South Asia

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    Indian court orders security for women who entered temple

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 12:00am on January 19, 2019

    India’s Supreme Court on Friday ordered southern Kerala state to provide ‘round-the-clock’ security to two women who enraged conservatives by entering one of Hinduism’s holiest...

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    Pakistan’s CJ takes oath, pledges reform

    Agence France-Presse . Islamabad | Updated at 12:00am on January 19, 2019

    Pakistan’s new chief justice was sworn in Friday, pledging reform of a Supreme Court whose controversial decisions include ousting a prime minister and freeing a...

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    21 killed in car bomb attack on Bogota police academy

    Agence France-Presse . Bogota | Updated at 11:00am on January 18, 2019

    Colombia’s government declared three days of mourning Thursday after a car bomb at a Bogota police cadet training academy killed at least 21 people and...

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    6.0 magnitude quake hits Bay of Bengal

    United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Updated at 04:02pm on January 17, 2019

    A strong earthquake measuring 6.0 magnitude on the Richter scale hit the Bay of Bengal region on Thursday morning. The earthquake hit the region at...

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    The insurgents plunging Rakhine back into chaos

    Reuters . Yangon | Updated at 12:21am on January 16, 2019

    Myanmar’s government says it has ordered the military to ‘crush’ rebels in the western state of Rakhine, following raids by insurgents that killed 13 police...

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    Hindu ascetics lead millions of Indians in holy bath, but politics weigh

    Reuters . Prayagraj, India | Updated at 12:00am on January 16, 2019

    Millions of pilgrims began bathing on the first official day of India’s Kumbh Mela on Tuesday, the world’s largest religious festival where politics play an...

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    Thai top court orders compensation for Myanmar workers

    Reuters . Bangkok | Updated at 12:00am on January 16, 2019

    Thailand’s highest court on Tuesday ordered compensation be paid to 14 migrant workers from Myanmar whose accusations against a chicken farm of abuses sparked a...

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    UN calls for ‘rapid and unimpeded’ aid access to Rakhine

    Reuters . Yangon | Updated at 12:19am on January 15, 2019

    The United Nations called on the Myanmar government on Monday to allow ‘rapid and unimpeded’ humanitarian access to Rakhine State, where fighting between government troops...

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    Sabarimala trailblazers braving threats, family anger

    Agence France-Presse . Kerala | Updated at 04:07pm on January 14, 2019

      AFP . Kerala   Bindu Ammini and Kanakadurga are living on the run since infuriating Hindu traditionalists by entering one of India’s holiest temples...

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    New alliance increases pressure on India’s ruling party

    Agence France-Presse . Lucknow | Updated at 01:22am on January 13, 2019

    Two regional parties that were former bitter rivals announced an unlikely alliance Saturday to fight Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Hindu nationalist party in...