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Pakistan opposition party to sue govt for detaining supporters

Posted by on 22/05/2017
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Pakistan opposition party to sue govt for detaining supporters

Pakistan opposition party to sue govt for detaining supporters

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani opposition party led by former cricketer Imran Khan will take legal action against the government for detaining its vocal online activists under a controversial cybercrime law, a spokesman said yesterday. At least 23 supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek Insaaf (Movement for Justice) party have been detained and threatened with action under the […]

Indian activists hail minister’s call to end female genital mutilation

Posted by on 22/05/2017
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Indian activists hail minister’s call to end female genital mutilation

Indian activists hail minister’s call to end female genital mutilation

MUMBAI: Women activists campaigning to end female genital mutilation (FGM) in a minority Muslim community in India hailed a minister’s pledge to introduce a law to end the centuries-old custom. FGM is secretly carried out by the close-knit Dawoodi Bohra community, a Shiite Muslim sect thought to number up to 2 million worldwide that considers […]

Nepal torches thousands of valuable wildlife parts

Posted by on 22/05/2017
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Nepal torches thousands of valuable wildlife parts

Nepal torches thousands of valuable wildlife parts

KATHMANDU: Nepal destroyed thousands of valuable animal skins and other parts seized from poachers on a giant bonfire Monday in a symbolic gesture against the illegal wildlife trade. More than 4,000 animal parts, including endangered tiger skins and rhino hides, were burned in a large pyre at Chitwan National Park, the nation’s most important conservation […]

Gunmen kill four police in Pakistan

Posted by on 21/05/2017
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Gunmen kill four police in Pakistan

Gunmen kill four police in Pakistan

PESHAWAR: Unidentified gunmen have shot dead four policemen in Pakistan’s northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, officials said yesterday. The gunmen opened fire on the duty officers late Saturday in a village in Kohat district, some 80 kilometers southwest of Peshawar. “Gunmen opened fire on their official vehicle from both sides of the road, all the […]

Pakistan census source of fear for minorities

Posted by on 21/05/2017
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Pakistan census source of fear for minorities

Pakistan census source of fear for minorities

RABWAH: Marginalized, attacked and frequently hit by blasphemy charges, Pakistan’s religious minorities are hoping the country’s first census since 1998 will be a step towards greater political representation and rights. In the congested Lahore district of Youhanabad, the largest Christian neighborhood in Pakistan, activist Sajid Christopher says his community looks forward to standing up and […]

German, Afghan guard killed in Kabul guest house attack

Posted by on 21/05/2017
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German, Afghan guard killed in Kabul guest house attack

German, Afghan guard killed in Kabul guest house attack

Finnish woman kidnapped KABUL: A German aid worker and an Afghan guard were killed as gunmen stormed an international guest house in central Kabul, officials said yesterday, as insecurity rises in the war-torn country. A Finnish woman was also kidnapped from the guest house run by Swedish charity Operation Mercy, with no group so far […]

Tuk-tuks and flags as Cambodian opposition eyes bellwether polls

Posted by on 20/05/2017
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Tuk-tuks and flags as Cambodian opposition eyes bellwether polls

Tuk-tuks and flags as Cambodian opposition eyes bellwether polls

PHNOM PENH: Tuk-tuks blaring pop music and flag-waving supporters of Cambodia’s embattled opposition led a rally yesterday for upcoming local elections, a bellwether for efforts to end the three-decade rule of strongman Hun Sen in next year’s national polls. The June 4 vote in more than 1,600 communes-administrative clusters of villages-will take Cambodia’s political temperature […]

Myanmar widow jailed for physical abuse on servant

Posted by on 19/05/2017
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Myanmar widow jailed for physical abuse on servant

Myanmar widow jailed for physical abuse on servant

YANGON: A Myanmar widow who threw boiling water on a 14-year-old servant leaving her with horrific burns has been jailed for seven years, a rare flicker of justice for the country’s legion of child domestic workers. Aye Aye Soe was arrested late last year for pouring two flasks of boiling water on the girl-one for […]

Indian cabinet approves plans to build 10 nuclear reactors

Posted by on 18/05/2017
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Indian cabinet approves plans to build 10 nuclear reactors

Indian cabinet approves plans to build 10 nuclear reactors

NEW DELHI: India’s cabinet approved plans on Wednesday to build 10 nuclear reactors with a combined capacity of 7,000 megawatts (MW), more than the country’s entire current capacity, to try fast-track its domestic nuclear power program. The decision by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government marks the first strategic response to the near collapse of Westinghouse, […]

UN court orders Pakistan not to execute Indian naval officer

Posted by on 18/05/2017
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UN court orders Pakistan not to execute Indian naval officer

UN court orders Pakistan not to execute Indian naval officer

ICJ order, a huge relief to the people of India THE HAGUE, Netherlands: The International Court of Justice yesterday ordered Pakistan not to execute an Indian naval officer convicted of espionage and terrorism, in a case that has further strained relations between the Asian neighbors. The UN court ruled unanimously that Pakistan shouldn’t carry out […]

Building collapse in Sri Lanka’s capital injures 19

Posted by on 18/05/2017
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Building collapse in Sri Lanka’s capital injures 19

Building collapse in Sri Lanka’s capital injures 19

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka: A five-story building under construction in Sri Lanka’s capital collapsed yesterday, injuring at least 19 people, officials said. Those injured in the collapse in Colombo have been sent to hospitals, police spokesman Priyantha Jayakody said. Hundreds of soldiers, police and firefighters were searching for anyone who might be trapped inside the building. […]

Famous beef kebabs are back on Lucknow menu

Posted by on 17/05/2017
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Famous beef kebabs are back on Lucknow menu

Famous beef kebabs are back on Lucknow menu

LUCKNOW, India: An Indian restaurant has resumed sales of the beef kebabs it has been making for more than a century, two months after being forced to take the famous dish off the menu under pressure from Hindu hardliners. Tundey Kebabi in Uttar Pradesh had been unable to source the meat for its best-loved dish […]

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