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    Modi gives $1.4b aid to Maldives grappling with China debt

    Reuters . New Delhi | Updated at 01:36am on December 18, 2018

    India will give financial assistance of $1.4 billion to the Maldives, prime minister Narendra Modi said on Monday, the biggest aid yet to the Indian...

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    Indian politician gets life over anti-Sikh riots

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 06:41pm on December 17, 2018

    A veteran Indian politician was given a life sentence on Monday over anti-Sikh riots in 1984 that killed nearly 3,000 people following the assassination of...

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    Kashmir locked down

    Agence France-Presse . Srinagar | Updated at 02:28pm on December 17, 2018

    Indian authorities locked down parts of restive Kashmir on Monday as police fired tear gas at protesters defying a curfew to march against the shooting...

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    Sri Lanka reinstates ousted prime minister

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 01:09pm on December 16, 2018

    Sri Lanka’s sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was reinstated Sunday, his party said, ending a 51-day crisis that had paralysed the island nation and pushed...

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    Rajapaksa resigns amid govt shut down fears

    Reuters . Colombo | Updated at 12:30am on December 16, 2018

    Sri Lanka’s embattled prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Saturday, only a month and a half after taking office and giving the country’s president political...

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    20 die as truck plunges into river in Nepal

    Agence France-Presse . Kathmandu | Updated at 12:15pm on December 15, 2018

    At least 20 people died when a truck carrying mourners returning from a funeral ritual plunged around 400 metres onto a river bank in central...

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    11 die after eating toxic rice at Indian temple

    Agence France-Presse . New DelhiAgence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 11:26am on December 15, 2018

    Eleven people have died after eating rice that had likely been contaminated with a toxic substance at a Hindu temple ceremony, a health official said...

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    US House of Representatives accuses Myanmar of Rohingya ‘genocide’

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 12:01am on December 15, 2018

    The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly adopted a resolution Thursday calling Myanmar’s expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims a ‘genocide.’....

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    Rajapakse ends standoff as Sri Lanka risked shutdown

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    Sri Lanka’s strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse will step down on Saturday from his disputed position of premier, his son said on Friday, signalling an end...

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    SC backs Modi over Rafale jet deal

    Agence-France-Presse .New Delhi | Updated at 12:00am on December 15, 2018

    India’s Supreme Court dismissed Friday calls for an investigation into a controversial French fighter jet deal, in a move seen as a boost for prime...