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    ‘Triple talaq’ punishable offence in India

    Reuters . New Delhi | Updated at 02:24pm on September 19, 2018

    India's cabinet has approved an executive order to make instant divorce among Muslims, a procedure called ‘triple talaq’, a punishable offence, a government minister said...

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    Maldives president took gifts from island developers: report

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 12:40am on September 19, 2018

    The president of the Maldives appeared to accept lavish gifts from a billionaire developer who was later leased two islands in the paradise archipelago without...

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    Myanmar military brutality against Rohingya 'hard to fathom': UN

    Agence France-Presse . Geneva | Updated at 12:05am on September 19, 2018

    Myanmar's powerful army should be removed from politics, United Nations investigators said Tuesday, as they released the final part of a damning report reiterating calls...

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    Lanka president tells diplomats: pick up phone or pack up

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 12:05am on September 18, 2018

    Sri Lanka’s president on Monday justified his decision to sack six diplomats — including an ambassador — for not answering his phone calls, saying more...

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    Imran Khan to give Bengalis citizenship

    Agence France-Presse . Karachi | Updated at 12:05am on September 18, 2018

    Pakistan’s new premier Imran Khan has vowed to give citizenship to some Bengali immigrants and Afghan refugees officials confirmed Monday, granting rights to many who...

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    China provinces braced for heavy rainfall as typhoon heads west

    Reuters . Beijing | Updated at 10:47am on September 17, 2018

    China's southern regions faced more heavy rainfall on Monday as a devastating typhoon swept west, with key transport services already suspended and millions of residents...

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    Bhutan’s ruling party defeated in first round of polls

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 12:05am on September 17, 2018

    Bhutan’s prime minister conceded defeat Sunday, after the ruling party was knocked out in the first round of the small Himalayan nation’s third-ever election....

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    India bans 328 combination drugs in setback for pharma companies

    Reuters . New Delhi | Updated at 01:21am on September 14, 2018

    The Indian government has banned 328 combination drugs in a blow to both domestic and foreign pharmaceutical firms, but the ban has been cheered by...

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    Rohingya crisis could have been handled better: Suu Kyi

    Agence France-Presse . Hanoi | Updated at 12:05am on September 14, 2018

    Myanmar’s military response to the Rohingya crisis which drove 700,000 of the Muslim minority into Bangladesh ‘could have been handled better’, the country’s de facto...

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    Myanmar gives UN teams access to Rakhine

    Agence France-Presse . Yangon | Updated at 06:54pm on September 12, 2018

    The UN began work Wednesday inside Myanmar's violence-torn northern Rakhine state, the first time its agencies have been granted permission to operate there since more...

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