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Monsoon-triggered floods kill more than 50 in India GUWAHATI: Floods triggered by days of torrential monsoon rains have claimed more than 50 lives in eastern India this week, the country's home minister and reports said Saturday, with millions of people affected by surging waters.Rivers have burst their banks, flooding villages in the northeastern tea-growing state of Assam where 26 people have died, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, after carrying out an aerial survey of the worst-affected districts."The flood situation is really grim. Twenty-six people have died over seven days and some 3.6 million people are affected," Singh told reporters in the city of Guwahati."No efforts are being spared to help the people. The NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) and army are doing their best. Some 60 boats have been pressed into service to rescue people."Thousands of people were sheltering in makeshift camps set up along highways and on higher ground in the flood-ravaged state.Severe floods have also hit ...

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North Korea 'Kim badges' found in South: report SEOUL: South Korean police launched an investigation Thursday after 200 badges featuring the portrait of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il were found at a hotel near the country's main airport, Yonhap news agency reported.Police found the badges scattered on a flowerbed at the Grand Hyatt near Incheon International Airport and have launched a joint probe with the National Intelligence Service (NIS) into the source of the pins, South Korea's Yonhap said.Police officials and the ...

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PM Abe's plan for $265bn stimulus puts pressure on BOJ to ease TOKYO: Japan's prime minister unveiled a surprisingly large $265 billion stimulus package on Wednesday to reflate the world's third-largest economy, adding pressure on the central bank to match the measures with monetary stimulus later this week.The earlier-than-expected announcement to boost the flagging economy sent Japanese and other Asian stock markets higher while it weighed on the safe-haven yen, but lacked crucial details on how much of the package would be direct government spending.The size of ...

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Iran announces May 19 presidential election TEHRAN: Iran's Guardian Council announced Wednesday that next year's presidential election will take place on May 19 with embattled incumbent Hassan Rouhani expected to run for a second term.Rouhani, a moderate who oversaw a deal with world powers to end sanctions in exchange for curbing Iran's nuclear programme, faces mounting pressure from conservatives who want to limit rapprochement with the West. Hardliners argue the nuclear deal has brought few economic benefits to struggling Iranians, and ...

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Susan Rice urges 'candour and openness' on Beijing visit BEIJING: National Security Advisor Susan Rice called for "candour and openness" before talks with Chinese leaders Monday during the highest-level US visit to Beijing since an international tribunal rejected China's vast maritime claims.Rice's trip is intended to prepare for a visit by President Barack Obama to a G20 summit in the city of Hangzhou in September.Before meeting State Councillor Yang Jiechi, Rice spoke positively about US-China cooperation on climate change, global health issues and nonproliferation.But, ...

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Chinese anger as journalists forced to leave India NEW DELHI: India has refused to renew the visas of a group of journalists from China's state-run Xinhua news agency, government sources said Monday, after they reportedly made unauthorised visits to Tibetan refugee camps.As Beijing's official media condemned what it called a "petty" decision, a senior official in New Delhi confirmed three journalists would have to leave India within the week at the security services' instigation."They had come to the adverse attention of the security ...

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Afghan civilian casualties at record high in first half of 2016: UN KABUL: Civilian casualties in Afghanistan touched a record high in the first half of 2016, the UN said Monday, with children in particular paying a heavy price as insurgent groups step up fighting."Between January and June this year, the UN documented 1,601 civilian deaths and 3,565 injured civilians. This represents an increase of four percent in the total number of casualties compared to the first six months of 2015," the United Nations Assistance Mission in ...