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Walk the talk: India’s opposition urges Modi to pass women’s bill

Posted by on 16/07/2018
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Walk the talk: India’s opposition urges Modi to pass women’s bill

Walk the talk: India’s opposition urges Modi to pass women’s bill

‘Send India a message that we believe the time for change has come’ NEW DELHI: India’s opposition leader yesterday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “walk his talk” by passing a long-pending bill that aims to give women a stronger voice in parliament. Rahul Gandhi offered his party’s “unconditional support” to push through the Women’s […]

Russia hands over World Cup hosting duties to Qatar

Posted by on 15/07/2018
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Russia hands over World Cup hosting duties to Qatar

Russia hands over World Cup hosting duties to Qatar

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday handed over the mantle of World Cup host to the amir of Qatar, whose country will stage the 2022 edition of the tournament. The ceremony marked a handover from the world’s largest country by landmass to one of the smallest. Qatar has a population of 2.3 million people and […]

India mob kills man over child kidnap rumor, Qatari injured

Posted by on 15/07/2018
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India mob kills man over child kidnap rumor, Qatari injured

India mob kills man over child kidnap rumor, Qatari injured

NEW DELHI: Indian police said yesterday they have arrested 32 people after a man was killed by a mob in the country’s latest lynching over suspicion of child kidnapping sparked by rumors on WhatsApp. The men were arrested over the murder of Google employee Mohammad Azam who was attacked along with two friends by a […]

Hugger may face charges

Posted by on 15/07/2018
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Hugger may face charges

Hugger may face charges

RIYADH: A woman may face charges under a new harassment law in Saudi Arabia after storming a stage to hug a pop star, authorities and local media said yesterday. The woman could face two years in prison and a fine of up to 100,000 Saudi riyals ($27,000), attorney Abdulkarim Al-Qadi told the Okaz news site. […]

Syrian forces widen south west offensive

Posted by on 15/07/2018
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Syrian forces widen south west offensive

Syrian forces widen south west offensive

Islamic State-affiliated militants occupy a pocket on Jordanian border AMMAN: Syrian government forces widened their offensive in the country’s southwest yesterday to Quneitra province, a region adjoining the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a war monitor and rebel sources said. Government forces, backed by the Russian military, have captured most of the southwest’s Deraa province in the […]

In Mali, jihadism, communal conflict make a deadly mix

Posted by on 15/07/2018
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In Mali, jihadism, communal conflict make a deadly mix

In Mali, jihadism, communal conflict make a deadly mix

New atrocities come to light each week in central Mali SEVARE: From torched villages to mass graves, new atrocities come to light each week in central Mali’s escalating conflicts. The heart of the country is becoming its deadliest region, gripped by a mutually-reinforcing mix of jihadist violence and ethnic disputes that are also sharpened by […]

Czech churches cry foul over tax plan

Posted by on 15/07/2018
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Czech churches cry foul over tax plan

Czech churches cry foul over tax plan

PRAGUE: Czech churches are up in arms against Communist Party plans to tax billions in compensation being paid by the state in return for assets, mostly land, seized by the Communists during their Cold War rule. Under a 2012 law and deals with the state, 17 religious denominations-Christian and Jewish-are entitled to recover assets worth […]

Eritrea president hails unity with Ethiopia on visit

Posted by on 14/07/2018
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Eritrea president hails unity with Ethiopia on visit

Eritrea president hails unity with Ethiopia on visit

ADDIS ABABA: Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki pledged to resolve his country’s dispute with Ethiopia yesterday in a historic visit to Addis Ababa aimed at cementing peace less than a week after the nations declared an end to two decades of conflict. Isaias arrived in the Ethiopian capital just five days after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy […]

Outrage as Iceland fishermen kill rare whale

Posted by on 14/07/2018
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Outrage as Iceland fishermen kill rare whale

Outrage as Iceland fishermen kill rare whale

REYKJAVIK: Is it a blue whale or not? The slaughter in Iceland of what is claimed was a member of the endangered species has triggered outrage and left experts puzzled about its true identity. “There has not been a blue whale harpooned by anyone for the last 50 years until this one,” Sea Shepherd, an […]

Pakistanis mourn after election rally bombing kills 128

Posted by on 14/07/2018
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Pakistanis mourn after election rally bombing kills 128

Pakistanis mourn after election rally bombing kills 128

MASTUNG, Pakistan: Pakistan was in shock Saturday after a suicide blast killed 128 people, shaking confidence in security just as the dramatic arrest of ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif ratcheted political tensions higher ahead of nationwide polls. Sharif’s highly-anticipated return from London and subsequent arrest for corruption was overshadowed as the carnage in Mastung, in the […]

Death by ‘fake news’, social media

Posted by on 14/07/2018
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Death by ‘fake news’, social media

Death by ‘fake news’, social media

Social media-fuelled lynchings shock India PANJURI KACHARI: The smartphone footage shows the two blood-soaked men pleading for their lives. Moments later they were dead, two more victims of lynchings sparked by rumors spread on Facebook and WhatsApp in India. The two men were young and well-educated. Gregarious, dreadlocked musician Nilotpal Das, 29, and his businessman […]

Syria raises flag in Daraa, but tough battles ahead

Posted by on 14/07/2018
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Syria raises flag in Daraa, but tough battles ahead

Syria raises flag in Daraa, but tough battles ahead

BEIRUT: The rapid fall of Daraa city, the cradle of Syria’s uprising, is an important victory for President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, but the country’s devastating war is far from over, analysts say. Russian-backed government forces raised the flag in Daraa city on Thursday, but the regime still has two regions outside its control-and influential neighbors-to […]