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    India lawmakers back controversial labour reforms

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 01:08am on September 25, 2020

    Indian lawmakers on Wednesday backed long-pending labour reforms despite resistance from opposition members and activists over the new rules, which include a measure to make...

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    Protesters rally at Thai parliament as lawmakers debate reform

    Agence France-Presse . Bangkok | Updated at 11:36pm on September 24, 2020

    Thousands of Thais protested outside parliament Thursday as lawmakers debated amendments to the kingdom’s military-scripted constitution, a key demand of a burgeoning pro-democracy movement alongside...

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    28 paramilitary cops killed in Afghanistan Taliban attack

    Agence France-Presse . Kabul | Updated at 12:31pm on September 24, 2020

    The Taliban have killed 28 paramilitary policemen in fighting in southern Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday, the latest losses in an ongoing siege of a government-controlled...

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    Freed Taliban have returned to battlefield

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 11:29pm on September 23, 2020

    A number of Taliban prisoners who were released by the Afghan government as a condition for peace talks have taken up arms again, top official...

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    So far 35 found dead following building collapse in India

    Agence France-Presse . Mumbai | Updated at 12:17pm on September 23, 2020

    The death toll from an apartment block collapse in western India jumped to 35 Wednesday, officials said, as hopes of finding anyone else alive dimmed...

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    14 Afghan security forces killed

    Agence France-Presse . Kandahar | Updated at 10:51pm on September 22, 2020

    At least 14 Afghan soldiers and police were killed during intense fighting with the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, officials said Monday, as unabated violence gripped...

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    India building collapse death toll raises to 20

    Agence France-Presse . Mumbai | Updated at 02:27pm on September 22, 2020

    The death toll from an apartment block collapse in western India climbed to 20 on Tuesday, with more bodies likely to be recovered, officials said,...

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    India tests new fighter jets near Chinese frontier

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 11:43am on September 22, 2020

    India’s new French Rafale jets have flown ‘familiarisation’ flights above the border region contested with China where a deadly clash between soldiers from the nuclear-armed...

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    8 Indian MPs suspended after chaotic parliament protests

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 12:15am on September 22, 2020

    Eight Indian lawmakers were suspended from parliament Monday for ‘unruly behaviour’ after opposition to contentious new farming legislation sparked some of the most chaotic scenes...

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    Thai protesters plaque removed after calls for royal reform

    Agence France-Presse . Bangkok | Updated at 11:02pm on September 21, 2020

    A plaque installed on the weekend by activists in Bangkok declaring Thailand ‘belongs to the people’ had been removed Monday, after a show of force...

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