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    Imran Khan accuses Macron of attacking Islam

    Agence France-Presse . Islamabad | Updated at 11:48pm on October 25, 2020

    Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan accused French president Emmanuel Macron on Sunday of ‘attacking Islam’, after the European leader criticised Islamists and defended the publication...

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    Malaysian king rejects PM’s push for emergency powers

    Agence France-Presse . Kuala Lumpur | Updated at 11:37pm on October 25, 2020

    Malaysia’s king Sunday rejected a proposal by the premier to declare a state of emergency and suspend parliament to fight the coronavirus after the plan...

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    FBI’s most wanted listed Al-Qaeda leader killed in Afghanistan

    Agence France-Presse . Kabul | Updated at 12:24pm on October 25, 2020

    Afghan forces said that they had killed a top Al-Qaeda extremist wanted by the United States, as the death toll from a blast in the...

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    IS attack kills 18 at Afghan education centre

    Agence France-Presse . Kabul | Updated at 10:40am on October 25, 2020

    A suicide bomber struck near an education centre in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 18 people in an attack claimed by...

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    Indian farmers step up illegal fires, Delhi air crisis worsens

    Agence France-Presse . Saneta | Updated at 12:49am on October 25, 2020

    Delhi’s smog crisis headed for a new toxic peak on Saturday but farmers are refusing to stop the stubble burning that is widely blamed for...

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    Myanmar vote ban extinguishes hope for ethnic minorities

    Agence France-Presse . Yangon, Myanmar | Updated at 01:08pm on October 24, 2020

    For many marginalised ethnic minority groups in conflict-plagued regions of Myanmar, next month’s national elections had at least offered a glimmer of hope for empowerment....

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    Lanka parliament gives president sweeping powers

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 12:18am on October 24, 2020

    Sri Lanka’s parliament on Thursday voted to give president Gotabaya Rajapaksa widespread powers to appoint top officials and dissolve the legislature after an acrimonious two-day...

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    India's capital chokes on 'severe' smog as farm fires soar

    Agence France-Presse. New Delhi | Updated at 04:45pm on October 23, 2020

    New Delhi was blanketed in noxious haze Friday as air pollution levels in parts of the city soared to ‘severe’ levels, hours after US President...

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    Afghan air raid kills 11 children

    Agence France-Presse . Kunduz | Updated at 01:18am on October 23, 2020

    An air strike by the Afghan military killed 11 children and a prayer leader at a mosque, local authorities said Thursday, in an account disputed...

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    Thai PM revokes emergency decree despite protests

    Agence France-Presse . Bangkok | Updated at 10:21pm on October 22, 2020

    Thailand’s premier on Thursday revoked an emergency decree that had been intended to quell pro-democracy rallies despite it failing to stamp out daily protests demanding...