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Eight killed in bomb attack on cricket match in Afghanistan
Dozens also injured after blasts at a stadium in Jalalabad, with two explosions apparently aimed at people fleeingEight people have been killed and dozens more wounded by multiple explosions at a cricket match in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, officials said. The blasts occurred after evening prayers on Friday at a football stadium that was hosting a cricket match at the start of the holy month of Ramadan, Sohrab Qaderi, a member of the provincial council, said. Related: Britain cannot send its young to Afghanistan simply because Trump demands it | Owen Jones Continue reading... [...]
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India’s nicest jail: 'resort politics' and horse trading help decide who governs
When elections are tight, instead of appealing to loyalty or ideology, party officials lock MPs in resorts where they can’t be pressured into deals The Eagleton Resort on the outskirts of Bangalore boasts tennis courts, five restaurants and luxury suites that overlook its world-class golf course. For two days this week, it was India’s nicest jail.On Tuesday, results from a hard-fought election in south India’s Karnataka state were announced, showing neither prime minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), nor the incumbent Congress party, had won enough seats to govern outright. Related: Boost for Modi as BJP wins state election outside heartland Related: Discrimination kills 230,000 girls under five in India each year, study shows Continue reading... [...]
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Internet, schools shut | All you need to know about PM's Jammu-Kashmir visit
Internet, schools shut | All you need to know about PM's Jammu-Kashmir visit [...]
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Britain cannot send its young to Afghanistan simply because Trump demands it | Owen Jones
The US president should not be allowed to dictate UK defence policyWhen we will we ever learn? How many more young British soldiers do we have to send to be slaughtered, maimed or traumatised in futile foreign calamities at the behest of US presidents? In the buildup to Iraq and Libya, critics were ridiculed as naive peaceniks or demonised as the heartless useless idiots of former western clients Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi.What came next? Hundreds of thousands perished, millions were injured and displaced, while extremist jihadists flourished. With the British government preparing to bend to Donald Trump’s demands to double troops in Afghanistan, there are no excuses. We know the Afghan conflict – the longest in US history – has been a disaster. This is a blood sacrifice for the megalomaniac in the White House, paid by young Brits, teenagers among them.Before Trump assumed the presidency, it is notable that he described the war as a terrible mistake Related: UK may double troops in Afghanistan after Donald Trump request Continue reading... [...]
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RBI's monetary policy committee to hold 3-day meeting
RBI's monetary policy committee to hold 3-day meeting [...]
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Karnataka conundrum: Who has claim to govt formation, poll results explained in 7 points
Karnataka conundrum: Who has claim to govt formation, poll results explained in 7 points [...]
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Elderly woman homeless after demolition drive, Mumbai cop raises funds, arranges shelter
Elderly woman homeless after demolition drive, Mumbai cop raises funds, arranges shelter [...]
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Imprisoned, threatened and silenced: human rights workers across Asia are in danger | Andrew Gilmour
From the Philippines to Cambodia and Myanmar, civil society – and the people who defend it – are under attackSign up to receive the latest Australian opinion pieces every weekdayIn February, hundreds of Filipino participants in the peace process, environmental activists and human rights defenders were labeled “terrorists” by their own government. The security of the individuals on this list is at stake, and some have fled the Philippines. The UN independent expert on the rights of indigenous peoples – Victoria Tauli-Corpuz – was on this list. This followed the vilification only months before of another UN independent expert – Agnès Callamard – who deals with extra-judicial executions. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared that he wanted to slap her, and later announced that he would like to throw other UN human rights officials to the crocodiles. The national commission on human rights in the Philippines was threatened with a zero budget and its former chair, Senator Leila de Lima, is in detention for her advocacy.Those working for religious freedom have been called “anti-Islam”, they and their families threatened or harassed. Related: ‘Slow genocide’: Myanmar’s invisible war on the Kachin Christian minority Continue reading... [...]
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Yangon's two-week landfill fire raises burning questions for authorities
Attempts to put out a huge blaze in Htein Bin rubbish dump have left experts asking why basic safeguards and control measures were not employedA pale haze still lingers over Yangon’s Hlaingthaya Township, where the sprawling Htein Bin landfill burned for 14 days. For many residents of the township – one of Myanmar’s poorest and most populous – life continues as usual: mothers feed their babies in small huts on the fringes of the dump; packs of dogs roam the plastic wasteland, searching for something edible among the soft-drink bottles.Hlaingthaya residents say the dump catches fire most years, but the blazes have never been this big or lasted so long. More than two dozen people were hospitalised for smoke inhalation and injuries linked to the fire between 20 April, when it broke out, and 3 May, when authorities finally declared the situation under control.What they’re doing with the water is only creating a bigger problem for the futureThe firefighters don’t have oxygen tanks or anything. They’re just out there with basic masks, which are not enough Related: New York comes clean: the controversial story of the Fresh Kills dumpsite Continue reading... [...]
