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Pulwama attack: Four Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir gun battle

Image copyright AFP Image caption The encounter occurred in Pulwama, where more than 40 Indian soldiers were killed in a suicide attack on Thursday Four soldiers have been killed in Indian-administered Kashmir in a gun battle with militants, police say. The clash occurred in Pulwama district, where more than 40 …

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Saudi Arabia signs $20bn in deals with Pakistan

Image copyright Getty Images Saudi Arabia has signed investment deals worth $20bn (£15.5bn) with Pakistan, as the country looks to bolster its fragile economy. It comes as part of a high-profile Asian tour by the kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Pakistan urgently needs to address a balance of payments …

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Near-naked men scramble for sticks in Japan

Image copyright Getty Images Thousands of near-naked men seeking luck have scrambled to find two sacred sticks as part of an ancient Japanese festival. It’s thought about 10,000 men wearing white loincloths took part in the ceremony at the Kinryozan Saidaiji Buddhist temple in Okayama on Saturday. Participants were purified …

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Bangladesh slum fire: Nine dead in Chittagong blaze

Image copyright AFP Image caption Officials say a short circuit may have caused the blaze At least nine people have died after a fire swept through more than 200 slum dwellings in the coastal Bangladeshi city of Chittagong. Police and firefighters say more than 50 other people were injured. Four …

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Australian political parties hit by ‘state actor’ hack, PM says

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Australia’s parliament was the subject of an attempted hack two weeks ago Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the country’s major political parties have been hit by a hack on their computer networks. The activity was carried out by a “sophisticated state actor”, Mr …

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Pulwama attack: India mourns Kashmir dead

Image copyright EPA Thousands of mourners have been attending funerals across India for some of the security force personnel killed by a suicide bomber in Indian-administered Kashmir on Thursday. At least 40 paramilitary police died in the attack near Srinagar. The militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad said it carried out the attack. …

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UK minister’s visit to China not going ahead

Image copyright AFP A visit to China by Chancellor Phillip Hammond has been called off amid reports a speech by the UK’s defence secretary angered Beijing. There were plans for trade talks between Mr Hammond and senior Chinese government figures during the brief visit next week. But a Treasury spokesperson …

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India high speed train breaks down on first trip

Image copyright Reuters Image caption PM Narendra Modi flagged off the Vande Bharat Express on Friday India’s fastest train has broken down on its first trip, a day after it was inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi. The Indian-built semi high-speed Vande Bharat Express was returning to the capital Delhi from …

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Hong Kong seizes $1m worth of rhino horn at airport

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The haul accounts for 20% of Hong Kong’s rhino horn seizures in five years Airport authorities in Hong Kong have arrested two men smuggling a record number of suspected rhino horns worth $1m (£780,000) on Thursday. Some 24 severed rhino horns weighing 40kg (88lb) were …

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