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Taliban announces three-day ceasefire over Eid
Suspension of hostilities is first at end of Ramadan since 2001 but operations against ‘foreign occupiers’ will continueThe Taliban have announced a three-day ceasefire over Eid, the holiday that caps off Ramadan, though they said operations against “foreign occupiers” would continue.It is the first time the group has agreed to a ceasefire at Eid since the US invasion in 2001. Related: The US and Afghanistan: can’t win the war, can’t stop it, can’t leave Continue reading... [...]
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The new arrivals: the final chapter
As we conclude our award-winning series, our protagonist decides life in Britain is too hard for asylum seekers Eighteen months ago, we invited you to follow a project we were embarking on with Le Monde, El País and Der Spiegel to look more closely at the lives of refugees and asylum seekers as they tried to make new homes for themselves in Europe.Almost 10,000 of you signed up to this newsletter, and this is the final instalment. Continue reading... [...]
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Woman found dead under mysterious conditions in 5-star Delhi hotel
Woman found dead under mysterious conditions in 5-star Delhi hotel [...]
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Bollywood film draws flak for female masturbation scene
Veere Di Wedding also shows women having casual sex, swearing and smokingA hit Bollywood film described as India’s answer to Sex and the City is causing controversy for its depiction of women masturbating, having casual sex and smoking.Veere Di Wedding, Hindi for Friend’s Wedding, is a buddy comedy about four childhood friends who live in Delhi’s upmarket southern neighbourhoods and reunite for one of their weddings. Continue reading... [...]
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'All ready to go' for summit with North Korea, says Donald Trump
'All ready to go' for summit with North Korea, says Donald Trump [...]
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'I couldn't even scream': survival and abuse inseparable for Kabul children | Pariwash Gouhari
Street children are forced to brave violent sexual predators in the Afghan capital as they struggle to earn moneyFor 14-year-old Ahmed*, life as a kid on the streets of the Afghan capital has become synonymous with abuse. His voice calm and unwavering, Ahmed reels off stories of the assaults he has suffered over the years. “One day, a man asked me to buy him a pack of chewing gum. I went out and bought it, and took it back to his house,” Ahmed tells me in a dimly-lit apartment he shares with his family. “He then forced me inside his home and raped me.” It happened two years ago, but his stories go back to when he was five years old.Violence is an accepted form of punishment in most households, and children get used to it Related: Kids working on Kabul's streets get a second chance at childhood | Sune Engel Rasmussen Continue reading... [...]
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Tell-all memoir 'risks derailing' Imran Khan election hopes
Punjab court delays book by ex-wife Reham said to malign politician aiming to be Pakistan’s prime ministerA tell-all memoir by Imran Khan’s second wife is causing uproar in Pakistan and threatens to derail the former cricketer’s campaign to be elected prime minister next month.Reham Khan, 45, a journalist, married the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party chairman in 2015 but the couple divorced less than a year later. She has said the book will reveal details about their marriage and the inner workings of Pakistani politics. Related: Hopes for rare peaceful handover as Pakistan election date announced Continue reading... [...]
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Arun Jaitley turns fact-checker after Rahul tears into BJP in Mandsaur
Arun Jaitley turns fact-checker after Rahul tears into BJP in Mandsaur [...]
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Audio clip 'captures Bangladeshi police killing drugs suspect'
Death of Akramul Haque raises fresh fears over extrajudicial killings in drugs crackdownA recorded phone conversation that appears to capture Bangladeshi police killing a local politician has raised fresh concerns over a Philippines-style drugs crackdown, after 130 people were shot dead in three weeks.Bangladesh’s elite Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) said last week it had killed Akramul Haque in a gunfight on 27 May. It accused Haque, 46, of being a drug dealer and claimed to have found two guns and thousands of methamphetamine pills on his body. Related: Bangladesh's Philippines-style drugs war creating 'atmosphere of terror' Continue reading... [...]
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Brands including Ikea shun new safety accord after Rana Plaza disaster
New pact follows Bangladesh Accord, a safety agreement reached after building collapse killed more than 1,000 workers American retailer Abercrombie and Fitch, Swedish furniture giant Ikea and the clothing label of rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs are among the brands yet to sign a new accord to uphold the safety of millions of garment workers in Bangladesh.The pact follows on from the Bangladesh Accord, the largest of the safety agreements signed between brands and unions five years ago after 1,134 garment industry workers were killed in the collapse of the Rana Plaza building on the outskirts of Dhaka. Related: Abuse is daily reality for female garment workers for Gap and H&M, says report 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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NHRC report blames WB Police for Ram Navami riots
NHRC report blames WB Police for Ram Navami riots [...]
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'The martyrs did it': bloody end to Indian copper plant saga
Few Tuticorin residents are celebrating closure, with many battling cancer and sicknessDavid and Goliath are familiar characters in Tuticorin. The south Indian city, home to one of the country’s oldest Christian communities, has been fighting a giant. Days after 13 protesters were fatally gunned down by police, including a teenage girl, activists won a key victory over one of the world’s largest mining companies.For more than two decades, Sterlite, a subsidiary of the London-listed Vedanta Resources, has been operating a copper smelter on the outskirts of the city. Over the same period, activists have been arguing the site is fouling Tuticorin’s air and water, and has caused unnaturally high cancer rates in surrounding villages. Related: Indian copper plant shut down days after deadly protests Related: Police in south India accused of mass murder after shooting dead protesters Related: Closure of Vedanta copper plant in India must be followed by a cleanup | Letters Continue reading... [...]
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India Today impact: Thane police registers case against crypto scam mastermind
India Today impact: Thane police registers case against crypto scam mastermind [...]
