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Briton among five G4S employees killed in Kabul attack
Taliban claim responsibility for bomb and gun attack on security firm’s compoundFive employees of the security firm G4S, one British and four Afghan, have been killed in a Taliban bomb and gun attack on the company’s compound in Kabul.Militants attacked the compound in the Afghan capital late on Wednesday, detonating a vehicle bomb outside the gate before attempting to force their way inside. Continue reading... [...]
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AFP investigating Australian soldiers over alleged war crimes in Afghanistan
Federal police won’t reveal the identity of those subject to the investigationThe Australian federal police have confirmed they are investigating allegations of war crimes committed by Australian soldiers during the Afghanistan conflict.The AFP issued a statement saying: “In June 2018, the Australian federal police (AFP) received a referral to investigate allegations of war crimes committed by Australian soldiers during the Afghanistan conflict.” Continue reading... [...]
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Concrete camps being built for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh – video
Footage obtained by the Guardian shows concrete camps being constructed for Rohingya refugees on a sediment island in Bangladesh, part of controversial plans to relocate hundreds of thousands of people. The video reveals the living conditions that 100,000 refugees will face, who could be brought to the island early next year Continue reading... [...]
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North Sentinel Island and the strange death of John Allen Chau – podcast
The death of an American missionary on a remote Indian island has sparked a backlash in India. The Guardian’s Michael Safi describes how John Allen Chau was killed after trying to preach Christianity to one of the world’s last remaining indigenous societies who live in total isolation. Plus John Harris on the trouble with AirbnbJohn Allen Chau was last seen alive on the morning of 16 November. He had paid a group of fishermen to take him to the remote Indian island of North Sentinel, where a tribe is thought to have lived for more than 30,000 years with barely any outside contact. The Guardian’s Michael Safi has been following the case, which has drawn interest from across the globe and caused uproar in India. He traces the story of the Sentinelese and their contact with colonialists and anthropologists, which foreshadowed the events of this month. Continue reading... [...]
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Sri Lanka's most senior military official in court over civil-war abductions
Ravindra Wijegunaratne, the chief of the defence staff, is accused of aiding the abduction of 11 people in the final stages of the warSri Lanka’s most senior military official has been jailed as a court investigates allegations he helped cover up the disappearance of 11 people during the final months of the country’s three-decade civil war.Ravindra Wijegunaratne, the chief of defence staff, avoided an arrest warrant for weeks before police detained him on Wednesday, after he was accused of trying to abduct a key witness in the case at the weekend. Related: ‘In my dreams I see my son’: Sri Lanka mourns its missing – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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The Pushkar connection of Nehru-Gandhi family
The Pushkar connection of Nehru-Gandhi family [...]
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Kartarpur corridor: No talks on execution?
Kartarpur corridor: No talks on execution? [...]
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At least 30 Afghan civilians killed in US air strike in Helmand province
The latest casualties come from a surge in air operations aimed at driving the Taliban into talks At least 30 Afghan civilians have been killed in US air strikes in the Afghan province of Helmand, officials and residents of the area said on Wednesday, the latest casualties from a surge in air operations aimed at driving the Taliban into talks. Afghanistan’s NATO-led force said Afghan government forces and US advisers came under fire from Taliban fighters in a compound in Garmsir district and called in an air strike. But the ground forces were not aware of any civilians in or near the compound. Helmand provincial governor Mohammad Yasin Khan said troops had called in air strikes against Taliban fighters in Garmsir, causing both civilian and Taliban casualties. Continue reading... [...]
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India has no plans to recover body of US missionary killed by tribe
‘We have decided not to disturb the Sentinelese,’ says anthropologist involved in John Allen Chau caseIndian authorities say they have no plans to recover the body of John Allen Chau, an American missionary who was killed by members of an isolated tribe on a remote island.An anthropologist involved in the case told the Guardian authorities had concluded that for now it was impossible to retrieve the remains of Chau without provoking further conflict with the Sentinelese, the small tribe who populate North Sentinel Island. Continue reading... [...]
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The Guardian view on the World Chess Championship: not just a popularity contest | Editorial
The game has regained its popularity thanks to the rise of Asian giants and the world wide webThe World Chess Championship match between the title-holder, Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, and his American challenger, Fabiano Caruana will finally be decided tomorrow, after a three-week struggle in which all 12 games of long-form chess they have played has been drawn. They now embark on a series of “rapidplay” games – lasting about an hour, roughly a sixth of the time it normally takes. If they are still locked together after four such contests, the two grandmasters play a series of up to five mini-matches of roughly 10-minute blitz games to try and determine the winner. Then, if the scores are still level they play a single so-called Armageddon game, in which if the player with the black pieces can manage to draw the game – white goes first and has a time advantage so this is easier said than done – he wins the title. Armageddon would be a first for the world championship and an extraordinary way to decide it.The match has divided chess aficionados. Grandmaster chess at this level is so rarefied – the pair are the top players in the world – that they can cancel each other out. Some observers have found that a little dull, pining for the heroic days of chess when players still made errors, theory wasn’t quite so exhaustive and computer analysis hadn’t superseded the human brain in determining what grandmasters like to refer to as the “truth” of a position. But others have gloried in the high standard of the play, the brilliance of the defensive resources employed by both players and the fact that at least half of the 12 classical games were spiritedly fought and could, with lesser defenders, have produced a decisive result. Continue reading... [...]
