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Muslims pray under military protection in Sri Lanka after riots

Colombo, March 9, 2018 (AFP) -Soldiers and police guarded mosques across Sri Lanka during Friday prayers amid fears of new anti-Muslim attacks after four days of riots that have left at least three dead. Most Muslim-owned businesses in the island nation remained shut in protest at attacks by mainly Buddhist …

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Philippine president needs ‘psychiatric evaluation’: UN rights chief

Geneva, March 9, 2018 (AFP) -The UN human rights chief said Friday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has launched profanity-laced diatribes against United Nations rapporteurs, needs “psychiatric evaluation”. Listing some of Manila’s actions against UN envoys, including reportedly filing terrorism charges against one, rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein …

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Suicide bomber kills 9 in Kabul; Taliban kill 16 in province

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber targeting Afghanistan’s minority Hazaras blew himself up at a police checkpoint in western Kabul on Friday, killing nine people and wounding 18, officials said. According to Basir Mujahid, spokesman for the Kabul police chief, the bomber was on foot and was trying to …

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Pakistani court allows Islamist party backed by a radical cleric involved in terror attacks to enter elections

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani court has ordered the country’s elections oversight body to register an Islamist party backed by a radical cleric who carries a U.S. bounty on his head for alleged involvement in terror attacks in India. Pakistan’s election commission on Friday said it was examining the order, …

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India’s top court allows ‘living wills’ for terminally ill

New Delhi, March 9, 2018 (AFP) -India’s top court ruled Friday that terminally ill patients have the right to refuse care, approving the use of “living wills” to set out how they want to be treated. The Supreme Court’s order — hailed as “historic” by petitioners — means medical treatment …

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Spanish women strike as the world marks Int’l Women’s Day

MADRID (AP) — Women across Europe and Asia shouted their demands for equality, respect and empowerment Thursday to mark International Women’s Day, with protesters in Spain launching a 24-hour strike and crowds of demonstrators filling the streets of Manila, Seoul and New Delhi. Spanish women were staging dozens of protests …

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