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EC orders probe after Congress flags over 60 lakh 'fake voters' in MP
EC orders probe after Congress flags over 60 lakh 'fake voters' in MP [...]
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Imran Khan’s rise is a metaphor for a changing world the west has failed to see | Jason Burke
The ex-cricketer joins a long list of outsiders who are transforming global politicsIt is election season in Pakistan. Expect massive rallies, dust, shouted slogans in stadiums, dirty tricks, a modicum of violence and industrial quantities of sweet tea consumed by candidates and voters alike.The frontrunner in the poll is Imran Khan, the cricketer turned politician. Now 65, Khan has been on the stump for two decades. This is a long time in politics. I stood close enough at one of his first major rallies in his hometown of Lahore in 1998 to read his speech over his shoulder. The first line on the first page read: “Believe in Pakistan.” I was sceptical of his prospects and my report was headlined No Khan Do. Related: Pakistan is my home. But as a journalist, my life is in danger there | Taha Siddiqui Related: Pakistan must reject US aid and exit the war on terror, says Imran Khan Continue reading... [...]
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Schools to remain closed as Nipah virus death toll rises to 18 in Kerala
Schools to remain closed as Nipah virus death toll rises to 18 in Kerala [...]
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Mob tried to open jeep door, hit our men: CRPF on Srinagar incident
Mob tried to open jeep door, hit our men: CRPF on Srinagar incident [...]
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Arbaaz Khan admits to IPL betting, losing 'several millions'
Arbaaz Khan admits to IPL betting, losing 'several millions' [...]
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Russian pilot found after three decades missing in Afghanistan
Military veterans group says man whose plane was shot down wants to return to RussiaA Russian pilot who was missing presumed dead after his plane was shot down three decades ago during the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan has been found alive and wants to come home, according to a military veterans group.“He is still alive. It’s very astonishing. Now he needs help,” the head of the Russian paratroopers’ union, Valery Vostrotin, told RIA Novosti state news agency on Friday. Related: Soviet soldier presumed dead found living in Afghanistan Related: Afghan village built on a Soviet dream collapsing into deadly power vacuum Continue reading... [...]
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The refugees who gave up on Britain
In the culmination of an award-winning 18-month project, the new arrivals, Kate Lyons traces an Afghan father and son’s harrowing journey to Britain – and the pressures that led them to flee all over againOn a drizzly afternoon in February, Philip Kelly made the short drive from his home near the centre of Derby to a street in Normanton, one of the poorer areas of the city. He stopped at one of the terraced houses owned by G4S, which has a government contract to provide housing to asylum seekers in the region. The upstairs flat was occupied by Said Ghullam Norzai, an asylum seeker from Afghanistan, and his 11-year-old son, Wali Khan.Kelly knocked on the door, but there was no answer. Said and his son had vanished. Almost two years after smuggling themselves into the UK in the back of a lorry from Calais – and just seven weeks before an asylum appeal hearing that might have allowed him to stay and work legally in the UK, Said had smuggled himself and his son back out of Britain. Related: How you can help refugees and asylum seekers in Britain Continue reading... [...]
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More than half MLAs in Karnataka won with less than 50% vote share: Report
More than half MLAs in Karnataka won with less than 50% vote share: Report [...]
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Two lions, two tigers and a jaguar escape from flood-ravaged German zoo
Two lions, two tigers and a jaguar escape from flood-ravaged German zoo [...]
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Tourists told to stay away from Indian city of Shimla due to water crisis
Residents use social media to beg holidaymakers to avoid area as supply runs dryResidents of the picturesque Indian hill station Shimla are begging tourists to stay away amid a severe drinking water shortage that is being compared to Cape Town’s water crisis.The Himalayan city was the former summer capital of the British Raj and continues to be popular with Indians fleeing scorching summers on the Gangetic plain. Water supplies have been critically low for at least the past three years but ran out completely on 20 May.It’s been 7th consecutive day when there is no water in Shimla .I request all the travellers, friends not to make plans to visit #Shimla, as right now it is facing a severe water crisis. #ShimlaWaterCrisis . @nitin_gadkari ji @VijayGoelBJP ji plZ help!Let us give #Shimla a break - No drinking water available in city for Ninth consecutive day. It's about time all of us stop visiting Shimla for a while. The city is facing acute water shortage because of various reasons. (1/2) Continue reading... [...]
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Myanmar and UN announce deal for safe return of Rohingya
United Nations says staff will visit Rakhine state in first step towards repatriation of 700,000 refugees camped in BangladeshMyanmar’s government has announced an agreement with two UN agencies for their help in the return of refugees who fled violence in western Rakhine state.About 700,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims have fled to squalid camps in neighbouring Bangladesh since last August, when Myanmar’s army led a brutal crackdown following insurgent attacks on security posts. Related: 'They are our brothers': Rohingya refugees find rare welcome in Aceh Related: Rohingya militants massacred Hindus in Myanmar, says Amnesty Continue reading... [...]
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It's official. Nobody wants Air India
It's official. Nobody wants Air India [...]
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BJP loses Kairana and Bhandara-Gondiya LS bypolls, NDA retains 2 other seats
BJP loses Kairana and Bhandara-Gondiya LS bypolls, NDA retains 2 other seats [...]
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Assembly bypoll results: BJP, allies lose 3 seats while Opposition parties retain their own
Assembly bypoll results: BJP, allies lose 3 seats while Opposition parties retain their own [...]
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Mumbai's summer camp for budding athletes – in pictures
Each summer, students attend the Shree Samarth Vyayam Mandir physical education institute in Mumbai, a training facility for the athletes of tomorrow Continue reading... [...]
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