South Asia

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    India seeks to counter China sway in Maldives with bridge project

    Agence France-Presse . Male, Maldives | Updated at 01:39am on August 14, 2020

    India on Thursday pledged $500 million to build bridges and causeways in the Maldives, as New Delhi seeks to counter growing Chinese influence in the...

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    Myanmar urged to ensure Rohingyas in polls

    United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Updated at 01:24am on August 14, 2020

    Fortify Rights urged the government of Myanmar to abolish the National Verification Card process and amend the 1982 Citizenship Law enabling Rohingyas to participate in...

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    Lanka president strengthens Rajapaksa dynasty

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 01:58am on August 13, 2020

    Sri Lanka’s president Gotabaya Rajapaksa named two more relatives to a new government unveiled Wednesday, further consolidating his family’s grip on power. His brother Mahinda...

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    Trump escorted out of briefing as man shot near White House

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 01:27am on August 12, 2020

    US Secret Service agents shot and wounded a man who was apparently armed outside the White House on Monday, president Donald Trump said, after being...

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    Bhutan in coronavirus lockdown for first time

    Agence France-Presse . Thimphu | Updated at 01:25am on August 12, 2020

    Bhutan has been largely shielded from coronavirus but on Tuesday, the remote Himalayan kingdom famous for measuring gross national happiness went into lockdown for the...

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    Gandhi’s iconic glasses go on sale in UK

    Agence France-Presse . London | Updated at 11:48pm on August 11, 2020

    A ‘rare and important’ pair of iconic glasses worn by Indian independence hero Mahatma Gandhi look set to sell for tens of thousands of pounds...

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    64 killed in three-day monsoon rain in Pakistan

    United News of Bangladesh / Xinhua .Islamabad | Updated at 10:19am on August 11, 2020

    At least 64 people were killed, and dozens of others were injured in heavy monsoon rain-triggered flash floods and different rain-related incidents, during the last...

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    Afghan peace talks expected in days as prisoner release approved

    Agence France-Presse . Kabul | Updated at 10:37pm on August 10, 2020

    Afghan peace talks are expected to begin within days after authorities announced Monday they would soon start releasing hundreds of Taliban prisoners accused of brutal...

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    US cabinet member lauds Taiwan’s democracy

    Agence France-Presse . Taipei | Updated at 10:30pm on August 10, 2020

    A US cabinet member heaped praise on Taiwan’s democracy and its success in battling the coronavirus as he met the island’s leader on Monday during...

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    Fifth member of BJP killed in Kashmir

    Agence France-Presse . Srinagar | Updated at 10:29pm on August 10, 2020

    A Kashmir politician who died of gunshot wounds on Monday has become the fifth member of India’s ruling nationalist party to be killed by militants...