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UK to deploy armed forces after Manchester attack, risk now 'critical,' says PM Theresa May
After the Manchester attack, the UK has raised its terror threat to the highest level of "critical." Its armed forces will be deployed to boost security, Prime Minister Theresa May said. [...]
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Big blow for Pakistan: Ex-ISI official admits Kulbhushan Jadhav was captured from Iran
An ex-ISI official has admitted that Kulbhushan Jadhav was captured in Iran. Pakistan claims its security forces arrested Jadhav on its own soil. [...]
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Mount Everest is straining under our weight. Time to dump the bucket list | Philip Hoare
As reports suggest damage to Hillary Step, a rocky outcrop on the mountain, we should remember we do not own these awesome places, no matter how many names we give themIt’s a scene from one of John Martin’s apocalyptic paintings. Or a modern disaster movie. But this isn’t CGI. Everest may have begun to collapse, as if under the collective weight of its explorers.Or so it seems. Reports that the rocky outcrop Hillary Step, named after Sir Edmund Hillary, who first climbed the mountain with Tenzing Norgay in 1953, may have been destroyed during the Nepal earthquake of 2015 (although some say it’s just been buried under snow), speak to our desire to extend our human dominion. Even the name signifies appropriation – our taxonomy of nature. Metaphorically, it seems, the Earth reacts. Related: Mount Everest's Hillary Step has collapsed, mountaineer confirms Continue reading... [...]
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Mount Everest's Hillary Step is still there, say Nepalese climbers
Rocky outcrop reported to have collapsed is covered in snow but intact, says chair of Nepal Mountaineering AssociationNepalese climbers have disputed reports that a famous rocky outcrop near the peak of Mount Everest has collapsed, saying the so-called Hillary Step is covered in snow but intact.The British mountaineer Tim Mosedale said at the weekend that the section of rock first traversed by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in their successful ascent of Everest in 1953 had collapsed – probably due to a 2015 earthquake. Related: Mount Everest is collapsing under our weight. Time to dump the bucket list | Philip Hoare Continue reading... [...]
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Up to 150 children under five die each day in Aung San Suu Kyi's Myanmar
Government reforms do not reach children worst affected by conflict and poverty, says Unicef report, calling for an end to blocks on aid deliveriesAs many as 150 children die every day in Myanmar before they reach their fifth birthday, the UN children’s agency said on Tuesday, in a report calling for the government to end blocks on humanitarian access to conflict areas.Despite reform and reconciliation efforts undertaken by the one-year-old government headed by Aung San Suu Kyi, children affected by widespread fighting and poverty are not reaping the benefits, Unicef added. Related: No respite for Rohingya as Aung San Suu Kyi rejects abuse inquiry – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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UN's North Korea sanctions monitors hit by 'sustained' cyber attack
The chair of a panel of United Nations experts investigating violations of sanctions on North Korea has written to UN officials and the UN Security Council's North Korea sanctions committee to inform them of a "sustained" cyber attack on the panel. [...]
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Kashmir conflict shifts with top militant vowing fight is for an Islamic state
Zakir Musa, a highly influential commander, distances himself from 70-year-old separatist movement and aligns himself with ideals of al-Qaida A serious rift has emerged within the decades-old insurgency against Indian rule in Kashmir, with a top militant commander vowing to establish a Islamic system in the disputed Himalayan region and repudiating the goal of an independent nation.Zakir Musa, the commander of Kashmir’s largest anti-India militia, has explicitly distanced himself from the 70-year-old independence movement in the valley as well as from elements who wish to merge with Pakistan, declaring his fight is “exclusively for Islam, so that Sharia [Islamic law] is established here”. Related: India’s crackdown in Kashmir: is this the world’s first mass blinding? Related: Kashmir braces for Eid bloodshed amid summer of violent protests Related: Kashmir conflict ebbs as new wave of militant emerges Continue reading... [...]
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War Machine review – Brad Pitt goes over the top in Afghan war satire
Based on real-life events, David Michôd’s take on the war in Afghanistan plays for laughs and misses the mark Related: War Machine: let battle commence in Netflix assault on cinema Not funny enough to be satire, not realistic enough to count as political commentary, not exciting enough to work as a war movie, David Michôd’s supposedly Helleresque romp, released on Netflix, is an imperfect non-storm of unsuccess. Related: Brad Pitt speaks about his divorce from Angelina Jolie and his heavy drinking Continue reading... [...]
