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  • Cops save women from India temple protesters

    Indian police yesterday rescued two women who tried to reach one of the holiest Hindu temples in southern Kerala state after they were surrounded by devotees determined to keep women out of the shrine. Police launched the operation a day after protesters forced 11 other women to call off a bid to reach Sabarimala temple.

  • Myanmar court hears arguments in appeal case

    A Myanmar court yesterday heard arguments in the appeal of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years in jail on charges of breaking the Official Secrets Act.

  • Nawaz Sharif gets 7yrs jail in graft case

    An accountability court hands ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif seven years in jail and a fine of $2.5 million in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference, and acquits him in the Flagship Investments reference.

  • LG announces new flagship smartphone with five cameras

    LG announces the release of its new flagship smartphone in January, the V40 ThinQ. The latest from LG follows many of the latest smartphone trends, adding a triple-camera layout on the back that combines a 12 megapixel telephoto zoom lens, a 16 MP super wide-angle lens and a standard 12 MP camera.

  • Indian farmers get $9b loan relief ahead of polls

    Three newly elected Indian state governments have waived up to $8.6 billion in farm loans in a bid by Rahul Gandhi's main opposition Congress party to boost support ahead of 2019 elections.

  • Tension flares in Rakhine state

    Myanmar forces are conducting new rounds of "clearance operations" in conflict-hit Rakhine state after four local Buddhists were attacked and two killed, the commander-in-chief's office said yesterday, with one of the incidents blamed on Rohingya Muslims.

  • Sirisena keeps control of Sri Lankan police

    Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday appointed a 30-member cabinet, retaining control over the police while they investigate an alleged plot to kill him that triggered a row with the premier and led to a lengthy political crisis.

  • 8 killed in Mumbai hospital fire

    A three-month-old baby was among eight people killed in a fire at a Mumbai hospital, officials said yesterday. The blaze broke out around 4:00pm on Monday on the fourth floor of a

  • Afghan team joins Taliban talks in UAE

    An Afghan peace negotiations team has arrived in Abu Dhabi, an official said yesterday, a day after talks attended by US and Taliban representatives were held in the city aimed at ending the 17-year conflict. International players and Kabul are trying to bring the Taliban to the table as military measures have been largely futile.

  • Hospital fire kills 6 in Mumbai, scores rescued

    At least six people die and more than 145 are rescued after a fire ripped through a government hospital in India's financial capital Mumbai, officials say.