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    Top Sri Lanka defence official faces charges over Easter attacks

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 12:55am on June 25, 2019

    Sri Lanka’s most senior defence official on Monday became the latest government figure to face possible criminal charges over ‘major lapses’ linked to the Easter...

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    India’s top court orders investigation into ‘brain fever’ child deaths

    Reuters . New Delhi | Updated at 06:58pm on June 24, 2019

    India’s top court on Monday ordered an investigation into an outbreak of ‘brain fever’ that has killed at least 122 children, after hearing a petition...

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    Sri Lanka president seeks to roll back his political reforms

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 12:42am on June 24, 2019

    Sri Lanka’s president Sunday called for sweeping reforms to the country’s constitution that he introduced in 2015 to be rolled back, saying they are responsible...

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    India stampede leaves 14 dead

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 12:00am on June 24, 2019

    At least 14 people were killed and dozens injured in a stampede at a religious gathering in northern India Sunday, after strong winds caused a...

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    India rejects US report on attacks on minority Muslims

    Reuters . New Delhi | Updated at 08:24pm on June 23, 2019

    India on Sunday rejected a US State Department’s annual report on religious freedom that raised questions about the government’s inability to curb violent attacks on...

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    Myanmar shuts down internet in Rakhine

    Reuters . Yangon | Updated at 02:08am on June 23, 2019

    Myanmar authorities ordered telecoms companies to shut down internet services in conflict-torn western Myanmar, a leading operator said on Saturday, amid heightening tensions in the...

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    Sri Lanka extends emergency

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 12:45am on June 23, 2019

    A state of emergency was extended by Sri Lanka’s president Saturday, going back on pledges to relax the tough laws introduced after the Easter Sunday...

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    Sri Lanka prosecutor orders probe of 9 officers

    Reuters . Colombo | Updated at 12:18am on June 22, 2019

    Sri Lanka’s main prosecutor directed the acting police chief to carry out an investigation into nine officers who are suspected of failing to help prevent...

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    Indian warships sent to Gulf waters

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 12:00am on June 22, 2019

    India has sent warships and stepped up aerial surveillance in strategic Gulf waters, the Press Trust of India reported on Thursday, with global tensions rising...

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    Modi observes Int’l Yoga Day

    Agence France-Presse . Ranchi, India | Updated at 12:00am on June 22, 2019

    Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and some well-poised pooches led the way Friday for International Yoga Day, this year with the theme of stopping climate...