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Chinese President Xi calls for tightening controls over religious affairs to boost national security

China is accused of following repressive religious policies amounting to genocide against Uyghur Muslims in the restive Xinjiang province.

published : 06 Dec 2021

Gunmen kill town mayor, wound another in south Philippines

A bodyguard of the two mayors was wounded and a driver who came to pick them up was killed, police said.

published : 06 Dec 2021

India, Russia conclude AK-203 deal, renew 10-year pact for military cooperation

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh called the talks with Shoigu "productive, fruitful and substantial," adding that "India values its special and privileged strategic partnership with Russia."

published : 06 Dec 2021

2+2 ministerial dialogue will turn into efficient platform: Russian FM Sergey Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister further said that he is confident that the 2+2 mechanism is going to turn into an efficient dialogue platform to talk about a wide range of topics.

published : 06 Dec 2021

Russian President Vladimir Putin heads to India with eye on military, energy ties

India was close to the Soviet Union during the Cold War, a relationship that has endured, with New Delhi calling it a "special and privileged strategic partnership"

published : 06 Dec 2021

Four Iraqi Kurdish fighters killed in attack blamed on IS

Five other peshmerga fighters were wounded in the violence late Sunday in northern Iraq that targeted an outpost north of Kirkuk, the source said.

published : 06 Dec 2021

COVID: Unvaccinated Italians face new restrictions as holidays near

The number of new COVID-19 infections in Italy has been on a gradual rise for the past six weeks, even before concerns arose about the new omicron variant.

published : 06 Dec 2021

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi: The Legal Challenges

Suu Kyi’s supporters and legal experts generally believe the cases against her have been contrived to discredit her and justify the military’s seizure of power in February.

published : 06 Dec 2021

Solomons PM survives confidence vote, blames crisis on 'Taiwan's agents'

The pro-Beijing leader comfortably saw off an opposition attempt to oust him, winning 32 votes to 15 after a fractious and hot-tempered day-long debate.

published : 06 Dec 2021

Indonesia volcano erupts again, hampering rescue operations

The biggest mountain on the island of Java thundered to life Saturday, ejecting a mushroom of volcanic ash high into the sky and raining hot mud as thousands of panicked people fled their homes.

published : 06 Dec 2021

Solomon Islands leader faces no-confidence vote after riots

Many businesses remained closed in the capital, Honiara, ahead of the vote over concerns that violence could erupt again, leading to an eerie calm.

published : 06 Dec 2021

Myanmar court sentences ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to 4 years

The sentence is the first in a series of cases Suu Kyi is being prosecuted on charges of incitement and violating coronavirus restrictions.

published : 06 Dec 2021

Omicron spreads, UK makes negative RT-PCR mandatory for incoming travellers

Experts cautioned that travel restrictions and bans will not halt the new variant's spread.

published : 06 Dec 2021

Angela Merkel and symmetry: How her rhombus hand gesture became a brand

The "Merkel-Raute", as it is known in German, became Merkel's signature largely by accident — born from a camera-shy Merkel being unsure how to pose during a photoshoot for Stern magazine in 2002.

published : 06 Dec 2021

Two infants hospitalised in Brazil after getting Pfizer shots by mistake: Reports

The Pfizer/BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine has been cleared for children as young as 5 in multiple countries but Brazil's health regulator, Anvisa, approved it only for children over 12.

published : 06 Dec 2021
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