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Modi faces big electoral challenge in Maharashtra

NASHIK, Apr 25 (Reuters): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party and a Hindu nationalist ally face a big electoral challenge in the critical western state of Maharashtra where rural distress, unemployment and drought may hurt Modi’s bid for a second term.Strategists already expect Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to...

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Syria negotiators in Kazakhstan for talks

NUR-SULTAN, Apr 25 (AFP): Delegations from Iran, Russia and Turkey were in Kazakhstan's capital Nur-Sultan on Thursday seeking an end to the conflict in Syria while shoring up their interests in any future political settlement.Kazakhstan's foreign ministry confirmed that teams from the three powers as well as negotiators from the...

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Pakistan polio vaccine teams on edge after fatal attacks

CHAMAN, Apr 25 (AFP): Polio workers across Pakistan were told to remain vigilant Thursday after multiple attacks on vaccination teams killed at least three people this week during an ongoing push to eradicate the disease from the restive country.The latest victim, a polio worker, was shot in southwestern Balochistan province...

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Sri Lanka spice tycoon taken into custody

COLOMBO, Apr 25 (The New York Times): He built his fortune on black pepper, white pepper, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla. His family lived in a beautiful white villa and travelled in a chauffeured BMW. He was feted by Sri Lanka’s former president for “outstanding service provided to the nation.”But on...

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Sudan risks counter coup without deal on transition

KHARTOUM, Apr 25 (Reuters): Sudan could face a counter coup if military rulers and the opposition do not reach agreement on a transition of power, leading opposition figure Sadiq al-Mahdi said on Thursday.Mahdi said he believed Sudan's military council would hand over power to civilians if the current stalemate were...

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Cyclone Kenneth batters Comoros and heads to Mozambique

MORONI, Apr 25 (Reuters): Violent winds of up to 140 kph (87 mph) lashed the East African island nation of Comoros overnight, killing three people, authorities said on Thursday, as Cyclone Kenneth swept toward flood-battered Mozambique.In Comoros, the winds caused widespread power outages in the northern part of the main...

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Mexico vows to eradicate torture of detainees

GENEVA, Apr 25 (Reuters): Mexico vowed on Thursday to eradicate the torture of detainees which UN experts and activists said is systematically committed by security forces and investigators who go unpunished.The UN Committee against Torture, composed of 10 independent experts, has begun a two-day review of Mexico's record in complying...

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News in Brief -(26-04-2019)

Vietnam leader Trong suffering from illnessHANOI, Apr 25: Vietnamese leader Nguyen Phu Trong, the architect of the Southeast Asian country's anti-corruption drive, has been suffering from an unspecified illness, four diplomatic sources have told the news agency. Trong was admitted to the 108 Military Central Hospital in Hanoi, the diplomatic...

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