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Deadly suicide attack on Christian church in Pakistan – video report
At least nine people were killed and many more injured when two suicide bombers targeted a Christian church in the Pakistani city of Quetta. The Baluchistan police chief, who oversees the province that includes Quetta, said one of the bombers had blown himself up when he was unable to get into the building, and the other had been shot by security servicesSuicide bombers kill nine at Christian church in Pakistan Continue reading... [...]
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Suicide bombers kill nine at Christian church in Pakistan
More than 50 wounded after two attackers struck as hundreds of worshippers attended pre-Christmas services in QuettaTwo suicide bombers have attacked a church in the Pakistani city of Quetta, killing nine people and wounding more than 50.Sarfraz Bugti, the home minister for the south-western Baluchistan province, said hundreds of worshippers were attending services at the church before Christmas. He said the attackers clashed with security forces, with one assailant killed at the entrance while the other made it inside. Continue reading... [...]
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Vote counting centres to turn into fortresses as Himachal government's fate hangs in balance
5000 security personnel to guard the counting centres in state. 7 to 10 feet high wire mesh around the buildings as a 'no vehicle zone' is maintained in a radius of 100 feet. [...]
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Gujarat, Himachal election results: Both Congress and BJP claim victory ahead of counting of votes
Votes polled in Guajrat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections will be counted tomorrow. Ahead of the vote count, both the Congress and the BJP today claimed to defeat the other in two states. [...]
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Protests in Kashmir after civilian gets killed
Asif Iqbal Bhat, a taxi driver, was killed due to a gunshot wound that army patrol allegedly fired at a vehicle. [...]
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PM Modi's Rs 90000 cr boost for northeast roads, Mizoram to be gateway to southeast Asia
PM Modi, who earlier today visited Mizoram, said BJP government's Act East Policy would soon make the state the gateway to the South East Asian countries. [...]
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Foreign tourists injured in road accident, 2 others dead
Incident took place on Agra-Jaipur national highway. The tourists' car was hit by another one which turned turtle [...]
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From Edinburgh's tram to Boston's Big Dig: readers' urban white elephants
Our list of ill-conceived civic expenditure, topped by Toronto’s costly subway stop, spurred Guardian Cities readers to share suggestions for more … Colin Horgan’s roundup of urban white elephants prompted many Guardian Cities readers to suggest some he might have missed, revealing a veritable herd of the things the world over – including some perhaps prejudged. Call them calves.You forgot some other great white elephants: Montreal's Olympic Stadium that literally falls apart....Mirabel Airport built for billions just outside Montreal to replace Dorval Airport, 30 years later Dorval is still the hub and Mirable handles cargo and charters....Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing....The stadiums that South Africa and Brazil built for the World Cup that sit empty or have 15,000 attend matches in 80,000 seat caverns....Glendale Arena in Arizona which hosts a hockey team no one goes to see and costs $25 million a year to subsidize....Darlington Nuclear Power Plant in Ontario which makes (when it actually works) power they sell at a loss...Key Arena in Seattle renovated for the Sonics who promptly moved and left empty....Linate & Mapensa Airports in Milan splitting the traffic so Milan isn't a global hub despite being a global business centre....Athens Olympic artificial kayaking river....a whole herd of white elephants inhabit cities all over the world.... Related: The $3.35bn subway station – and other urban white elephants Sri Lanka’s Mattala airport comes to mind. At a cost of $209 million — most of which coming from China — Sri Lankan government of the day thought building an airport where nobody would fly in was a good idea. The result, it’s the emptiest airport in the world, according to Forbes.Edinburgh's £1billion tram line.Originally supposed to be a network of 3 lines covering most parts of the city, for a total cost of £350million.Ended up being 1/2 of one line, 6 years overdue and costing £1billion.You can add any olympic games anywhere in the world to this list of expensive white elephants.No mention of the Big Dig in Boston? I thought that was the gold standard for transportation projects going over budget.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_DigIn Sydney, the state government has just announced that it will knock down two sports stadiums (each of which is used about once a week) and replace them with two sports stadiums (each of which will be used about once a week) in the same locations as where they are now. And the cost of this stupid switcheroo? Just a mere TWO BILLION DOLLARS! You could have four Hotels of Doom for that amount and throw in a Bridge to Nowhere with the change.Bilbao's Zubizurri bridge designed by Calatrava is also one of his "oeuvre". Famously, he failed to take into account rain (!) which makes the walkway of the bridge very slippery. Dozens of people broke their legs on it.His railway station in New York is widely considered a disaster.The Scottish Parliament building. A hideouts mess of a thing that was years late and enormously over budget.Library of Birmingham anyone? 188 million to build, 2 million a year to run, half the staff dismissed after 18 months of being open to cut costs and opening hours slashed by half. Plus the charitable trust set up to help fund it by Lord Whitby had to be closed down as no one wanted to contribute...Thank god the Garden Bridge was scrapped! Continue reading... [...]
