• Muslim Communities Lack Freedom of Movement in Myanmar’s Rakhine State0

    Muslim Communities Lack Freedom of Movement in Myanmar’s Rakhine State October 07, 2018 11:02 AM An aerial view of Hla Phoe Khaung transit camp for Rohingya who decide to return back from Bangladesh, is seen in Maungdaw, Rakhine state, Myanmar, Sept. 20, 2018. GENEVA — U.N. officials report Rohingya Muslims live in fear and mistrust and

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  • Pakistan to approach IMF for a bailout, Asad Umar announces0

    AFP | Dawn.com | Sanaullah Khan   October 08, 2018 The government has made the “difficult decision” to approach the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout to address the mounting balance of payments crisis faced by Pakistan, Finance Minister Asad Umar announced on Monday. In a video message, the minister revealed that Prime Minister Imran Khan

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  • Bangladesh Court Delays Bail Decision on Photographer; President Signs Digital Security Act0

    By Sharif Khiam on Oct 08, 2018 03:55 pm Bangladesh’s High Court has given the government one week to present its case explaining why famed photographer Shahidul Alam, who has been locked up since Aug. 5 for allegedly violating online defamation laws, should not be released on bail. The High Court issued the ruling on

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  • Hard-line Hindu’s anti-Christian threat seen as poll ploy0

      Threat to drive out missioners aimed at winning Hindu votes in key state elections, say critics Christian leader Prabhakar Tirkey speaking to a television channel in Ranchi Oct. 3. He was protesting the anti-Christian statements of hard-line Hindu parliamentarian Rakesh Sinha who has repeatedly called for a movement to drive Christian missioners out of India.

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  • Sri Lankan film festival accused of censorship0

      Pressure from unknown group resulted in civil war documentary being pulled from the program, says director Jude Ratnam, director of Demons in Paradise, at Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland in August. His film depicts the struggles of victims of Sri Lanka’s 26-year-long civil war, especially those in former war-torn Jaffna. (Photo by Susitha Fernando/ucanews.com)

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  • India: Kashmir’s Civic Polls Today Are Shrouded in Secrecy0

    ‘Delhi couldn’t hold parliament elections in south Kashmir for almost two years and today these parties are taking pride in announcing that they have won uncontested.’ Image for representative purpose only. Credit: PTI Mudasir Ahmad      8 October 2018 Srinagar: A day before the Valley goes to polls, a front-page ad by the J&K

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  • PM Narendra Modi assured us India won’t deport NRC-excluded people to Bangladesh: Top official0

      Imam also said Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka, Harsh Vardhan Sringla, also “repeatedly told us not to worry about the exercise and indeed, it should not be our concern either”. Oct 06, 2018    Source:    PTI Trending News Congress likely to make a comeback in MP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh: Opinion poll Reliance Jio will

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  • India Assam: ‘I won’t die before I prove my Indian citizenship0

    3 September 2018 Image caption(L-R) Suchandra Goswami, Chandradhar Das and Ajit Das have all spent time in a detention camp Some 1,000 people have been sent to detention centres in India’s north-eastern state of Assam after being declared illegal citizens. BBC Hindi’s Nitin Srivastava reports on what life has been like for some of them.

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  • Bangladesh: Popcorn clouds of uncertainty threaten election, and sovereignty0

      Shahid Islam in Toronto     7 October 2018 Like the 1970 general election that had decided the fate of Pakistan, the nation of Bangladesh faces a similar electoral test that could break or re-make this almost half-a-century old nation- state by a bang or a whimper. While one wonders what so much at stake is

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  • Key Senators Say Disappearance of Washington Post Columnist Should End U.S. “Blank Check” to Saudi Arabia0

    Photo: Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images Ryan Grim, Alex Emmons October 5 2018 The Saudi government’s apparent arrest of dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi is “absolutely unacceptable” and “outrageous,” according to two influential Democratic members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. On Tuesday, Khashoggi, a Saudi national and Washington Post columnist, entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul

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  • New Delhi Signs $5 Billion Air Defense Deal with Moscow0

    By Jaishree Balasubramanian on Oct 05, 2018 02:18 pm India inked a military deal on Friday worth U.S. $5 billon to buy S-400 missiles from Russia, disregarding American warnings about arms purchases from Moscow. The missile deal and several other agreements were concluded after wide-ranging talks in New Delhi between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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  • After 2 Months Behind Bars, Bangladeshi Photographer Awaits Bail Decision0

    By Prapti Rahman on Oct 05, 2018  A High Court panel is scheduled on Sunday to hear a fifth bail request for noted photographer Shahidul Alam since his arrest and jailing two months ago for allegedly violating Bangladesh’s online defamation laws. Alam was arrested on Aug. 5 after he posted Facebook updates and gave an

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  • Afghanistan’s election dilemma0

    BY THOMAS RUTTIG 4 OCTOBER 2018 Afghanistan is under-prepared for robust elections, but postponement could cause further instability. Photo: camafghanistancam / Flickr With just over a fortnight to go for Afghanistan’s next election, many Afghans are still wondering whether they will be able to vote, and if so, what exactly they will be voting for. Though parliamentary polls

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  • SAARC nations need compromise, shared vision to revive South Asia’s fortunes0

    The future viability of individual strategies will depend on the will and capacity of the regional nations to reach a compromise for a shared future vision, write Srimal Fernando & Mizly Nizar for South Asia Monitor By Srimal Fernando & Mizly Nizar  SEP 28, 2018 The India Economic Vision 2022 document, which aims to double India’s

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