction workers in a remote part of northeast India on Friday, killing at least 16, police said.Heavy rains triggered the disaster in the Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh, which lies on the Tibetan border and is claimed in part by China.The workers, who were building a hotel, were asleep when the landslide hit their camp in Tawang district, more than 10,000 feet (around 3,000 metres) above ...

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China urges local officials to help resolve grievances of ‘petitioners’ BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday issued instructions to better resolve the grievances of the country's petitioners, urging officials to fix disputes locally before they evolve into bigger problems.Tens of thousands of "mass incidents" - the usual euphemism for protests - occur each year in China, triggered by corruption, pollution, illegal land grabs and other grievances.Many people try to use "petitions" to bypass the legal system and directly bring complaints to the attention of ...

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At least 160 dead in India due to massive heatwave At least 160 people have been killed after sweltering heatwave wreak havoc in the Eastern and Southern India.According to NewsTalk, schools in the regions have been closed and will remain closed until April 26th, as temperatures rises to 45C and above.The Indian states of Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are the primary target of the ongoing heatwave, where the majority of deaths in relation to the heatwave have occurred.Officials in Andhra Pradesh were giving out ...

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China unveils steps to support exports to help economy BEIJING: China will take steps to boost exports, including encouraging banks to boost lending, expanding export credit insurance and raise tax rebates for some firms, the cabinet said on Wednesday, in the latest step to underpin growth."Foreign trade is an important part as well as a driving force of the national economy," the State Council said in a statement after a meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang.Banks will be encouraged to lend to profitable trading ...