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Myanmar lures Bangladesh Buddhists to take over Rohingya land

Dhaka, April 2, 2018 (AFP) -Myanmar authorities have lured dozens of mainly Buddhist Bangladeshi tribal families to cross the border and resettle on land abandoned by fleeing Muslim Rohingya, officials said Monday. About 50 families from remote hill and forest areas on the Bangladesh side, attracted by offers of free …

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Anger in India as lowest caste protests Supreme Court order

NEW DELHI (AP) — Violence has erupted in several parts of north and central India as thousands of dalits, members of Hinduism’s lowest caste, protest an order from the country’s top court that they say dilutes legal safeguards put in place for their marginalized community. Caste prejudice is endemic in …

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Indian police accused of failing rape victims despite reforms

Bharatpur, India, April 2, 2018 (AFP) -More than five years after a horrific rape sparked promises to empower women in India and reform the handling of sexual assault cases, victims say they still face harassment when they turn to police for help. The sickening assault on Delhi student Jyoti Singh …

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Ethiopia swears in Abiye Ahmed as new PM amid ethnic, youth tensions

ADDIS ABABA, April 2 (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s parliament swore in Abiye Ahmed as prime minister on Monday with a mandate to implement democratic reforms aimed partly at defusing ethnic tensions in the Oromiya province from which the former army lieutenant general hails. The ruling coalition picked Abiye last week to …

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18 killed in Boko Haram attack on Nigerian army base, villages

Kano, Nigeria, April 2, 2018 (AFP) -Boko Haram fighters attacked a military base and two surrounding villages near the flashpoint Nigerian city of Maiduguri overnight, killing at least 18 people and wounding 84, officials said Monday. It was one of the most brazen attacks in recent months and was a …

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Kashmir shut by strike, security day after deadly fighting

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A security clampdown and a strike sponsored by separatists fighting against Indian rule have shut most of Indian-administered Kashmir a day after deadly protests and fierce fighting killed 16 combatants and four civilians. Armed police and paramilitary soldiers in riot gear fanned out across the region …

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US blocks Kuwait UN draft on Gaza violence

UNITED NATIONS, US, April 1, (AFP): The United States on Saturday blocked a draft UN Security Council statement urging restraint and calling for an investigation of clashes on the Gaza-Israel border that left 16 dead, diplomats said. Clashes erupted as tens of thousands of Gazans protested near the border on …

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Exploited Qatar World Cup workers to receive compensation

Qatar World Cup organizers say migrant workers building stadiums will receive more than $5 million in compensation after recruitment fees were demanded to secure employment in the Gulf nation. The announcement highlights ongoing concerns about the exploitation of workers, many of them drawn from South Asian nations including India and …

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Indian mob kills man accused of raping young girl

New Delhi, April 1, 2018 (AFP) -Two people were arrested after an angry mob beat to death a man accused of raping an eight-year-old girl on the rural outskirts of New Delhi, police said Sunday. The man identified as Jitendra was set upon by a crowd after being accused of …

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Anti-India protests erupt in Kashmir as troops kill 8 rebels

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — At least eight rebels have been killed in fighting with Indian troops in disputed Kashmir, triggering a new round of anti-India protests and clashes, officials said Sunday. The gunbattles in southern Kashmir began overnight after government forces raided two villages following a tip that rebels were …

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