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Rescued child sex workers reveal hidden cells in Indian brothels

Posted by on 13/12/2017
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Rescued child sex workers reveal hidden cells in Indian brothels

Rescued child sex workers reveal hidden cells in Indian brothels

NEW DELHI: A ladder propped against a stained wall leads up into a dark passage on the second floor of an Indian brothel, lined by a series of locked doors. Hidden inside are tiny cubicles, stashed with sex workers’ clothes, blankets, cosmetics and condoms. The barely-lit passageway meanders along, intersected by many other dank corridors, […]

New York bomber not on Bangladesh terror list: police

Posted by on 12/12/2017
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New York bomber not on Bangladesh terror list: police

New York bomber not on Bangladesh terror list: police

DHAKA: Bangladesh police scrambled yesterday for details about alleged New York subway bomber Akayed Ullah, but uncovered few early leads that might shed light on what might have driven him to try and kill commuters with a homemade bomb. US police say the 27-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh set off a crude bomb strapped to his […]

Fugitive wins seat in Nepal

Posted by on 12/12/2017
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Fugitive wins seat in Nepal

Fugitive wins seat in Nepal

KATHMANDU: A fugitive wanted over a deadly attack on police won a seat in Nepal’s national parliament yesterday, despite being in hiding and not once appearing in public during his campaign. Resham Chaudhary won the seat from Kailali in western Nepal by a landslide, securing more than double the votes of his closest rival, according […]

India abortions 20 times ‘higher than estimated’

Posted by on 12/12/2017
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India abortions 20 times ‘higher than estimated’

India abortions 20 times ‘higher than estimated’

15.6 million abortions take place in India each year – India bans condom advertisements from prime TV NEW DELHI: Some 15.6 million abortions take place in India each year, with the majority of women taking pills at home without adequate counseling, a study said on Tuesday, calling for more trained doctors in public hospitals. The […]

French fighters appear with Islamic State group in Afghanistan

Posted by on 10/12/2017
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French fighters appear with Islamic State group in Afghanistan

French fighters appear with Islamic State group in Afghanistan

KABUL: French and Algerian fighters, some arriving from Syria, have joined the ranks of the Islamic State group in northern Afghanistan where the militants have established new bases, multiple international and Afghan sources have said. It is the first time that the presence of French IS fighters has been recorded in Afghanistan, and comes as […]

India faces painful move to cleaner energy

Posted by on 10/12/2017
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India faces painful move to cleaner energy

India faces painful move to cleaner energy

UNCHA AMIRPUR, India: Subedar Singh bears the scars of India’s painful reliance on dirty power and its struggle to pay for the costly transition to the brave new world of solar and renewable electricity. Last year, the farmer walked into a field in his village and suffered 70 percent burns to his feet and ankles […]

China criticizes India over crashed drone on border

Posted by on 07/12/2017
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China criticizes India over crashed drone on border

China criticizes India over crashed drone on border

BEIJING: China expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with India yesterday over the recent crash of an Indian drone in Chinese territory, an incident that could cause more friction along their disputed border. Indian and Chinese troops confronted each other between June and August this year – at one stage even resorting to scuffling and throwing stones – […]

The ‘Rat Eaters’ of Bihar: India’s poorest people?

Posted by on 07/12/2017
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The ‘Rat Eaters’ of Bihar: India’s poorest people?

The ‘Rat Eaters’ of Bihar: India’s poorest people?

 The rat kept crawling over Phekan Manjhi’s arm as he battled to pin it to the ground before he eventually managed to kill it with repeated blows to the head. The execution drew applause from neighbors huddled around the 60-year-old in a grimy courtyard outside his mud and straw hut. Another meal lined up […]

Myanmar forces ‘may be guilty of genocide’ against Rohingyas

Posted by on 05/12/2017
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Myanmar forces ‘may be guilty of genocide’ against Rohingyas

Myanmar forces ‘may be guilty of genocide’ against Rohingyas

Hospitals fill as Rohingya refugees shiver through winter – Survivors testify ‘acts of extreme’ brutality, attacks GENEVA: Myanmar’s security forces may be guilty of genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority, the United Nations’ top human rights official said yesterday, adding that more were fleeing despite an agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh to send them home. […]

Jousting for support, Pakistan’s bid to keep cavalry sport alive

Posted by on 05/12/2017
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Jousting for support, Pakistan’s bid to keep cavalry sport alive

Jousting for support, Pakistan’s bid to keep cavalry sport alive

 Festooned with garlands and colorful bridles, turbaned riders mounted on horseback in full gallop lower their lances at tiny wooden blocks as they practice the centuries-old tradition of tent-pegging in Pakistan. Less than a two-hour drive from the capital Islamabad, thousands gather at a freshly ploughed grounds to watch the equine festival in a […]

Indian screen icon Shashi Kapoor dies

Posted by on 04/12/2017
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Indian screen icon Shashi Kapoor dies

Indian screen icon Shashi Kapoor dies

MUMBAI: Bollywood icon Shashi Kapoor – a star of 1970s Indian cinema and a member of the Hindi film industry’s famous Kapoor family – died yesterday aged 79 after a long illness, his family said. The multiple award-winning actor died at a hospital in Mumbai yesterday evening, his nephew Randhir Kapoor told the Press Trust […]

Afghan war widows pay heavy price for husband’s sacrifice

Posted by on 04/12/2017
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Afghan war widows pay heavy price for husband’s sacrifice

Afghan war widows pay heavy price for husband’s sacrifice

SHEMOL: Widowed Afghan grandmother Janat Bibi has no adult males left in her family after the Taleban killed her son and two grandsons during an attack on their police base a few months ago. Such bereavements are often a double tragedy for an increasing number of poverty-stricken families like hers in Afghanistan-they have lost not […]

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