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Quetta emergency services respond after hospital bombing kills dozens in Pakistan – video report
Armed security personnel and first aiders respond after a bomb blast at a Pakistani hospital killed dozens of people and wounded others on Monday in Quetta, the capital of the violence-plagued south-western province of Baluchistan. Broadcaster Geo TV said at least 40 people were killed. Police put the figure at more than 30Pakistan: at least 30 dead as bomb targets mourners at Quetta hospital Continue reading... [...]
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Feminism is breaking through the rigid patriarchy in Pakistan
Men must acknowledge our participation in Pakistan’s deeply unequal patriarchal order, and wilful ignorance of the violence it inflicts on womenEven for a society brutalised by years of mass violence, the murder of social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch was shocking. Perhaps it was the public nature of her life and the apparent social sanctioning of her death by the misogynist trolls who threatened her on Facebook. Perhaps it was the unapologetic manner in which she asserted her sexual autonomy, or her mockery of Pakistan’s clergy. Perhaps it was her open proclamation of her feminist ideals, or her largely unheeded appeals for solidarity in the face of threats in the weeks leading up to her death.'Honour' is the currency of a patriarchal order, structured to sustain men’s preeminence Related: One woman and 17 men: When will we have equal representation at the UN? Related: Naz Shah: ‘Honour’ killing may not be in your culture, but the problem belongs to us all Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistan: dozens dead as bomb hits mourners at Quetta hospital
Explosion, reportedly killing at least 67, occurred as body of prominent lawyer, Bilal Kasi, arrived at hospital after he was shotAt least 67 people have been killed and another 100 injured after a suicide bomb packed with ball-bearings tore through a crowded state-run hospital in the Pakistani city of Quetta, the capital of a region ravaged by insurgency and sectarian tensions.Witnesses described horrific scenes as victims cried out for help, and survivors scrambled to flee past bodies lying scattered in the smoke-filled corridors . Continue reading... [...]
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The Last Emperor? Japan's Akihito hints at wanting to abdicate
Akihito the Japanese emperor in a rare public address indicated his wish to abdicate over concerns about his age and ability. [...]
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Australian academic and US colleague abducted in Kabul, say reports
The Australian embassy in Afghanistan is seeking to verify reports of kidnapping of pair who worked at American University of AfghanistanArmed men have abducted an Australian academic and an American professor in the Afghan capital, according to media reports.The pair worked at the American University of Afghanistan and were reportedly snatched by men disguised as National Security officers. Related: Foreign tourists attacked in western Afghanistan Continue reading... [...]
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UK government 'abandoned and betrayed' six former soldiers jailed in India
Sister of Nick Dunn, one of men jailed for five years for carrying firearms while guarding commercial ship from pirates, urges Theresa May to interveneThe British government has “abandoned and betrayed” six former soldiers jailed in India for carrying firearms while protecting boats from pirates, the sister of one of the men has said.The men, who were arrested in 2013, were among 35 crew members sentenced by an Indian court to five years in prison in January for carrying unlicensed firearms. Continue reading... [...]
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Three minors arrested for molesting a pregnant Myanmar refugee in Delhi
A pregnant refugee from Myanmar was sexually assaulted by three minors in Dabari area of southwest Delhi. The victim and her husband were later attacked using bricks. [...]
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LIVE: Vijay Rupani takes oath as Gujarat CM
About 20 other ministers are expected to swear-in at the elaborate ceremony being held at Mahatma Mandir conference hall in Gandhinagar. [...]
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Principal, teachers of Allahabad school quit after being denied permission to sing national anthem
School administration denied permission citing that the national anthem was un-Islamic as it described nation to be above religion and God. [...]
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Stage set for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's maiden visit to Telangana
Elaborate arrangements are being made for the PM Modi's maiden visit to Telangana on Saturday.The PM will also launch piped drinking water program 'Mission Bhagiratha' in the state. [...]
