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Taliban attack on Kandahar base kills 26 Afghan soldiers

Taliban attack on Kandahar base kills 26 Afghan soldiers

At least 26 Afghan soldiers have been killed and 13 wounded in a Taliban attack on a military base in Kandahar province, the defence ministry said on Wednesday, the latest blow to struggling security forces.

Owner arrested after Mumbai building collapse kills 17

Owner arrested after Mumbai building collapse kills 17

Indian police on Wednesday arrested the owner of several apartments in a four-storey building that collapsed in Mumbai killing 17 people, an official said, adding the cause of the disaster was likely unauthorised renovation.

Sri Lanka deploys troops amid oil workers strike

Sri Lanka deploys troops amid oil workers strike

Sri Lanka deployed troops and police to distribute fuel on Wednesday as striking petroleum workers protested over plans to sell off stakes in state-owned oil depots to India and China.

UK to ban sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040

UK to ban sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040

Britain will outlaw the sale of new diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040 in a bid to cut air pollution, the government was set to announce later Wednesday.

Rescuers on war footing as flooding hits Indian states

Rescuers on war footing as flooding hits Indian states

Floods and relentless rain in India's western state of Gujarat have killed at least 75 people and displaced over 25,000 over the past three weeks, officials said on Wednesday.

Malaysia to introduce new 'tourism tax' on hotel rooms

Malaysia to introduce new 'tourism tax' on hotel rooms

Foreigners staying in hotels in Malaysia will soon need to pay a new tax, the country's tourism and culture minister said on Wednesday.

Thais release 1,066 turtles to celebrate new king's birthday

Thais release 1,066 turtles to celebrate new king's birthday

Hundreds of people gathered at a beach in Thailand on Wednesday to release 1,066 turtles into the sea as part of celebrations to mark the birthday of new King Maha Vajiralongkorn this week.

Victims call for attack masterminds to hang

Victims call for attack masterminds to hang

Anger was growing in Pakistan yesterday as the grief-stricken relatives of 26 people killed by a suicide bomber in Lahore a day earlier buried their loved ones and demanded the government publicly hang the masterminds of the attack.

Parents, hospital clash on taking baby home to die

Parents, hospital clash on taking baby home to die

The parents of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard yesterday accused a London hospital of preventing their son from coming home to die, the latest harrowing confrontation in a legal battle that has raised emotions far and wide.

Duterte eyes abolition of human rights body

Duterte eyes abolition of human rights body

President Rodrigo Duterte is considering abolishing the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) that has been critical of his administration’s war on drugs.

Beijing backs joint energy ventures in disputed sea

Beijing backs joint energy ventures in disputed sea

China’s foreign minister yesterday said he supported the idea of joint energy ventures with the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea, warning that unilateral action could cause problems and damage both sides.

Beijing backs joint energy ventures in disputed sea

Beijing backs joint energy ventures in disputed sea

China’s foreign minister yesterday said he supported the idea of joint energy ventures with the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea, warning that unilateral action could cause problems and damage both sides.

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