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    Govt 'witch hunt' forces Amnesty to suspend India operations

    Agence France-Presse. New Delhi | Updated at 01:51pm on September 29, 2020

    Amnesty International said Tuesday it has suspended its Indian operations after its bank accounts were frozen in what it called a government ‘witch-hunt’ against rights...

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    Nepal strengthens laws against acid attacks

    Agence France-Presse . Kathmandu | Updated at 12:33am on September 29, 2020

    Nepal brought in much heavier punishments for acid attackers on Monday, and restricted production and use of the corrosive liquids after a long campaign by...

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    Shahbaz Sharif arrested after protest vow

    Agence France-Presse . Islamabad | Updated at 12:32am on September 29, 2020

    Pakistani anti-corruption officials arrested the country’s opposition leader on Monday, days after he vowed to help lead efforts to dislodge prime minister Imran Khan’s government....

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    Indian Army geared up for battling China in Eastern Ladakh

    New Age Desk | Updated at 12:55am on September 28, 2020

    Engaged in a conflict with China for almost five months, the Indian Army’s armoured regiments are ready to take on the Chinese Army at altitudes...

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    Lanka returns containers of illegal waste to Britain

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 10:47pm on September 27, 2020

    Sri Lanka has shipped back to Britain container-loads of waste that the government said was brought into the island in violation of international laws governing...

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    Bihar to allow quarantined coronavirus patients to vote in elections

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 12:10am on September 27, 2020

    Quarantined coronavirus patients in the Indian state of Bihar will be allowed to vote in polling stations in upcoming local elections but only during the...

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    Yangon under strain as Myanmar coronavirus cases surge

    Agence France-Presse . Yangon | Updated at 12:09am on September 27, 2020

    Myanmar’s biggest city Yangon has rapidly built new quarantine centres as it scrambles to contain the commercial hub’s first significant coronavirus outbreak, with overworked medical...

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    Pak PM condemns ‘Islamophobic’ Charlie Hebdo cartoons

    Agence France-Presse . United Nations | Updated at 10:43pm on September 26, 2020

    Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan on Friday condemned the fresh publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad by a French satirical weekly, urging UN efforts...

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    Kashmiri photojournalist Masrat Zahra wins Mackler prize

    Agence France-Presse. New York | Updated at 11:27am on September 25, 2020

    Kashmiri photojournalist Masrat Zahra on Thursday received the Peter Mackler prize for courageous and ethical journalism, for her coverage of women impacted by decades of...

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    65 Taliban insurgents killed in eastern Afghanistan

    Agence France-Presse. Khost | Updated at 11:18am on September 25, 2020

    Afghan security forces have killed 65 Taliban militants during an intense battle in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Thursday, as fighting rages between the two sides...