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Rape, killing heighten Indian outrage

The body of a seven-year-old girl who had been raped and strangled was found in India Tuesday, compounding outrage over a series of horrific sexual attacks on women or girls. Nationwide protests have been held in the past week over the gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in …

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Rape, murder sparks Karachi riot

At least one man was killed and several injured in Pakistan’s biggest city Karachi Tuesday when a riot broke out in protest at the rape and murder of a six-year-old girl. Crowds took to the streets after the body of the victim was discovered late Monday, blocking a main road …

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Life for French ‘DAESH’ bride

BAGHDAD, April 17, (AFP): Iraq on Tuesday sentenced a French woman to life in prison for belonging to the Islamic State group, raising to more than 180 the number of such convictions of foreign women since the country’s defeat of IS. Djamila Boutoutaou, a 29-year-old of Algerian origin, told a …

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Facebook confirms it collects data beyond users

San Francisco, April 17, 2018 (AFP) -Facebook, embattled in a scandal over the mishandling of user data, confirmed Monday that it also collected information from people beyond their social network use. During heated hearings in Congress last week, CEO Mark Zuckerberg had already explained that Facebook collects data beyond what …

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Leaders condemn Iran interference – Probe gas attack

PUTIN PROPOSES WORKING WITH LEAGUE ON REGIONAL SECURITY DHAHRAN, April 16, (RTRS): An Arab League summit called on Sunday for an international probe into the “criminal” use of chemical weapons in Syria and condemned what it saw as Iran’s interference in the affairs of other countries. Saudi Arabia and Iran …

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Filipino maid forced to drink bleach in Saudi Arabia

MANILA, Philippines: A Philippine domestic worker has been hospitalised in Saudi Arabia after her employer allegedly forced her to drink household bleach, Manila’s foreign ministry said Monday. Domestic worker Agnes Mancilla underwent emergency abdominal surgery after she was taken, unconscious, to a hospital in Saudi’s southwestern Jizan city on April …

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Woman can be buried with husband

Bangladesh’s highest court has ruled that a woman who took her life four years ago is a Muslim and can be buried alongside her husband, ending a high-profile legal battle over interfaith marriage. The court ruled last week that Hosne Ara Lazu did convert to Islam after marrying Humayun Farid …

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Group accused of rape, murder of 8 yr old in India plead not guilty

Case ignites moral outrage, mass demonstrations   NEW DELHI, India, April 16, (Agencies): Eight men accused of raping and murdering an eight-year-old girl pleaded not guilty Monday to the horrific crime that has sparked revulsion and brought thousands to India’s streets in protest. Four police and a Hindu temple custodian …

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Pakistan is ‘failing’ on human rights: independent watchdog

‘Freedom of expression under attack’ ISLAMABAD, April 16, (AP): An independent Pakistani watchdog criticized the country’s human rights record over the past year in a new report released Monday, saying the nation has failed to make progress on a myriad of issues, ranging from forced disappearances, to women’s rights and …

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Years after hanging, Saddam mystery lives on

Al-Awjah, Iraq, April 16, 2018 (AFP) -In his native village of Al-Awjah, the mausoleum of Iraq’s executed dictator Saddam Hussein has been reduced to broken concrete and tangled barbed wire, showing no trace of his remains. The man who ruled Iraq with an iron fist for a quarter of a …

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