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Nepal death toll passes 6,600, thousands still missing Nepal death toll passes 6,600, thousands still missing
KATHMANDU: Thousands of people were still missing in Nepal on Friday as food and help began to trickle through to those stranded in remote areas after last week's earthquake which over 6,600. The death toll could rise further. Bodies are still being pulled from the debris of ruined buildings, while rescue workers have not been able to reach some remote areas. The government put the number ...
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Most French people give thumbs down to Hollande in poll Most French people give thumbs down to Hollande in poll
Paris: More than 80 percent of French people do not want Francois Hollande to stand for re-election in the next presidential contest in 2017 due to his poor economic record, according to a poll ahead of his third anniversary in power later this month. The poll, carried out by the CSA institute for news website Atlantico, showed that the same proportion of people surveyed - 81 percent in total -...
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Election fever puts politics centre-stage in London Election fever puts politics centre-stage in London
London: When celebrity TV interviewer Jeremy Paxman is in the audience for a play in which Judi Dench has only a cameo role, something unusual is happening on the London stage: politics has become the star of the show. Politically themed plays like "The Vote", "Dead Sheep" and a revival of "The Audience", portraying Queen Elizabeth`s dealings with past prime ministers, are drawing big audiences...
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Kremlin says too early to speak of Ukraine peacekeeping mission Kremlin says too early to speak of Ukraine peacekeeping mission
Moscow: Russia said on Friday that it was premature to discuss the deployment of a peacekeeping mission in war-torn eastern Ukraine before a peace deal agreed in February is implemented in full. "Before the text of the Minsk agreement and its concrete points are implemented we believe that it would be absolutely wrong to raise any other issues including that about peacekeepers," Kremlin spokesm...
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Saudi troops kill dozens of Yemen rebels in border battle Saudi troops kill dozens of Yemen rebels in border battle
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia said its forces on Thursday killed dozens of Shiite rebels from Yemen who launched the first major attack on the kingdom since Saudi-led air strikes began last month. "The ground troops today repelled an attack at the southern Najran border by the Huthi militias", the defence ministry said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency. AFP...
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Nepalese quake death toll exceeds 5,500 Nepalese quake death toll exceeds 5,500
KATHMANDU: The death toll in Nepal from a massive weekend earthquake has exceeded 5,500, according to a new tally by disaster management officials. Over 5,500 people are now known to have died in the 7.8-magnitude quake, according to an update from the National Emergency Operation Centre, while more than 100 others were killed in neighbouring India and China. The UN launched a $415 million...
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Indonesia convicts sang praise to God before execution Indonesia convicts sang praise to God before execution
JAKARTA: As they walked to face the firing squad on an Indonesian prison island, eight condemned drug traffickers defiantly sang praise to God, witnesses said, while in a town across the water a group of tearful supporters was also uniting in song. The convicts -- two from Australia, one from Brazil, four from Africa and one Indonesian -- made the long journey from their cells to clearings on a...
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Saudi Arabia`s crown prince dismissed: Royal decree Saudi Arabia`s crown prince dismissed: Royal decree
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia`s King Salman on Wednesday dismissed the heir to the throne, Crown Prince Moqren bin Abdul Aziz bin Saud, and replaced him with the Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef. "We have decided to respond to his highness and what he had expressed about his desire to be relieved from the position of crown prince," said a statement from the royal court, carried by the official Saudi...
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Aid reaches quake-hit Nepal villagers as death toll passes 5,000 Aid reaches quake-hit Nepal villagers as death toll passes 5,000
GORKHA: Hungry and desperate villagers rushed towards relief helicopters in remote areas of Nepal Tuesday, begging to be airlifted to safety, four days after a monster earthquake killed more than 5,000 people. "The ground keeps shaking, even this morning it did. Every time it feels like we will be swallowed, that we will die now. I want to get out of here!" said Sita Gurung, 24, whose home had...
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52 feared dead in Afghanistan landslide 52 feared dead in Afghanistan landslide
KABUL: At least 52 people, mostly women and children, are feared dead after a landslide swept through a village in Afghanistan´s remote mountainous northeast Tuesday, the latest natural disaster in the war-torn nation, officials said. The disaster, which buried dozens of houses in Badakhshan province, comes nearly a year after another landslide triggered by heavy rains killed at least 300 peop...
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