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Muslim leader under fire over female genital mutilation

MUMBAI, April 30, (RTRS): The leader of the only South Asian Muslim community known to practise female genital mutilation (FGM) came under criticism on Friday by campaigers who accused him of urging followers to continue the centuries-old custom. Little is known about FGM in India, where it is carried out …

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Clinic hit after hospital carnage

ALEPPO, Syria, April 29, (AFP): Regime aircraft pounded rebel areas of Syria’s second city Aleppo on Friday, damaging a clinic just days after a strike on another hospital killed two doctors and sparked international outcry. More than 200 civilians have been killed in Aleppo over the past week, as rebels …

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Saudi Binladen Group terminates 50,000 staff

DUBAI, April 29, (RTRS): Construction company Saudi Binladin Group has laid off 50,000 staff, a newspaper reported on Friday, as pressure on the industry rises amid government spending cuts to survive an era of cheap oil. The total workforce at Binladin, one of Saudi Arabia’s biggest firms and among the …

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Pakistani Man held over ‘honour killing’

A Pakistani man who used a kitchen knife to murder his sister told AFP on Thursday he fl ew into a rage after catching her using a mobile phone, the latest “honour killing” in the deeply patriarchal country. Hayat Khan, aged around 20, attacked his sixteen-year-old sister Sumaira at their …

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‘Model Muslim democracy seems to be falling apart’ – US fears rise of jihadists

WASHINGTON, April 29, (AP): The slaying in Bangladesh of a US Agency for International Development employee has intensified US concern that the strategically located South Asian country with traditions of religious tolerance is under threat from Islamic extremists. Bangladesh’s government denies that transnational jihadist groups have been behind a spate …

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Sixty dead in Aleppo raids – Hospital hit

BEIRUT, April 28, (AP): A wave of airstrikes and shelling killed more than 60 people in less than 24 hours in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, monitors and activists said Thursday. The contested city is now one of the main battlegrounds of Syria’s devastating civil war, with a cease-fire …

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UK expats lose legal battle for EU referendum vote

LONDON, April 28, (AFP): A British World War II veteran living in Italy on Thursday lost his legal challenge against a rule barring longterm expatriates from voting in Britain’s European Union referendum. High Court judge David Lloyd Jones rejected claims by Harry Shindler, 94, and his co-claimant, Belgium resident Jacquelyn …

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Is Philippines facing IS threat? – Abu Sayyaf, 2 other groups strike new alliance under IS flag: experts

MANILA, Philippines, April 28, (AP): Months before Abu Sayyaf militants beheaded retired Canadian mining executive John Ridsdel in the tropical jungles of the southern Philippines, they showed him pleading for life in a video with three other hostages that demanded a recordhigh ransom. The scene was all too familiar in …

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Buddha ‘footprints’ returned to Pakistan

NEW YORK, April 28, (AP): An ancient stone sculpture of Buddha’s footprints that was smuggled into the United States and had been expected to sell for more than $1 million was returned to the government of Pakistan on Wednesday. The piece, called a Buddhapada, was taken from a Pakistani region …

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America warns of credible ‘terrorist threat’ in Turkey

ISTANBUL, April 27, (RTRS): The United States warned US citizens in Turkey on Tuesday about “credible” terrorist threats to tourist areas in the country. Turkey has been hit by four suicide bombings already this year, most recently in Istanbul last month. Two of the bombings have been blamed on Islamic …

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