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California to limit use of plastic straws in restaurants


California restaurants will soon stop providing plastic straws unless customers explicitly ask for them, under a new law signed on Thursday

Maldives leader looks to tighten grip as opposition muzzled


Maldives strongman Abdulla Yameen seeks a second term as president Sunday in a tourist paradise that has become a battleground for

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang dead at 61


Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang, a former police chief known as a tough politician and committed communist with little tolerance for

Delhi’s last elephants await marching orders


The mighty Heera marched through a crowded slum chewing bamboo, oblivious that freedom from life as one of Delhi’s last six

Three babies slashed at ‘illegal’ New York childcare center


Three babies and two adults were slashed during an early-morning assault at a suspected illegal childcare center in New York City

India cancels rare Pakistan meeting over ‘brutal killings’


India cancelled on Friday a rare meeting between its foreign minister and her Pakistani counterpart scheduled to have taken place on

Japan’s Osaka beats gremlins to reach Tokyo semi-finals


Japan’s Naomi Osaka exuded a major champion’s aura Friday as she dispatched Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Pan Pacific

Toll jumps to 29 in central Philippine landslide


The death toll from a landslide in the central Philippines has risen to 29, police said Friday, as rescuers frantically dug

Trump attacks credibility of Kavanaugh sex accuser


Donald Trump on Friday ditched his previous caution in the scandal threatening his Supreme Court nominee to attack the credibility of

Jaipur Literature Festival in Houston showcases South Asia’s best literary minds

By Shobana Muratee

An invigorating fall for Houstonians with the inauguration of “greatest literary show on Earth” that made its debut in Texas