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Love thy neighbor: US sanctuary churches protect migrants under Trump

Greensboro, United States, March 10, 2018 (AFP) -Business owner Oscar Canales has spent the past three months confined to a church basement in the US city of Greensboro, knowing he could face deportation to El Salvador the moment he steps outside. Expulsion would mean tearing him apart from his wife …

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Philippines slams U.N. rights chief for ‘disrespectful’ remarks about Duterte

MANILA, March 10 (Reuters) – The Philippine foreign minister hit back on Saturday at the United Nations’ human rights chief for issuing “irresponsible and disrespectful” comments about President Rodrigo Duterte, warning that such remarks could set a dangerous precedent. Duterte’s attacks against U.N. human rights activists suggest he needs to …

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Philippine police say Arab militant suspect won’t be freed

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An alleged former commander of the Islamic State group in Syria who was recently arrested in Manila will not be freed even after a prosecutor dropped criminal complaints of illegal possession of explosives against him, a Philippine police official said Friday. Metropolitan Manila police director Oscar …

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Indian police arrest hard-line Hindu activist for journalist’s murder

NEW DELHI, March 9 (Reuters) – Indian police arrested a member of a hard-line Hindu group on Friday for the murder of a journalist late last year, officials said. The Sanatan Sanstha, one of the many Hindu fringe groups, have gained prominence since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya …

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Muslims pray under military protection in Sri Lanka after riots

Colombo, March 9, 2018 (AFP) -Soldiers and police guarded mosques across Sri Lanka during Friday prayers amid fears of new anti-Muslim attacks after four days of riots that have left at least three dead. Most Muslim-owned businesses in the island nation remained shut in protest at attacks by mainly Buddhist …

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Suicide bomber kills 9 in Kabul; Taliban kill 16 in province

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber targeting Afghanistan’s minority Hazaras blew himself up at a police checkpoint in western Kabul on Friday, killing nine people and wounding 18, officials said. According to Basir Mujahid, spokesman for the Kabul police chief, the bomber was on foot and was trying to …

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India’s top court allows ‘living wills’ for terminally ill

New Delhi, March 9, 2018 (AFP) -India’s top court ruled Friday that terminally ill patients have the right to refuse care, approving the use of “living wills” to set out how they want to be treated. The Supreme Court’s order — hailed as “historic” by petitioners — means medical treatment …

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Manila sets counter checks on departing Overseas Filipino Workers

Filipinos warned against misrepresentation MANILA, March 8: The Philippines Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has put in place counter-checking measures for overseas Filipino workers or OFWs as they are called who leave the country to work in Kuwait, reports the Gulf Times quoting the Manila Times. The newspaper said …

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Saudi pledge for tolerance

LONDON, March 8, (RTRS): Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met the head of the Anglican church in London on Thursday, promising to promote interfaith dialogue as part of his domestic reforms, the British faith leader’s office said. Prince Mohammed is making an official visit to London to promote …

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EU backs Gulf mediation by Kuwait – NATO, Qatar sign pact

BRUSSELS, March 8, (Agencies): EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/ Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini, met in Brussels late Wednesday with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of Qatar, and discussed bilateral and regional issues as well as the Gulf crisis. A press release …

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