India’s chief election commissioner Rajiv Kumar observes Nepal polls

A delegation from the Election Commission of India led by Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar on Sunday observed the general elections in Nepal and visited several polling stations.Nepal went to polls to elect a new parliament and provincial assemblies amid tight security, hoping to end the political instability that has plagued the Himalayan nation for …

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Afghan supreme leader orders full enforcement of Islamic law

Afghanistan’s supreme leader has ordered judges to fully enforce aspects of Islamic law that include public executions, stonings and floggings, and the amputation of limbs for thieves, the Taliban’s chief spokesman said. The Taliban promised a softer version of the harsh rule that characterised their first stint in power, from 1996-2001, but have gradually clamped …

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Biden, Xi clash over Taiwan, but military action seen as unlikely

US President Joe Biden said he told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Monday that the United States would enhance its security position in Asia if Beijing is unable to rein in North Korea’s weapons development programmes. Biden said he sought to assure Xi that US policy on Taiwan has not changed, seeking to lower …

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6 killed as 6.3-magnitude earthquake hits Nepal; strong tremors felt in Delhi, neighbouring areas

At least 6 people were killed as a house collapsed in Doti district of Nepal, which was hit by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake early on Wednesday. Strong tremors were felt in Delhi and neighbouring areas around 2am. The National Center for Seismology put the epicenter of the earth quake at 90 km south east of Pithoragarh …

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Blast in Kabul hits bus carrying Taliban administration employees, injures seven

A blast hit a bus carrying Taliban administration employees in the Afghan capital on Wednesday morning, police said, injuring seven people. “Due to a blast on a mini bus from the ministry of rural rehabilitation and development, seven have been injured,” said Khalid Zadran, Kabul’s police spokesperson, adding the explosion was caused by a roadside …

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28 dead in Bangladesh cyclone, millions without power

Bangladesh rescue workers found the bodies of four missing crew of a dredger boat, taking the death toll from Cyclone Sitrang to 28 as millions remained without power, officials said Wednesday. Cyclone Sitrang made landfall in southern Bangladesh on Monday but authorities managed to get about a million people to safety before the monster storm …

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Cyclone Sitrang kills 35 in Bangladesh: Officials

At least 35 people were killed and several homes destroyed as cyclone Sitrang ravaged Bangladesh’s southern coastlines and central parts after it made a landfall overnight, according to officials and media reports. Sitrang completed its landfall and weakened to a tropical depression over Bangladesh in the early hours of Tuesday, Prothom Alo, a Bengali daily …

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Sri Lanka passes constitutional amendment aimed at trimming presidential powers

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Friday passed a constitutional amendment aimed at trimming presidential powers, beefing up anti-corruption safeguards and helping to find a way out of the country’s worst financial crisis since independence. Sri Lanka has struggled for months to find enough dollars to pay for essential imports such as fuel, food, cooking gas and …

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