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Nepal makes first arrest over ‘menstrual hut’ death


December 6, 2019

KATHMANDU: Police in Nepal have arrested the brother-in-law of a woman who died after she was banished to a “menstrual hut”, the first such arrest in the Himalayan nation as it seeks to end the practice. The body of Parbati Buda Rawat, 21, was found on Monday after she lit a fire to keep warm in a mud and stone …

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FO hails expected resumption of talks between US, Taliban


December 6, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday welcomed the expected resumption of US-Taliban talks that have remained suspended for three months and urged all parties to the Afghan conflict to engage constructively. “Pakistan welcomes the announcement regarding resumption of the US-Taliban talks. We hope that it will lead to intra-Afghan negotiations and ultimately to a peaceful and stable Afghanistan,” the Foreign Office said …

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Uber reports more than 3,000 sexual assaults on US rides in 2018


December 6, 2019

Uber, as part of a long anticipated safety report, revealed that more than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during its US rides in 2018. That figure includes 229 rapes across the company’s 1.3 billion rides. The ride-hailing company noted that drivers and riders were both attacked, and that some assaults occurred between riders. The Thursday report, which the company hailed as …

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Massive strike in France brings public transport to halt


December 6, 2019

PARIS: Police fired tear gas at protesters in the centre of Paris on Thursday and public transport ground to a near halt in one of the biggest strikes in France for decades, aimed at forcing President Emmanuel Macron to ditch a planned reform of pensions. The strike pits Macron — a 41-year-old former investment banker who came to power in …

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Saudi Arabia reaches Gulf Cup final despite poor spectator turnout


December 6, 2019

Of the 42,025 fans who turned out in the mild winter conditions to see the visitors book their place in next week’s final against Bahrain, no more than 25 showed any sign of backing the visitors. “The game was very difficult. The Qatari team has good elements, Akram Afif and Moez Ali — 1-0 was a difficult result,” said a …

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Indian police kill 4 men suspected of raping vet


December 6, 2019

Indian police shot dead four men on Friday who were suspected of raping and killing a 27-year-old veterinarian in the city of Hyderabad, a police official told Reuters, drawing applause from her family and citizens outraged over crimes against women. The men had been in police custody and were shot near the scene of last week’s crime, said N Prakash Reddy, a deputy …

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US considering troop boost to counter Iran


December 6, 2019

The United States (US) said Thursday it was considering deploying fresh forces to counter Iran, with an official saying some 5,000 to 7,000 troops could head to the region. Testifying before Congress, John Rood, the under secretary of defense for policy, said the US was “observing Iran’s behavior with concern.” “We’re continuing to look at that threat picture and have …

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‘Minimal chances of survival’ of rape victim set ablaze in India


December 6, 2019

A 23-year-old rape victim, who was set ablaze on Thursday by a gang of men including the alleged rapist as she made her way to court in northern India, is in critical condition and there are “minimal chances of [her] survival”, Hindustan Times reported on Friday. “The victim is in very serious condition. There are minimal chances of survival. Now, we have put her on …

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Indian fugitive holy man creates new ‘cosmic’ nation for Hindus


December 6, 2019

A holy man wanted by Indian police on sex assault charges has said he has created a new country for Hindus that will fight global warming, offer free healthcare and promote gender equality and vegetarianism. Nithyananda Swami, who once had thousands of followers that included film stars and politicians in India and abroad, was arrested in 2010 over a sex scandal. He …

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India’s poor fight desperate battle to find work as slowdown bites


December 6, 2019

NEW DELHI: The hunt for work becomes more desperate every day on Delhi’s street corner labour markets as India’s economic slowdown bites deeper, piling pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi just half a year into his second term. Meanwhile, the central bank left the interest rate unchanged for a sixth time on Thursday because of high inflation, while it slashed …

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