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Journalism taught me about facts but writing a novel helped me understand truth | Ben Doherty
I thought being a reporter could teach me everything there is to know about the difference between fact and fiction. I was wrongI always thought I had a handle on truth. Truth lives in facts, in what we know and can measure and prove. But there is truth beyond that, too – truth that lives in the stories we tell each other.I learned this from Augustine. He was a friend of mine from Nagaland, a forgotten teardrop of unyielding land wedged between Bangladesh and Burma, high in the foothills of the Himalaya. Related: Secrets of the library: 'magic with livestock' and Patrick White's nanny's trunk I came to accept Augustine’s stories as truth. I came to believe in their belief Related: Gerald Murnane: one of Australia's greatest writers you may never have heard of Continue reading... [...]
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Boost for Modi as BJP wins state election outside heartland
Victory in Karnataka state shows continuing growth in support for Indian PM’s party The Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s party has snatched a fragile victory in a state election outside its political heartland, boosting momentum for the Hindu nationalist leader a year before national polls.Though the final result is still uncertain, analysts said the surge in support for the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) in Karnataka state showed that the party’s national appeal was still growing while its strongest foe, the secular Congress party, continued to decline. Continue reading... [...]
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What will happen if some of Congress, JDS MLAs vote for Yeddyurappa in Karnataka Assembly?
What will happen if some of Congress, JDS MLAs vote for Yeddyurappa in Karnataka? [...]
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Second British amateur rugby player dies on Sri Lanka tour
Death of Tom Baty after ‘breathing difficulties’ follows that of Durham rugby club teammate Thomas HowardTwo amateur rugby players who have died on tour in Sri Lanka following a nightclub visit have been described as “fun-loving young men you’d be proud to call a son”.In a statement on Tuesday, Durham City Rugby Football Club announced “with great sadness” the death of 26-year-old Tom Baty on Tuesday afternoon. It followed the death of his teammate Thomas Howard, 25, after the pair were both admitted to hospital in the city of Colombo on Sunday due to breathing difficulties. Continue reading... [...]
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Sherpa guide Kami Rita climbs Everest for record 22nd time
Veteran Sherpa guide, 48, from Nepal had held previous record of 21 successful ascents with two fellow guidesA veteran Sherpa guide has scaled Mount Everest for the 22nd time, setting a record for the most climbs of the world’s highest mountain.Kami Rita reached the summit on Wednesday morning with a team of foreign climbers and a fellow Sherpa guide, and was already safely descending to a lower camp by the afternoon, said Gyanendra Shrestha, a government official who is stationed at the base camp. Continue reading... [...]
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Football’s broken dreams: the African teenagers sold a Premier League lie | Pete Pattison
He went to Nepal hoping it would be a stepping stone to playing for Chelsea. Instead, Aboubacar Sidibé became another victim of unscrupulous ‘agents’ who promise young men a shot at the big time only to swindle them Like thousands of football-mad teenagers in Mali, Aboubacar Sidibé dreamed of one day playing for Chelsea. So when a football manager approached him with the promise of a contract with a club in India – a launchpad, he was told, to the European clubs – he jumped at the chance.It didn’t matter that he was just 17. Or that he would have to pay the manager more than £2,700. It seemed a price worth paying to kickstart his football career. Related: The scandal of Africa's trafficked players Continue reading... [...]
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Taliban launch large-scale assault on western Afghan city
Security forces reportedly rushing reinforcements to Farah as insurgents armed with captured weapons flood into cityTaliban fighters armed with captured weapons and night vision goggles have flooded into the capital of Afghanistan’s western Farah province, forcing the governor to flee and driving security forces and officials into a handful of besieged compounds.Insurgents launched their attack on Farah city, near the Iranian border, around 2am, city residents said. Within hours they were within a few hundred metres of police and intelligence headquarters and had set up checkpoints on roads in and out of city, local officials said.#Farah city remains under govt. control. #ANDSF, supported by @USFOR_A #airpower, including @usairforce A-10s like one pictured, are on offensive against Taliban. @MoDAfghanistan has stated Afghan security forces are bringing their full capabilities to bear. #AFGStrong #ForAFG pic.twitter.com/LaM12izx6D Continue reading... [...]
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Woman found living with brother's corpse in West Bengal
Woman found living with brother's corpse in West Bengal [...]
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BJP no longer carries north Indian party tag, Karnataka election results are proof
BJP no longer carries north Indian party tag, Karnataka election results are proof [...]
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Natak in Karnataka: Parties jostle for the throne
Natak in Karnataka: Parties jostle for the throne [...]
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Prasanna Puwanarajah: 'I thought Planet Acting didn't need someone like me'
He used to get cast as either a doctor or a terrorist. Now Prasanna Puwanarajah is on stage at the National, starring opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Patrick Melrose – and even writing his own sci-fi showIt was nine years ago that Prasanna Puwanarajah last worked on a hospital ward – he went from there to rehearsals for Twelfth Night at the Royal Shakespeare Company. In the previous two years, he had been working as a jobbing actor, writer and director, and as a doctor – going wherever he was needed in the NHS, and fitting in auditions, making a couple of short films, directing some plays, in between. He had been deferring a training post in reconstructive surgery, and at some point, though he never really made a definitive decision, he just never went back to medicine.We meet at the National Theatre, where Puwanarajah is appearing in Absolute Hell. There is still something doctorly about his manner – the steady voice; the careful, analytical responses. The National is a place that proved instrumental in his career change. “I’d done a show at the Arcola,” he says, “and I was heading back to the NHS. I got auditions at the RSC and then at the National. I came here and did four shows and wrote a play, over the course of a year and a half. It felt vibrant and exciting and possible.” Continue reading... [...]
