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Suicide bombing at mosque in Afghanistan kills at least 29

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two suicide bombers attacked a Shiite mosque in eastern Afghanistan during Friday prayers, killing at least 29 people and wounding another 81, officials said. Abdullah Asrat, spokesman for the governor of Paktia province, said the heavily armed attackers, disguised in the all-encompassing burkas worn by conservative …

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Twelve schools bombed, burned, by Taliban in northern Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Twelve schools – eight girls and four boys schools – were attacked by bombs and set on fire overnight in a northern Pakistani district where Taliban-linked militants opposed to girls’ education are active, police said on Friday. Pakistani Taliban and allied Islamist militants, who …

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‘Coached’ interview puts Indian PM Narendra Modi under fire

New Delhi, Aug 3, 2018 (AFP) -India’s government was under fresh fire on Friday over its relationship with the media after it emerged a farmer was coached to lie in a televised chat with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Journalists in India say they have faced increasing threats and intimidation aimed …

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Three foreign nationals abducted and killed in Kabul

Kabul, Aug 2, 2018 (AFP) -Afghan police in Kabul Thursday recovered the bodies of three foreign nationals who they said had been abducted and killed, in the latest incident targeting foreigners in the war-torn capital. “At this stage we think it is a terrorist incident,” a police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai …

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Top Pakistan court bars former minister from holding office

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s top court has barred the former deputy interior minister from holding office for the next five years for insulting judges in a speech earlier this year. Thursday’s ruling by the Supreme Court says Talal Chaudhry, who was deputy interior minister under former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, …

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Nationwide student protests enter fifth day in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Aug 2, 2018 (AFP) -Bangladesh shut down high schools across the country Thursday as tens of thousands of students protested for a fifth straight day after two teenagers were killed by a speeding bus. Bangladesh’s transport sector is widely seen as corrupt, unregulated, and dangerous, and as news of …

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New Delhi robbers escape with valuable commodity: Hair

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian police say three men posing as customers robbed a small New Delhi workshop and fled with a valuable commodity: Hair. Lots of hair. Police say the men went to Jahangir Hussain’s wig workshop last Friday, claiming they were in the market for hair. As Hussain …

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Philippines nabs cleric over bomb claimed by Islamic State

MANILA, Aug 2 (Reuters) – The Philippine military said on Thursday it has arrested a Muslim cleric who knew in advance about a bomb that killed 11 people on Basilan island in an attack earlier this week that raised fears of Islamic State involvement. Acting on a tip off, scout …

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Police probe use of growth hormones on children in Indian brothels

CHENNAI, India, Aug 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Indian police are investigating the use of growth hormones in a sex trafficking case, following the arrest of eight people charged with exploitation of children in brothels in Telangana state. Eleven girls, including four below age 7, were rescued from brothels in …

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Danish ban on face-covering garments enters into force

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Supporters and opponents of a ban on garments covering the face, including Islamic veils such as the niqab or burqa, are clashing verbally as the law takes effect. Marcus Knuth of the ruling liberal party Venstre, says the dress worn by some conservative Muslim women is …

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