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    Kerala state on high alert after floods kill 34

    Reuters . Kochi | Updated at 12:41am on August 12, 2018

    More than half of the 14 districts in India’s Kerala state have been put on high alert, officials said on Saturday, as the death toll...

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    Maldives seeks scaling back of Indian presence

    Reuters . New Delhi | Updated at 12:56am on August 11, 2018

    The Maldives wants India to withdraw military helicopters and personnel posted there following the expiry of an agreement in June, its envoy said, the latest...

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    US launches airstrikes as Taliban attack Afghan city

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 01:05pm on August 10, 2018

    US forces launched airstrikes Friday to counter a major Taliban assault on an Afghan provincial capital, where terrified residents cowered in their homes amid...

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    Rohingya jurisdiction request ‘should be dismissed’

    Reuters . Yangon | Updated at 01:05am on August 10, 2018

    Myanmar said on Thursday a request by the International Criminal Court prosecutor to seek jurisdiction over suspected deportations of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh...

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    India asks telcos to find ways to block FB, WhatsApp in case of misuse

    Reuters . New Delhi | Updated at 12:35am on August 08, 2018

    India has asked its telecom operators to find ways of blocking applications such as Facebook and messaging app WhatsApp in the case of misuse, according...

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    Kashmir fighting leaves 4 Indian soldiers, 2 rebels dead

    Associated Press . Srinagar | Updated at 12:30am on August 08, 2018

    Four soldiers and two suspected rebels were killed on Tuesday in a gunbattle along the highly militarised de facto border that divides the disputed region...

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    Indian leader Karunanidhi dies

    Agence France-Presse . Chennai | Updated at 12:00am on August 08, 2018

    Thousands mourned in southern India on Tuesday after the death of revered 94-year-old political leader Muthuvel Karunanidhi....

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    Maldives opposition warns of ‘cowardly’ attempt to delay polls

    Agence France-Presse . Sri Lanka | Updated at 12:57am on August 07, 2018

    The Maldivian opposition said Monday that government warnings of a murky plot to destabilise the honeymoon islands were a ‘cowardly’ attempt by the ruling party...

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    Quake rocks Bali islands

    Reuters . Denpasar | Updated at 01:33am on August 06, 2018

    Indonesia’s resort islands of Bali and Lombok were rocked by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Sunday, triggering panic among holidaymakers and residents....

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    Indian troops kill five in Kashmir, draw protests

    Reuters . Srinagar | Updated at 12:18am on August 05, 2018

    Indian security forces on Saturday killed five militants in the disputed region of Kashmir, the biggest single-day casualty since prime minister Narendra Modi’s government took...