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Warning sounded over China's 'debtbook diplomacy'
Academics identify 16 countries loaned billions that they can’t afford to repayChina’s “debtbook diplomacy” uses strategic debts to gain political leverage with economically vulnerable countries across the Asia-Pacific region, the US state department has been warned in an independent report.The academic report, from graduate students of the Harvard Kennedy school of policy analysis, was independently prepared for the state department to view and assessed the impact of China’s strategy on the influence of the US in the region. Related: Gap sorry for selling T-shirt with 'incorrect' map of China Continue reading... [...]
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Discrimination kills 230,000 girls under five in India each year, study shows
Neglect to blame for skewed mortality rates, says Lancet report that urges looking beyond pre-natal sex selection at deaths from inequality of education and health Hundreds of thousands of young girls in India die every year because of “invisible discrimination”, according to research published in the Lancet Global Health.Researchers from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis estimate an average of 239,000 girls under five in India die each year, or 2.4 million in a decade, because of their gender. Continue reading... [...]
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Prominent Canadian aid worker charged in Nepal with sexually abusing children
Peter Dalglish arrested at his home and charged with raping two boys, facing up to 13 years in prison if convictedA prominent Canadian aid worker has been arrested at his mountain villa in Nepal and charged with sexually abusing children, an official said on Monday.The Central Investigation Bureau chief, Pushkar Karki, said Peter Dalglish was arrested in April at his home with two Nepalese boys aged 12 and 14 after weeks of investigation. His case is being heard by a court in Kavre, a town near Kathmandu. Continue reading... [...]
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'The snowy carpet reflected like a camera the wonderful panorama'
Capt Fred Burnaby’s travel memoir from 1876 describes the northern lights in the sky above UzbekistanThe sunrise was glorious. “In no part of the world hitherto visited have I seen aurora in such magnificence,” wrote Captain Fred Burnaby, in his Central Asian travel memoir, A Ride to Khiva (1876). Continue reading... [...]
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240,000 girls a year die in India due to gender discrimination, study finds
Estimated figure does not include those who are aborted simply for being female, say researchersAlmost a quarter of a million girls under five die in India every year due to neglect resulting from society’s preference for sons, a gender discrimination study has found.The figure does not include those aborted simply for being female, researchers wrote in the Lancet medical journal. Related: Third teenage girl is raped and burned alive in India in one week Continue reading... [...]
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Karnataka results: Congress is open to alliance with JDS, says Ashok Gehlot
Karnataka results: Congress is open to alliance with JDS, says Ashok Gehlot [...]
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Indian author Shashi Tharoor charged with abetting wife's suicide
High-profile author and MP says 3,000-page charge sheet alleging that he contributed to the death of Sunanda Pushkar in 2014 is ‘preposterous’Shashi Tharoor, a high-profile member of India’s opposition party and a bestselling author, has expressed outrage after police filed charges against him relating to the death of his wife four years ago. Tharoor’s wife, Sunanda Pushkar, was found dead in a Delhi hotel in January 2014, prompting an investigation by city police. Her death came days after she had claimed on Twitter to have evidence of an affair between Tharoor and a Pakistani journalist. Tharoor and Pushkar later issued a joint statement saying “unauthorised tweets” had been “misrepresented and led to some erroneous conclusions”. Continue reading... [...]
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Sir review – sexual tension brews in Mumbai
Social taboos and the status of women form the focus of a delicately observed drama about the relationship between a wealthy man and his maidThe Indian screenwriter and documentary director Rohena Gera makes her fiction feature debut with this thoughtful and heartfelt drama she has written and directed, showing here at Cannes in the Critics’ Week sidebar. It’s a love story that slides a bit towards sentimentality and photo-love unreality in its final act, away from the strongly and plausibly rooted situation we had started out with – but the performances are likable and persuasive enough, particularly the female lead.Tillotama Shome (whose screen credits include Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding) plays Ratka, a young woman from a remote village who has come to Mumbai to be the live-in maid to a wealthy newly married couple in their handsome apartment. She has been allowed this relative freedom because she is a widow – her husband died shortly after their wedding. But something is very wrong. She is briskly informed by her employer that she will have to take up residency earlier than expected because the honeymoon isn’t happening. Then the supposed groom arrives on his own: the young, handsome and depressed Ashwin, played by Vivek Gomber. There has evidently been a monumental row, the marriage is off and now Ratka’s job is looking after this highly attractive and eligible young man. They will effectively be living together. Continue reading... [...]
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