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Modi cleared of complicity in deadly 2002 Gujarat riots

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not complicit in deadly religious riots that broke out in 2002 in one of the bloodiest episodes in independent India, according to a judge-led commission report released on Wednesday.
Source: AFP | 2019/12/11 22:18:42

Sikh follower finds serenity at Golden Temple

A Sikh devotee pays respect at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India on Wednesday. The Golden Temple, also known as Harmandir Sahib, meaning “abode of God,” is spiritually the most significant shrine and the most important pilgrimage site of Sikhism.
Source: AFP | 2019/12/11 18:28:41

First Russian-Lao joint drills start in Laos

The drills to last through Dec. 19 will involve over 500 troops from both sides.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/11 11:08:11

Duterte to lift martial law in southern Philippines: aide

President Rodrigo Duterte will lift martial law in the southern Philippines by year's end, his spokesman said Tuesday, more than two years after it was imposed in an attempt to stop the Islamic State group gaining a foothold there.
Source: AFP | 2019/12/10 20:03:40

China opposes politicization of sports

China said Tuesday it opposes the politicization of doping claims, a day after Russia was banned by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for four years from participating in major international sports events under the Russian national flag.
Source: Global Times | 2019/12/10 19:53:40

NSW 'smoky period' triggers fire alarms, halts ferries

Smoke from Australia's fierce bushfires settled over Sydney in still conditions on Tuesday, setting off fire alarms, and halting ferry services as famous landmarks disappeared behind some of the worst haze seen in the harbor city.
Source: Reuters | 2019/12/10 19:23:41

From karate to pepper spray, sexual assaults prompt Indian women to fight back

Instructors demonstrate self-defense techniques to women at a training ... India strengthened its laws on sexual violence after the 2012 gang rape and ... to everything from karate lessons to pepper spray to take back control.
Source: Reuters | 2019/12/10 17:53:40

3 Australians believed among dead in New Zealand volcano eruption: PM

With 11 Australians still unaccounted for in New Zealand's volcanic explosion, three of those are feared to be among the five who have already been identified as deceased, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/10 13:35:48

2 Chinese nationals among those injured in New Zealand volcanic eruption

Chinese nationals are among those injured in New Zealand's White Island volcanic eruption on Monday, according to a briefing of the Chinese Embassy to New Zealand. Five people have been confirmed dead so far and eight others are still missing, presumed dead, in the volcanic eruption with more casualties likely, according to the police.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/10 12:30:05

Southern elephant seal spotted for first time in Sri Lankan waters

A southern elephant seal was spotted for the first time in Sri Lankan waters and has attracted many locals as it swarmed off the coast of capital Colombo searching for a place to haul, local media reports said.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/10 11:09:05

Military defense at the ICJ

People participate in a rally in support of Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at Bago Township in Bago on Monday. State Counselor Suu Kyi left for the Hague to defend the nation at the International Court of Justice on Sunday.
Source: AFP | 2019/12/9 20:13:40

Sri Lanka shakes up intelligence agency after Easter atrocities

Sri Lanka has for the first time named a military officer to head the country's main intelligence agency, which was blamed for failing to prevent Islamist extremist bombings in April that killed 259 people.
Source: AFP | 2019/12/9 20:08:40

Australians' distrust of govt hits all-time low

Australians have less trust in government than at any point on record and are more worried about climate change, according to a wide-ranging study of voter attitudes released on Monday.
Source: AFP | 2019/12/9 19:43:40

Delhi firemen hailed as heroes for response to deadly factory fire

Two firemen who rescued 27 people were hailed as heroes Monday after Delhi's deadliest fire in decades killed 43, prompting outrage that safety regulations were yet again ignored.
Source: AFP | 2019/12/9 19:38:39

Volcanic explosion kills at least five and injures up to 20

At least five people were killed, up to 20 injured and several reported missing after a volcano that is a tourist attraction suddenly erupted off the coast of New Zealand's North Island on Monday.
Source: Reuters | 2019/12/9 19:33:05

S Korea to take necessary actions to maintain DPRK-US dialogue momentum

South Korea's unification ministry said on Monday that the country will take necessary actions to maintain dialogue momentum between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/9 15:19:25

At least 8 soldiers killed in suicide bomb blast in Southern Afghanistan

At least eight Afghan soldiers and an assailant were killed in a suicide car bomb blast in the country's southern province of Helmand on Monday, provincial sources said.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/9 15:09:44

Black ash from bushfires washes up Sydney beaches

Thick black ash from bushfires has turned Sydney's iconic blue water beaches into a charcoal sludge, sparking fears from experts that the harbor city's drinking water supply could also be at risk of contamination.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/9 15:07:29