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Justin Trudeau says Canada in talks with Pakistan over Asia Bibi
PM says Canada is a ‘welcoming country’ and that discussions are being held over fate of freed Christian woman Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has said talks are underway with Pakistan over Asia Bibi, a Christian woman whose acquittal on blasphemy charges against Islam last month sparked mass protests in the South Asian country.“We are in discussions with the Pakistani government,” Trudeau said in an interview with Agence France Presse in Paris, where he attended an anniversary event marking the end of world war one. His comments were confirmed by a spokesman in Ottawa. Related: The release of Asia Bibi is a small step towards a more open Pakistan | Kunwar Khuldune Shahid Continue reading... [...]
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Pakistan failing to provide millions of girls with an education, report says
A third of girls are unable to attend primary school due to lack of facilities, research by Human Rights Watch revealsPakistan’s school system is in crisis, with a lack of government facilities creating “education deserts” for poor children, especially girls, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch.A third of girls across the country are not attending primary school, compared with 21% of boys. By the ninth grade, just 13% of girls are still in school, it said. Related: The invisible female candidates shut out of Pakistan's elections | Munizae Jahangir Continue reading... [...]
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Imran Khan’s treatment of Asia Bibi is a dangerous betrayal | Samira Shackle
While Pakistan’s blasphemy law has long been a flashpoint, the leader’s capitulation to violent extremists is deadly seriousOn 31 October, Pakistan’s supreme court acquitted Asia Bibi, a 54-year-old Christian woman who had been sentenced to death for blasphemy. Bibi, a farm labourer and mother of five, had spent eight years on death row, accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad after an argument with her neighbours. After her acquittal, protests erupted in all of Pakistan’s major cities: smashed shopfronts, blocked motorways, burning tyres. And it has left the prime minister, Imran Khan, wavering between defending the verdict and trying to appease the hardline religious protesters. Related: Asia Bibi: Pakistan court overturns blasphemy death sentence Related: Asia Bibi: anti-blasphemy protests spread across Pakistan Continue reading... [...]
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Audio-Technica ANC40BT
  Audio Technica has a range of devices that cater to consumers across various budget segments. The ATH ANC40BT was launched under the company’s QuietPoint active noise-cancelling (ANC) headphones... [...]
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Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of Amnesty's highest honour over 'shameful betrayal'
Organisation cites ‘apparent indifference’ to atrocities committed against the Rohingya by Myanmar’s militaryAmnesty International has withdrawn a prestigious human rights award from Aung San Suu Kyi, following what it described as a “shameful betrayal” of the values she once stood for.It is the latest in a series of accolades to be withdrawn from Aung San Suu Kyi, including the US Holocaust Museum’s Elie Weisel award and Freedom of the City awards, which were revoked by Edinburgh, Oxford, Glasgow and Newcastle. Related: Who are the Rohingya and what is happening in Myanmar? Continue reading... [...]
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RBI Governor Urjit Patel met PM Modi last week to sort out differences with Centre
RBI Governor Urjit Patel met PM Modi last week to sort out differences with Centre [...]
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Shiv Sena, RSS at loggerheads for clashing in Ayodhya over Ram temple issue
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Delhi's newest bridge gets deck to deter risky selfie takers
Photos of people climbing on Signature Bridge cables emerge as India tries to prevent more selfie deathsAuthorities in Delhi were hoping a newly opened bridge would be a draw for tourists – but are now struggling to find ways to stop them taking dangerous selfies on the structure.A 154m-high viewing deck is being built and several “selfie points” will be designated to dissuade people from risking their lives for pictures, in a country where more people die taking selfies than anywhere else in the world.People risk their lives to click pictures at newly-inaugurated Signature Bridge in Delhi; #visuals from last night pic.twitter.com/slI35essc2 Related: Goa brings in 'no-selfie zones' on coast after spate of deaths Continue reading... [...]
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WhatsApp struggling to control fake news in India, researchers say
Hindu nationalism and cheap mobile data driving spread of disinformation, BBC study saysHindu nationalism and the plummeting cost of mobile phone data services are driving the explosive growth of fake news in India, according to a study that suggests WhatsApp is struggling to limit the spread of online disinformation on its service.The research by the BBC World Service sheds light on the conundrum surrounding online disinformation and fake news in the world’s biggest democracy, where the explosive popularity of the group-messaging app has been linked to a string of murders and growing anti-Muslim sentiment. Related: 'The next billion users': Google targets India's lucrative mobile market Continue reading... [...]
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Rohingya fears grow as refugees face forcible return to Myanmar
Aid agencies give warning as Myanmar and Bangladesh begin return of ‘terrified’ refugees to Rahkine stateThe governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar are to push ahead with the repatriation of thousands of Rohingya this week, despite objections by the UN, and against the wishes of the refugees, who spoke of being “terrified” at being sent back.Last week fear gripped the camps in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh at the news that, without their consent, 4,355 people had been placed on a list of Rohingya approved for return by Myanmar. The first repatriations are due from Thursday, but not everyone who is on the list has been informed and it is unclear how it was compiled.Families are very confused and anxious. We do not know what is going to happen to us Continue reading... [...]
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Chhattisgarh elections: Hours before voting, Congress state VP ditches party to join BJP
Chhattisgarh elections: Hours before voting, Congress state VP ditches party to join BJP [...]
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Chandrababu Naidu inducts two new faces including one Muslim into his cabinet
Chandrababu Naidu inducts two new faces including one Muslim into his cabinet [...]
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Sri Lanka political crisis: Rajapaksa severs ties with Sirisena, will head to polls solo
Sri Lanka political crisis: Rajapaksa severs ties with Sirisena, will head to polls solo [...]
