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Seven ethnic Rakhine killed as Myanmar’s police fire on riot

Posted by on 17/01/2018
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Seven ethnic Rakhine killed as Myanmar’s police fire on riot

Seven ethnic Rakhine killed as Myanmar’s police fire on riot

Rakhine clash exposes Myanmar’s combustible ethnic mix   YANGON: Seven ethnic Rakhine Buddhists died after Myanmar police opened fire on a crowd trying to seize a government office, officials said yesterday, in fresh violence in a febrile state already scarred by ethnic and religious hatred. The incident unfurled as around 5,000 Buddhists gathered late Tuesday […]

Nepalese farmers grow bananas to avert floods

Posted by on 17/01/2018
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Nepalese farmers grow bananas to avert floods

Nepalese farmers grow bananas to avert floods

KATHMANDU: Nepali farmer Bhoj Raj Paudel had just left home to visit his parents when a hill above it collapsed, destroying his ranch and a paddy field and flooding a swathe of land downstream. The landslide was 19 years ago, but he remembers it vividly. “I am happy my family survived but whatever I owned […]

Survey points to rising risk of war as Trump heads to Davos

Posted by on 17/01/2018
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Survey points to rising risk of war as Trump heads to Davos

Survey points to rising risk of war as Trump heads to Davos

Extreme weather seen as top risk for 2018 BERLIN: The risk of political and economic confrontations between major powers, including outright military conflicts, has risen sharply, according to a survey released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) days before its annual gathering in Davos. The Global Risks Report highlighted several top risks for 2018, including […]

Thames paddle-boarders try to turn the tide on plastic

Posted by on 17/01/2018
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Thames paddle-boarders try to turn the tide on plastic

Thames paddle-boarders try to turn the tide on plastic

Products would take hundreds of years to downgrade. LONDON: Floating on the murky waters of the River Thames in London, activist paddle-boarders are trying to rid the waterway of a plague of plastic waste and draw attention to the problem. As the sun rises on the Thames behind historic Kew Bridge in the west of […]

Jordan to increase fuel, bread prices

Posted by on 16/01/2018
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Jordan to increase fuel, bread prices

Jordan to increase fuel, bread prices

AMMAN/KHARTOUM: Jordan is to increase the price of fuel and bread as it seeks tax revenues to redress a debt-riddled economy rattled by the war in neighboring Syria, press reports said yesterday. The latest tax hikes come as resource-poor Jordan faces a public debt of some $35 billion, equivalent to 90 percent of its gross […]

Torture probe after 13 siblings found chained in US home

Posted by on 16/01/2018
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Torture probe after 13 siblings found chained in US home

Torture probe after 13 siblings found chained in US home

PERRIS, California: Investigators sought to shed light yesterday on how a California couple arrested on suspicion of torture were able to keep their 13 malnourished children – aged 2 to 29 – confined in their suburban home in grim conditions with no one noticing. Sheriff’s deputies found some of the children shackled to their beds […]

UAE to complain to UN body against Qatar

Posted by on 16/01/2018
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UAE to complain to UN body against Qatar

UAE to complain to UN body against Qatar

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates will lodge a complaint against Qatar at the United Nations’ aviation agency after Qatari war planes allegedly intercepted UAE civilian aircraft, a UAE official said yesterday. The UAE said on Monday that Qatari air force jets had intercepted two UAE civilian aircraft on routine commercial flights to Bahrain. Qatar has […]

Pakistani Muslim clerics issue fatwa against suicide bombings

Posted by on 16/01/2018
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Pakistani Muslim clerics issue fatwa against suicide bombings

Pakistani Muslim clerics issue fatwa against suicide bombings

ISLAMABAD: More than 1,800 Pakistani Muslim clerics have issued an Islamic directive, or fatwa, forbidding suicide bombings, in a book unveiled by the government yesterday. Seeking to curb “terrorism” that has resulted in tens of thousands of casualties since the early 2000s, the clerics declared suicide bombings to be forbidden, or “haram”. “This fatwa provides […]

Palestinians see peace dividend pass them by

Posted by on 16/01/2018
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Palestinians see peace dividend pass them by

Palestinians see peace dividend pass them by

Israel, Egypt border restrictions deepen hardship GAZA: Life began to look up for Gaza’s Palestinians when reconciliation between its Hamas Islamist rulers and the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority in October brought a drop in crippling prices. Three months on, discount stickers still adorn goods from clothes to cars but few of the two million people […]

Indian inmates to undergo ‘cow therapy’

Posted by on 16/01/2018
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Indian inmates to undergo ‘cow therapy’

Indian inmates to undergo ‘cow therapy’

NEW DELHI: Indian inmates are to be exposed to the “magical power” of cows under a radical rehabilitation program involving rearing the beasts-revered by Hindus-on prison grounds, authorities said yesterday. A government commission in Haryana tasked with protecting the sacred animals says it has earmarked $1.5 million for buying 600 cows and constructing barns in […]

Minorities in northern Iraq look to post-jihadist future

Posted by on 16/01/2018
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Minorities in northern Iraq look to post-jihadist future

Minorities in northern Iraq look to post-jihadist future

Places of worship targeted, destroyed by Islamic State – There are now only 400,000 Iraq Christians BARTALLA: A Christmas tree stands on a roundabout in Bartalla in northern Iraq, its base adorned by posters of Shabak martyrs killed in the fight against the Islamic State group. Now that victory has been declared against the jihadists, […]

Pope expresses ‘pain and shame’ over sex scandal

Posted by on 16/01/2018
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Pope expresses ‘pain and shame’ over sex scandal

Pope expresses ‘pain and shame’ over sex scandal

SANTIAGO: Pope Francis expressed his “pain and shame” yesterday over a sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in Chile, seeking forgiveness for a crisis that has scarred its credibility and left many faithful skeptical of reform. “Here I feel bound to express my pain and shame at the irreparable damage caused to children by […]