India decision to decline foreign aid for flood relief draws criticism

NEW DELHI: India will not accept relief assistance from foreign governments for the flood-ravaged state of Kerala, the government has said, following offers of aid from Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. The decision to decline foreign help drew criticism from the opposition which called for an end the suffering of the people of the southern state
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ROME: At least 11 people were killed in southern Italy on Monday when they were washed away over rocks by a raging white-water creek in a deep mountain gorge that swelled suddenly after heavy rain upstream, officials said. The civil protection department said 23 people were rescued and about a dozen others were hospitalised after surviving the flash
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KABUL: A suicide blast in a mainly Shi’ite area of Kabul killed at least 48 people on Wednesday, the latest in a wave of attacks that have killed hundreds of civilians, soldiers and policemen over recent days. The explosion, targeting an educational centre in the west of the Afghan capital, tore through a large tent set
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MUMBAI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he would be re-elected with an even bigger majority in parliament in 2019, dismissing opposition attempts to rouse opinion against his government for failing to deliver on promises of swift economic development and more jobs for young people. Modi told the Times of India in an interview published on
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TIRANA – Albanian police on Saturday caught a man who killed eight of his relatives, following a 12-hour hunt during which the fugitive challenged Prime Minister Edi Rama on Facebook to find him. Police said Ridvan Zykaj, 24, had confessed to shooting cousins and other family members with a Kalashnikov gun after they had accused him
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NEW DELHI: Torrential rains and landslides killed at least 24 people in southern India on Thursday, with the authorities opening the shutters of 24 water reservoirs in an unprecedented move to prevent potentially disastrous breaches, officials said. The June-September rains in Kerala state have cost 175 lives and damaged crops worth 3.42 billion rupees ($49.81 million) across 26,824
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JAKARTA: An elderly village witch doctor in Indonesia entrapped a 12-year-old girl and tricked her into having sex with him for the next 15 years by claiming to be possessed by the “jin”, or spirit, of a young boy, police said on Tuesday. The woman, an identified by police as “H”, was rescued on Sunday in
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JAKARTA, INDONESIA: The Latest on an earthquake that struck Indonesia’s Lombok island (all times local): Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency says the death toll from the earthquake on Lombok has risen to 91 and could rise further as rescuers still haven’t reached some of the worst affected areas in the north of the island. Spokesman Sutopo
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SAN FRANCISCO: A deadly Northern California wildfire burned so hot in dry and windy conditions that it birthed a record-breaking tornado of flame, officials said Friday. They also warned of worsening conditions throughout the region. Winds in the “fire whirl” created July 26 near Redding reached speeds of 143 mph (230 kph), a speed that rivaled
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Russia is allowing thousands of fresh North Korean labourers into the country and granting new work permits in potential violation of UN sanctions, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Over 10,000 new North Korean workers have registered in Russia since September, the paper said, citing records from the Russian Interior Ministry. Russia’s action potentially
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