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Pakistan clerics call for harmony

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s top religious body yesterday called for a ban on religious hate speech and greater harmony between sects ahead of a holy month usually marred by anti-Shiite violence. The…

High in Pakistan’s mountains, women break taboos

A group of young Pakistani girls sit on a carpeted floor listening as their teacher writes on a whiteboard, preparing his students for the rigours of climbing some of the…

Kolkata’s gold panners reap rewards at India festival time

As 40-year-old Mohammed Iqbal sifts through sludge in the back alleys of Kolkata’s jewelry market for gold dust, his weathered face brightens slightly at the recent uptick in work. For…

India’s forgotten widows defy taboos to celebrate Diwali

As the early autumn sun begins to set on the Yamuna river, hundreds of Indian women swathed in white and carrying traditional earthenware lamps file through winding streets to the…

India warns Pakistan of pain in Kashmir fighting

NEW DELHI: India warned Pakistan yesterday of more “pain” if it continued to violate a ceasefire on their disputed border in Kashmir and said it was up to Islamabad to…

Pakistan pulls anti-government TV channel off air

ISLAMABAD: An anti-government TV news channel in Pakistan was taken off air for 15 days after a high court ruled that the broadcaster was “maligning” the country’s judiciary, the country’s…

India boss gives workers cars, jewelry for festival

AHMEDABAD: A generous boss in western India has given 1,200 of his workers new cars, deposits for flats and thousands of dollars worth of diamond jewelry as rewards for loyalty.…

Private Indian news channels frustrated – Controlling the message: Modi chooses state media

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has anointed India’s state-backed broadcaster as his media brand of choice, helping shield his government from tough questions and prompting private news outlets to…

‘Little Apple’: The hit song all of China is singing

Has China found its own “Gangnam Style”? From Beijing parks to Shanghai skyscrapers and in Guangzhou factories to karaoke rooms in Macau, people are singing “Little Apple”-a song apparently so…

Nepal rescuers find 34 more trekkers, 3 bodies

KATHMANDU: Nepalese teams yesterday rescued 34 more trekkers and guides stranded in the Himalayas since a deadly snowstorm struck five days ago at the height of the hiking season, officials…

Indian ruling BJP makes big gains in state polls – ‘We are closer to our mission of Congress-free India’

MUMBAI: India’s right-wing ruling party secured strong victories yesterday in two important state elections, tightening its grip on power after storming to power nationally five months ago. Prime Minister Narendra…

Cash-strapped Afghans turn to low-cost mass weddings

KABUL: The crowd bursts into applause as a hundred couples enter the hall, hand in hand, grooms in simple black suits and brides in modest white dresses, red flowers in…

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