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International

Filipinos mark Good Friday with crucifixion, flogging

 San Fernando, Philippines, March 30, 2018 (AFP) -Filipino zealots marked Good Friday with a bloody display of religious frenzy by having themselves nailed to crosses and whipping their backs raw in Asia’s bastion of Catholicism. Though frowned upon by the Church, the gruesome re-enactments of Christ’s final moments draw …

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Millions of Indians to resit exam – Test leaked

NEW DELHI, March 29, (Agencies): India on Thursday vowed to strengthen its online security after high school exam papers were leaked ahead of crucial tests, forcing millions of students to resit their finals. Education Minister Prakash Javadekar said an investigation was underway into how the mathematics and economics papers were …

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Modi faces challenge in providing jobs ahead of 2019 election

25 million apply for railway vacancies NEW DELHI, March 29, (RTRS): More than 25 million people, a number greater than Australia’s population, have applied for about 90,000 positions on India’s state-run railways, underlining the challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces in providing millions of jobs ahead of an election in …

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‘68 dead’ in Venezuela as jailbreak attempt fuels fire

CARACAS, March 29, (Agencies): A total of 68 people died on Wednesday during an attempted jailbreak in Venezuela after a fire engulfed police holding cells in one of the worst tragedies in years in a notoriously violent and overcrowded prison system. Attorney General Tarek William Saab gave the death toll …

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Sri Lanka prison chief arrested over 2012 massacre

Colombo, March 29, 2018 (AFP) -Sri Lankan police Thursday arrested a top prison official over a massacre of 27 inmates that became an icon of grave rights abuses under former president Mahinda Rajapakse. Prisons Commissioner Emil Lamahewage was arrested in connection with the November 2012 bloodbath at the Welikada high …

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Militant leader, bin Laden ally roams freely in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — He is crisscrossing Pakistan championing a fatwa, or Islamic religious decree, forbidding militant violence inside the country. But the mere fact that Fazlur Rehman Khalil, veteran leader of an organization designated as a terror group by the U.S., is free has experts questioning Pakistan’s willingness to fight …

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Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan for 1st time since she was shot

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai returned to Pakistan early Thursday for the first time since she was shot in 2012 by Taliban militants angered at her championing of education for girls. Tight security greeted the now-20-year-old university student upon her arrival at Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto International …

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India sends notice to Facebook over alleged data breach

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s government has sent a notice to Facebook asking whether the personal data of Indian voters and users has been compromised by U.K.-based Cambridge Analytica or any other downstream entity. A similar notice was dispatched to Cambridge Analytica last week following media reports that it had …

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Filipino extremist blamed for bombings, killings surrenders

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) — A senior commander of the Abu Sayyaf extremist group blamed for bombings and kidnappings has surrendered in the south, the defense chief said Thursday, expressing hope it would bring the “eventual collapse” of a key militant stronghold. Nurhassan Jamiri surrendered with 13 of his men to …

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Kuwait urges implementation of ceasefire in Syria

Pro-Syria forces move away from US troops NEW YORK, March 28, (Agencies): Kuwait and Sweden are keen on fully implementing UNSC Resolution 2401 which regards to the 30-day ceasefire in Syria, an act providing a leeway for humanitarian efforts to take effect, said a Kuwaiti diplomat late Tuesday. In a …

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