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Nepal urged to crack down on menstruation huts

NEPAL faced urgent calls on Monday to stop women being banished from their homes during their periods after a teenager died sleeping in a hut, becoming the fourth victim in weeks. Parbati Bogati, 17, suffocated after lighting a fire to keep warm in the windowless mud and stone hut she ...

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Two Afghan journalists killed in attack on radio station

KABUL: Two journalists were shot and killed when gunmen stormed their radio station in northeast Afghanistan, officials said, underscoring the dangers faced by reporters in the war-torn country. The pair, both men in their 20s, were gunned down inside the studios of Radio Hamsada, a private broadcaster based in Taloqan, ...

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NATO, Macedonia sign accession protocol

BRUSSELS: Skopje gained the opportunity to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation after the Lake Prespa Agreement with Athens, which aimed to resolve the name dispute between two countries. All 29 NATO countries and Macedonia signed the accession protocol in Brussels. “The signing of the protocol opens the ratification process, and I ...

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Swedish police hopeful stolen royal treasure has been found

STOCKHOLM (Gn) Swedish royal treasure from 1611 that is said to be worth 65 million kronor ($7.2 million) and was stolen last year from a cathedral, might have been found, police said. Police said in a statement that “all seems to indicate King Karl IX’s stolen funeral regalia have been ...

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El Salvador’s president-elect to face governing challenges

SAN SALVADOR: El Salvador’s new president-elect won in resounding fashion, but breaking the three-decade hold on power of the country’s two dominant parties means that Nayib Bukele will take office with few friends in congress. The 37-year-old former mayor has an ambitious agenda, topped by a vow to root out ...

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10 dead in Paris apartment block fire, police suspect arson

PARIS: At least 10 people died and 30 were injured in an overnight blaze at an apartment block in Paris that police suspect was deliberately started by a female resident, officials and firefighters said Tuesday. The fire on the upper floors of the building in rue Erlanger in the upmarket ...

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Death toll in Brazil dam disaster rises to 134

BRASILIA: The toll from a dam collapse at a mine in southeast Brazil has risen to 134 deaths after more than a week of searches, with 199 missing, authorities said. The count showed the gradual recovery operation of bodies more than a week after the January 25 disaster at the ...

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Kashmir conference held in British Parliament

LONDON: All parties parliamentary group on Pakistan held international conference on Kashmir in the British parliament on the eve of Kashmir Solidarity Day The Kashmir conference was attended by all parties from Pakistan and UK. More than three dozen were MPs in attendance including AJK President and opposition leaders. Dozens ...

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US fake university sting angers India

WASHINGTON: India has made a diplomatic protest to the US after 129 Indian students were arrested for enrolling in a fake university. The University of Farmington, advertised as based in Michigan state, was run by undercover agents from the Department of Homeland Security to expose “pay-to-stay” immigration fraud. Prosecutors say ...

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US court orders Syria to pay $302.5mn over death of reporter Colvin

WASHINGTON: A US court has found the Syrian government culpable in the 2012 death of journalist Marie Colvin, ordering a $302.5 million judgment for what it called an “unconscionable” attack that targeted journalists. Colvin – a renowned war correspondent whose harrowing career was celebrated in the recent Golden Globe-nominated film ...

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