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94 die in Madagascar plague outbreak: WHO


GENEVA: The death toll from a plague outbreak in Madagascar has risen to 94, with the number of suspected cases jumping to more than 1,100, the World Health Organization said yesterday. Officials on the poor Indian Ocean island nation had earlier this week reported 74 fatalities and 805 cases. WHO’s …

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7 dead in India firework factory blast


HOURS BEFORE DIWALI CELEBRATIONS  NEW DELHI : An explosion at an illegal firecracker factory in eastern India killed seven workers and injured nine others in the hours before commencement of Diwali festival , officials said. Firework use hits a peak across India during the Hindu festival but New Delhi authorities …

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Warning for China as US hails India ‘partnership’


WASHINGTON: The United States vowed on Wednesday to work with India in preference to China over the next century to promote a “free and open” Asia-Pacific region led by prosperous democracies. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered his unexpectedly sharp message to Beijing on the same day President Xi Jinping …

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New Zealand forms govt under newcomer


WELLINGTON: New Zealand is set for a centre-left coalition government led by Labour head Jacinda Ardern. Ms Ardern has been opposition leader for the last three months. At 37, she is set to be the country’s youngest prime minister since 1856. Her Labour Party came second in September’s election, where …

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Spain moves to suspend Catalonia autonomy


MADRID: Spain is to start suspending Catalonian autonomy on Saturday, as its leader threatened to declare independence. The government said ministers would meet to activate Article 155 of the constitution, allowing it to take over running of the region. Catalonia’s leader said earlier the region’s parliament would vote on independence, …

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Australian senate rejects proposed visa, citizenship curbs


SYDNEY: Australia’s lawmakers have rejected legislation that would tighten citizenship and foreign worker visa rules, a blow to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull who had sought to stop a loss of his support base to far-right political parties. In April, Turnbull said Australia would abolish a temporary work visa popular with …

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US comments on unity deal ‘blatant interference’: Hamas


GAZA CITY: Hamas yesterday accused the United States of “blatant interference” in Palestinian affairs, after US President Donald Trump’s envoy demanded they disarm and recognise Israel in any unity government. “This is blatant interference in Palestinian affairs because it is the right of our people to choose its government according …

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15,000 under-5 die from preventable illnesses daily: UN


NEW DELHI: Despite a dramatic fall in the infant mortality rate, 15,000 children aged under five still die each day around the world from preventable diseases, a UN report said yesterday. The report warned that because some African and South Asian countries are lagging behind in giving better treatment, more …

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Palestinian schoolgirl wins $150,000 Arab reading prize


DUBAI: A Palestinian high school student on Wednesday won $150,000 (125,000 euros) in an Arabic-language reading competition organised by the Dubai government. Seventeen-year-old Afaf Raed Sharif, from Ramallah, beat 16 finalists from across the Arab world to land the top prize in the second annual Arab Reading Challenge. Participants had …

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