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Tsunami hits New Zealand east coast after strong quake

Updated: Nov 13, 2016 20:09 IST

London [United Kingdom], Nov. 13 (ANI): A Tsunami has hit New Zealand's east coast following a powerful earthquake that had struck the South Island.

The New Zealand civil defence said the South Island has been hit by the first wave and warned that more could reach the coast in the hours ahead, reports the Guardian.

It advised anyone near the shoreline to move to higher ground immediately.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, an earthquake of 7.4 magnitude hit 59 miles (95km) from Christchurch.

A Tsunami warning has been issued by the civil defence for the entire east coast and said the situation is being assessed by it with the assistance of scientific advisers and civil defence groups.

There are reports that houses in Cheviot, near the earthquake's epicentre in Canterbury, have been badly damaged. (ANI)

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb.28 (ANI): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday called for joint efforts to transform ECO into a formidable economic block through full exploitation of its human and material resources.

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Kabul [Afghanistan], Feb. 28(ANI): Afghanistan has refused to send high-level representatives to the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Summit being hosted by Pakistan.

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Indian envoy to US Sarna meets Tom Shannon

Updated: Feb 28, 2017 14:08 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], Feb. 28(ANI): Ahead of the four-day visit of Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon met Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Navtej Sarna at the Department of State.

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Irving [USA] ,Feb. 28(ANI): In a shocking incident of xenophobia, a customer at Irving Wal-Mart asked an employee to 'go to their own countries'.

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Washington D.C. [United States], Feb. 28 (ANI): Wilbur Ross's name has been approved by the Senate, as President Donald Trump's Secretary of Commerce.

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Hong Kong [China], Feb.28 (ANI): China has confirmed that it is helping Afghanistan conduct joint law enforcement operations in the border areas of that country to counter terrorism, after initially being in a state of denial about the sightings of Chinese military vehicles moving around inside Afghanistan.

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Washington D.C. [United States], Feb. 28 (ANI): Senior Chinese official met U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday to enhance bilateral high-level exchanges and cooperation in all fields.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump has claimed that more American adults support Republicans in Congress than Democrats since he became the President of the country.

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Astana [Kazakhstan], Feb. 28 (ANI): Russian President Vladimir Putin has affirmed his willingness to cooperate with Tajikistan in strengthening security and stability.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged President Donald Trump to speak out against hate crimes following a rise of the same across the country.

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Washington D.C. [United States], Feb. 28 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump has said that nobody knew health care could be so complicated, adding that his administration has come up with a solution which is very good.

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Militants behead German hostage in Philippines

Updated: Feb 27, 2017 22:01 IST

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London [UK], Feb. 27 (ANI): The indigenous communities in Pakistan's Sindh province have come down on the government over the massive coal mining in the region which has severely affected their daily lives.

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Senior Taliban commander killed in Afghanistan

Updated: Feb 27, 2017 18:11 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb.27 (ANI): The Taliban confirmed on Monday through a statement that one of its senior commanders had been killed in an air strike in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province.

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Karachi (Sindh) [Pakistan): Sufism is the country's first line of defence against terrorism, said PPP Chairmain Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday.

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