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Indian abattoirs end strike on assurances of no Hindu party crackdown

Indian abattoirs end strike on assurances of no Hindu party crackdown

By News Desk/ Reuters A man loads goats into a cycle rickshaw at a wholesale livestock market in Allahabad, India March 31, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS ALLAHABAD: Abattoirs and meat sellers across India called off a four-day strike on Friday after the state government of Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state, gave assurances that mainly Muslim-run, unlicensed […]

Turkey slams Kurdish decision to fly flag in Kirkuk

Turkey slams Kurdish decision to fly flag in Kirkuk

AFP ISTANBUL: Turkey on Wednesday voiced its opposition to a vote in the disputed oil-rich Iraqi city of Kirkuk to fly the Kurdish flag over government buildings, warning against “unilateral steps”. Provincial councillors in Kirkuk province voted Tuesday to fly the Kurdish regional flag, a move likely to escalate tensions between Baghdad and Ankara. Iraqi […]

Pak-India cricket series not possible in current scenario: Indian Home Ministry

Pak-India cricket series not possible in current scenario: Indian Home Ministry

By: Web Desk NEW DELHI: The Indian Minister of State for Home, Hansraj Ahir, has responded to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) letter seeking permission for cricket series with Pakistan at a neutral venue, saying that cricket ties with the neighbouring country are not likely to resume any time soon. According to […]

Internet freaks out over Ed Sheeran’s Doppelgänger baby

Internet freaks out over Ed Sheeran’s Doppelgänger baby

Web Desk ENTERTAINMENT Are you still busy listening to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’? Then you should pause the song for a minute now. via GIPHY Because Ed Sheeran has a Doppelganger baby with an absolute shape of Ed Sheeran! (Ed must be in love with her shape too) via GIPHY Few days ago, the photo […]

Communal strife in home state of India’s Modi kills one, 14 hurt

Communal strife in home state of India’s Modi kills one, 14 hurt

REUTERS One person was killed and about 14 injured when violence erupted following a scuffle between Muslim and Hindu school students in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat, a senior administrative official said on Sunday. A crowd of about 5,000 people attacked Muslim residents and set dozens of homes and vehicles on […]

The girl who was ‘stolen’ by a soldier

The girl who was ‘stolen’ by a soldier

Image copyrightISABELINA PINTO FAMILY ARCHIVES Image captionIsabelina Pinto (second from right) is seen here as a child a few days before she was taken away When she was only five years old, Isabelina Pinto was taken from her family by an Indonesian soldier. She was one of thousands of children taken to Indonesia during its […]

Brazil meat scandal: China and others lift ban

Brazil meat scandal: China and others lift ban

Image copyrightEPA Image captionChina and Hong Kong combined buy a quarter of Brazil’s red meat exports China has lifted a total ban on imports of Brazilian meat imposed over allegations that companies have been selling unsafe produce for years. Brazil’s Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi says the move follows a “giant effort” by officials to explain […]

China recovers $1.25bn from 2,566 fugitives

China recovers $1.25bn from 2,566 fugitives

REUTERS BEIJING: China has captured 2,566 fugitives who had fled to more than 90 countries and regions and recovered 8.6 billion yuan ($1.25 billion) of illicit funds from 2014 to 2016, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. Among them, 1,283 turned themselves in or were persuaded to return to China, Xinhua reported, citing […]

US military investigating alleged civilian casualties in Mosul strike

US military investigating alleged civilian casualties in Mosul strike

AFP BAGHDAD: The US-led coalition against the militant Islamic State group said on Saturday that it struck a location in west Mosul where civilians were reportedly killed by aerial bombing. “An initial review of strike data… indicates that, at the request of the Iraqi security forces, the coalition struck (IS) fighters and equipment, March 17, […]

For Trump, it was the lost art of the deal

For Trump, it was the lost art of the deal

Web Desk WASHINGTON: In the end, the Closer couldn’t close the deal. For President Donald Trump, the collapse on Friday of his first legislative priority, a healthcare reform bill, was an embarrassing loss of face after he and his administration insisted up until the time of the vote by the US House of Representatives that […]

Mela Chiraghan begins Traditional activities set devotees afire

Mela Chiraghan begins Traditional activities set devotees afire

Web Desk A malang (mendicant) blows a customised wind instrument, announcing the start of dhamal (devotional dance) on the first day of the urs of rebel Punjabi Sufi poet Madhu Laal Hussain. The event is popularly known as Mela Chiraghan (festival of lights). — White Star / Murtaza Ali LAHORE: The three-day Mela Chiraghan (festival […]

Smokers’ corner: The Invisible Scholar

Smokers’ corner: The Invisible Scholar

On March 17, the Express Tribune reported that books authored by Islamic scholar, Javed Ahmad Ghamidi, were barred from being displayed at a book fair held at the Peshawar University. Initial reports suggested that this had been done at the behest of the Islami Jamiat Taleba (IJT), the student-wing of the politico-religious party, Jamaat-i-Islami (JI). […]

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