BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi electoral official was killed in a roadside bombing on Thursday, police said, as two Sunni Muslim-dominated provinces went to the polls under tight security. Most Iraqis voted for provincial councils in April but the Shi'ite Muslim-led government postponed elections in Anbar and Nineveh, citing security concerns after months of protests by the country's Sunni minority. The decision to delay voting in those governorates was criticised by the United States, which said this would compound a sense of Sunni marginalisation that has fuelled a wave of violent unrest. ...
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By Kevin Lim and John O'Callaghan SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Haze from fires in Indonesia blanketing Singapore could persist for weeks or longer, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Thursday, as the smoke drove air quality to "hazardous" levels and disrupted business and travel in the region. Illegal burning of forests and other land on Indonesia's Sumatra island to clear space for palm oil plantations is a chronic problem during the June to September dry season. ...
- Palestinian children tortured, used as shields by Israel - UN Reuters
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - A United Nations human rights body accused Israeli forces on Thursday of mistreating Palestinian children, including by torturing those in custody and using others as human shields. Palestinian children in the Gaza and the West Bank, captured by Israel in the 1967 war, are routinely denied registration of their birth and access to health care, decent schools and clean water, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child said. ...
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- Monsoon rains nearly double average in past week - sources Reuters
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- India may have to wait to join sensitive nuclear export body Reuters
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- Pope blames speculation, corruption for "scandalous" food crisis Reuters
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- Technopark IT firm inks deal with Etisalat, Afghanistan IANS
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- Sensex slides more than 500 points IANS
Mumbai, June 20 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets closed Thursday's trade more than 500 points down on capital outflows following a record depreciation of the rupee and negative global cues after the US Federal Reserve signalled an end to its bond-buying programme.
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Dehradun, June 20 (IANS) Pilgrimage to the shrines of Kedarnath and Badrinath in Uttarakhand cannot resume for three years due to extensive damage caused by heavy rains and floods, an official said Thursday.
- Indian army officer meets Nepal army chief IANS
Kathmandu, June 20 (IANS) Chief of India's Assam Rifles Lt General Ranbir Singh met Nepal army chief General Gaurav Shumsher Rana here.
- Kim Collins to be honoured by a Texas university IANS
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- Haryana to replace defective power meters by October IANS
Gurgaon, June 20 (IANS) Haryana will soon launch a campaign to replace all defective electricity meters and computerise all electricity bill cash collection centres in the state, an official said here Thursday.
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- New Jersey to host Marathi film festival in October: Organiser IANS
Panaji, June 20 (IANS) New Jersey will see its first Marathi film festival in October this year, media professional Sanjay Shetye said here.
- Goan musician ties up with Trinadad and Tobago rapper IANS
Panaji, June 20 (IANS) A Goan musician has teamed up with a Trinidad and Tobago rapper to craft an album with an eye to putting it out on international music channel VH1.
- Jiah Khan's suicide very unfortunate, says Vidya Balan IANS
Kolkata, June 20 (IANS) Terming Bollywood actress Jiah Khan's suicide as "unfortunate" actor Vidya Balan Thursday said she could never understand why people resort to taking their own lives.
- Kendall, Kylie Jenner to launch summer fashion collection IANS
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Los Angeles, June 20 (IANS) Jackie Stallone, mother of Hollywood action star Sylvester Stallone, says plastic surgeries have left her looking "like a chipmunk" with a "mouthful of nuts".
- Chhattisgarh sends chopper to flood-ravaged Uttarakhand IANS
Raipur, June 20 (IANS) In a bid to bolster the rescue effort in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh's BJP government Thursday said it would send a 12-seater hired helicopter to Dehradun to rescue people stranded there by floods and landslips.
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- Brazil deploys elite force in Confederations Cup host cities IANS
Brasilia, June 20 (IANS) Brazil deployed members of an elite security force in cities hosting international football matches, in the wake of massive anti-government protests that threaten to disrupt the FIFA Confedrations Cup.
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