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FIFA bans Bahrain's Sayed Baqer for 10 games for racism during World Cup qualifier against Hong Kong
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FIFA bans Bahrain's Sayed Baqer for 10 games for racism during World Cup qualifier against Hong Kong

Sayed Baqer formed a slanted-eye gesture toward fans at the 14 November game in Hong Kong. The incident was captured on camera from the stands as the players left the field and the footage was posted on Twitter.

Thirteen years in the dating: Archaeologists narrow age gap for homo erectus fossil
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Thirteen years in the dating: Archaeologists narrow age gap for homo erectus fossil

The scientists have concluded that the remains are between 108,000 and 117,000 years old.

Sri Lanka elections: Lauded for crushing civil war, condemned for 'war crimes', Rajapaksa clan eyes another shot at power as Gotabaya among top contenders in presidential polls
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Sri Lanka elections: Lauded for crushing civil war, condemned for 'war crimes', Rajapaksa clan eyes another shot at power as Gotabaya among top contenders in presidential polls

Sri Lankans voted Saturday for a new president in what could mark a comeback for the Rajapaksa clan, lauded by supporters for crushing the Tamil Tigers but condemned by critics for war crimes, corruption and cosying up to China

Sri Lanka elections: Gunmen open fire on convoy of buses carrying minority Muslim voters; no casualties reported
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Sri Lanka elections: Gunmen open fire on convoy of buses carrying minority Muslim voters; no casualties reported

Gunmen opened fire on a convoy of buses carrying minority Muslim voters in northwest Sri Lanka on Saturday, hours before polling in presidential elections got underway, police said

Sri Lanka presidential election: 16 million to vote today; 35 candidates including retired lieutenant-colonel Gotabaya Rajapaksa in fray
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Sri Lanka presidential election: 16 million to vote today; 35 candidates including retired lieutenant-colonel Gotabaya Rajapaksa in fray

Campaigning largely focused on national security and religious extremism in the backdrop of Islamic State-inspired suicide bomb attacks on Easter Sunday

India can be educational hub for Asia, Africa: Former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan
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India can be educational hub for Asia, Africa: Former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan

The country can become an educational hub for Asia and Africa if it builds world-class universities, former Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram G Rajan has said

Sonia Gandhi slams Modi govt over RCEP, says trade pact will deal 'body blow' to Indian economy, cause hardship for farmers
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Sonia Gandhi slams Modi govt over RCEP, says trade pact will deal 'body blow' to Indian economy, cause hardship for farmers

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday launched a blistering attack on the government on the state of the economy, saying signing the RCEP agreement will result in "untold hardship" for farmers, shopkeepers and small enterprises

Pakistan blacklists, expels Asia coordinator of Committee to Protect Journalists; group's executive director calls move 'baffling'
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Pakistan blacklists, expels Asia coordinator of Committee to Protect Journalists; group's executive director calls move 'baffling'

Pakistan blacklisted and expelled the Asia coordinator of global press freedom group the Committee to Protect Journalists, the group's executive director said Friday.

Indian stocks are the least attractive in terms of dividend returns in Asia: Report
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Indian stocks are the least attractive in terms of dividend returns in Asia: Report

Indian stocks are the least attractive in terms of dividend returns in Asia, Refinitiv data shows, which could prompt some investors to shy away from the country’s equity markets

Nepal eyes railway deal with China during Xi Jinping visit; deal expanding railway link between Kathmandu and Tibet likely
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Nepal eyes railway deal with China during Xi Jinping visit; deal expanding railway link between Kathmandu and Tibet likely

Both sides are expected to sign a deal expanding a railway link between the Himalayan nation and Tibet, officials said

NorthEast United FC goalkeeping coach Sandip Nandy says Gurpreet Singh Sandhu among top three in Asia, should pursue career in Japan's J-League
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NorthEast United FC goalkeeping coach Sandip Nandy says Gurpreet Singh Sandhu among top three in Asia, should pursue career in Japan's J-League

Nandy said that Gurpreet Singh Sandhu's performance in India's world cup qualifier match against Qatar was unthinkable where he made at least 10 saves to secure a goalless away draw

As droughts blight Asia, organisations are creating toolkits for victims of the crises
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As droughts blight Asia, organisations are creating toolkits for victims of the crises

As severe multi-year droughts blight Asia, organisations are coming together to create toolkits and response mechanisms to deal with the crisis.

Donald Trump says he favours 'whole deal' with China, claims an 'easy agreement' not possible amid preparation of trade talks
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Donald Trump says he favours 'whole deal' with China, claims an 'easy agreement' not possible amid preparation of trade talks

President Donald Trump said he preferred a comprehensive trade deal with China but did not rule out the possibility of an interim pact

Donald Trump calls China's decision to grant concessions on some US goods as 'big move' ahead of trade talks
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Donald Trump calls China's decision to grant concessions on some US goods as 'big move' ahead of trade talks

US President Donald Trump welcomed China’s decision to exempt some US anti-cancer drugs and other goods from its tariffs

'China eating the tariffs’: US president Donald Trump mocks protracted trade war with Beijing ahead of talks in Washington
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'China eating the tariffs’: US president Donald Trump mocks protracted trade war with Beijing ahead of talks in Washington

US President Donald Trump on Friday said the costs of his protracted trade war were falling squarely on China

Carrie Lam withdraws extradition bill in pre-recorded televised message; Hong Kong chief exec yet to address media
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Carrie Lam withdraws extradition bill in pre-recorded televised message; Hong Kong chief exec yet to address media

Lam, in a pre-recorded televised message, on Wednesday formally withdrew the bill, acceding to one of pro-democracy protesters’ five demands

Greece moves 635 asylum seekers from overcrowded island of Lesbos to mainland via passenger ship
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Greece moves 635 asylum seekers from overcrowded island of Lesbos to mainland via passenger ship

Some 635 people, mostly families, boarded a passenger ship on Monday for facilities in northern Greece

Senior NDTV journalist Ravish Kumar bags 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award; anchor among five recipients this year
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Senior NDTV journalist Ravish Kumar bags 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award; anchor among five recipients this year

Indian journalist Ravish Kumar on Friday was awarded this year's Ramon Magsaysay Award, regarded as the Asian version of the Nobel Prize.

Days after MEA rejected Donald Trump's Kashmir mediation claim, US president says ready to help India, Pakistan resolve issues
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Days after MEA rejected Donald Trump's Kashmir mediation claim, US president says ready to help India, Pakistan resolve issues

US President Donald Trump on Thursday said it was up to India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir dispute but he was ready to assist if the two South Asian neighbours wanted him to help in resolving the decades-old issue

Donald Trump's Kashmir 'mediation' remark: Three reasons why the US president may have lied to the world
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Donald Trump's Kashmir 'mediation' remark: Three reasons why the US president may have lied to the world

It appears that US president Donald Trump lied about Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking for his help to “mediate” on Kashmir.