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How love and a taste of honey brought one Indian woman’s 16-year hunger strike to an end
Force-fed through a nasal tube, human rights activist Irom Sharmila was revered by supporters. But she grew disillusioned. Then a suitor arrived from England…Journalists from around the world watched expectantly. Irom Sharmila peered at the smear of honey in her hand. Her face was twisted in anguish. She wept. Then, with a glance at the sky, she scooped a finger of honey on to her tongue.And that was how it ended. On a cloudy morning in August 2016, in Imphal, the capital of the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, the world’s longest hunger strike was over. Sharmila had eaten for the first time in nearly 16 years. Continue reading... [...]
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Court challenge after Sri Lankan president dissolves parliament
Maithripala Sirisena said he was dissolving parliament and calling snap electionsThe Sri Lankan president’s decision to dissolve parliament and call snap elections, his latest attempt to blast a political rival from the prime minister’s office, will be challenged in the country’s supreme court.A political crisis in the Indian ocean nation deepened on Friday night when Maithripala Sirisena announced he was dissolving parliament, which opponents said was an illegal order. Related: Sri Lanka's political crisis: everything you need to know Continue reading... [...]
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AIADMK criticises Rajinikanth for supporting Vijay's film Sarkar
AIADMK criticises Rajinikanth for supporting Vijay's film Sarkar [...]
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Russia hosts talks between Taliban and Afghan peace council
Meeting furthers Kremlin’s drive to be seen as international broker of peace Russia has hosted talks with Taliban delegates and members of Afghanistan’s high peace council, as the Kremlin seeks a role as peace broker between Islamist rebels and the US-backed government in Kabul.The meeting on Friday demonstrated Moscow’s renewed aspirations in Afghanistan almost 30 years after the Soviet Union withdrew its battered forces. Related: Konstantin Kilimnik: elusive Russian with ties to Manafort faces fresh Mueller scrutiny Continue reading... [...]
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Sri Lanka's president calls snap election in bid to end power struggle
The country has been engulfed by a political crisis over the ousting of its prime ministerSri Lanka has plunged deeper into crisis after president Maithripala Sirisena called a snap election, leaving the country facing a further two months of damaging political paralysis with a pair of bitter rivals claiming to run his government.In what opponents condemned as an illegal move, Sirisena dissolved the country’s parliament on Friday in a gamble that a new election will secure backing for his preferred candidate as prime minister, over an ousted premier who has refused to leave. Related: Sri Lanka's sacked prime minister refuses to leave as crisis deepens Related: Sri Lankan political crisis could lead to bloodbath, says speaker Related: Sri Lanka crisis: activists fear end of human rights investigations Continue reading... [...]
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Asus ZenBook S
  You walk into a coffee shop and shake hands with your client. You pull your recently bought Asus ZenBook S out of its sleeve along with your trusty wireless mouse only to realise there’s no plac... [...]
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Sahitya Aaj Tak: A festival of ideas 
Sahitya Aaj Tak: A festival of ideas  [...]
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Voters will politically hang PM Modi in 2019 elections: Sanjay Nirupam
Voters will politically hang PM Modi in 2019 elections: Sanjay Nirupam [...]
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'I did it for every single girl': the first Afghan woman to scale Mount Noshaq
Conquering Afghanistan’s highest peak was once unthinkable for Hanifa Yousoufi. Then she joined a climbing group, braving frostbite and the Taliban to strike a blow for gender equalityIn a quiet corner of Kabul, a dozen young women welcome their friend back from the summit of Afghanistan’s highest mountain. Like many Afghan women, Hanifa Yousoufi had always been made to believe, growing up, that she shouldn’t go to school or play sport. Yet the 24-year-old has become the first Afghan woman to climb Mount Noshaq.The young women gathered here are among the 70-strong cohort meeting six days a week to learn the art of climbing, something many never imagined they would have a chance to do. Related: 'I want to empower Afghan women': female prosecutor on a lonely mission Continue reading... [...]
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Samsung Galaxy Watch
  Samsung debuted the Galaxy Watch during the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 earlier this year in August. While the smartphone was made available promptly after, the Galaxy Watch, however, to... [...]
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Mirzapur, Sacred Games and India's new wave of mafia TV
The Indian screen gangster – long a staple in Bollywood – has evolved in recent years, with Netflix and now Amazon Prime tapping in to the country’s interest in crime storiesThe launch of Amazon Prime’s gangster saga Mirzapur marks another milestone in the evolution of the Indian screen gangster. The TV series will go head-to-head with season four of Netflix’s Narcos, providing rich pickings for those wanting to see the grittier side of life outside the western world.Telling the story of a crime dynasty ruling the town of Mirzapur in the dusty outlaw hinterland of Uttar Pradesh – a vast Indian state with more than 200 million people, which has long been synonymous with violence and corruption – the show is the latest to feed India’s perennial appetite for seeing the raw underbelly of its society on the big screen and on TV. Related: Sacred Games: can Netflix's Mumbai mob drama turn India on to TV? Continue reading... [...]
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EPL: Mauricio Pochettino reaffirms Spurs commitment amid Real interest
The Argentine said he had no interest in the Real Madrid role and also attempted to dispel the notion that he was unhappy about the delay in the completion of Spurs` new stadium. [...]
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Everton fined and banned from signing academy players
The fine is five-times that handed down to city rivals Liverpool in April 2017 for a similar offence. Liverpool were also given a two-year ban, the second year of which was suspended for three years.  [...]
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FiiO F3
  Budget IEMs are quite literally flooding the market right now. While Flipkart lists more than 3000 brands under headphones, that includes suppliers and duplicates as well. On Amazon, there are 51 bran... [...]
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Sadhvi Prachi compares Congress with Mughals, calls Rahul fake brahmin
Sadhvi Prachi compares Congress with Mughals, calls Rahul fake brahmin [...]
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