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JAKARTA : Indonesia's economy grew at its slowest pace in six years in 2015, data showed Friday, hit by plunging commodity prices and and falling exports to key markets including China

Southeast Asia's largest economy grew 4.79 percent last year, the first time it has fallen below five percent since 2009, at the height of the global financial crisis.

However, a slight uptick in the last three months of the year beat expectations and raised hopes the country can kick on in 2016.

- AFP

KUALA LUMPUR : Former second warrant officer Muhammad Rizalman Ismail has been sentenced to nine months' home detention in New Zealand after he was found guilty of indecently assaulting Wellington woman Tania Billingsley at her home on May 9, 2014.

The decision was made by the Wellington High Court after hearing submissions from defence lawyer Dr Donald Stevens, QC, and Crown prosecutor Grant Burston, reported NZ Herald on its online news portal, nzherald.co.nz, on Thursday.

The Crown

NEW DELHI : A teenage rape victim was allegedly sexually assaulted a second time while in hospital receiving treatment for the original attack in India's east, police said Monday, in the latest case of violence against women.

The 15-year-old girl has told police that she was raped on Sunday by a security guard at the hospital where she had been admitted in Jamshedpur city in the impoverished state of Jharkhand.

"We registered a case and arrested the private security guard posted at the

GENEVA : The Zika virus, blamed for a surge in birth defects, is "spreading explosively", the World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan said Thursday, calling for an emergency meeting on the outbreak on February 1.

Zika "is now spreading explosively," Chan told a meeting of WHO member states in Geneva.

"The level of alarm is extremely high," she added, calling for a February 1 meeting to determine if the outbreak qualifies as an international public health emergency. 

- AFP

BEIJING : China has sentenced two men to death for the 2013 killing of a prominent Tibetan religious leader, state media said, in what had been one of Tibet's most closely watched murder cases.

Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche, who lived in exile in Scotland and became a British citizen, was among the first spiritual leaders to teach Tibetan Buddhism to followers in the West.

He, his nephew and his driver were killed in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu in October 2013 over what police had

LONDON : A British mother who took her 14-month-old son to Syria to join Islamic State fighters and allowed him to be photographed wearing a balaclava next to an assault rifle, was jailed for six years on Monday.

Tareena Shakil, 26, left Britain in October 2014 and journeyed to the militant group's stronghold of Raqqa with the toddler, despite describing the Syrian city as the most dangerous place on earth, Birmingham Crown Court was told.

She was convicted last Friday of being a member of

AFGHANISTAN : Afghan Boy In Plastic 'Messi' Jersey Goes Viral On Social Media

Image of a five year old boy wearing Lionel Messi 'jersey' made of a plastic bag had gone viral on social media recently.

Murtaza Ahmadi from Ghani, Afghanistan is said to be an ardent fan of the Argentine footballer.

The five-year-old Afghan boy was picture wearing a blue and white stripped Argentina ‘jersey’ that was made out of a plastic bag with the Messi’s name and number written on the back.

The pictures of

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