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Day: August 11, 2019

Sonia Gandhi returns to lead beleaguered Congress after son Rahul quits

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI – Opposition Congress party selected past president Sonia Gandhi as its interim leader on Saturday, while it searches for a successor to her son Rahul Gandhi, who quit following a crushing election defeat by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Congress Working Committee (CWC) unanimously decided to […]

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Death toll from Indian floods reaches 147, hundreds of thousands evacuated

NEW DELHI/BENGALURU – The death toll from floods in Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra rose to 147, state authorities said on Sunday, as rescue teams raced to evacuate people and waters submerged parts of a world heritage site. Heavy rain and landslides forced hundreds of thousands of people to […]

China demands Britain stop ‘meddling’ in Hong Kong

China warned Britain to stop “meddling” in Hong Kong, after a top British official called the international financial hub’s leader to voice concern about protests that have rocked the city for two months. The pro-democracy protests, which are partly fuelled by widespread anger at an erosion of liberties […]

India eases restrictions in Kashmir for Islamic festival

NEW DELHI — Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir said they eased restrictions in the region’s main city for a third straight day on Sunday ahead of a major Islamic festival, following India’s move to strip the region of its constitutional autonomy and impose an indefinite curfew. More than 250 […]

When light is lethal: Moroccans struggle with skin disorder

CASABLANCA, Morocco — Determined for her 7-year-old son to attend school despite a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight, Nadia El Rami stuck a deal with the school’s director: Mustapha would be allowed in the classroom, but only if he studies inside a cardboard box. Mustapha Redouane happily accepted the […]

Epstein dies in the dark, but abuse investigation carries on

NEW YORK — Jeffrey Epstein died of an apparent suicide in his jail cell, now prompting an additional federal investigation into his death along with one already examining allegations of sexual abuse and conspiracy against him. Epstein, a wealthy financier accused of orchestrating a sex-trafficking ring and sexually […]

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