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China aims for around 6.5% economic growth in 2017

China’s gross domestic product grew 6.7% in 2016, the slowest in 26 years.(AP File Photo) China is aiming to expand its economy by around 6.5% in 2017, Premier Li Keqiang said in remarks prepared for delivery at the opening of the annual meeting of parliament on Sunday. That compares with a 2016 economic growth target of […]

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Mass grave of children found at former Catholic orphanage in Ireland

People gather at the site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home in Tuam in County Galway.(AP) A mass grave containing the remains of babies and young children has been discovered at a former Catholic orphanage in Ireland, government-appointed investigators announced in a finding that offered the […]

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US: Sikh man shot at in Kent, masked attacker shouted ‘go back to your country’

A Sikh man was shot at in Seattle on Saturday.(Representative image/Shutterstock) A Sikh man was shot at in his driveway in Kent, Washington district by a masked assailant who shouted at him to “go back to your own country”, days after an Indian engineer, Srinivas Kuchibhotla was shot dead at a bar in Kansas by […]

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Gas blast kills 4 in Mexico City suburb famous for fireworks

A home is surrounded by rubble from an explosion in the Mexico City suburb Tultepec on March 4.(AP Photo) Four people were killed in an explosion at a home in a Mexico City suburb on Saturday where a massive blast in a fireworks market left dozens dead in December. The Mexico state government identifies the […]

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US: Deputies shoot, kill man after answering woman’s 911 emergency call

A man was shot dead after a confrontation with Greenville County sheriff’s deputies on March 4.(Twitter/ Greenville SC Police) Authorities in South Carolina say deputies answering a 911 call have shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at them. Sheriff Will Lewis told local media outlets that deputies responded to a domestic disturbance […]

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After eight years of no executions, Jordan hangs 15 convicts at dawn

Jordan hanged 15 death row prisoners at dawn on Saturday, its information minister said, in a further break with the moratorium on executions it had observed between 2006 and 2014. Ten of those put to death had been convicted of terrorism offences and five of “heinous” crimes including rape, Mahmud al-Momani told the official Petra […]

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88-yr-old woman stops rape by lying to be HIV-positive in US

A sketch of the man being sought in the attempted rape case of an 88-year-old woman in her Parkesburg, Chester County, apartment on Feb 17.(PARKESBURG BOROUGH POLICE DEPARTMENT ) An 88-year-old Pennsylvania woman stopped an attacker from raping her by lying to him that she was HIV-positive. “I have HIV and my husband died of […]

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Earthquake of 6.3 magnitude hits Papua New Guinea

An earthquake of 6.3 magnitude struck off Papua New Guinea on Saturday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. There was also no tsunami warning from the quake that struck about 120 km (75 miles) south of Bougainville island.

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China says it will increase its defence budget by 7% in 2017, will cross 1 trillion yuan mark

China will raise its defence budget by about 7% this year, a government spokesperson said on Saturday, continuing a trend of lowered growth amid a slowing economy. Total defence spending would account for about 1.3% of projected gross domestic project in 2017, said Fu Ying, spokesperson for the legislature. She was speaking at a news […]

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Kim Jong Nam murder: North Korean says Malaysia threatened to hurt his family

A North Korean chemist deported from Malaysia accused police of threatening to kill his family unless he confessed to the assassination of the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, calling it a plot to tarnish his country’s honour. Ri Jong Chol spoke to reporters in Beijing early on Saturday while on his way to Pyongyang. Malaysian […]

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