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Tibet bus accident kills 44 people, injures 11: Xinhua BEIJING: A tour bus plunged into a Tibetan valley on Saturday after hitting two vehicles, killing 44 people and injuring 11, China's official news agency Xinhua reported."The 55-seat bus carrying 50 people fell off a 10-metre-plus-high cliff after crashing into a sports utility vehicle and a pick-up truck," the report said, citing the regional government.Another five people were in the other vehicles in the accident which happened at around 4:25 pm (0825 GMT) in Nyemo County, west of the capital Lhasa, in the Tibet Autonomous Region which is governed by China.The bus passengers were mainly tourists from several eastern regions in China. The injured were being treated at hospitals in Lhasa and did not have life-threatening injuries, Xinhua said.Pictures on the news agency's website showed rescue workers at the bus which was lying with its wheels in the air. A hoist was also pictured attached to the bus.Police have detained ...

'Red tape' should not mar India-US defense cooperation: Hagel NEW DELHI: US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday that India and United States should not let "bureaucratic red tape" thwart the momentum of defence partnerships between two of the world's largest democracies.Hagel wrapped up his three-day New Delhi visit after meeting with his Indian counterpart Arjun Jaitley and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday in an effort to push military trade with India's new right-wing government. "Bureaucratic red tape within either of our governments ...
Abdullah: Afghanistan entering 'a new phase' KABUL: Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah said Saturday that his country was entering "a new phase" in an interview with AFP, raising hopes that a bitter dispute over fraud-tainted elections might soon be resolved.Abdullah and his bitter rival Ashraf Ghani vowed Friday to work together whoever becomes president in a unity government deal that was overseen by US Secretary of State John Kerry during a visit to Kabul to mediate an end to the impasse.The ...
India steps up watch for deadly Ebola virus NEW DELHI: India's airports went on alert and the government opened an emergency helpline Saturday as part of measures to tackle any outbreak of the deadly Ebola epidemic in the country of 1.25 billion people.India has nearly 45,000 nationals living in the four Ebola-affected West African nations and health officials said there was a possibility of some of them returning to their home country if the outbreak worsens.The illness was declared an international health emergency ...
Afghan poll rivals sign deal on unity government: Abdullah KABUL: Afghanistan's two feuding presidential candidates on Friday signed a deal confirming they would form a national unity government after an audit of votes is completed to decide the winner of the fraud-tainted election."Today myself, our team, and Dr (Ashraf) Ghani and his team have taken another step forward in the interests of strengthening national unity in the country... and also to bring hope for the better future for the people of Afghanistan," Abdullah Abdullah ...
Tendulkar fails to attend parliament this year NEW DELHI: As a cricketer, he enjoyed the status of a god in India. But just months after hanging up his boots, Sachin Tendulkar has come in for rare criticism for failing to attend a single session of parliament this year.The 41-year-old, considered one of the all-time cricketing greats, promised to be a vocal supporter of sport when he was sworn in as a member of the upper house of parliament in June 2012.But parliamentary ...
Nearly 120 feared drowned in Bangladesh ferry disaster MUNSHIGANJ: Rescuers in Bangladesh searched Tuesday for the wreckage of a heavily overloaded river ferry that sank, with nearly 120 people still missing.Around 100 survivors have been pulled from the swollen river, but 24 hours after the disaster emergency workers have still not been able to locate the vessel."The ferry was the smallest of all ferries in this route, with a capacity of only 85 passengers it was heavily overcrowded," said Saiful Hasan, chief administrator ...


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