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Tight security for India mosque destruction anniversary

Posted by on 06/12/2018
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Tight security for India mosque destruction anniversary

Tight security for India mosque destruction anniversary

Future of site – major touchstone issue in India AYODHYA, India: Some 2,000 baton-wielding Indian police were on duty in the flashpoint city of Ayodhya yesterday to prevent any clashes around the anniversary of the destruction of a mosque. Hindu zealots reduced the Babri mosque to rubble in 1992, kicking off riots across India that […]

Sri Lanka’s political crisis spurs tourists to cancel in peak season

Posted by on 06/12/2018
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Sri Lanka’s political crisis spurs tourists to cancel in peak season

Sri Lanka’s political crisis spurs tourists to cancel in peak season

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s travel industry is starting to suffer the fallout of a political crisis in the middle of its peak tourist season, as uncertainty prompts cancellations by both business and leisure visitors. Tourism makes up about 5 percent of the Indian Ocean island’s $87-billion economy, but the president’s sacking of the prime minister late […]

Bangladesh seeks action over Rohingya ‘brainwashed’ remark

Posted by on 06/12/2018
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Bangladesh seeks action over Rohingya ‘brainwashed’ remark

Bangladesh seeks action over Rohingya ‘brainwashed’ remark

DHAKA: Bangladesh summoned the Myanmar ambassador on Wednesday to condemn “irresponsible remarks” made by Myanmar’s religion minister about Rohingya Muslims, and called for action against him, senior officials at the Bangladesh foreign ministry said. Rohingya Muslims living as refugees in Bangladesh after escaping Myanmar are being “brainwashed” into “marching” on the Buddhist-majority nation, Myanmar’s religion […]

From dream to nightmare: Afghan ‘Little Messi’ Murtaza forced to flee

Posted by on 06/12/2018
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From dream to nightmare: Afghan ‘Little Messi’ Murtaza forced to flee

From dream to nightmare: Afghan ‘Little Messi’ Murtaza forced to flee

Intense fighting as Taleban launches offensive KABUL: Murtaza Ahmadi moved the world with his love for footballer Lionel Messi in 2016. His dream of meeting the Argentinean came true, but now the seven-year-old boy is living a nightmare as one of thousands of Afghans displaced by war. Murtaza and his family abandoned their home in […]

British middleman held in India over helicopter deal

Posted by on 05/12/2018
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British middleman held in India over helicopter deal

British middleman held in India over helicopter deal

NEW DELHI: The alleged British middleman in a dicey helicopter deal between India and an Anglo-Italian firm was remanded in custody yesterday after being extradited by the UAE, authorities said. Christian Michel James is accused of arranging kickbacks to Indian officials to secure a deal for AgustaWestland to supply New Delhi with 12 helicopters for […]

India drains lake after discovery of HIV-infected body

Posted by on 05/12/2018
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India drains lake after discovery of HIV-infected body

India drains lake after discovery of HIV-infected body

NEW DELHI: Indian authorities are pumping water out of a sprawling southern lake to assuage villagers’ fears it was contaminated after the discovery of the body of a woman infected with HIV, a regional official said yesterday. The virus is usually transmitted through sexual intercourse, infected blood and from an infected mother to the baby […]

Making the world hotter: India’s expected AC boom

Posted by on 04/12/2018
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Making the world hotter: India’s expected AC boom

Making the world hotter: India’s expected AC boom

BEHROR, India: Ratan Kumar once battled India’s brutal summers with damp bed sheets and midnight baths. Now he is among millions upon millions of Indians using air conditioning – helping make the world hotter still. With India’s AC market expected to explode from 30 million to a billion units by 2050, the world’s second-most populous […]

Walking, talking and separated: conjoined Bangladeshi twins go home

Posted by on 04/12/2018
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Walking, talking and separated: conjoined Bangladeshi twins go home

Walking, talking and separated: conjoined Bangladeshi twins go home

  DHAKA: Bangladeshi twins conjoined at birth have gone home nearly a year and a half after being separated in the country’s first such successful operation, a doctor said yesterday. Two-year-old sisters Tofa and Tahura, joined at the spine and at the rectum, underwent a gruelling nine-hour operation in August 2017 conducted by a team […]

Two killed in India violence linked to dead cows: Police

Posted by on 03/12/2018
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Two killed in India violence linked to dead cows: Police

Two killed in India violence linked to dead cows: Police

NEW DELHI: A violent mob rampaged through villages in northern India yesterday after the discovery of suspected cow carcasses, setting vehicles ablaze and murdering two people including a senior police officer. Police fired shots in the air as hundreds of villagers, incensed over the death of the sacred animals, pelted stones at officers sent to […]

Eight extremists on trial in Bangladesh

Posted by on 03/12/2018
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Eight extremists on trial in Bangladesh

Eight extremists on trial in Bangladesh

DHAKA: Eight alleged Islamist extremists went on trial in Bangladesh yesterday over a savage 2016 attack claimed by Islamic State that killed 22 people including 18 foreigners at a Dhaka cafe popular with Westerners. Prosecutors say that the eight members of a homegrown extremist outfit were “associates” of the five attackers killed when police stormed […]

BRICS slam protectionism amid China-US spat

Posted by on 01/12/2018
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BRICS slam protectionism amid China-US spat

BRICS slam protectionism amid China-US spat

Trump threat to escalate tariffs on China overshadow G20 BUENOS AIRES: Chinese President Xi Jinping and the leaders of major developing economies condemned protectionism at a G20 summit in Argentina on Friday overshadowed by US President Donald Trump’s threat to escalate tariffs on China. This year’s two-day gathering is a major test for the Group […]

Pakistan MPs critical of army barred from leaving the country

Posted by on 01/12/2018
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Pakistan MPs critical of army barred from leaving the country

Pakistan MPs critical of army barred from leaving the country

PESHAWAR: Two lawmakers who are vocal critics of Pakistan’s powerful military and have alleged widespread abuses by the armed forces say they have been barred from leaving the country, in the latest crackdown on dissent in the South Asian nation. Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar, two parliamentarians from the violence-ravaged North Waziristan region bordering Afghanistan, […]