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Myanmar fire guts iconic Yangon hotel Kandawgyi Palace

YANGON: A massive fire has destroyed an iconic luxury hotel in Myanmar’s capital Yangon, and killed one person. Two others were injured in the blaze which began around 03:00 (20:30 GMT Wednesday) at the Kandawgyi Palace. The hotel, which was largely made out of teak and built in a traditional …

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Will ‘shred’ nuclear deal if US quits it: Khamenei


TEHRAN: Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said yesterday Tehran would stick to its 2015 nuclear accord with world powers as long as the other signatories respected it, but would “shred” the deal if Washington pulled out, state TV reported. Khamenei spoke five days after U.S. President Donald Trump adopted …

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Kenya election official flees to US


MOMBASSA: A senior member of Kenya’s electoral commission (IEBC) has resigned, saying the country is unable to hold credible elections next week. Roselyn Akombe said the IEBC was under political “siege”, unable to reach consensus or take any decisions. Now in the US, she told the BBC she had feared …

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Delhi acts against pollution menace on Diwali eve


NEW DELHI: India’s capital is enacting a plan to combat hazardous smog, as air pollution in Delhi hits “very severe” levels. The plan, which includes traffic restrictions and the shutdown of a major power plant, was announced after Delhi saw severe pollution last year. The measures, which were ordered by …

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‘Attempt to separate Taiwan from China will be thwarted’

BEIJING: Any attempt to separate Taiwan from China will be thwarted and the principle of peaceful reunification must be upheld, Chinese President Xi Jinping said yesterday at the start of a Communist Party Congress, international media reported . China regards self-ruled and democratic Taiwan as a wayward territory, to be …

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