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    Myanmar ‘too slow’ in allowing Rohingya return: UN

    Agence France-Presse . New York | Updated at 11:20am on January 19, 2019

    UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres on Friday criticised as ‘too slow’ Myanmar’s efforts to allow the return of Rohingya Muslim refugees, describing the lack of progress...

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    Swine flu kills 40 in India

    Agence France-Presse . Jaipur | Updated at 12:30am on January 19, 2019

    At least 40 people have died and more than 1,000 have tested positive for swine flu since the beginning of this year in a western...

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    Myanmar army kills 13 in counterattacks in Rakhine

    Agence France-Presse . Naypyidaw | Updated at 12:26am on January 19, 2019

    Myanmar’s army said Friday it killed 13 ethnic Rakhine fighters in counterstrikes after the well-armed group carried out deadly attacks on police posts earlier this...

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    Sri Lanka seize explosives

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 12:00am on January 19, 2019

    Sri Lanka’s police seized a haul of high explosives stashed near a wildlife sanctuary following the arrest of four men from a newly formed radical...

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    Indian court orders security for women who entered temple

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 12:00am on January 19, 2019

    India’s Supreme Court on Friday ordered southern Kerala state to provide ‘round-the-clock’ security to two women who enraged conservatives by entering one of Hinduism’s holiest...

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    Pakistan’s CJ takes oath, pledges reform

    Agence France-Presse . Islamabad | Updated at 12:00am on January 19, 2019

    Pakistan’s new chief justice was sworn in Friday, pledging reform of a Supreme Court whose controversial decisions include ousting a prime minister and freeing a...

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    21 killed in car bomb attack on Bogota police academy

    Agence France-Presse . Bogota | Updated at 11:00am on January 18, 2019

    Colombia’s government declared three days of mourning Thursday after a car bomb at a Bogota police cadet training academy killed at least 21 people and...

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    6.0 magnitude quake hits Bay of Bengal

    United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Updated at 04:02pm on January 17, 2019

    A strong earthquake measuring 6.0 magnitude on the Richter scale hit the Bay of Bengal region on Thursday morning. The earthquake hit the region at...

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    The insurgents plunging Rakhine back into chaos

    Reuters . Yangon | Updated at 12:21am on January 16, 2019

    Myanmar’s government says it has ordered the military to ‘crush’ rebels in the western state of Rakhine, following raids by insurgents that killed 13 police...

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    Hindu ascetics lead millions of Indians in holy bath, but politics weigh

    Reuters . Prayagraj, India | Updated at 12:00am on January 16, 2019

    Millions of pilgrims began bathing on the first official day of India’s Kumbh Mela on Tuesday, the world’s largest religious festival where politics play an...