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India bans 43 more mobile apps as it takes on China


November 25, 2020

India banned 43 mobile apps on Tuesday, including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s e-commerce app Aliexpress, in a new wave of web sanctions targeted at China after the neighbours’ months-long standoff on their rugged Himalayan border. The 43 mostly Chinese-origin applications, which also include a few dating apps, threaten the “sovereignty and integrity of India”, the technology ministry said in a …

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Roadside bombs attack in Afghanistan’s Bamiyan province kills 14


November 25, 2020

Roadside bombs exploded in central Afghanistan on Tuesday killing at least 13 civilians and a traffic policeman, officials said, even as government negotiators and the Taliban meet to try to end decades of war. Tariq Arian, spokesperson for the Interior Ministry, said 45 people were also wounded in a late afternoon blast in Bamiyan city in Bamiyan province. Several shops …

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India’s low-caste women raped to ‘keep them in their place’


November 25, 2020

Lower-caste Dalit women in northern India are targeted for rape by upper-caste men who usually escape justice as survivors bow to pressure to drop their cases, researchers found in a study released on Wednesday. Only 10 per cent of 40 rape cases involving Dalit women and girls in Haryana state ended with the conviction of all those charged, and these …

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Airline revenues to plunge 60pc this year: IATA


November 25, 2020

PARIS: Airline revenues this year will plunge by 60 per cent as a result of the coronavirus pandemic which threatens the survival of the industry, the International Air Transport Association said on Tuesday. “The Covid-19 crisis threatens the survival of the air transport industry,” with 2020 likely to go down in history as its worst year ever, IATA said. It …

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French police probe ‘brutal’ removal of migrant tents


November 25, 2020

PARIS: French authorities on Tuesday ordered an investigation into the forceful removal by police of a camp of migrants in central Paris that prompted outrage over the “brutal” tactics used. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said he had agreed to a proposal by the Paris police chief to immediately refer the issue to the National Police Inspectorate General (IGPN), which investigates …

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Both sides claim gains in Ethiopia war; Tigrayans accused of massacre


November 25, 2020

ADDISABABA: Ethiopia’s state-appointed rights watchdog accused a Tigrayan youth group on Tuesday of killing hundreds of civilians as federal and local forces both claimed advances in a three-week war in the country’s mountainous north. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government said enemy soldiers were surrendering as it advanced towards the regional capital, but the Tigrayans reported they were resisting and had …

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Indian state outlaws religious conversion by marriage


November 25, 2020

India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party has approved legislation in the country’s most populous state that lays out a prison term of up to 10 years for anyone found guilty of using marriage to force someone to change religion. The decree for the state of Uttar Pradesh was passed on Tuesday and follows a campaign by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s …

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Thai police to charge protest leaders with royal insult


November 25, 2020

BANGKOK: Thai police on Tuesday summoned seven leaders of anti-government protests to face charges of insulting the monarchy, a day before a planned demonstration to demand that the king give up control of the royal fortune, a police source and a rights group said. It will be the first time such charges have been brought under so-called lese majeste laws …

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FM Qureshi to attend two-day OIC minister’s meet in Niger


November 25, 2020

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will leave for Niger today where he will lead Pakistan’s delegation at the 47th session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers scheduled to take place in Niamey on November 27-28. According to a statement released by the Foreign Office (FO) on Wednesday, the foreign minister will highlight the human rights …

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