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Egypt uses solitary confinement as ‘torture’: Amnesty International report

Posted on May 7 2018

Egypt is holding political prisoners in “prolonged and indefinite solitary confinement” that amounts to “torture,” an international rights group said Monday.

In a new report, Amnesty International said dozens of detained human rights activists, journalists and me...

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UN team, in Bangladesh, vows to work to end Rohingya crisis

Posted on April 30 2018

A UN Security Council team visiting Bangladesh promised Sunday to work hard to resolve a crisis involving hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to the country to escape military-led violence in neighboring Myanmar. The diplomats, who visited the sprawling camps and border points...

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Kabul: At least six killed, 14 injured in twin blasts in Afghanistan capital

Posted on April 30 2018

At least six people were killed and 14 wounded in twin explosions that rocked Afghanistan capital, Kabul, on Monday morning. The first explosion was followed by another in which a journalist died and two police officers were injured, local authorities were quoted as saying by news agency Associat...

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Malaysia says MH370 report to be released after latest search ends

Posted on March 8 2018

The full investigation report into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be released after the latest search efforts are completed, officials said on Thursday, four years after the aircraft first went missing. Flight MH370, carrying 239 people onboard, became one of the wo...

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Bangladesh madrasa burns students’ mobile phones

Posted on March 6 2018

An Islamic seminary in Bangladesh has burned hundreds of mobile phones seized from students claiming that they were getting distracted by it, according to a media report.

Mufti Jasim Uddin, the superintendent of Al-Jamiatul Ahlia Darul Ulum Moinul Islam, known as Hathazari Barha Madrasa...

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WATCH: This stunning lava flowing from the Hawaii volcano will blow your mind

Posted on March 3 2018

When you think of Hawaii, what is the first thing that pops into your mind? Of course, its beautiful, pristine beaches are the highlight. But, do you know about the archipelago that is famous for its volcanoes in the US? Surprisingly, while many go to the islands to have fun on the beach, there a...

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US shutdown: Senate stumbles shutdown, as Rand Paul blocks vote

Posted on February 9 2018

The government stumbled into a midnight shutdown Thursday as a rogue Senate Republican blocked a speedy vote on a massive, bipartisan, budget-busting spending deal, protesting the return of trillion-dollar deficits on the watch of Republicans controlling Washington. A shutdown _ technically a lap...

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60,000 North Korean children may starve, sanctions slow aid – UNICEF

Posted on January 30 2018

An estimated 60,000 children face potential starvation in North Korea, where international sanctions are exacerbating the situation by slowing aid deliveries, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday. World powers have imposed growing sanctions on North Korea for its nucl...

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‘Aadhaar’ named Oxford Hindi dictionary’s word of 2017: Twitterati can’t stop cracking the same joke

Posted on January 28 2018

Thanks to all the debate and controversy surrounding Aadhaar, it has been named as the Hindi word of the year for 2017 by Oxford Dictionary. The announcement was made at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival on Saturday (January 27) and it led to a huge buzz online. And with Aadhaar landing...

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Pope Francis’ favorite Madonna icon in Rome gets face-lift

Posted on January 27 2018

Pope Francis’ favorite icon of the Madonna in Rome has gotten a face-lift. The Vatican on Wednesday unveiled photos of the restored Salus populi Romani, the Byzantine-style painting on wood located inside the St. Mary Major Basilica. The icon, revered by Romans, will be displayed to th...

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Pakistan police killing of a Pashtun youth fuels anger over ‘encounters’

Posted on January 27 2018

Nationwide protests at the police killing of a young ethnic Pashtun man in Pakistan’s largest city have shone a spotlight on allegations of persecution by the authorities against refugees from the country’s conflict-ridden northwest.

The country’s Supreme Court launche...

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United Nations official says not safe yet for Rohingya return to Myanmar

Posted on January 25 2018

Attacks on Rohingya Muslims appear to be continuing in Myanmar and it is not yet safe for the hundreds of thousands living in refugee camps in Bangladesh to begin returning home, a senior United Nations official said. Many Rohingya want to return eventually to their villages in Myanmar, UNIC...

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Haqqani commander, two others killed in US drone strike in Pakistan

Posted on January 24 2018

At top commander of the Haqqani network along with two others were killed on Wednesday when a US drone struck a home near Pakistan’s restive tribal Kurram agency bordering Afghanistan, media reports said. Two missiles were fired from the drone at the house in Speen Thall area – on the...

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US govt shuts down as Congress fails to overcome standoff over spending, immigration

Posted on January 20 2018

The US government on Saturday shut down after a period of five years as Congress failed to overcome standoff over spending and immigration. US President Donald Trump and Congress were unable to pass the short-term bill to keep the US government open and prevent agencies from shutting down.

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Twitter to notify users exposed to Russian propaganda during US elections

Posted on January 20 2018

Twitter Inc, which is reviewing Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. elections, said on Friday it would notify some of its users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service.

The company said it would email 677,775 people in the United St...