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Trump OKs $2bn drone sales to India

Posted by on 24/06/2017
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Trump OKs $2bn drone sales to India

Trump OKs $2bn drone sales to India

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration has authorized the sale of unarmed surveillance drones to India, the manufacturer said Friday, as the two nations’ leaders prepare for their first face-to-face meeting. India initiated its request to buy 22 Guardian MQ-9B unmanned aircraft for maritime surveillance last year. The deal is estimated to be worth about $2 billion. […]

India mob kills Muslim teen in beef row, 1 held

Posted by on 24/06/2017
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India mob kills Muslim teen in beef row, 1 held

India mob kills Muslim teen in beef row, 1 held

NEW DELHI: Indian police yesterday said one person has been arrested after a mob stabbed a Muslim teenager to death on suspicion of carrying beef, an offence in many parts of the Hindu-majority country. Cows are revered by Hindus and slaughtering them as well as possession or consumption of beef is banned in most Indian […]

Afghan ‘hill of widows’ living in a world apart

Posted by on 24/06/2017
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Afghan ‘hill of widows’ living in a world apart

Afghan ‘hill of widows’ living in a world apart

KABUL: The first women settled on this stony slope outside Kabul in the 1990s hoping to escape the stigma those like them are forced to endure. Today it is known as Afghanistan’s ‘hill of widows’, home to a cluster of women who have eked out independence in a society that shuns and condemns them as […]

Pakistan suffers from worst air pollution

Posted by on 24/06/2017
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Pakistan suffers from worst air pollution

Pakistan suffers from worst air pollution

Pakistanis gasp for clean air amid ‘dire warnings’ ISLAMABAD: Furhan Hussain moved to Islamabad seeking fresher air, only to find Pakistan’s leafy capital in a semi-permanent haze. Frustrated, he joined a vanguard of citizens monitoring pollution themselves amid a void in government data. Fast-growing Pakistan is home to some 200 million people and suffers from […]

Myanmar forces kill three in raid on terrorist camps

Posted by on 22/06/2017
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Myanmar forces kill three in raid on terrorist camps

Myanmar forces kill three in raid on terrorist camps

YANGON: Myanmar security forces have killed three people in raids on “terrorist” training camps run by Rohingya Muslim militants in the north of Rakhine state, state media reported yesterday. Guns, ammunition and gunpowder were found at the camps in the Mayu Mountains, part of a remote strip of land on the northwest border that is […]

At least 29 killed, 60 injured

Posted by on 22/06/2017
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At least 29 killed, 60 injured

At least 29 killed, 60 injured

Car bomb hits southern Afghanistan bank LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan: At least 29 people were killed yesterday when a powerful car bomb struck a bank in Afghanistan’s Lashkar Gah city as people were queuing to withdraw salaries, the latest bloody attack during the holy month of Ramadan. Sixty wounded people were rushed to hospital after the […]

Trump administration eyes hardening line toward Pakistan

Posted by on 21/06/2017
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Trump administration eyes hardening line toward Pakistan

Trump administration eyes hardening line toward Pakistan

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump’s administration is exploring hardening its approach toward Pakistan to crack down on Pakistan-based militants launching attacks in neighboring Afghanistan, two US officials tell Reuters. Potential Trump administration responses being discussed include expanding US drone strikes, redirecting or withholding some aid to Pakistan and perhaps eventually downgrading Pakistan’s status as a […]

India switches to single tax

Posted by on 21/06/2017
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India switches to single tax

India switches to single tax

Shopkeepers rushing to comply with changes NEW DELHI: The daily bustle of tourists and shoppers has died down in an upscale market in central New Delhi, but a toy shop owner is still busy poring over new Indian tax rules that take effect next month. The new tax regime – replacing a messy mix of […]

Lightning kills 22 in Bangladesh

Posted by on 20/06/2017
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Lightning kills 22 in Bangladesh

Lightning kills 22 in Bangladesh

DHAKA: Lightning strikes have killed at least 22 people in Bangladesh in the last 48 hours, authorities said yesterday, a week after monsoon rains triggered a series of deadly landslides in the country. The deaths came as storms swept the country on Sunday and Monday, the head of the disaster management department Reaz Ahmed said. […]

Dried lizard penises from India sold as luck charms

Posted by on 20/06/2017
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Dried lizard penises from India sold as luck charms

Dried lizard penises from India sold as luck charms

NEW DELHI: Wildlife investigators from India and Britain said yesterday they have uncovered an international fraud in which dried penises of endangered monitor lizards are being sold as a plant root regarded as a good luck charm and used in religious rituals. The London-based group World Animal Protection said the dried penises of Bengal monitor […]

India arrests villagers for cheering Pakistan cricketers

Posted by on 20/06/2017
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India arrests villagers for cheering Pakistan cricketers

India arrests villagers for cheering Pakistan cricketers

NEW DELHI: Indian police said yesterday they have arrested 15 Muslim villagers and charged them with sedition punishable by life in prison-for celebrating Pakistan’s victory over India’s cricketers in the Champions Trophy. The villagers were arrested in the Burhanpur district of Madhya Pradesh state on Monday after police received a complaint that they set off […]

India’s no-meat, no-lust advice for pregnant women ridiculed

Posted by on 20/06/2017
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India’s no-meat, no-lust advice for pregnant women ridiculed

India’s no-meat, no-lust advice for pregnant women ridiculed

Government doles out unscientific, irrational advice NEW DELHI: India’s government is advising pregnant women to avoid all meat, eggs and lusty thoughts. Doctors say the advice is preposterous, and even dangerous, considering India’s already-poor record with maternal health. Women are often the last to eat or receive health care in traditionally patriarchal Indian households. Malnutrition […]

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