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Seven dead in India firework factory blast

Seven dead in India firework factory blast

NEW DELHI: An explosion at an illegal firecracker factory in eastern India killed seven workers and injured nine others in the hours before Thursday's (Oct 19) Diwali festival, officials said.

Germany's far-right AfD has more immigrant MPs than Merkel's conservatives

Germany's far-right AfD has more immigrant MPs than Merkel's conservatives

BERLIN: The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) will have proportionally more lawmakers with an immigrant background in the new parliament than Chancellor Angela's conservatives, according to a survey.

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UN chief demands Myanmar end military operations, open humanitarian access

UN chief demands Myanmar end military operations, open humanitarian access

More than 500,000 Rohingya refugees have flooded into neighbouring Bangladesh. The exodus came after attacks by Rohingya militants on security posts prompted a Myanmar military crackdown last month.

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UK 'bitterly disappointed' over Bombardier tariffs

UK 'bitterly disappointed' over Bombardier tariffs

LONDON: The British government said on Wednesday (Sep 27) it was "bitterly disappointed" by a US decision to impose stiff tariffs on Canadian aerospace firm Bombardier, which employs thousands of people in Northern Ireland.

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Italian PM calls for standardised EU rules on granting asylum

Italian PM calls for standardised EU rules on granting asylum

LYON: Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Wednesday (Sep 27) called for asylum regulations to be standardised across Europe, saying immigration was one of the biggest challenges facing the continent and a major concern of EU citizens.

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EU plans to take 50,000 refugees from Africa, Mideast

EU plans to take 50,000 refugees from Africa, Mideast

BRUSSELS: The EU unveiled plans on Wednesday (Sep 27)to take at least 50,000 refugees directly from Africa, the Middle East and Turkey to discourage migrant boats from making the risky Mediterranean crossing.

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Thousands flee huge 'sabotage' explosion at Ukraine arms depot

Thousands flee huge 'sabotage' explosion at Ukraine arms depot

KALYNIVKA: One of Ukraine's largest arms depots caught fire and exploded in what prosecutors said on Wednesday (Sep 27) was a likely act of "sabotage" that forced the evacuation of more than 30,000 people.

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France's Macron unveils tricky first budget

France's Macron unveils tricky first budget

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron's business-friendly government unveiled its first annual budget on Wednesday (Sep 27), fending off criticism that its tax cuts favour the very wealthiest.

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Food aid, face masks dispatched to Bali as 57,000 flee volcano

Food aid, face masks dispatched to Bali as 57,000 flee volcano

KARANGASEM, Indonesia: Vehicles laden with food, masks and bedding have been dispatched to help more than 57,000 people who have fled a volcano on the tourist island of Bali, as rising magma and increased tremors fuel fears of an imminent eruption.

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UN Security Council moves to confront Myanmar crisis

UN Security Council moves to confront Myanmar crisis

The meeting will set the stage for a public session of the top UN body on Thursday, during which UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is set to brief on the crisis.

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Russia threatens to ban Facebook in 2018

Russia threatens to ban Facebook in 2018

MOSCOW: Russia's internet watchdog on Tuesday (Sep 26) warned Facebook it would be banned in 2018 unless it complies with a law on storing local users' data.

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Nearly 50,000 flee amid fears of Bali volcanic eruption

Nearly 50,000 flee amid fears of Bali volcanic eruption

KARANGASEM: Nearly 50,000 people have evacuated their homes amid fears of an imminent volcanic eruption on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, disaster officials said Monday (Sep 25). 

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Singaporean fined S$2,000 for receiving tax-free Rolex watch

Singaporean fined S$2,000 for receiving tax-free Rolex watch

Song Mingqiang, 37, also entered a departure transit area on a one-way air ticket he had no intention to use.

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Japan's Abe announces snap election amid worries over North Korea

Japan's Abe announces snap election amid worries over North Korea

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would dissolve parliament's lower house on Thursday for a snap election, seeking a mandate to stick to his tough stance towards a volatile North Korea and rebalance the social security system.

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11 killed in eastern China house fire

11 killed in eastern China house fire

SHANGHAI: Eleven people died when a blaze engulfed two houses early Monday (Sep 25) in an eastern China city prone to fatal fire disasters, the government said.

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Indian fireworks factory blast kills 9: Police

Indian fireworks factory blast kills 9: Police

NEW DELHI: A blaze at an illegal fireworks factory in eastern India killed nine workers who were stocking up ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali next month, police said Monday (Sep 25).

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