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Bangladesh arrests Islamist leader in connection with death of US blogger

Posted by on 19/11/2017
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Bangladesh arrests Islamist leader in connection with death of US blogger

Bangladesh arrests Islamist leader in connection with death of US blogger

Bangladesh police said yesterday they had arrested a suspected leader of an Islamist group wanted in connection with the death in 2015 a US blogger critical of religious extremism. Deputy police commissioner Masudur Rahman said the man, identified as Mojammel Hossain, 25, head of the intelligence wing of the al Qaeda-inspired militant group Ansar Ullah […]

Museum seeks to convince rural Indians that toilets are not dirty

Posted by on 19/11/2017
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Museum seeks to convince rural Indians that toilets are not dirty

Museum seeks to convince rural Indians that toilets are not dirty

Trying to break taboos surrounding toilets NEW DELHI: A throne with a built-in commode for a French monarch takes pride of place at a New Delhi museum trying to break taboos surrounding toilets in a country where such convenience remains a sensitive issue. The replica of the wooden throne used by King Louis XIV is […]

Miss World win draws India level with Venezuela

Posted by on 18/11/2017
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Miss World win draws India level with Venezuela

Miss World win draws India level with Venezuela

SANYA, China: An Indian medical student was crowned Miss World at a glitzy event in a Chinese resort yesterday, making her country the joint-most successful in the beauty pageant’s history. Manushi Chhillar is the sixth Indian winner of the long-running contest, following in the footsteps of Bollywood actresses Priyanka Chopra and Aishwarya Rai. Her win […]

Human trafficking ‘rife’ in Rohingya camps

Posted by on 18/11/2017
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Human trafficking ‘rife’ in Rohingya camps

Human trafficking ‘rife’ in Rohingya camps

Young girls forced into prostitution   COX’S BAZAR: Widowed and alone 21-year-old Umme Kulthum had hoped for a fresh start in Bangladesh, but was forced into prostitution instead, falling victim to what aid groups and officials say is a growing trafficking scourge targeting refugees. Women and children make up the majority of the more than […]

Sri Lanka racial violence between majority Buddhists and minority Muslims

Posted by on 18/11/2017
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Sri Lanka racial violence between majority Buddhists and minority Muslims

Sri Lanka racial violence between majority Buddhists and minority Muslims

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan police said yesterday that 19 people were arrested following racial violence in the country’s south that started over a dispute between majority Buddhists and minority Muslims. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said four people were injured in attacks that took place Friday night in areas surrounding the southern town of Galle. Homes, shops […]

‘Mounting evidence’ of Myanmar genocide

Posted by on 16/11/2017
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‘Mounting evidence’ of Myanmar genocide

‘Mounting evidence’ of Myanmar genocide

WASHINGTON: Myanmar security forces slit the throats of Muslim Rohingya, burned victims alive, and gang-raped women and girls, according to two separate reports detailing mounting evidence of genocide against the minority group. Human Rights Watch focused on the use of sexual violence in its report on the military’s campaign against the Rohingya, and concluded that […]

India PM remains overwhelmingly popular: Pew poll

Posted by on 16/11/2017
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India PM remains overwhelmingly popular: Pew poll

India PM remains overwhelmingly popular: Pew poll

NEW DELHI: Nearly nine out of 10 Indians hold a favorable opinion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and more than two-thirds are satisfied with the direction he is taking the country, a Pew survey has found, two years before he heads into a general election. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition won the biggest parliamentary majority […]

Pakistan indifferent as smog kills more people than militancy

Posted by on 16/11/2017
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Pakistan indifferent as smog kills more people than militancy

Pakistan indifferent as smog kills more people than militancy

ISLAMABAD: The toxic smog that has covered parts of Pakistan for weeks has exposed official torpor over rampant pollution that has killed thousands more people than have died in years of militancy. The polluted air that has lingered in Islamabad in recent days was finally dispelled by rain this week, bringing the surrounding Margalla Hills […]

15 Bullet-ridden bodies of kidnapped victims found in Pakistan

Posted by on 15/11/2017
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15 Bullet-ridden bodies of kidnapped victims found in Pakistan

15 Bullet-ridden bodies of kidnapped victims found in Pakistan

QUETTA: Pakistani police yesterday found 15 bullet-ridden bodies of kidnap victims near the border with Iran, a favored route for human traffickers taking workers illegally to Europe. The bodies were found abandoned in a mountainous region of Buleda, in Baluchistan province, 600 km south of the provincial capital of Quetta, district commissioner Bashir Ahmad Bangalzai […]

Cow vigilantes arrested

Posted by on 15/11/2017
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Cow vigilantes arrested

Cow vigilantes arrested

NEW DELHI: Indian police have arrested two Hindu farmers in connection with the killing of a Muslim man suspected of smuggling cows to a slaughter house, the investigating officer said yesterday. Hardline Hindu groups have gained prominence since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in 2014, and the protection of […]

Jailed in UAE over Tramadol, Indian workers seek mercy

Posted by on 14/11/2017
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Jailed in UAE over Tramadol, Indian workers seek mercy

Jailed in UAE over Tramadol, Indian workers seek mercy

Tanzanian domestic workers raped and abused in Gulf JAGTIAL, India: When Lakshmi Motam sent 20 tramadol tablets from her south Indian village to her laborer husband in Dubai, she didn’t realize the pain relief pills would land him in jail. Tramadol, a synthetic opioid painkiller that her husband used for his aches and pains was […]

New islands could solve Bangladesh’s land crisis

Posted by on 14/11/2017
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New islands could solve Bangladesh’s land crisis

New islands could solve Bangladesh’s land crisis

DHAKA: Dozens of new islands have emerged from the waters around Bangladesh over the last decade, providing a possible solution to the existential threat that rising sea levels pose to the low-lying coastal nation. The government said Monday that 29 islands with a combined area of 125,370 acres had emerged from the Bay of Bengal […]