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Powdered polio vaccine brings hope to Nigeria and Pakistan
New method of freeze-drying IPV maintains its potency in hot conditionsA polio vaccine that can be stored as a dried powder at room temperature could offer a new way to help eradicate the disease, according to researchers.While existing vaccines have led to polio being eliminated in many countries around the world, including the UK, the highly contagious virus still circulates in the populations of countries including Nigeria and Pakistan, where it can cause paralysis or even death. Related: Polio double vaccine gives better protection, study finds Continue reading... [...]
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Bangladesh to eject safety inspectors brought in after Rana Plaza disaster
Closing Dhaka office will limit international ability to inspect clothing supply chains for brands like H&M, Esprit and PrimarkAn international inspection regime put in place after the collapse of a Bangladesh garment factory killed more than 1,100 people will be forced to leave the country on Friday, with activists warning of “profound and lasting” consequences for worker safety.A restraining order imposed by the Bangladesh high court will come into force on 30 November, forcing the Accord for Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh to close its Dhaka office, limiting its ability to inspect thousands of factories supplying clothes for brands including H&M, Esprit and Primark. Related: Rana Plaza, five years on: safety of workers hangs in balance in Bangladesh | Michael Safi and Dominic Rushe Continue reading... [...]
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Seers oppose UP govt's proposal to erect Lord Ram's statue on the banks of Sarayu
Seers oppose UP govt's proposal to erect Lord Ram's statue on the banks of Sarayu [...]
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UK pledges £35m to Afghanistan as food crisis worsens
Severe food insecurity is predicted to affect almost half of the country’s rural population by early next yearThe UK government has announced £35m of new funding to help the growing crisis in Afghanistan as a new report warns that almost half of the rural population – 10.6 million people – are likely to be affected by severe food insecurity.The report, by independent multi-agency body the IPC, highlighted the spread of conflict and the ongoing drought which has displaced over 250,000 people, impacting Afghan incomes and leading to widespread malnutrition among children. Coupled with high food prices, there is significant cause to believe that extensive suffering could lead the country deeper into a humanitarian crisis. In a country where 20 million people rely on farming, the drought has caused a 45% drop in agricultural output this year, according to the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture. Continue reading... [...]
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Three members of US military killed in Afghanistan explosion
Improvised explosive device also injures three US troopsUS civilian contractor also wounded in blast in GhazniThree US military service members were killed and three wounded when an improvised explosive device detonated on Tuesday near the central Afghan city of Ghazni, the Nato-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement. Related: Afghanistan suicide bomber kills scores of Muslim scholars Continue reading... [...]
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The lesson from this missionary’s death? Leave the Sentinelese alone | Ajay Saini
The history of the Andaman islands means its inhabitants have good reason to fear outsiders. Let them be“Lord, is this island Satan’s last stronghold where none have heard or even had the chance to hear your name?” recorded John Allen Chau in a diary of his last days. Chau, a 26-year-old American missionary, wanted to “declare Jesus” to one of the world’s last uncontacted tribes – the Sentinelese, who inhabit the restricted North Sentinel island in the eastern Indian Ocean. The Sentinelese resist external contact and are known to express their will with arrows. On 17 November, they shot Chau dead, as he approached them with a Bible and some gifts. Now his body may not even be able to be retrieved, for fear of spreading disease to the island.Once, the entire Andamans were perceived as a “Satan’s stronghold”, an abode of a ferocious race that The Travels of Marco Polo caricatures as – “idolaters”, “no better than wild beasts”, who have “heads like dogs, and teeth and eyes likewise”, “ a most cruel generation”, who would eat everybody they could catch. These islands remained a terra incognita until the British colonised them in the late 18th century. A “civilised” race came in close contact with the “savages” – the Great Andamanese, the Onge, the Jarawa, the Sentinelese and the Jangil (extinct by the 1920s). The tribes exhibited an implacable hostility towards strangers, but the charge of cannibalism against them was unfounded. It was merely a misinterpretation of the ritual that some indigenous people practised – cutting and burning the dead to avoid their return as evil spirits. Related: Protect the lone Amazonian tribesman. He deserves to live in peace | Fiona Watson Continue reading... [...]
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Sentinel Island: calls to leave body of American killed by tribespeople
Attempts to retrieve remains of John Chau dangerous for both sides, says charityIndian authorities have been urged to abandon their efforts to recover the body of an American man killed while trying to preach Christianity to the isolated residents of a remote island.Police in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, an Indian territory in the Bay of Bengal, have made two boat trips to the area near North Sentinel Island since the missionary John Allen Chau was killed 11 days ago. Continue reading... [...]
