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    Hotels, firms cut back on water use as taps run dry in Chennai

    Reuters . Chennai | Updated at 12:48am on June 20, 2019

    Hotels in India’s southern city of Chennai are rationing water for guests amid searing heat while companies limit showers as the city of 4.6 million...

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    Om Birla elected as speaker of Lok Sabha

    New Age Desk | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2019

    NDA nominee Om Birla was on Wednesday unanimously elected speaker of the Lok Sabha with prime minister Narendra Modi and the opposition assuring him of...

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    Myanmar official says runaway monk ‘incited hatred’ against Suu Kyi

    Reuters . Yangon | Updated at 12:54am on June 19, 2019

    A Myanmar official on Tuesday told a court that a nationalist Buddhist Monk, Wirathu, who has evaded arrest on sedition charges, ‘incited hatred’ against leader...

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    Everest summits smash records amid deadly bottlenecks

    Agence France-Presse . Kathmandu | Updated at 12:10am on June 19, 2019

    A record 885 people climbed Everest in May this year, figures showed Tuesday, capping a deadly traffic-clogged season that also saw 11 climbers die on...

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    UN gives Myanmar aid cut warning

    Agence France-Presse . Yangon | Updated at 06:59pm on June 18, 2019

    The UN has warned it will pare back aid to thousands of Rohingya Muslims left destitute as Myanmar’s government closes camps in 5Rakhine state, over...

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    Indian doctors stage nationwide strike

    Reuters . New Delhi | Updated at 01:17am on June 18, 2019

    Hundreds of thousands of doctors across India went on strike on Monday demanding better working conditions, the country’s top medical body said, as the outrage...

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    EU drops sanctions threat against Maldives

    Agence-France-Presse . Luxembourg | Updated at 01:15am on June 18, 2019

    The European Union on Monday dropped the threat of sanctions against the Maldives, saying the political situation had improved in the Indian Ocean archipelago since...

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    Sri Lanka abusing UN law to make arrests: rights group

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 01:07am on June 18, 2019

    Media activists on Monday accused Sri Lankan police of using a UN convention on hate speech to crack down on media freedom and the country’s...

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    Myanmar’s hardline monks rail against Rohingyas, Suu Kyi

    Agence France-Presse . Yangon | Updated at 12:44am on June 18, 2019

    Ultra-nationalist monks in Myanmar accepted a cash donation from the military on Monday while condemning Aung San Suu Kyi and her government for allowing Rohingya...

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    Indian magician feared drowned as stunt goes wrong

    Agence-France-Presse . Kolkata | Updated at 12:10am on June 18, 2019

    An Indian magician who went missing after being lowered into a river while tied up with chains and ropes in a Houdini-inspired stunt is feared...