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Water shortage, rise in prices of vegetables hit Chennai hotels

Water shortage, rise in prices of vegetables hit Chennai hotels

Facing severe water shortage and high vegetable prices, restaurants and hotels in Chennai are mulling ways to tackle the situation, including stopping lunch, an official of a hotel association said yesterday.

Magician drowns as stunt act goes wrong

Magician drowns as stunt act goes wrong

Police yesterday recovered the body of a magician who drowned while trying to replicate an underwater Houdini-inspired stunt – tying himself up with chains and ropes and being lowered into a river.

Doctors call off strike after safety assurances

Doctors call off strike after safety assurances

Doctors in West Bengal called off a strike late yesterday after authorities promised improved hospital security, ending a week-long dispute that had spread to other parts of the country and crippled medical services.

Duterte downplays boat sinking in South China Sea

Duterte downplays boat sinking in South China Sea

The sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel in the disputed South China Sea was “just a collision”, the Philippine’s President Rodrigo Duterte said yesterday as he moved to soothe anger over the crash.

30 dead after triple suicide bombing in Nigeria

30 dead after triple suicide bombing in Nigeria

Thirty people were killed late Sunday in a triple suicide bombing in northeast Nigeria, emergency services reported, in an attack bearing the hallmarks of the Boko Haram militant group.

Virginia GOP loses racial gerrymandering case

Virginia GOP loses racial gerrymandering case

The US Supreme Court yesterday handed Republican legislators in Virginia a defeat, leaving in place a ruling that invalidated state electoral districts they drew because they weakened the clout of black voters in violation of the US Constitution.

Guatemala’s Torres short of majority in first-round vote

Guatemala’s Torres short of majority in first-round vote

Guatemala’s former first lady Sandra Torres won the most votes in Sunday’s presidential elections and will face second-placed Alejandro Giammattei in a run-off.

HK activist Wong walks free, vows to join protests

HK activist Wong walks free, vows to join protests

Leading Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong walked free from prison yesterday and vowed to join historic anti-government protests rocking the finance hub, as activists kept up pressure on the city’s embattled pro-Beijing leader.

Govt to set up council on economic security

Govt to set up council on economic security

The federal government has decided to step up its efforts to improve the country’s deteriorating economy, taking the decision to constitute the “Economic Security Council” (ESC).

New Boeing jet blow at Paris as Airbus long-range A321 takes off

New Boeing jet blow at Paris as Airbus long-range A321 takes off

Boeing suffered a fresh setback at the opening of the Paris Airshow on Monday as the US planemaker's engine supplier revealed a delay affecting its all-new 777X jet, while Airbus targeted the middle of the market with a rival plane.

Two strong quakes hit southwest China, at least one person dead

Two strong quakes hit southwest China, at least one person dead

Two strong earthquakes shook the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan on Monday, killing at least one person in a part of the country frequently affected by strong tremors.

Catalan leaders deny violence, call for dialogue as trial nears end

Catalan leaders deny violence, call for dialogue as trial nears end

Jailed Catalan separatist leaders denied the prosecutors' charge of inciting violence in the Spanish region's failed bid for independence and used their final arguments in a four-month Supreme Court trial in Madrid to call for dialogue.

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