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India approves death penalty for child rapists

Posted by on 21/04/2018
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India approves death penalty for child rapists

India approves death penalty for child rapists

NEW DELHI: India’s government yesterday approved the death penalty for child rapists, after the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl and a series of other horrific sexual assaults caused nationwide outrage. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called a cabinet meeting to pass the measure yesterday on his return from the Commonwealth summit, a government […]

Mossad accused of killing Gazan prof in Malaysia

Posted by on 21/04/2018
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Mossad accused of killing Gazan prof in Malaysia

Mossad accused of killing Gazan prof in Malaysia

GAZA CITY: The family of a Palestinian professor and Hamas member accused Israel’s Mossad spy agency yesterday of killing him on the streets of Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian police said Fadi Mohammad Al-Batsh, 35, was killed in a drive-by motorcycle shooting as he headed on foot to take part in dawn Muslim prayers yesterday. In a […]

Saudi fitness center shut

Posted by on 21/04/2018
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Saudi fitness center shut

Saudi fitness center shut

RIYADH: Saudi sports authorities shut down a female fitness center in Riyadh Friday over a contentious promotional video that appeared to show a woman in figure-hugging workout attire. “We are not going to tolerate this,” Saudi sports authority chief Turki Al-Sheikh tweeted as he ordered that the center’s license be withdrawn. Sheikh, an adviser to […]

Comey memos add to Trump legal woes

Posted by on 21/04/2018
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Comey memos add to Trump legal woes

Comey memos add to Trump legal woes

Memos depicts president as obsessed with smutty video, Russia WASHINGTON: Donald Trump has lashed out after memos of his meetings with the FBI’s then chief James Comey depicted the president as obsessed with the Russia probe and a smutty video allegedly showing him with two prostitutes. But the memos were just the latest twist in […]

Israeli criticism of journalists on Gaza border conflicts with video

Posted by on 21/04/2018
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Israeli criticism of journalists on Gaza border conflicts with video

Israeli criticism of journalists on Gaza border conflicts with video

Israel accuses Hamas of using protests as cover up JERUSALEM: Israel’s military has suggested that a photo it has distributed shows journalists are willingly being used as human shields by Palestinian militants during recent protests, but video and a witness account of the incident tell a different story. The military has made a photo from […]

In wealthy Germany, growing up poor is ‘a dead-end street’

Posted by on 21/04/2018
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In wealthy Germany, growing up poor is ‘a dead-end street’

In wealthy Germany, growing up poor is ‘a dead-end street’

20 percent of under-18s live in ‘relative poverty’   BERLIN: Chancellor Angela Merkel touted Germany as a country “in which we live well and happily” during her re-election campaign. But those words ring hollow to the one in five children living in poverty in Europe’s top economy, with little prospect of climbing the social ladder. […]

Authorities to seize properties of India super-rich fugitives

Posted by on 21/04/2018
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Authorities to seize properties of India super-rich fugitives

Authorities to seize properties of India super-rich fugitives

NEW DELHI: Indian authorities will be empowered to seize properties of super-rich fugitives whose economic offences or crimes involve sums over 1 billion rupees ($15 million), according to a government document seen by Reuters yesterday. The move comes as the country reels from a series of banking scandals, including a $2 billion fraud at state-run […]

Iranian president criticizes violence by morality police

Posted by on 21/04/2018
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Iranian president criticizes violence by morality police

Iranian president criticizes violence by morality police

Lawmaker slams Iran Revolutionary Guards   TEHRAN: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani yesterday appeared to criticize the morality police after a video emerged of a violent encounter with a woman accused of breaching the country’s strict dress code. “Some say the way to promote virtue and prohibit vice is… by going to the street and grabbing […]

Asian push to crack down on ‘fake news’ sparks alarm

Posted by on 21/04/2018
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Asian push to crack down on ‘fake news’ sparks alarm

Asian push to crack down on ‘fake news’ sparks alarm

Fake stories dressed up as fact can go viral overnight KUALA LUMPUR: Inflammatory stories masquerading as real news pose a particularly toxic threat in Asian countries with long-standing religious and ethnic divides, but promises by some regional leaders to tackle the problem carry equal menace. Borrowing from US President Donald Trump’s political playbook, government heads […]

Muslim nomads see rape as new sign of hostility in India

Posted by on 19/04/2018
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Muslim nomads see rape as new sign of hostility in India

Muslim nomads see rape as new sign of hostility in India

Bakarwals speed up their annual migration UDHAMPUR, India: The Muslim nomads who lead their goats, cows and horses up and down the Kashmir hills have never felt at ease in modern India and the gruesome rape and murder of a girl from the impoverished community has heightened their fears. Many of the Bakarwals speeded up […]

Queen opens Commonwealth summit

Posted by on 19/04/2018
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Queen opens Commonwealth summit

Queen opens Commonwealth summit

Prince Charles set to lead group – Leaders from 53 nations attend meet LONDON: Queen Elizabeth II, the Head of the Commonwealth, opened the Commonwealth summit for what may be the last time yesterday voicing hope that her son would be allowed to carry on her role. Queen Elizabeth, who turns 92 tomorrow, welcomed leaders […]

Quake hits near Iran nuclear power plant

Posted by on 19/04/2018
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Quake hits near Iran nuclear power plant

Quake hits near Iran nuclear power plant

TEHRAN: A moderately strong 5.9-magnitude earthquake yesterday hit Iran’s southern region of Bushehr, home to the country’s only nuclear power plant, without causing casualties or damage, media reported. “The earthquake had no effect on the activity of the plant,” Mahmoud Jafari, project manager at the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear plant, said according to the Telegram news […]

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