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  • ‘Every year we dig mass graves’: the slaughter of Pakistan’s Hazara0

    The 10 Hazara coalminers murdered by Isis were buried at Quetta’s Hazara Town cemetery. At least 1,000 Hazaras have been killed in sectarian violence in the past decade. Photograph: Mashal Baloch/The Guardian Decades of persecution has left the Shia minority with little space left in its graveyards but prime minister Imran Khan is in no

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  • Basmati battle: Pakistan fights Indian bid for EU recognition of rice0

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    • November 12, 2020

    The Guardian Delhi seeks geographical indication status for its basmati rice, angering Islamabad India’s exports of basmati rice have been shrinking while Pakistan’s have been growing. Photograph: vm2002/Getty Images/iStockphoto Daniel Boffey in Brussels Thu 29 Oct 2020 A new ingredient has been added to the boiling pot that is the relationship between India and Pakistan: basmati rice.

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  • India’s arrest of an 83-year-old priest on terrorism charges is an insult to justice0

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    • October 19, 2020

    The Guardian      18 October 2020 Mari Marcel Thekaekara  Father Stan Swamy, who was helping indigenous people fight mining corporates, is far from a violent Maoist ‘The battle of the Adivasis against mining companies is a David and Goliath scenario.’ Pollution from an open-cast coal mine in Jharia, Jharkand. Photograph: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty

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  • Sushant Singh Rajput: actor’s death fuels media frenzy in India0

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    • September 14, 2020

    Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead on 14 June. Police ruled he had killed himself. Photograph: Sujit Jaiswal/AFP/Getty Bollywood star’s tragic story has spiralled into a national obsession, with his girlfriend at its centre Hannah Ellis-Petersen South Asia correspondent The Guardian Sat 12 Sep 2020  For 90 days, the death of a young Bollywood star has transfixed India. The

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  • Uighur Muslim teacher tells of forced sterilisation in Xinjiang0

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    • September 5, 2020

    Chinese government threatened woman when she resisted in move to suppress Muslim minority birth rates A Muslim minority teacher who was forced to have a sterilisation at 50 is interviewed by the Guardian. Photograph: Supplied Emma Graham-Harrison and Lily Kuo Fri 4 Sep 2020 A teacher coerced into giving classes in Xinjiang internment camps has

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  • Two Muslim students face ‘bogus’ charges of inciting Delhi riots1

    Lawyers say pair were peacefully protesting against Indian citizenship act Hannah Ellis-Petersen in Delhi 26 April 2020 A demonstrator protesting against the February riots, in which 53 people died and thousands of Muslim families were left destitute, victims of Hindu mobs. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters Delhi police have been accused of slapping two Muslim student activists

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  • Coronavirus closures reveal vast scale of China’s secretive wildlife farm industry0

    Peacocks, porcupines and pangolins among species bred on 20,000 farms closed in wake of virus Animals farmed is supported by Michael Standaert in Shenzhen Mon 24 Feb 2020 Nearly 20,000 wildlife farms raising species including peacocks, civet cats, porcupines, ostriches, wild geese and boar have been shut down across China in the wake of the coronavirus, in a

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  • Pakistan sentences Pervez Musharraf to death for high treason0

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    • December 17, 2019

    Former ruler, who no longer lives in country, was tried for imposing state of emergency in 2007 Reuters in Islamabad Tue 17 Dec 2019  Tue 17 Dec 2019 A Pakistani court has sentenced the country’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to death on charges of high treason and subverting the constitution. Musharraf, who seized power in a 1999

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  • Bangladeshi MP allegedly hired eight lookalikes to take her place in exams0

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    • October 21, 2019

    Awami League’s Tamanna Nusrat is accused of paying impersonators in at least 13 tests Agence France-Presse Mon 21 Oct 2019 A Bangladeshi politician has been expelled from university after allegedly hiring as many as eight lookalikes to take her place in exams. Tamanna Nusrat, from the ruling Awami League party, is accused of paying the

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  • Taliban warns of more US dead after Trump says he cancelled peace talks0

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    • September 11, 2019

    President tweets that he called off planned Camp David meeting after Kabul attack killed US soldier Michael Safi @safimichael Sun 8 Sep 2019 The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, watches as an army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Sgt 1st Class Elis Barreto Ortiz at Dover air force base,

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  • Kashmir: Imran Khan says Pakistan will ‘teach India a lesson’0

    Pakistan PM says army is preparing to respond to anticipated Indian aggression in region Rebecca Ratcliffe in Delhi Wed 14 Aug 2019 Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, has threatened to “teach Delhi a lesson” and vowed to fight until the end against any Indian violations in disputed Kashmir. In some of his strongest words since

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  • Bangladesh: General Hussain Muhammad Ershad obituary0

    Army officer and politician who seized power in Bangladesh in a bloodless coup in 1982 and declared himself president Derek Brown Sun 14 Jul 2019 As dictators go, Hussain Muhammad Ershad was not an outright brute. Bangladesh, under his rule, was not a land of mass terror, imprisonment and execution. It was, rather, a country where

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  • India’s Muslims quiver in the new dawn of an emboldened Narendra Modi0

    The Hindu nationalist BJP’s election victory will change the culture of the nation, the prime minister’s critics fear Michael Safi @safimichael Sun 26 May 2019 Just after 1.30pm on Friday, the loudspeaker outside Sarai Alawardi mosque crackled to life, and more than a thousand foreheads were touched to the hessian mats that lined the ground. Towering

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  • Five more years of Narendra Modi will take India to a dark place0

    Kapil Komireddi 21 May 2019 If the Indian prime minister is returned to office, his sectarian politics will make bigotry the defining ideal of the republic Indian elections are a marvel to behold. The rules stipulate that no citizen should have to travel more than 2km to vote. So the state goes to the voters.

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