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    Modi plans jobs quota for upper caste poor

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 06:31pm on January 07, 2019

    Prime minister Narendra Modi’s government announced plans Monday to set aside a quota of government jobs for poorer members of India’s upper caste, months before...

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    Indian scientists slam ancient Hindu ‘stem cell’ claim

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 01:19am on January 07, 2019

    The organisers of a major Indian science conference distanced themselves Sunday from speakers who used the prestigious event to dismiss Einstein’s discoveries and claim ancient...

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    Rakhine rebels kill 13 cops in Myanmar

    Agence France-Presse . Yangon | Updated at 12:00am on January 05, 2019

    Thirteen Myanmar police officers were killed in raids Friday by ethnic Rakhine rebels, the army said, in a brazen, co-ordinated attack on the country’s Independence...

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    Thousands displaced as Myanmar army, Rakhine rebels clash

    Agence France-Presse . Yangon | Updated at 12:17am on January 04, 2019

    Weeks of fighting between ethnic Rakhine rebels and Myanmar’s military has driven thousands of civilians from their homes, the UN said, as conflict intensifies in...

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    Toxic smog shrouds Indian capital as pollution soars

    Reuters . New Delhi | Updated at 12:14am on January 04, 2019

    Residents of the Indian capital of New Delhi woke on Thursday to a thick, grey smog, as pollution surged to ‘severe’ and ‘emergency’ levels, with...

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    India deports 2nd Rohingya group to Myanmar

    Reuters . Guwahati | Updated at 12:00am on January 04, 2019

    India on Thursday deported a Rohingya Muslim family of five to neighbouring Myanmar, the second such group expelled in four months during a crackdown on...

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    Protests paralyse Indian state after women defy temple ban

    Reuters . Kochi/New Delhi | Updated at 11:31am on January 03, 2019

    Conservative Hindu groups paralysed India’s southern state of Kerala on Thursday protesting against the state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban...

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    Myanmar says police attacked as western fighting displaces thousands

    Reuters . Yangon | Updated at 12:38am on January 03, 2019

    Myanmar police have clashed with insurgents in the troubled western state of Rakhine, state-run media said on Wednesday, as intensified fighting continued between the security...

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    Clashes after women enter flashpoint Indian temple

    Agence France-Presse . Thiruvananthapuram | Updated at 04:21pm on January 02, 2019

    Violence erupted in southern India on Wednesday after two women defied traditionalists to enter one of Hinduism’s holiest temples for the first time since a...

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    Tens of thousands protest in India over flashpoint temple

    Agence France-Presse . Thiruvananthapuram | Updated at 12:04pm on January 02, 2019

    Tens of thousands of women formed a human chain across a southern Indian state on Tuesday, in support of a court order overturning a partial...

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