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India pulls out of key summit in Pakistan: govt NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday pulled out of a key regional summit in Pakistan citing an increase in cross-border attacks, as tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours escalates.The Indian government has accused Pakistan-based militants of launching a deadly assault on an army base in Kashmir this month that killed 18 soldiers.Pakistan has rejected India's claims as "unfounded and premature".Regional superpower India said it has conveyed its decision not to take part in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit to Nepal, the current SAARC Chair."India has conveyed to current SAARC Chair Nepal that increasing cross-border terrorist attacks in the region have created an environment that is not conducive to the successful holding of the 19th SAARC Summit," the foreign ministry said in a statement."In the prevailing circumstances, the government of India is unable to participate in the proposed summit in Islamabad."India's traditionally tense relations with Pakistan have nosedived following ...

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Powerful quakes strike off Fiji, Tonga, but no tsunami risk: monitor WELLINGTON: A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off Fiji on Sunday shortly after another hit off Tonga but there was no threat of a tsunami, US seismologists said.The offshore quake occurred at 9:28 am (2128 GMT Saturday), centered around 100 kilometres (62 miles) northeast of the Fijian island of Ndoi at a depth of 594 km, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said on its website. It came 20 minutes after a 6.3-magnitude quake hit 124 kilometres ...

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Strong 6.3 earthquake hits off Tonga: USGS quake monitor WELLINGTON: A powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Tonga Saturday but there was no threat of a tsunami, US seismologists said.The offshore quake hit at 09:07 am (2107 GMT Saturday) and was centered around 124 kilometres (77 miles) northwest of Tonga, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said on its website. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami threat. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Strong 6.4 quake hits eastern Japan TOKYO: A strong earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Japan on Friday, though there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.The shallow 6.4 magnitude quake hit at 09:14 am (0014 GMT), about 150 kilometres (90 miles) east-southeast of Katsuura city, the US Geological Survey said.There was no threat of a tsunami, added the Japan Meteorological Agency, which measured it at a slightly higher 6.5 magnitude.Japan sits at the junction of four tectonic plates ...

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Death toll from Indonesia floods, landslides, rises to 19 JAKARTA: The death toll from a series of landslides and flash floods in Indonesia climbed to 19 on Wednesday, an official said, including several children found by rescuers scouring for survivors.The worst-hit region was the west of Indonesia's main island of Java, where torrential downpours in Garut saw floodwaters quickly rise to 2 metres (6.5 feet), national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement."The official report (from Garut)... is that 16 people ...

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North Korea hails 'successful' test of new rocket engine SEOUL: North Korea has carried out a successful ground test of a new high-power rocket engine, state media said Tuesday, in a development that could advance Pyongyang's weapons programme.After supervising the test at the country's Sohae satellite-launching site, leader Kim Jong-Un called on officials, scientists and technicians "to round off the preparations for launching the satellite as soon as possible", KCNA news agency reported.There has been speculation that North Korea might celebrate the October 10 ...

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Japan PM stresses importance of TPP trade pact in Clinton meeting NEW YORK: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Monday and stressed it was important for the United States to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal that she opposes, Japanese officials said.Abe and Clinton met for about 15 minutes at Abe's hotel in New York, where he is attending the United Nations General Assembly, the officials said. The meeting was held at Clinton's request, they said.The two stressed the ...