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Kids working on Kabul's streets get a second chance at childhood | Sune Engel Rasmussen
Afghan parents in desperate poverty often rely on sending children to work, but a school run on donations offers young people an alternative to a life of toilOmid used to spend his days in traffic jams around Kabul, washing cars with a ragged cloth. At the end of the day, the seven-year-old took home the money he had earned so his father wouldn’t sell another piece of furniture from the house to buy drugs.Haroon began working in traffic at the age of six, as an espandi, warding off evil spirits by waving a tin of coals over car bonnets so smoke wafted through drivers’ windows. On his best day of business, a woman stopped in an armoured vehicle and handed him 1,000 afghanis (£11). On most days, he earned less than 100 afghanis. Related: 'Americans bomb our children every day, so why would they care about polio?' Related: 'We’re the sons of Afghanistan, but our leaders have forgotten about us' | Matthew Green Continue reading... [...]
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Mount Everest's Hillary Step has collapsed, mountaineer confirms
Tim Mosedale says destruction of rocky outcrop, possibly in 2015 earthquake, may make climbing to summit more dangerousA British mountaineer has confirmed that a famous rocky outcrop near the peak of Mount Everest has collapsed, potentially making the climb more dangerous. The Hillary Step, named after Sir Edmund Hillary who, along with the sherpa Tenzing Norgay, was the first person to climb the mountain in 1953, may have been destroyed during the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Related: American climber dies and Indian man goes missing on Mount Everest Continue reading... [...]
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#HurriyatTruthTapes: NIA grills Kashmir separatists for second consecutive day
Farooq Ahmed Dar and Ghazi Javed Baba were on Sunday questioned for a second consecutive day by the NIA, following a special investigative report by India Today that exposed how separatist leaders were ready to bleed the Kashmir Valley for money. [...]
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May 17 movement: Chennai Police denies volunteers permission to gather at Marina beach
Every year, volunteers from the 'May 17 movement' gather near Chennai's Marina Beach to remember Tamil fighters and Sri Lankan Tamils killed in the final days of the Sri Lankan civil war. This year, Chennai Police had other plans. [...]
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German woman and Afghan guard killed by gunmen in Kabul
Finnish woman is kidnapped after attackers storm guesthouse belonging to Swedish charity in Afghan capitalUnknown gunmen killed two people, a German woman and an Afghan guard, and appear to have abducted a Finnish woman in Kabul on Saturday evening, according to officials. The attackers stormed a guesthouse belonging to Operation Mercy, a Swedish charity, at around 11pm on Saturday, off Darulaman Road in western Kabul. A third foreigner escaped the kidnapping attempt, a spokesman for the Afghan interior ministry told Reuters. Continue reading... [...]
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Maharashtra Congress MLA Nitesh Rane rubbishes extortion charge levelled by Juhu-based restaurateur
Maharashtra Congress MLA Nitesh Rane has refuted allegations of extortion levelled against him by a restaurant owner in Mumbai. This after a Juhu-based restaurateur lodged an FIR against Rane on Friday. [...]
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Vice-president leaves Afghanistan amid torture and rape claims
Abdul Rashid Dostum has not faced justice over allegations of kidnapping and torture, despite government’s promises of justiceAfghanistan’s vice-president has left the country after a six-month standoff following allegations that he illegally detained a political rival and had him raped with an assault rifle. Abdul Rashid Dostum flew to Turkey on Friday evening reportedly for medical treatment, according to sources in the Afghan government. Dostum is believed to have alcohol problems and claims to suffer from diabetes. Related: Afghanistan orders arrest of vice-president's guards amid rape claims Continue reading... [...]
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Madhya Pradesh: BJP leader running sex racket in Bhopal, exposed; sacked from party
According to the police, Shakya and the gang used to call girls to Bhopal by assuring them jobs and then push them into prostitution. [...]
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Myanmar failing to stop spread of religious violence, UN envoy says
Special rapporteur on human rights calls on Aung San Suu Kyi’s government to curb hate speech and attacks by nationalistsMyanmar must do more to prevent the drastic escalation of religious intolerance and violence following clashes between ultranationalist Buddhists and minority Muslims in Yangon, a senior United Nations envoy has said. Speaking to the Guardian, Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, called on the year-old National League for Democracy government led by Aung San Suu Kyi to strengthen its efforts to curb hate speech and violence drummed up by nationalist groups. Related: Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar's great hope fails to live up to expectations Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif feels the heat as Opposition slams govt for mishandling Jadhav's case at ICJ
After the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday stayed the execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pakistan Nawaz Sharif's government came under heavy fire from the people and Opposition alike for mishandling the case. [...]
