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Heavy rains, landslides kill five in Sri Lanka

Heavy rains, landslides kill five in Sri Lanka

Heavy monsoon rains in Sri Lanka have killed five people, prompting authorities to warn against landslides and floods in low-lying areas after spill gates had to be opened across the Indian Ocean island.

Nipah virus kills at least three in India, sparks panic in district

Nipah virus kills at least three in India, sparks panic in district

A virus mainly carried by fruit bats which has spread across Asian nations has killed at least three people in southern India and caused panic in one district, officials said Monday.

Five working to clear way for gas pipeline killed in Afghanistan

Five working to clear way for gas pipeline killed in Afghanistan

Unidentified gunmen killed five mine-clearance workers in Afghanistan on Monday who were preparing for construction of an international gas pipeline, while one worker was kidnapped, officials said.

Britain to intensify defence against space 'threats'

Britain to intensify defence against space 'threats'

Britain will boost the number of defence personnel working in the space sector by a fifth over five years to counter ‘intensifying threats’, Defence Minister Gavin Williamson said on Monday.

Six pygmy elephants found dead on Malaysian Borneo

Six pygmy elephants found dead on Malaysian Borneo

Six Borneo pygmy elephants have been found dead in Malaysian palm oil plantations in recent weeks, officials said Monday, the latest of the endangered creatures to perish as their rainforest habitat is devastated.

Malaysia sets up task force to probe 1MDB scandal

Malaysia sets up task force to probe 1MDB scandal

Malaysia on Monday set up a task force to probe allegations that billions of dollars were looted from sovereign wealth fund 1MDB in an audacious fraud overseen by ousted ex-leader Najib Razak.

India oil minister says considering steps to keep fuel prices in check

India oil minister says considering steps to keep fuel prices in check

India is looking at ways to keep rising fuel prices in check, its oil minister said on Monday, with retail rates for diesel and petrol touching record highs in capital city New Delhi and financial hub Mumbai.

US will not recognize Venezuela election results

US will not recognize Venezuela election results

The United States will not recognize the result of Venezuela's presidential election which took place on Sunday, US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said.

Philippines expresses ‘serious concern’ over Chinese bombers in disputed South China Sea

Philippines expresses ‘serious concern’ over Chinese bombers in disputed South China Sea

The Philippines expressed ‘serious concerns’ over the presence of China's strategic bombers in the disputed South China Sea and its foreign ministry has taken ‘appropriate diplomatic action’ ...

China satellite heralds first mission to dark side of Moon

China satellite heralds first mission to dark side of Moon

China launched on Monday a relay satellite that will allow a rover to communicate with the Earth from the far side of the Moon during an unprecedented mission later this year.

13 drug dealers dead in Bangladesh crackdown

13 drug dealers dead in Bangladesh crackdown

Bangladesh police have shot dead 13 drug traffickers and arrested thousands in an aggressive campaign against the surging trade in methamphetamines and other narcotics, officers said yesterday.

Mountaineer back from Everest

Mountaineer back from Everest

Kami Rita Sherpa, 48, a Nepali mountaineer, waves upon his arrival after climbing Mount Everest for a 22nd time, creating a new record for the most summits of the world’s highest mountain, in Kathmandu, yesterday.

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