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AAP passes resolution to bring Delhi Police under state government
AAP passes resolution to bring Delhi Police under state government [...]
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India, home of the world's tallest statue, announces plan to build a taller one
Uttar Pradesh will build a 221m-high effigy of the Hindu god Ram, dwarfing the current record-holder in Gujarat stateThe Indian state of Uttar Pradesh says it will build the world’s tallest statue, weeks after the current record holder – an 182-metre likeness of founding father Sardar Patel – was completed in another part of the country.If constructed, the 221m-high effigy of the Hindu god Ram in the town of Ayodhya could make India home to the world’s three tallest statues, with a 212-metre likeness of the medieval ruler Shivaji also currently under construction off the coast of Mumbai. Related: Celebrations as India unveils world’s tallest statue – in pictures Continue reading... [...]
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'When you rescue a trafficked child it's like saving a life'
The window available to identify and assist the huge number of trafficked children passing through Old Delhi station is fleeting. Yet, as India ramps up rescue efforts, there is real progressHalf a million passengers pass through Old Delhi railway station each day. Some of those hurrying out of its arched facade are children who will be sold to sweatshops or brothels by their adult companions. As the trains roll in – about 250 of them a day – and people fill the concourse, Ajish has just minutes to spot trafficked children before they leave the station and melt into the throng outside.Amazingly, this small window of opportunity is all he and his team at the Childline India Foundation need to rescue 90-100 children from the clutches of traffickers each month. Related: The scandal of the missing children abducted from India’s railway stations Continue reading... [...]
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At least 20 police killed in Taliban ambush in western Afghanistan
New police chief among those who died when convoy was attacked in Farah provinceTwenty policemen were killed in a Taliban ambush of a police convoy in western Afghanistan and 10 troops died in an insurgent attack on an army checkpoint in the north, Afghan officials said on Monday, as minority Shias took to the streets of Kabul for the second day to protest against the arrest of a local militia commander.During the demonstration in the Afghan capital, protesters opened fire on the police, wounding four policemen. The deputy interior minister, Gen Akhtar Mohammad Ibrahimi, said 44 policemen were also injured when protesters threw stones and other hard objects at them. Related: Russia hosts talks between Taliban and Afghan peace council Continue reading... [...]
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Delhi school admissions start from mid-December
Delhi school admissions start from mid-December [...]
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Police stake out area where American killed by Andaman tribespeople
Authorities are trying to recover the body of John Allen Chau but first have to ‘learn nuances’ of the islanders’ behaviour Police on the Andaman islands have staked out a remote area where tribespeople were seen burying the body of an American adventurer and Christian missionary after allegedly killing him with arrows.Indian authorities are trying to recover the remains of 26-year-old John Allen Chau, who was killed by North Sentinel islanders who apparently shot him with arrows and then buried his body on the beach earlier this month. Related: Man killed on remote Indian island tried to 'declare Jesus' to tribe Continue reading... [...]
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Bahrain bans opposition groups, holds elections, then says it was all democratic
Bahrain bans opposition groups, holds elections, then says it was all democratic [...]
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Former Union minister, Kannada actor Ambareesh dies at 66
Former Union minister, Kannada actor Ambareesh dies at 66 [...]
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Power dressing in Pakistan: how fashion became a battleground
The renaissance of Pakistani fashion is a sign of women’s growing independence, and has fuelled the religious right’s ireIn the luxurious surroundings of a top hotel, a parade of glamorous, impossibly slim women walk with gazelle-like grace down the catwalk. Bare midriffs and legs are proudly displayed in intricately embroidered golden fabrics, and there isn’t a veil in sight. This is Pakistan Fashion Week, the jewel in the country’s haute couture crown and an unrivalled glimpse into a creative industry that has surged in recent years. There’s just one thing that’s not quite as you might expect: Pakistan Fashion Week is not in Karachi or Islamabad but in London.“The religious identity that is given to our country to some extent precedes the cultural identity. Many things that are beautiful in our culture are often suppressed and not prominent to their full extent at times,” says the fashion designer Fahad Hussayn. “There is a clash between the religious right and the cosmopolitan youth.” In Pakistan itself, the location of fashion shows is rarely publicised in advance and they are subject to strict security measures, meaning that they tend to be held in Europe and Dubai. Continue reading... [...]
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Schoolchildren among at least 25 killed in India bus crash
Official says vehicle fell into a canal in Karnataka state after driver lost controlAt least 25 people were killed when a speeding bus fell into a canal in southern India, an official has said. Many of the victims were reportedly schoolchildren.Dr G Parameshwara, the Karnataka state deputy chief minister, said the accident occurred on Saturday in the Mandya district, as the driver lost control of the vehicle at high speed. Continue reading... [...]
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Madhya Pradesh polls: Will BJP's lone Muslim candidate avenge her father's defeat?
Madhya Pradesh polls: Will BJP's lone Muslim candidate avenge her father's defeat? [...]
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