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    Sri Lanka to hire hangmen to execute drug traffickers

    Reuters. Colombo | Updated at 11:47am on July 14, 2018

    Sri Lanka said on Friday it plans to hire two hangmen, two days after President Maithripala Sirisena said he might sign off on the execution...

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    Social media-fuelled lynchings shock India

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 09:56am on July 14, 2018

    The smartphone footage shows the two blood-soaked men pleading for their lives. Moments later they were dead, two more victims of lynchings sparked by rumours...

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    Traffickers tap into India’s digital boom to lure girls

    Reuters. Mumbai | Updated at 02:40am on July 14, 2018

    Tanu had marvelled at her first smartphone when her Indian migrant worker husband gave it to her last November so the couple could stay connected....

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    India’s social media monitoring plan worries SC

    Reuters . New Delhi | Updated at 12:10am on July 14, 2018

    A government plan to monitor social media could turn India into a ‘surveillance state’, the Supreme Court was cited as saying on Friday as it...

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    Ex-Pak PM Nawaz Sharif, daughter detained

    Reuters . Lahore | Updated at 02:50am on July 14, 2018

    Ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam were arrested on Friday after flying back to the country to face lengthy prison sentences,...

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    Suicide bomb kills 128 at Pak poll rally

    Agence France-Presse . Quetta, Pakistan | Updated at 02:20am on July 14, 2018

    A suicide bomber targeting a political rally in southwest Pakistan Friday killed 128 people, officials said, in one of the deadliest attacks in the country’s...

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    China chemical plant blast kills 19, injures 12

    Reuters | Updated at 11:11am on July 13, 2018

    An explosion at a chemical plant in China has killed 19 people and injured 12, authorities said on Friday, the latest deadly industrial incident in...

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    Ousted Pakistan PM flying home to face jail, authorities lock down Lahore city

    Reuters | Updated at 10:39am on July 13, 2018

    Ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam, both sentenced to lengthy jail terms in absentia, are due to return to Pakistan on...

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    Restore Taj Mahal, or destroy it: India SC tells gov’t

    United News of Bangladesh | Updated at 02:23pm on July 12, 2018

    India’s Supreme Court has criticised the government for what it calls a ‘failure’ to protect the Taj Mahal, one of the world’s leading tourist...

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    Sri Lanka might execute drug traffickers

    Reuters. Colombo | Updated at 09:31pm on July 11, 2018

    Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said on Wednesday he might sign off on the execution of convicted drug traffickers still dealing from jail, as his...