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S Lanka’s NGO crackdown triggers free speech fears

COLOMBO:  A Sri Lankan government crackdown this month on NGOs has sparked claims that President Mahinda Rajapakse, paranoid that he could be toppled, is again attempting to silence critics and…

Indian protesters demand arrests in child rape case

BANGALORE: Thousands of demonstrators marched yesterday to demand arrests in the case of a six-year-old girl allegedly raped in a school in the southern Indian city of Bangalore. Two staff…

Afghan future hangs on fragile vote deal

KABUL:  Every single vote cast in Afghanistan’s run-off presidential election will be checked for signs of fraud in a painstaking process set to begin this week-and the stakes could not…

89 killed in suicide blast in Afghanistan

KABUL: A suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, killing 89 people and wounding more than 40…

Agony of Pakistanis enslaved in Dubai

FAISALABAD, Pakistan: Zunera once dreamed of becoming a computer engineer. Instead, aged 16, the bright-eyed Pakistani girl was tricked into prostitution in the UAE, beginning a four-year nightmare of cruelty,…

India court suspends death sentences for gang-rape

NEW DELHI: India’s top court yesterday suspended the death sentences of two men convicted of the deadly gang-rape of a student in New Delhi, an attack that triggered international outrage.…

Taleban survivor Malala pledges to help free girls – Malala meets parents of girls abducted by Boko Haram

ABUJA: Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taleban for campaigning for girls’ education, pledged while on a trip to Nigeria to help…

Bangladesh’s oldest brothel closed after Islamist pressure

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s oldest brothel has been shut down following pressure from local clerics and politicians amid rising conservatism in the Muslim-majority country, police said yesterday. More than 750 prostitutes in…

Malala in Nigeria for abducted girls

ABUJA: Pakistani schoogirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban, held meetings yesterday in the Nigerian capital Abuja with some parents of the over 200…

Uncertainty for Indonesia after disputed vote

JAKARTA: Indonesia faces a long period of uncertainty after last week’s disputed presidential election, analysts warn-raising fears for Southeast Asia’s top economy as growth sits at four-year lows, foreign investment…

Kerry seeks to broker an end to Afghan crisis

KABUL: US Secretary of State John Kerry sought yesterday to mediate an end to the political crisis in Afghanistan, warning that a bitter dispute over presidential polls threatened the country’s…

US drone kills 6 in Pakistan – Journalists taken on rare trip to see operation’s aftermath

MIRANSHAH: Pakistan’s military says its anti-militant offensive in a northwestern tribal area has now taken control of 80 percent of a strategic town, as a US drone strike yesterday killed…

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