Wed, 06 Dec 2023

ISLAMABAD -- Death toll of Monday's suicide blast in a mosque in Pakistan's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has risen to 100 on Tuesday with over 200 others injured, hospital sources said.

In talks with Xinhua, Muhammad Asim, spokesperson of Lady Reading Hospital, where most of the injured people were shifted, said that 53 wounded victims are being treated at the hospital while the rest were discharged after treatment. (Pakistan-Blast-Death toll)

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PHNOM PENH -- Two local persons died in a fire at a nightclub in southwestern Cambodia's Preah Sihanouk province on Monday night, a provincial police chief said on Tuesday.

The blaze broke out at 8 p.m. local time at the Julie & Anna nightclub in Sihanoukville when a worker was welding a curtain rod and welding sparks falling on sound insulation foam on the walls ignited the fire, Preah Sihanouk provincial police chief Chuon Narin said in a report. (Cambodia-Nightclub-Fire)

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TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida came under continued fire Tuesday from the opposition camp over allegations his son used taxpayers' money for sightseeing trips oversees while on official duty.

Kishida's son, Shotaro, 32, who serves as his secretary, was alleged by the Shukan Shincho magazine to have visited tourist hot-spots in Paris, London and Ottawa at the taxpayers' expense and used a government-owned vehicle, while the prime minister was carrying out official duties overseas in January. (Japan-Son-Trip)

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MANILA -- Surviving Filipino women sexually enslaved by Japan's World War II military on Tuesday urged the Japanese government to acknowledge its war crimes, resolve the "comfort women" issue, and stop "warmongering."

During World War II, hundreds of thousands of women and girls from China, the Korean Peninsula, Southeast Asia and other countries and regions were forcibly conscripted by Japanese militarists as sex slaves and experienced horrific sexual violence, both mentally and physically. (Philippines-Japan-"Comfort Women")

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NEW DELHI -- India's finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman Tuesday tabled the Economic Survey 2023, which projected a 6.5-percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth in fiscal 2024 compared to 7 percent in the current fiscal year.

"The survey projects a baseline GDP growth of 6.5 percent in real terms in financial year 2024," the report by the ministry of finance said. (India-Growth)

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