South Asia

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    Lanka gets US military funding as China vies for influence

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 12:45am on August 14, 2018

    The United States announced Monday it would grant Sri Lanka $39 million to boost maritime security as China develops its strategic hold on the Indian...

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    Ex-Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee dies

    New Age Desk | Updated at 12:05am on August 14, 2018

    Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee died on Monday morning at the age of 89, reports The Times of India. The veteran parliamentarian suffered a...

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    Modi calls for easing of political crackdown in Maldives

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 12:15am on August 13, 2018

    Indian leader Narendra Modi on Sunday called for greater democracy and the restoration of an independent judiciary in the Maldives ahead of a presidential election...

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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....