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Woman rescued from rubble two days after deadly Lombok quake

A woman was pulled alive from a collapsed building on Indonesia’s tourist island of Lombok on Tuesday, two days after a powerful earthquake that killed dozens, destroyed villages and left thousands of people homeless.

Rescue workers were also digging under the rubble of a mosque in the north of the island shattered by Sunday’s 6.9 magnitude earthquake, hopeful that at least one of four people trapped inside was still alive.

Tourists flee Indonesia’s Lombok island after earthquake kills 98

Scenes of destruction greeted rescue workers across Indonesia’s resort island of Lombok on Monday, after an earthquake of magnitude 6.9 killed at least 98 people and prompted an exodus of tourists rattled by the second powerful quake in a week. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said it expected the death toll to rise once the rubble of more than 13,000 flattened and damaged houses was cleared away.

Maduro escapes ‘assassination’ attempt claimed by rebel group

At least one explosion rocked a military event where Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was giving a speech on Saturday and the government said it was a failed assassination attempt involving drones carrying explosives.

Maduro said “everything points” to a right-wing plot that initial investigation suggested was linked to Colombia and the US state of Florida, where many Venezuelan exiles live. Several perpetrators were caught, he said

Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said drones loaded with explosives detonated close to the military event in downtown Caracas.

China threatens new tariffs on $60 bn worth of US goods

Beijing warned today it was prepared to impose new tariffs on 60 billion worth of US goods if Washington ups the ante in the escalating US-China trade war.

The commerce ministry issued a statement saying the new duties would be applied if Washington pulled the trigger on President Donald Trump's threat to raise tariffs on 200 billion worth of Chinese goods.

The statement said China reserves the right to apply "other countermeasures".

Southeast Asia flags progress with China over disputed waterway talks

Southeast Asian nations are set to announce agreement with China on a working text for negotiations over a code of conduct to ease tension in the disputed South China sea at a meeting that began on Thursday.

A draft communique seen by Reuters shows the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) also aims to soon reach a cybersecurity deal with Russia, which the United States has accused of election meddling, following hacks in the region.

US designates three Pakistanis as global terrorists

The US has designated three Pakistanis linked to the LeT, the outfit responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attack, as global terrorists to shut down the militant group’s financial network and curtail its ability to raise funds to carry out violent terrorist attacks.

Gunmen take dozens hostage in eastern Afghan city

Suspected Islamist militants stormed a government building in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Tuesday, taking dozens of people hostage after a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance gate, officials and witnesses said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, though a spate of deadly attacks on the city in recent weeks have been seen as a show of force by the Islamic State militant group.

Dozens of Druze women, children kidnapped by IS in Syria’s Sweida

The Islamic State group kidnapped dozens of Druze women and children when it attacked their village last week in Syria’s Sweida, residents of the southern province and a monitor said on Monday.

Sweida, which is mainly government-held and populated with Syria’s Druze minority, had been largely insulated from the conflict raging in the rest of the country since 2011. But on Wednesday, a string of suicide blasts and shootings claimed by IS left more than 250 people dead in the provincial capital and nearby villages, most of them civilians.

Indian economy looks like it’s got momentum

The world’s fastest growing major economy is showing signs of a recovery in animal spirits, suggesting India’s mid-term outlook can weather global trade tensions and emerging market strains.

A cross section of forward-looking indicators compiled by Bloomberg News show largely positive signs. Sentiment in the manufacturing and services sectors – both of which make up nearly 80 per cent of the $2.6 trillion economy – rebounded in June, with new orders picking up pace.

Imran Khan to be sworn in as Pak PM before Aug 14: PTI

Imran Khan will be sworn in as Pakistan’s new Prime Minister before the country’s independence day on August 14, his party has anno­unced as it is trying to reach out to smaller parties and independents to form the next government.

Tho­ugh the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly after the July 25 elections, the party is still short of numbers to form its government on its own.

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