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Afghans return home in record numbers as Iran currency plunges

Posted by on 09/08/2018
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Afghans return home in record numbers as Iran currency plunges

Afghans return home in record numbers as Iran currency plunges

Jobless Afghans cross border in search of work HERAT, Afghanistan: Migrant workers squeezed into battered taxis pull into the Four Seasons of Freedom hotel in western Afghanistan, part of a wave of Afghans forced to leave Iran after a currency implosion wiped out their earnings. A record 442,344 Afghans have voluntarily returned or been deported […]

Detained Bangladesh photographer back in police custody

Posted by on 08/08/2018
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Detained Bangladesh photographer back in police custody

Detained Bangladesh photographer back in police custody

DHAKA: An award-winning photographer who accused Bangladesh officers of assaulting him after his arrest during major protests in Dhaka was back in police custody after a medical checkup, an official said yesterday. Shahidul Alam, 63, was detained by plainclothes police at his home Sunday after giving an interview to Al Jazeera about the student demonstrations, […]

Indian state to investigate children’s shelters

Posted by on 08/08/2018
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Indian state to investigate children’s shelters

Indian state to investigate children’s shelters

MUMBAI: A northern Indian state is conducting audits of all children’s shelters after 23 girls and boys were rescued in a raid on one home where police said they were being sold for sex. Acting on a tip from a 13-year-old who escaped a shelter in the city of Deoria, in Uttar Pradesh state, police […]

Revered Indian leader dies at 94

Posted by on 07/08/2018
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Revered Indian leader dies at 94

Revered Indian leader dies at 94

CHENNAI: Thousands mourned in southern India yesterday after the death of revered 94-year-old political leader Muthuvel Karunanidhi. Karunanidhi, a charismatic self-styled champion of the poor, had been in intensive care since July 28 in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state. A big crowd had been thronging the streets outside the hospital since his hospitalization […]

India court demands action against rape at govt homes

Posted by on 07/08/2018
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India court demands action against rape at govt homes

India court demands action against rape at govt homes

Police rescue 24 girls from care home, arrest four NEW DELHI: India’s top court yesterday ordered the government to explain what it was doing to prevent rape at state-run children’s homes as horrific details emerge of sex abuse rings. Narendra Modi’s political opponents also seized on the scandals at two government-run facilities, accusing the prime […]

Sandals point to victims in mosque shattered by Indonesia quake

Posted by on 07/08/2018
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Sandals point to victims in mosque shattered by Indonesia quake

Sandals point to victims in mosque shattered by Indonesia quake

LADING-LADING: A shattered mosque in quake-hit northern Lombok, where sandals remain scattered outside its entrance, has become a focal point of the rescue effort after one weeping man was hauled out of the wreckage. An unknown number of worshippers were performing evening prayers at the Jabal Nur mosque in the village of Lading-Lading on Sunday […]

Bangladesh safety protests fizzle after days of violence

Posted by on 07/08/2018
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Bangladesh safety protests fizzle after days of violence

Bangladesh safety protests fizzle after days of violence

Eight buses were torched and hundreds of vehicles vandalized DHAKA: Days of protests over road safety in Bangladesh looked to be fizzling out yesterday after around 150 people were injured in clashes with riot police and pro-government thugs wielding iron bars. Nine days of protests saw tens of thousands of teenagers and students paralyze traffic […]

India asks telcos to find ways to block Facebook, WhatsApp

Posted by on 07/08/2018
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India asks telcos to find ways to block Facebook, WhatsApp

India asks telcos to find ways to block Facebook, WhatsApp

NEW DELHI: India has asked its telecom operators to find ways of blocking applications such as Facebook and messaging app WhatsApp in the case of misuse, according to a document seen by Reuters. India has in recent months intensified efforts to crack down on mass message forwards after it found that people were using social […]

Bangladesh floats death penalty for road deaths in bid to quell protests

Posted by on 06/08/2018
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Bangladesh floats death penalty for road deaths in bid to quell protests

Bangladesh floats death penalty for road deaths in bid to quell protests

DHAKA: Bangladesh yesterday promised to introduce the death penalty for deliberate road deaths in a bid to quell more than a week of demonstrations calling for better road safety, as new student-led protests were met with tear gas and rubber bullets. Over the weekend scores of people were hurt as police fired tear gas and […]

Bangladesh PM urges protesters to go home

Posted by on 05/08/2018
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Bangladesh PM urges protesters to go home

Bangladesh PM urges protesters to go home

Internet services have been shut down for 24 hours DHAKA: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged students yesterday to go home as police fired tear gas during an eighth day of unprecedented protests over road safety which have paralyzed parts of Dhaka. Students in their tens of thousands have brought parts of the capital to […]

Bangladesh teens block roads over road safety

Posted by on 04/08/2018
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Bangladesh teens block roads over road safety

Bangladesh teens block roads over road safety

DHAKA: Parts of the Bangladeshi capital ground to a halt for the seventh day running yesterday, as thousands of students staged protests calling for improvements to road safety after two teenagers were killed by a speeding bus. Authorities have pleaded with demonstrators to call off protests that have nearly paralyzed Dhaka and prompted foreign embassies […]

Fifth day of protests in Bangladesh

Posted by on 02/08/2018
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Fifth day of protests in Bangladesh

Fifth day of protests in Bangladesh

DHAKA: Bangladesh shut down high schools across the country yesterday as tens of thousands of students protested for a fifth straight day after two teenagers were killed by a speeding bus. Bangladesh’s transport sector is widely seen as corrupt, unregulated, and dangerous, and as news of the teenagers’ deaths spread rapidly on social media, they […]