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    Modi govt asks SC to allow land transfer for Ram temple

    Reuters . New Delhi | Updated at 04:37pm on January 29, 2019

    India’s government on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to allow it to hand over land to a Hindu trust that wants to build Ram temple...

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    India politician jailed over Modi Facebook post

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 12:33am on January 29, 2019

    An Indian politician who posted a picture of prime minister Narendra Modi with a begging bowl on Facebook has been arrested, police said Monday, in...

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    Modi to appease voters, put reforms aside in budget

    Reuters . New Delhi | Updated at 12:00am on January 29, 2019

    Desperate for five more years in power, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-led alliance will woo rural and urban middle-class voters with farm relief measures and...

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    Pakistan Supreme Court to review Asia Bibi’s blasphemy acquittal

    Reuters . Islamabad | Updated at 04:27pm on January 28, 2019

    Pakistan’s Supreme Court will on Tuesday begin a review of its own acquittal of a Christian woman charged with blasphemy, a verdict that sparked days...

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    US-Bangla pilot had ‘emotional breakdown’ before crash: probe panel

    Reuters . Kathmandu | Updated at 04:14pm on January 28, 2019

    The captain of a Bangladeshi aeroplane ‘seemed to have an emotional breakdown’ before a deadly crash last March, Nepali investigators said in a final report...

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    Two die after eating sweets offered at Indian temple

    Agence France-Presse . Bangalore | Updated at 04:33pm on January 27, 2019

    Two women have died and nine others including two children are undergoing treatment after eating contaminated food at a Hindu temple in southern India, police...

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    US, Taliban see significant progress in ending Afghan war

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 01:32pm on January 27, 2019

    The United States and the Taliban said on Saturday they had made substantial headway in negotiations to end the 17-year US war in Afghanistan, although...

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    Myanmar army chief must be prosecuted for genocide: UN

    Reuters . Bangkok | Updated at 12:49am on January 26, 2019

    Myanmar’s army chief should be prosecuted for genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority, a UN human rights investigator said, adding that holding perpetrators to account...

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    New Rakhine conflict flares

    Agence France-Presse . Buthidaung, Myanmar | Updated at 12:41am on January 26, 2019

    As bullets smashed into the walls, the residents of Alecheung village jolted from their sleep and fled leaving everything behind—civilian victims of a crackdown by...

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    Sri Lankans demand justice for slain, abducted journalists

    Associated Press/UNB. Sri Lanka | Updated at 02:12pm on January 25, 2019

    Sri Lankan rights activists, lawmakers and relatives of slain and disappeared journalists held a vigil over their abductions and killings, demanding the government expedite investigations.Freddie...