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    China bans long beards and veils in Xinjiang

    BBC | Updated at 08:15am on April 01, 2017

    China has introduced new restrictions in the far western region of Xinjiang in what it describes as a campaign against Islamist extremism...

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    Paraguay congress set on fire amid presidential controversy

    BBC | Updated at 08:00am on April 01, 2017

    Demonstrators in Paraguay have set fire to the country's Congress amid violent protests against a bill that would let the president seek re-election...

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    India state greenlights life sentences for cow slaughter

    Agence France-Presse . Ahmedabad | Updated at 01:18am on April 01, 2017

    India prime minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat on Friday increased the punishment for cow slaughter from seven years to life imprisonment as Hindu hardliners push for tougher protections for the holy animal...

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    Japan kills 333 whales in annual Antarctic hunt

    Agence France-Presse . Tokyo | Updated at 01:15am on April 01, 2017

    A Japanese whaling fleet returned to port Friday after an annual Antarctic hunt that killed more than 300 of the mammals as Tokyo pursues the programme in defiance of global criticism...

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    Trump administration appeals latest ruling

    Agence France-Presse . Los Angeles | Updated at 01:14am on April 01, 2017

    The Donald Trump administration on Thursday appealed the ruling of a US federal judge who had a day prior maintained his freeze on the president’s revised travel ban...

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    22 dead, 57 wounded in Pakistan market blast

    Agence France-Presse . Peshawar | Updated at 01:05am on April 01, 2017

    At least 22 people were killed and 57 wounded Friday when a car bomb tore through a market in a mainly Shia area of Pakistan’s tribal belt, officials said, in an attack claimed by the Taliban...

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    Indonesia arrests Muslim leader for treason ahead of rally

    reuters | Updated at 03:03pm on March 31, 2017

    Indonesian police arrested five people, including a Muslim leader, for suspected treason on Friday, signaling a clampdown on hard-line Islamist groups that have agitated against Jakarta's Christian governor ahead of a mid-April election in the capital...

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    Blast in Pakistan kills at least 22, wounds dozens

    reuters | Updated at 02:47pm on March 31, 2017

    An explosion apparently targeting a mosque in Pakistan's northwestern city of Parachinar, in a remote area bordering Afghanistan, killed at least 22 people on Friday and wounded dozens...

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    EU to lay out Brexit response, set negotiating priorities

    Reuters | Updated at 09:05am on March 31, 2017

    The European Union will tell Britain on Friday how it aims to negotiate its ‘orderly withdrawal’ from the bloc, limit uncertainties for businesses and pave the way for a close future partnership...

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    Israeli cabinet approves first West Bank settlement in 20 years

    Reuters | Updated at 08:50am on March 31, 2017

    Israel's security cabinet on Thursday approved the building of the first new settlement in the occupied West Bank in two decades, even as prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu negotiates with Washington on a possible curb on settlement activity...