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At least four killed as Cyclone Mandous hits Indian state

A cyclonic storm killed at least four people in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu on Saturday, the top state official said, as heavy rain and strong winds buffeted several districts damaging property and causing power outages. Cyclone Mandous, which made landfall late Friday night, damaged 185 houses and …

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Power cuts in -30C spark anger in Kazakhstan

The plight of a city in Kazakhstan left without heating for over a week in temperatures that dropped to minus 30 degrees Celsius (minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit) has sparked anger and highlighted the deplorable state of the country's Soviet-era infrastructure. This month the northeastern city of Ekibastuz, with a population …

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With eye on Washington, Saudi courts closer China ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping's trip to Saudi Arabia this week made clear just how quickly ties are intensifying during a period of geopolitical realignment, despite warnings from the White House. The agenda included talks with Saudi royals and summits with the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council and broader Arab League, yielding …

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India stands isolated at UN Security Council during its presidency

India stood isolated at the United Nations Security Council when it was the only country that did not vote in favour of a resolution establishing a “humanitarian carve out” to the asset freeze measures imposed by the UN sanctions regime. The Security Council adopted resolution 2664 dated December 9, 2022 …

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UN carves out sanctions exemptions for humanitarian aid

The United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution on Friday to allow humanitarian aid to continue unhindered into countries targeted by UN sanctions, particularly frozen assets. The text states that "payments of funds," "economic resources" or "the provision of goods and services necessary to ensure the timely delivery of humanitarian …

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Bangladesh opposition mounts huge protest, MPs quit

Nearly 100,000 supporters of Bangladesh's main opposition party descended on Dhaka on Saturday to protest against the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and demand new elections. "Sheikh Hasina is a vote thief," they chanted at the Golapbagh sports ground where the rally was held as the crowd spilled into …

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