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Seven killed in Nigeria blast triggered by 10-year-old girl

Abuja : At least seven people were killed and 27 others injured in a bomb blast in Nigeria's northern state of Yobe.

The attack, carried out by a 10-year old female bomber on Saturday, occurred as she approached a bus station at the heart of Yobe's capital Damaturu.

Garba Musa Fika, director of the state-run Damaturu Specialists Hospital, told the media that seven bodies were evacuated from scene of the blast. Twenty-seven others, who sustained various degrees of injury, are currently receiving treatment at the facility, he said.

Mongolia new bright light of world's democracies: Modi

Ulan Baator : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday described Mongolia as the new bright light among the world's democracies.

“Mongolia is the new bright light of democracy in our world,” Modi said while addressing Mongolian parliament which was specially opened for his visit, the first by an Indian prime minister.

He described India-Mongolia ties as timeless in spirit and described the two nations as “spiritual neighbours”.

“Bonds of heart and minds have the strength to overcome the barriers of distance,” he said.

Mongolia integral part of India's Act East Policy: Modi

Ulan Bator : Mongolia is an integral part of India's Act East policy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Sunday and also announced a $1billion Line of Credit to Mongolia for infrastructure projects.

Modi, speaking after delegation level talks with Mongolian Prime Minister Chimed Saikhanbileg said that both sides have also agreed to elevate their bilateral ties to a strategic partnership.

Both sides inked 14 agreements in various sectors.

The prime minister said the agreements inked would deepen their cooperation in border security and cyber security.

India privileged to be Mongolia's spiritual neighbour: Modi

Ulan Bator : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday told his Mongolian counterpart Chimed Saikhanbileg that India is privileged to be considered as Mongolia's spiritual neighbour.

"India is privileged to be considered as Mongolia's spiritual neighbour. PM @narendramodi to PM Saikhanbileg at Delegation level talks," tweeted external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

Modi, the first Indian prime minister to visit Mongolia, was earlier accorded a ceremonial welcome at the State Palace and later sat down for delegation talks with Saikhanbileg.

Modi visits Gandan Monastery in Mongolia, presents Bodhi sapling

Ulan Bator : Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the first Indian prime minister to visit Mongolia, on Sunday visited the ancient Gandan Monastery in the Mongolian capital and also presented a sapling of the revered Bodhi tree to the chief abbot of the Buddhist temple.

Modi also lighted incense at the monastery, also known as the Gandantegchinlen Monastery.

He was accorded a ceremonial welcome by the chief abbot, Hamba Lama, who gifted him a blue silken scarf and a token.

Modi met 150 monks at the monastery and also saw the Buddhist relics at the museum.

Over 960,000 support constitutional reform in Hong Kong

Hong Kong : A signature campaign in support of selecting the chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region by universal suffrage in 2017 has collected 960,972 names so far, the campaign organiser announced on Saturday evening.

Organised by the Alliance for Peace and Democracy, the campaign aims at gathering Hong Kong people's support for the constitutional reform package designed for the election of the next chief executive by "one person, one vote" universal suffrage.

The package was unveiled by the Hong Kong government on April 22.

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Strong tremor jolts Nepal

Kathmandu : Another strong aftershock of 5.7 magnitude with its epicentre near Kathmandu was felt on Saturday evening.

Following the aftershock, thousands of people came out in the streets fearing house collapses and damage.

This has created more panic among the people, who are again living in open spaces.

Several aftershocks were recorded on Saturday morning by the National Seismological Centre said beginning with a 4-magnitude tremor at 2.15 a.m. that jolted Gorkha.

At 4.28 a.m., a quake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale occurred in Dolakha

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After China visit, Modi leaves for Mongolia

Shanghai : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday left here for Mongolia, on the second leg of his three-nation tour. It is the first visit by an Indian prime minister.

During his day-long visit in Mongolia on Sunday, Modi will present a sapling of the Bodhi tree to the chief abbot of the Gandan Monastery in Ulan Bator. He will meet Mongolian Prime Minister Chimed Saikhanbileg for talks after which several agreements are to be inked.

He will address the Mongolian parliament, which will be opened on a holiday in a special gesture. Modi will also meet the speaker.

India, China together can be force of good: Modi

Shanghai : Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing the Indian community in Shanghai, said that India and China represent one third of humanity and together can be force of good for the entire world.

Addressing a 5,000-strong enthusiastic crowd of Indians, amid chants of "Modi, Modi", the prime minister said that it was a privilege to address the expatriates on the anniversary of the BJP's and his huge win at the elections a year ago.

Tremor jolts Indonesian province Bengkulu

Jakarta : An under-land quake measuring 6.1 on Richter scale hit Bengkulu province of Sumatra Island earlier on Saturday, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency reported here.

The quake struck at 03:26 a.m. Jakarta time on Saturday (GMT2026 Friday) with epicenter at 50km northeast Bengkulu Utara and with the depth at 165 km under the Earth, Ali Imran, official in charge at the agency told Xinhua.

"The quake was felt strong in Benggkulu Utara district for 2 to 3 seconds," Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of national disaster management agency told Xinhua.

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