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    Sri Lanka parliament blocks govt spending amid crisis

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 12:38am on December 01, 2018

    Sri Lanka’s parliament on Friday escalated a power struggle with president Maithripala Sirisena, voting to block spending by the disputed government he installed last month.The...

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    Tamils back ousted Lankan PM as pressure builds on president

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 12:13am on November 30, 2018

    A group of Tamil lawmakers Thursday threw their support behind Sri Lanka’s ousted prime minister, cementing his parliamentary majority in a surprise move that emboldens...

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    India’s Earth observation satellite among 31 sent into space

    Reuters . New Delhi | Updated at 12:00am on November 30, 2018

    India fired a rocket carrying 31 satellites into space on Thursday, including its own advanced earth observation satellite among the other smaller ones launched for...

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    Lankan parliament to cut PM's budget amid weeks-long political crisis

    Reuters . Colombo | Updated at 03:26pm on November 29, 2018

    Sri Lanka's parliament on Thursday agreed to cut the budget of the prime minister's office, a move designed to hinder disputed premier Mahinda Rajapaksa whose...

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    Suu Kyi’s Nepal tour revitalises Rohingya issue

    Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka | Updated at 02:30pm on November 29, 2018

    Global rights watchdogs and Nepal’s national rights commission asked Nepal to pressurise Myanmar for safe and dignified return of Rohingyas to their homeland as Myanmar’s...

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    Indian forces kill top Kashmir militant

    Agence France-Presse . Srinagar | Updated at 03:51pm on November 28, 2018

    Government forces in Indian-administered Kashmir killed a top commander of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group Wednesday during a fierce firefight, police said, triggering clashes with...

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    Blast kills 22 near China factory in Olympic city

    Agence France-Presse . Beijing | Updated at 11:00am on November 28, 2018

    An explosion and fire near a chemical factory left at least 22 people dead and 22 others injured on Wednesday in a northern China city...

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    Sri Lanka MPs boycott parliament as crisis drags on

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 01:19am on November 28, 2018

    Allies of Sri Lanka’s embattled president Maithripala Sirisena boycotted parliament Tuesday as the country drifted into a second month of political turmoil.Sirisena loyalists refused to...

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    India throws book at schools making young pupils carry heavy bags

    Reuters . New Delhi | Updated at 12:00am on November 28, 2018

    Concerned about producing a generation of children with hunched backs and other spine problems, India has denounced schools for making students carry heavy school bags...

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    Myanmar seizes boat carrying 93 fleeing Rohingya camps for Malaysia

    Reuters . Yangon | Updated at 01:41pm on November 27, 2018

    Authorities in Myanmar have seized a boat carrying 93 people, apparently Rohingya Muslims, fleeing displacement camps in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State and hoping to reach...

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