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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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    Eleven die after eating ‘toxic’ rice at Indian temple

    Agence 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...

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    13 feared dead in flooded Indian ‘rat hole’ mine

    Agence France-Presse. New Delhi | Updated at 11:55am on December 14, 2018

    At least 13 miners were feared dead after being trapped by flooding in an illegal ‘rat hole’ coal mine site in remote northeastern India, police...

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    Court rules against Sri Lanka president, impeachment edges closer

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 08:02pm on December 13, 2018

    Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court opened the way for potential impeachment proceedings against the president on Thursday, ruling that he broke the law by dissolving parliament...

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    BJP aware it must tackle problems after state poll setbacks

    Reuters. New Delhi | Updated at 01:59pm on December 13, 2018

    Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party officials are gathering on Thursday for talks on a general election due by May, with their deliberations overshadowed...

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    Sri Lanka parliament passes confidence vote backing ousted PM

    Reuters . Colombo | Updated at 01:13am on December 13, 2018

    Sri Lanka’s parliament on Wednesday passed a vote of confidence in its ousted prime minister, as it sought his reinstatement by the president to defuse...

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    Indian voters boot out cow, happiness ministers in state elections

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 12:51am on December 13, 2018

    India’s only dedicated ‘cow minister’ has been dumped in state elections, ending a controversial tenure that saw hundreds of the sacred animals starve to death...

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