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Pakistanis Protest Against Increasing Power Cuts During Ramadan

By Syed Raza Hassan and Jibran Ahmad KARACHI/PESHAWAR, Pakistan, May 30 – Protesters in Pakistan’s largest city set tyres ablaze on Tuesday after power cuts disrupted a traditional pre-dawn meal during the holy month of Ramadan, police said, a day after two protesters in another city were shot dead. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif came to

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Indian PM’s Party Leaders Charged Over 1992 Mosque Demolition

By Rupam Jain NEW DELHI, May 30 – An Indian judge charged a minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and senior leaders from his ruling party with criminal conspiracy on Tuesday in connection with the 1992 destruction of a mosque by a Hindu mob. The demolition of the mosque in northern Uttar Pradesh state

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Big Tobacco Leaves Huge Ecological Footprint: WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, May 30 – Tobacco growing is causing “massive harm” to the environment through the extensive use of chemicals, energy and water, and pollution from manufacturing and distribution, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. The United Nations agency called for the tobacco industry to compensate for its products that contribute

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Indian Rights Lawyer to Lead U.N. Probe into Rohingya Crackdown

YANGON, May 30 – The United Nations on Tuesday appointed an Indian human rights lawyer and two other experts to a fact-finding mission investigating alleged killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. The mission will be led by Indira Jaising, an advocate of the Supreme Court of India,

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Descendants of Saudi Wahhabism Founder Distance Themselves from Qatar

DUBAI, May 28 – Descendents of the founding father of Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi brand of Islam have sought to distance themselves from Qatar’s ruling family, according to a statement published on Sunday, in a further sign of a rift among Gulf Arab states. In the front-page statement, Saudi Arabia’s Okaz newspaper said that 200 descendents

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Militants Kill Three Indian Soldiers in Kashmir Ambush

By Fayaz Bukhari SRINAGAR, India, Dec 17  – Militants attacked an Indian army convoy in Kashmir on Saturday, killing three soldiers, a defence spokesman said, in the latest in an uptick of violence in the disputed region at the heart of tensions with rival Pakistan. The men were ambushed on the outskirts of Srinagar, the

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Bin Laden’s Son Denied Entry to Egypt

CAIRO, Dec 17 – Osama bin Laden’s son Omar was refused entry to Egypt on Saturday, airport sources said, giving no reason why his name was on a list of people banned from the country. Omar, 34, Osama bin Laden’s fourth-eldest son, was travelling with his British wife Zaina al Sabah from Doha, and they

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Trump Promises Syria ‘Safe Zones’, Obama says no Easy fix

By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton ORLANDO/WASHINGTON, Dec 16 – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Friday his administration would build “safe zones” to try to help civilians trapped in Syria’s bloody conflict, an idea that President Barack Obama said would be too hard to enforce. Trump and Obama spoke separately of the conflict after

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