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    India outlaws Islamic instant divorce

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 12:41am on September 20, 2018

    The Indian government Wednesday issued an executive order making the Islamic practice of ‘instant divorce’ a criminal offence punishable by up to three years in...

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    Level of Myanmar army brutality hard to fathom: UN probe

    Agence France-Presse . Geneva/ Yangon | Updated at 12:09am on September 20, 2018

    Myanmar’s army has used unfathomable levels of violence against minority Rohingya, UN investigators said Tuesday, calling for the military to be removed from politics and...

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    Ex-columnist jailed for abusive posts about Suu Kyi

    Agence France-Presse . Yangon | Updated at 12:05am on September 20, 2018

    A former columnist for state media has been jailed for seven years for ‘abusive’ Facebook posts about Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a court...

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    Court frees ousted PM Sharif and daughter from jail

    Reuters . Islamabad | Updated at 05:01pm on September 19, 2018

    A Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered the release of jailed ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, suspending the sentences they received from a...

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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...