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Saudi executes two murderers

RIYADH, March 17, (AFP): Saudi Arabia on Thursday executed two convicted murderers, including a Yemeni, bringing to 75 the number of death sentences carried out by the kingdom this year. Marwan Abdo Mohammed was found guilty of beating a fellow Yemeni to death with a metal rod, the interior ministry …

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Mumbai ‘dance’ bars to reopen after 10 yrs

MUMBAI, March 16, (RTRS): After a 10-year hiatus, dance bars are set to reopen in Mumbai and Maharashtra state with activists warning women and girls could be trafficked and abused in these venues but bar owners arguing this is legimitate, needed work. Western Maharashtra state in 2005 suspended the licences …

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Dutch vote to ban arms exports to Saudi Arabia

AMSTERDAM, March 16, (RTRS): The Dutch parliament passed a bill on Tuesday calling for the government of the Netherlands to halt weapon exports to Saudi Arabia, citing ongoing violations of humanitarian law in Yemen. The Dutch vote effectively seeks to implement a decision in February by the European Parliament, which …

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Female suicide bombers kill at least 22 worshipers in Nigeria – 18 wounded, evacuated to hospital

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, March 16, (Agencies): Two female suicide bombers killed at least 22 worshippers in an attack during dawn prayers Wednesday on a mosque on the outskirts of the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, officials said from the birthplace of Boko Haram. One bomber blew up inside the mosque and …

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Saudi-led Yemen market strike killed 33 rebels: tribal chief

ADEN, March 16, (AFP): A Yemeni tribal chief said Wednesday that 33 of the 41 people killed in a Saudi-led air strike on a market in a northern province were rebel fighters, not civilians as first reported. Medics and tribal sources said that the Tuesday strike in the rebel-held Hajja …

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Millions given to casino in Manila – Bangladesh central bank governor quits

MANILA, March 15, (RTRS): More than $30 million of the money hackers stole from the Bangladesh central bank’s account at the New York Fed was delivered in cash to a Chinese casino junket operator in Manila, officials told a Philippines Senate hearing on Tuesday. A further $50 million was split …

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Mother Teresa sainthood set

Mother Teresa will be made a saint on Sept 4. Pope Francis set the canonization date Tuesday, paving the way for the nun who cared for the poorest of the poor to become the centerpiece of his yearlong focus on the Catholic Church’s merciful side. The announcement was expected after Francis …

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2 dead as villagers and Islamists clash

DHAKA, March 15, (AFP): Thousands of Bangladeshi villagers clashed on Monday with members of a minority Islamic group who are often regarded with suspicion, leaving two dead people and scores injured, an official said. Villagers rallied in the southern coastal district of Noakhali to demand a halt to construction of …

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Thousands of maids in Hong Kong in ‘forced labour’

HONG KONG, March 15, (AFP): Tens of thousands of foreign maids in Hong Kong are in “forced labour”, according to a new report that fuels growing criticism of the city’s treatment of its army of domestic workers. The study by the Justice Centre estimates that one in six, or 50,000 …

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American IS member surrenders in Iraq – DAESH returns to Iraqi town a day after pullout

ARBIL, Iraq, March 14, (AFP): A member of the Islamic State jihadist group with US citizenship turned himself in to the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq on Monday, a senior military officer said. “This person’s name is Mohammed Jamal Amin, he holds US citizenship, has a Palestinian father and …

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