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Daily Archives: March 22, 2018

Maldives lifts state of emergency after 45 days

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Thursday lifted a 45-day state of emergency which had outlawed protests amid political upheaval on the Muslim-majority Indian Ocean island chain. Yameen imposed the emergency on Feb. 5 for 15 days after a Supreme Court ruling quashed convictions against nine opposition ...

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China to overtake US in patent filings: UN

(AFP) – China is on its way to becoming the world leader in international patent filings, and should overtake the top spot from the United States within three years, the UN said Wednesday. A record 243,500 international patent applications were filed last year, a hike of 4.5 percent from a ...

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Climb on board: Afghan woman brings stories to Kabul’s children

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Undeterred by the risk of suicide bombers, 25-year-old Freshta Karim travels around Afghanistan’s troubled capital every day in a big, blue bus to share the magic of reading with children. After graduating from Britain’s prestigious University of Oxford, she set up Kabul’s first mobile library to ...

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American Dream fails generations of blacks: study

(AFP) – Even the richest black boys raised in the United States earn less in adulthood than white boys from similar backgrounds, according to a wide-ranging study published Monday. While white men who grew up wealthy tend to stay that way, black boys raised in affluent families and neighbourhoods are ...

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Tonga bans girls playing rugby, boxing to ‘preserve dignity’

(AFP) – Tonga’s government has banned girls from participating in rugby and boxing, drawing criticism from two-time Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams and New Zealand’s proudly feminist Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The government edict came to light last week when a team of girls from Tonga High School were ...

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