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Saudi Arabia strikes $10bn deal with China

Saudi Arabia strikes $10bn deal with China

BEIJING: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman cemented a $10 billion deal for a refining and petrochemical complex in China on Friday, after meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping. The Saudi delegation, including top executives from state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco, arrived on Thursday on an Asia tour that has already seen the kingdom pledge investment of $20bn in Pakistan and seek to ...

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Troops fight off Boko Haram in NE Nigeria before polls

Troops fight off Boko Haram in NE Nigeria before polls

One soldier was killed and 20 others were injured in a Boko Haram rocket attack in northeast Nigeria, security sources said on Saturday, just hours before elections began. A civilian militia source in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, told AFP “at least 13” blasts were heard throughout the city at about 6:00am (0500 GMT). Residents also confirmed hearing the explosions ...

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What’s in a name: Bakery in India’s Bengaluru covers ‘Karachi’ on signboard following protests

What's in a name: Bakery in India's Bengaluru covers 'Karachi' on signboard following protests

An outlet of the Karachi Bakery in India’s Bengaluru covered up the word ‘Karachi’ on its signboard on Friday after a mob protested against the name, Indian media reported. According to Scroll.in, some people gathered at the Indiranagar outlet of the popular Karachi Bakery on Friday evening to demand that it pull down its signboard. The Bengaluru Police Control Room confirmed ...

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How drugs are used to woo voters in India’s Punjab

How drugs are used to woo voters in India's Punjab

Opium addict Rajendar usually has to beg, steal or borrow to get his fix but at election season in India’s Punjab province, a packet is delivered to his home in a bid to win his vote. “Like all addicts, I love elections and wish we had them every month,” the 38-year-old says with a twinkle in his eye. “It’s the ...

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93 dead in India after drinking tainted liquor

93 dead in India after drinking tainted liquor

93 have died and another 200 have been hospitalised after drinking tainted liquor in two separate incidents in India’s remote northeast, authorities said on Saturday. The victims of one of the most deadly bootleg liquor-related incidents ever in India were mostly tea plantation workers in Golaghat and Jorhat districts in Assam state, government official Julie Sonowal told The Associated Press. The ...

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JKLF Chairman Yasin Malik arrested in crackdown on Kashmiri leaders

JKLF Chairman Yasin Malik arrested in crackdown on Kashmiri leaders

Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Yasin Malik has been arrested in a crackdown on leaders in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK), Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said on Saturday. “Strongly condemn the nocturnal crackdown on Jamat e Islami [JI] leadership and cadres, and the arrest of Yasin Malik,” wrote Farooq on Twitter, adding that such “illegal and coercive measures” against ...

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