Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Asia

Bangladeshis Break Silence Over Sex Abuse in Madrasas

DHAKA: Former Bangladeshi students are turning to social media to detail allegations of “rampant” sex abuse at the hands of teachers and older pupils in Islamic schools, breaking their silence on a taboo topic in the conservative country. Child abuse in madrasas has long gone unreported in Bangladesh, a Muslim-majority ...

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UN Security Council still has a role to play in Kashmir, British MP

LONDON: British Member of Parliament Barrister Imran Hussain said that while the meeting held by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on the Kashmir issue earlier this month was a “welcome” development, the council still had a role to play to take the dispute to its logical end. “The fact that this ...

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Cybercrime court denies bail to woman in rape video case

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s cybercrime court rejected bail plea of female suspect in a rape video case. Additional District and Sessions Judge Ashfaq Ahmed Rana hearing the case ruled that the suspect was a threat to the society and the community and therefore the bail application was rejected. Judge Rana noted that ...

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Malaysia ex-PM Najib’s biggest 1MDB trial begins

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s ex-prime minister Najib Razak played a pivotal role in plundering the state’s 1MDB fund and channelled hundreds of millions of dollars into his own bank account, a prosecutor said Wednesday at the opening of his most significant graft trial. Claims that Najib and his cronies pilfered massive ...

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Law student accuses politician of sexual harassment, goes missing

SHAHJAHANPUR: Three days after an LLM student of SS Law College from Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India accused former union minister and BJP leader,, of harassment and “destroying the lives of several girls”, she has gone missing from her college hostel. According to a report in CNN News18, the girl accused ...

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Indian prisoners hide mobile phones in their stomach

NEW DELHI: In a bizarre recovery, a mobile phone has been found from the stomach of a prisoner lodged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail. The prisoner, an inmate of Jail No. 4 inside Tihar, had swallowed the tiny Chinese-made mobile phone. Doctors had to get it vomited out of his body. ...

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Australian writer arrested in China on suspicion of espionage

SYDNEY/CANBERRA: A Chinese-born Australian writer has been arrested in China on suspicion of espionage, the Australian government said on Tuesday, amid growing tension between Canberra and its largest trading partner. Yang Hengjun, a former Chinese diplomat turned online journalist and blogger, was detained in the southern city of Guangzhou in ...

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Blast outside Pak Consulate in Afghanistan

KABUL: Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr Mohammad Faisal said all the Pakistani staff remained safe after an improvised explosive device (IED) went off outside holding area of Pakistan Consulate General in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. On his twitter account, Dr Faisal posted, “One policeman and two applicants are reportedly ...

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UN hopes negotiations for humanitarian access to Kashmir goes forward

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres hopes that under the current situation in Kashmir, negotiations by UN human rights officials for access to the area “can move forward”, according to his Associate Spokesperson Eri Kaneko. “We are aware that our human rights contacts are in touch at various levels with the Indian ...

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