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Bihar: Clashes between 2 communities in after idol desecration video goes viral
A video showing deities of a community being desecrated has triggered violent clashes between two communities in Saran district of Bihar. [...]
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Muslim couple kicked off flight for 'sweating', saying 'Allah'
A Pakistani-American couple was allegedly singled out and asked to exit a US-bound Delta Air Lines flight after a flight attendant felt "uncomfortable" when she noticed that they were "sweating", saying "Allah" and texting. [...]
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Attack on Afghanistan tourists puts spotlight on extreme holidays
A tour of Iraq, Syria or Somalia may not be to everyone’s taste, but for those who take the risk ‘the rewards are amazing’Forty-eight hours in downtown Mogadishu with armed guards for company may not be everyone’s idea of a great holiday, but as this week’s attack on a sightseeing tour of Afghanistan shows, not everyone has the same idea of what a great holiday is.Five western tourists – members of a group that included eight Britons, three US citizens and a German – were injured in the western Afghan province of Herat on Thursday when their minibus and army escort were hit by gunfire from Taliban militants, officials said. Continue reading... [...]
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Terrorist in one country can't be martyr in another: Rajnath on Pakistan trip
Home Minister Rajnath Singh today briefed Parliament on his trip to Pakistan for SAARC meet. [...]
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Madras High Court adopts a disabled man
Justice PM Prakash of the Madras High Court invoked 'Loco Parentis' (in place of a parent) i.e. adopted 37-year-old disabled Manoj Rajan. [...]
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Kanpur: Dalit man dies in police custody, entire police post suspended
An entire police post comprising of 12 policemen were suspended today after a Dalit man was allegedly beaten to death in custody. [...]
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The plight of the Hazara: we can't bear any more tragedy | Abdul Karim Hekmat
We have been the victims of terrorism for a long time but a recent brutal attack underlines the specific danger faced by the ethnic Hazara minoritySomething jostled me out of sleep in the middle of night. As a habit, I checked my Facebook; it was full of images of the carnage of the Kabul attack on demonstrators. I thought it must be a dream, a bad nightmare. The more I scrolled, the surer I got that it was a reality. I saw people with their faces and clothes smudged with blood. A shiver ran through me, I had friends there, I frantically called them but there was no answer.Lying in my bed, robbed of sleep that night, I followed more news. I saw Damenzeng square, covered with blood, human flesh, limbs of various sizes and shapes scattered everywhere, bodies riddled with shrapnel, blood gushing. It was too graphic to watch. It happened at a peaceful protest by Shia Hazara, a minority group asking for justice, peace, and an end to discrimination. Islamic State (Isis) took responsibility for these heinous attacks on peaceful protestors on 24 July. Related: Isis claims responsibility for Kabul bomb attack on Hazara protesters Related: Hazara asylum seeker to be forcibly deported from Australia to Afghanistan Continue reading... [...]
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'Happy as we are': Bangladesh's hidden LGBT community – in pictures
Gazi Nafis Ahmed spent a year with his subjects before taking these portraits – ‘I want them to express themselves freely,’ he says, as they share their own stories • Passion and persecution: photographing Bangladesh’s outcasts Continue reading... [...]
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Dhaka cafe siege: Briton and university student appear in court
Hasnat Karim and Tahmid Khan were in cafe when it was raided by gunmen, but families say they were innocent bystandersA Briton and a university student have appeared in court in Dhaka after being formally arrested in connection with last month’s deadly siege in a cafe in the Bangladeshi capital.Hasnat Karim, a British citizen of Bangladeshi origin, and Tahmid Khan, a student at the University of Toronto, were inside the Holey Artisan cafe when gunmen raided the premises on the night of 1 July, taking a group of mainly western diners hostage and then killing 20 of them, along with two police officers. Continue reading... [...]
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Foreign tourists attacked in western Afghanistan
Governor of Herat province says eight Britons, three Americans and one German among group ambushed by TalibanA group of western tourists on a sightseeing adventure tour of Afghanistan have been ambushed by Taliban gunmen, Afghan officials said on Thursday, with at least six people wounded.The foreigners were travelling in the Chesht-e-Sharif district in the western province of Herat with an Afghan army escort when militants opened fire on the convoy. The group were heading for Herat city, the country’s ancient cultural centre, close to the Iranian border. Continue reading... [...]
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