South Asia

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    China provinces braced for heavy rainfall as typhoon heads west

    Reuters . Beijing | Updated at 10:47am on September 17, 2018

    China's southern regions faced more heavy rainfall on Monday as a devastating typhoon swept west, with key transport services already suspended and millions of residents...

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    Bhutan’s ruling party defeated in first round of polls

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 12:05am on September 17, 2018

    Bhutan’s prime minister conceded defeat Sunday, after the ruling party was knocked out in the first round of the small Himalayan nation’s third-ever election....

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    India bans 328 combination drugs in setback for pharma companies

    Reuters . New Delhi | Updated at 01:21am on September 14, 2018

    The Indian government has banned 328 combination drugs in a blow to both domestic and foreign pharmaceutical firms, but the ban has been cheered by...

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    Rohingya crisis could have been handled better: Suu Kyi

    Agence France-Presse . Hanoi | Updated at 12:05am on September 14, 2018

    Myanmar’s military response to the Rohingya crisis which drove 700,000 of the Muslim minority into Bangladesh ‘could have been handled better’, the country’s de facto...

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    Myanmar gives UN teams access to Rakhine

    Agence France-Presse . Yangon | Updated at 06:54pm on September 12, 2018

    The UN began work Wednesday inside Myanmar's violence-torn northern Rakhine state, the first time its agencies have been granted permission to operate there since more...

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    Sri Lanka to ban animal sacrifices at Hindu temples

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 05:04pm on September 12, 2018

    Animal sacrifices at Hindu temples could be banned in Sri Lanka under new plans announced Wednesday, after growing protests over the rituals from the country's...

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    Myanmar army, government aim to silence independent journalism - UN

    Reuters . Geneva | Updated at 10:54am on September 12, 2018

    Military and government officials in Myanmar have waged a ‘political campaign’ to quash independent journalism, arresting and prosecuting many through the use of vague and...

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    50 dead as bus plunges into Indian valley

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 05:09pm on September 11, 2018

    Fifty people died when a bus carrying Hindu pilgrims plunged into a valley in southern India on Tuesday, one of the deadliest accidents on the...

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    Taliban kill 60 forces across Afghanistan

    Agence France-Presse . Mazar-i-Sharif | Updated at 12:38am on September 11, 2018

    Taliban fighters killed nearly 60 members of Afghanistan’s beleaguered security forces in a spate of attacks across the country’s north, officials said Monday, as diplomatic...

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    New UN rights chief decries abuses of minorities, migrants

    Agence France-Presse . Geneva | Updated at 12:05am on September 11, 2018

    The new UN rights chief decried Monday crackdowns on minorities in countries like Myanmar and China and urged Western countries to respect migrant rights, warning...