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UN court orders Pakistan not to execute Indian man accused of spying
International court of justice rules more time must be allowed to hear appeal in case straining troubled relationship with IndiaThe international court of justice has ordered Pakistan to temporarily stay the execution of an Indian national convicted of spying. The UN court ruled that a death sentence against Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former naval officer, should not be carried out until it could formally examine an appeal lodged by the Indian government.I assure the nation that under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi we will leave no stone unturned to save #KulbhushanJadhav. Continue reading... [...]
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'It all depends on how I behave' – press freedom under threat in Bangladesh
The Awami League-controlled government has charged and jailed journalists using vague new laws Mahfuz Anam still laughs at the size of the damages claims he was landed with last year. “It amounted to about US $8bn [£6.2bn],” the editor of Bangladesh’s Daily Star newspaper said. “I’m in the realm of Bill Gates.” Related: Bangladesh reproached over inquiry into torture and murder of activist Related: Should writers boycott book festivals in countries where rights are under threat? Continue reading... [...]
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Top 10 novels about Pakistan
From Kamila Shamsie to Salman Rushdie, and some names still unfamiliar to English readers, here is some of the best fiction about a nation set to turn 70 this yearA while ago I emailed a Pakistani news editor, introducing myself and pitching a column. He replied promptly saying that while we hadn’t met, he was well acquainted with my work. In fact, when his Australian girlfriend had asked him to recommend a book to help her understand Pakistani society better, he’d handed her my comic satire, The Diary of a Social Butterfly. The relationship, he wrote, had ended soon after. He neglected to mention whether he deemed my book culpable but, for the record, he did not offer me that column.I had better luck with my Indian editor. Travelling with her American boyfriend, she gave him my second novel Duty Free as a useful guide to the lives and loves of desi society. He spent a good part of the holiday, she recounted, reading my novel and chuckling to himself. They are now happily married. I cannot claim that my book played a decisive role in sealing that relationship but let me just say I was invited to their wedding. Related: Discontent and Its Civilizations – Pakistan’s place in the world Related: Top 10 megacities in fiction Continue reading... [...]
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Legal Assistance Establishments will provide access of justice, says Supreme Court judge
Supreme Court Judge, Justice Misra today inaugurated the first Legal Assistance Establishment in Delhi State Legal Services Authority at Patiala House Courts Complex. [...]
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Farmers protest against approval to GM Mustard, fear its use may mean end of 'Sarson ka Saag'
Farmers warn that if GM mustard is allowed, it will lead to increased use of chemicals, which will poison the leaves of Sarson Ka Saag, making them unfit for human consumption. [...]
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Trouble in Palaniswami camp? 11 AIADMK legislators hold secret meeting inside MLA hostel in Chennai
In what indicates that all is not be well inside Tamil Nadu CM E Palaniswami's camp, 11 of his legislators held a secret meeting inside the MLA hostel right under the chief minister's nose in Chennai. [...]
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Indian court allows 10-year-old rape victim to have an abortion
Girl had crossed 20-week legal limit after which terminations are usually only allowed if there is danger to life of mother or babyA 10-year-old girl who was raped will be allowed to have an abortion even though she has crossed the 20-week limit for terminations in India, police in the country said on Wednesday.The child has said she was repeatedly raped by her stepfather, who has since been arrested. Related: India's doctors learn safer abortion techniques to cut maternal deaths | Sophie Cousins Continue reading... [...]
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UN expects India's growth rate to almost touch 8 percent next year
The UN report has revised downward India's economic growth forecast for 2017 and predicted a 0.3 percent increase from 7.6 percent projected at the beginning of this year. [...]
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Harish Salve charged Re 1 to fight Kulbhushan Jadhav case at International Court of Justice
Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said Salve charged only a nominal amount of Re 1 as his fee. [...]
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Chhattisgarh: Two DRG jawans injured in encounter with Naxals, evacuated by Air Force
An Indian Air Force chopper flew two DRG jawans to Raipur for treatment, after evacuating them from a Naxal-infested area in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district. They were injured during exchange of fire between DRGs and Naxals. [...]
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