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4 dead, 20,000 affected by Niger floods: UN

At least four people have died and more than 20,000 have been affected by floods in Niger caused by weeks of heavy rain, the United Nations has said. The bad weather has destroyed 2,170 homes and flooded nearly 545 hectares of agricultural land, the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement yesterday. Around 3,100 ...

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Modi govt bogged down by bureaucracy, politics: US think tank

Observing that the Modi Government which came to power last year on a plank of change has been bogged down by bureaucracy and politics, a top US think-tank has said “caution” and not enthusiasm is evident in every arena. Washington-based Hudson Institute in a report ‘Modi One Year On’ said the BJP-led government was voted into power by a new ...

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44 killed, 520 injured in China port explosions

At least 44 people have been killed and 520 others injured, 66 of them critically, in twin blasts at a warehouse containing chemical and toxic materials in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin. The blasts ripped through the Ruihai warehouse, which stores dangerous goods, at 11.20 PM local time yesterday, following a fire report half an hour earlier. Fireballs ...

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MH370 families reject Malaysia’s conclusion on plane debris

An MH370 families organisation said today it would not accept the Malaysian government’s declaration that wreckage found on an island in the Indian Ocean came from the ill-fated flight until more “conclusive” analysis is completed. Voice 370, an international next-of-kin support group, also reiterated its suspicion over the Malaysian government’s handling of the jet’s disappearance last year, and called for ...

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Ban lauds Obama for engagement with China, India on climate

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has voiced appreciation for US President Barack Obama’s “personal engagement” with India, China and Brazil on climate change, saying he counts on his strong leadership to reach an agreement on the issue in Paris in December. “I really appreciate your personal engagement starting with China and Brazil and India, and many others. As I’m going to ...

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Memorials for MH17 victims as calls grow for justice

Relatives of those killed when flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine exactly a year ago joined emotional memorials as calls mounted for a UN-backed tribunal to prosecute those responsible for the tragedy. All 298 passengers and crew — the majority of them Dutch — died on July 17 last year when the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, on a flight ...

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Microsoft’s partners in India ‘very progressive’: Schuster

Describing India as a “great market”, a top Microsoft executive said the company’s partners in the country are “very progressive” in the way they service the world and the Indian customers adapt to technology a lot faster than those in some other nations. “We have a great market in India and (it is) super strong. We have really tremendous partners ...

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NASA spacecraft captures mysterious dark spots on Pluto

Washington, Jul 12 (PTI) NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has captured its last and best image of the four mysterious dark spots on Pluto’s far side, ahead of its historic flyby of the dwarf planet. The spots appear on the side of Pluto that always faces its largest moon, Charon – the face that will be invisible to New Horizons when ...

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Typhoon Chan-Hom weakens after striking Chinese coast

Beijing, Jul 12 (PTI) Typhoon Chan-Hom, which?wreaked havoc in parts of China’s coast, has?weakened as it moved northeast, prompting?the country’s meteorological authority to downgrade the alert from red to orange today. Chan-Hom, the ninth typhoon this year, hit northern area of the east China sea yesterday, packing winds of up to 35 metres per second, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) ...

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Taliban ambush kills 11 Afghan soldiers: officials

Herat, Jun 29 (AFP) At least 11 Afghan soldiers were killed in a Taliban ambush in western Afghanistan, officials said today, as security forces face their first fighting season without NATO combat support. “The Taliban ambushed a convoy of soldiers in Karukh district of Herat, killing 11 Afghan army soldiers last evening. The soldiers were riding in pickup trucks,” Ehsanullah ...

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