Tuesday , October 16 2018


EU top court split on headscarf bans – ‘Unlawful direct discrimination’

LUXEMBOURG, July 13, (AFP): The EU’s top court faced a dilemma Wednesday after a top legal officer said it was discriminatory for a firm to tell an employee to remove a Muslim headscarf, contradicting an earlier opinion in a separate case. The latest case concerns a woman, Asma Bougnaoui, who …

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Egypt uses shocking tactics against dissidents: Amnesty – Muslim preachers ordered to deliver identical weekly sermons

CAIRO, July 13, (Agencies):A leading international rights group assailed Egyptian authorities on Wednesday, accusing them of abducting, torturing and using other shocking tactics as a tool to stifle dissent over the past year and a half. The country’s Foreign Ministry promptly responded, lashing back at Amnesty International and saying the …

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‘Malaysia, India trafficking ratings too high’ – Ban announces fund to fight violence against children

WASHINGTON, July 13, (Agencies): US lawmakers said on Tuesday they were concerned that Malaysia and India were rated too favorably in this year’s State Department human trafficking report although the report seemed less influenced by politics than last year’s. The US Department of State’s closely watched annual Trafficking in Persons …

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Tribunal rejects Beijing’s South China Sea claims – China has no historic title, breached Philippines’ rights: Tribunal

AMSTERDAM/BEIJING, July 12, (RTRS): An arbitration court ruled on Tuesday that China has no historic title over the waters of the South China Sea and has breached the Philippines’ sovereign rights with its actions, infuriating Beijing which dismissed the case as a farce. A defiant China, which boycotted the hearings …

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Singapore jails 4 Bangladeshis – Terrorist financing

SINGAPORE, July 12, (Agencies): Four Bangladeshi workers accused of planning to join the Islamic State group were jailed for between two and five years in Singapore on Tuesday for raising money to fund attacks in their homeland. Muslim-majority Bangladesh has seen a spate of brutal attacks on secular bloggers and …

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India court to speed up appeal in gang-rape case

NEW DELHI, July 12, (AFP): An appeal filed by four men sentenced to death for the fatal gang-rape of a student inside a moving bus in 2012 is to be fast-tracked, India’s top court said Monday. The Supreme Court would sit beyond its working hours every Monday and Friday in …

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Posters raise eyebrows

Posters begging Pakistan’s powerful army chief to launch a coup appeared in major cities including the capital Islamabad overnight, raising eyebrows in a country that has been ruled by the military for more than half its history. The posters, which also appeared in Lahore, Karachi and the garrison city of …

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Kuwait, Bahrain seek to bolster security relations

KUWAIT CITY, July 11, (KUNA): Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Acting Minister of Defense Sheikh Mohammad Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and visiting Bahraini Minister of Interior Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa discussed on Monday bilateral security coordination and cooperation. The Interior Ministry’s information office said in a release …

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US ‘warning’ on Bangladesh

WASHINGTON, July 11, (RTRS): The US State Department on Monday warned Americans to consider carefully whether they need to travel to Bangladesh following a series of attacks claimed by Islamist militants. “The US government assesses that the terrorist threat is real and credible,” the department said in a statement. On …

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Philippines troops kill 40 Abu Sayyaf rebels

MANILA, July 11, (Agencies): Filipino troops have killed about 40 Abu Sayyaf rebels in offensives on southern islands over the past week, the military said on Monday, as a new government intensifies operations to wipe out one of Asia’s most formidable kidnap gangs. Battles on Basilan and Sulu islands since …

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