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WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Updated: Oct 02, 2018, 06:21 PM(IST)

File photo of Indonesia earthquake. Photograph:( Reuters )

Indonesia steps up hunt for survivors as quake toll passes 1,200

Indonesian President Joko Widodo called for reinforcements in a desperate search for survivors of a devastating earthquake and tsunami on Sulawesi island, as the official death toll rose above 1,200 on Tuesday and looting fuelled fears of lawlessness.

China condemns US for South China Sea freedom of navigation operation

China expressed anger on Tuesday after a US Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the disputed South China Sea, saying it resolutely opposed an operation that it called a threat to its sovereignty.

At least 13 dead in suicide attack on Afghan election rally

At least 13 people were killed and over 40 were injured in a suicide attack on Tuesday in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, news agency Associated Press reported.

Arthur Ashkin, GĂ©rard Mourou and Donna Strickland share Nobel Physics Prize

Three researchers on Tuesday shared the Nobel Physics Prize for inventions in the field of laser physics which have paved the way for advanced precision instruments used in industry and medicine, the jury said.

Farmers not 'satisfied' with govt's assurance: Bharat Kisan Union chief Tikait

As thousands of farmers tried to enter the national capital in a massive protest march, the government Tuesday announced that a committee of chief ministers will look into their demands, even as the protesters stayed put saying they were not "satisfied" with the assurance.

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