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India seeks to kickstart sagging economy

India seeks to kickstart sagging economy

India said Friday it would pump in nearly 10 billion dollars into government banks to ease a liquidity crunch in Asia's third-largest economy, as it goes through its worst slowdown in five years.

Hong Kong families form peaceful human chains ahead of airport protest

Hong Kong families form peaceful human chains ahead of airport protest

Thousands of chanting Hong Kong protesters joined hands to form human chains on Friday in a peaceful protest, with almost three months of anti-government demonstrations showing no sign of let-up across the Chinese-ruled territory.

South Africa to roll out sweeping health reform in stages

South Africa to roll out sweeping health reform in stages

A proposed move to universal health coverage in South Africa will be rolled out in stages as the budget improves, a senior presidential aide told Reuters, forecasting the landmark reform would cost $2.2 billion per year

France, Britain aim to show unity on Iran as G7 looms

France, Britain aim to show unity on Iran as G7 looms

France and Britain aimed on Friday to present a united front on how to deal with Iran, where they have been at odds with the United States

Brazil lacks resources to fight wildfires: president

Brazil lacks resources to fight wildfires: president

The Brazilian government lacks the resources to fight a record number of wildfires burning in the Amazon rainforest, President Jair Bolsonaro said yesterday, weeks after telling donors he did not need their money.

Chidambaram sent to four-day CBI custody

Chidambaram sent to four-day CBI custody

The Congress party accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party of a “shameless witch-hunt” as former finance minister P Chidambaram was yesterday remanded in custody on corruption allegations.

Italian parties given five days to build a coalition

Italian parties given five days to build a coalition

President Sergio Mattarella has given gave Italy’s bickering parties five days to clinch a deal to resolve a political crisis and avoid a snap election.

South Korea to scrap intel-sharing pact with Japan amid dispute over history

South Korea to scrap intel-sharing pact with Japan amid dispute over history

South Korea said yesterday it will scrap an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, drawing a swift protest from Tokyo and deepening a decades-old dispute over history that has hit trade and undercut security co-operation over North Korea.

Trump backs off bid to slash foreign aid

Trump backs off bid to slash foreign aid

The White House will not move forward with plans to cut billions of dollars in foreign aid, US officials said yesterday, after an outcry from Congress about what was seen as an attempt to sidestep lawmakers’ authority over government spending.

Jubbaland leader, at odds with Mogadishu, wins a new term

Jubbaland leader, at odds with Mogadishu, wins a new term

The president of Jubbaland, a Somali region critical to East Africa’s fight against the Islamist militants of Shebaab, yesterday won a new term, highlighting a growing rift between the federal government and its semi-autonomous states.

Rohingya refuse to leave camps in Bangladesh

Rohingya refuse to leave camps in Bangladesh

An attempt to begin repatriating thousands of Rohingya Muslims living in camps in Bangladesh stalled yesterday after nearly 300 refugee families refused to go back to Myanmar, almost a year after a similar effort failed amid protests.

Jakarta cuts Internet in Papua over unrest fears

Jakarta cuts Internet in Papua over unrest fears

Indonesia has cut off Internet access in unrest-hit Papua over fears that a stream of offensive and racist online posts would spark more violent protests in the region, but critics slammed the move as a threat to free speech.

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