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India mine collapse toll rises to 11 as rescuers search NEW DELHI: The toll from a deadly mine collapse in eastern India's Jharkhand state rose to 11 on Saturday with rescue workers searching for more dead bodies under the rubble.A massive mound of earth caved in late Thursday at the Lalmatia open cast mine, around 240 miles (390 kilometres) from the state capital Ranchi."The search operation at the site hasn't stopped. We can confirm 11 dead and fear that one or two more dead bodies may still be under the rubble," Jharkhand police spokesman RK Mallick told AFP after rescuers recovered another body, raising the toll from 10."15 or 16 miners had managed to escape the collapsed mine soon after the incident on Thursday with only minor injuries. The tough terrain of the region (remote forest) and dense fog has been a challenge to the rescue work," he added.The rescue workers hope to complete their search operation by late Saturday.There ...

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China vows to open up economy as investment declines SHANGHAI: Beijing has pledged to open up more economic sectors to foreign investment, an official statement said, as foreign chambers of commerce complain of a worsening business environment in the country.China will "unwaveringly insist on the opening-up policy" and "create fair competition environment by treating foreign and domestic funds as the same", the State Council, China's cabinet, said in a statement late Thursday after a meeting hosted by Premier Li Keqiang.Foreign direct investment in China ...

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Blast in Afghan capital wounds member of parliament KABUL: A bomb attack targeted a member of Afghanistan's parliament in the capital, Kabul, on Wednesday, wounding him and several other people, officials said.Fakori Behishti, a member of parliament from Bamyan province, and his son were wounded in the blast, an official with the parliament's security department said.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which destroyed the vehicle in which Behishti was travelling, badly damaged other vehicles and shattered the windows of ...

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Indian passenger plane skids off runway, injuring 15 NEW DELHI: An Indian plane carrying 161 passengers and crew skidded off the runway at Goa airport early Tuesday, injuring 15 people.The Indian Navy, which runs the airport in western India, said it was not yet clear what caused the Jet Airways plane to veer off the runway.The incident happened at the height of the tourist season in Goa, whose palm-fringed beaches attract thousands of holidaymakers every year."There are minor injuries, bruises or fractures to ...

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India police arrest four over US woman's gang-rape NEW DELHI: Indian police on Monday arrested four men accused of drugging and raping an American tourist at a five-star hotel in New Delhi earlier this year, an officer said.The woman told police that she was part of a tour group visiting India in April when her local guide gave her a spiked bottle of water and raped her with four acquaintances inside her hotel room."We arrested four of them a few hours ago. And ...

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India won't impose long-term capital gains tax: Arun Jaitley MUMBAI: India's finance minister on Sunday said the government does not plan to impose a long-term capital gains tax, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested that people earning from financial markets must make a "fair contribution" to nation building. Modi's comments were interpreted by some local media as a pitch for higher taxes on income from capital markets. But Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Modi's speech had been misinterpreted. "I wish to absolutely ...

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Sri Lanka's record Xmas tree pruned due to work delays COLOMBO: Sri Lanka surpassed the world record for the tallest artificial Christmas tree Saturday despite building delays forcing organisers to prune the structure by almost half, an official said.Cricket legend Arjuna Ranatunga initiated plans to build the record-breaking tree in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, but ran into opposition from the Catholic church which said the money would be better spent on charity."Initial opposition... meant a delay of about 10 days in our construction work," event ...