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Tea, haircuts, fish bones: Letting the light into Pakistan

Posted by on 12/02/2018
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Tea, haircuts, fish bones: Letting the light into Pakistan

Tea, haircuts, fish bones: Letting the light into Pakistan

MURID KHOSO: Reclining comfortably on a bed outside his mud home, 75-year-old farmer Mohammad Khoso watches life go by. His family is now the centre of everyone’s envy in the southern Pakistani village of Murid Khoso – they have electricity. “Now I can eat fish and not worry about bones getting stuck in my throat,” […]

Afghan war intensifies in 2018 ‘game changer’

Posted by on 11/02/2018
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Afghan war intensifies in 2018 ‘game changer’

Afghan war intensifies in 2018 ‘game changer’

Relentless airstrikes pummel Islamist militant groups KABUL: Fighting in Afghanistan has escalated with US and Afghan officials tipping 2018 to be a “game-changer” as relentless airstrikes pummel Islamist militant groups-but others warn the 16-year war has simply become a more violent stalemate. A traditional easing in fighting during the freezing winter months has been absent […]

Pakistani rights advocate Asma Jahangir dies

Posted by on 11/02/2018
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Pakistani rights advocate Asma Jahangir dies

Pakistani rights advocate Asma Jahangir dies

LAHORE: Leading Pakistani human rights advocate Asma Jahangir has died, her family said Sunday, in a major blow to the country’s embattled rights community. She was 66. The lawyer and former UN special rapporteur died of cardiac arrest, according to her sister. “Unfortunately we have lost her,” Hina Jilani, also a prominent rights activist and […]

10 killed in attack on India military camp in Kashmir

Posted by on 11/02/2018
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10 killed in attack on India military camp in Kashmir

10 killed in attack on India military camp in Kashmir

  SRINAGAR: The death toll from a militant attack on an army base in the Indian-administered part of Kashmir climbed to 10, police said, as a siege at the compound stretched into a second day. A firefight erupted Saturday when an unknown number of heavily-armed militants stormed the base in Jammu, the second-largest city in […]

Modi becomes first Indian PM to visit West Bank

Posted by on 10/02/2018
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Modi becomes first Indian PM to visit West Bank

Modi becomes first Indian PM to visit West Bank

RAMALLAH: Narendra Modi on Saturday became the first Indian prime minister to visit the occupied West Bank where he held talks with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas as part of a Middle East tour. The visit, which came weeks after Modi hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was seen as an Indian effort to balance its […]

Death in Afghanistan or bitter life in Pakistan

Posted by on 10/02/2018
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Death in Afghanistan or bitter life in Pakistan

Death in Afghanistan or bitter life in Pakistan

PESHAWAR: Death awaits you in Afghanistan, says refugee Mohammad Wali, insisting he prefers to endure a grim existence in a Pakistani camp than return home and be killed. Islamabad has increasingly put Afghan refugees in the crosshairs in recent weeks, claiming that militants hide in Pakistani camps and calling for all refugees to be repatriated […]

Saudi Arabia executes 4 Pakistanis for murder, rape

Posted by on 08/02/2018
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Saudi Arabia executes 4 Pakistanis for murder, rape

Saudi Arabia executes 4 Pakistanis for murder, rape

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia yesterday executed four Pakistani men convicted of raping and murdering a woman and raping her teenage son, the interior ministry said. The men were also convicted of stealing jewelry and cash after entering the woman’s home in Riyadh and raping and strangling her, according to a ministry statement cited by the official […]

Maldives president shuns European diplomats

Posted by on 08/02/2018
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Maldives president shuns European diplomats

Maldives president shuns European diplomats

MALÉ, Maldives: Maldives President Abdulla Yameen refused yesterday to meet senior European diplomats who were the first foreign dignitaries to visit the troubled nation since his crackdown on the islands’ judiciary. Envoys from the European Union, Germany and Britain arrived in the capital after top judges and several other dissidents were arrested this week, as […]

Clashes as Bangladesh court jails Khaleda Zia for 5 years

Posted by on 08/02/2018
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Clashes as Bangladesh court jails Khaleda Zia for 5 years

Clashes as Bangladesh court jails Khaleda Zia for 5 years

Court finds former PM guilty of embezzling money DHAKA: A Bangladesh judge convicted opposition leader Khaleda Zia of corruption and sentenced her to five years in jail yesterday as police clashed with thousands of her supporters outside the court. The court found the two-time former premier guilty of embezzling money meant for an orphanage, a […]

‘Fake’ doctor accused of infecting 46 Indians with HIV

Posted by on 07/02/2018
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‘Fake’ doctor accused of infecting 46 Indians with HIV

‘Fake’ doctor accused of infecting 46 Indians with HIV

NEW DELHI: India is investigating claims an unlicensed doctor infected at least 46 people with HIV by re-using syringes, the latest case to expose the paucity of healthcare in the country of 1.25 billion. Police in Uttar Pradesh have registered a criminal case against Rajendra Yadav, who provided cheap door-to-door medical services to poor villagers […]

Pakistan’s court convicts 31 over campus lynching

Posted by on 07/02/2018
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Pakistan’s court convicts 31 over campus lynching

Pakistan’s court convicts 31 over campus lynching

PESHAWAR: A Pakistani court yesterday convicted 31 people over the campus lynching of a university student who was falsely accused of blasphemy, and sentenced one of them to death, a defense lawyer said. The killing of student Mashal Khan, 23, last year sparked an outcry and raised fresh questions about the misuse of a harsh […]

Maldives top court makes a U-turn, reverses rulings

Posted by on 07/02/2018
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Maldives top court makes a U-turn, reverses rulings

Maldives top court makes a U-turn, reverses rulings

Maldives president back in control MALE: Maldives President Abdulla Yameen appeared yesterday to have gained the upper hand in a bitter power struggle after a diminished Supreme Court reinstated the convictions of high-profile political dissidents including the exiled leader of the opposition. The tiny island nation, whose palm-fringed sandy beaches are a major tourist draw, […]