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Two teenagers gang-raped in India, one commits suicide

(Reuters) – Two teenagers have been gang-raped in separate incidents in India in the past four days, highlighting a rape epidemic that shows no sign of abating despite tougher penalties introduced last month. Police said they had not made any arrests in either case. One victim was a 16-year-old girl ...

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HRW slams Iran’s banning of Telegram as ‘unjustifiable’

(AFP) – Human Rights Watch on Wednesday hit back at Iran’s “unjustifiable” decision to ban the Telegram messaging app, warning Tehran against stifling access to information. “The Iranian judiciary’s blocking of the messaging application Telegram is an unjustifiable restriction on freedom of expression and access to information,” the US-based rights ...

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India’s top court slams govt over Taj Mahal decay

(AFP) – India s top court sharply criticised the government for failing to protect the Taj Mahal, the centuries-old monument to love which has been changing colour because of pollution. The brilliant marble of the Taj Mahal — a UNESCO world heritage site — has acquired a yellow tinge over ...

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Myanmar court accepts whistleblower officer’s testimony

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – A court in Myanmar has accepted the testimony of a police captain who has testified that his senior officer aimed to “trap” two Reuters journalists covering state-sponsored violence against minority Rohingya Muslims in the Buddhist-majority country. Reuters reporters Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, ...

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Philippines gets new Israel missiles to boost naval capabilities

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – The Philippines has completed the purchase of its first-ever ship-borne missile systems as part of a military modernization program and for the expansion of its naval capabilities in the disputed South China Sea. Arsenio Andolong, Philippine Defense Ministry spokesman, said on Wednesday that the Israeli-made Spike ...

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North Korea to unify time zone with South in conciliatory gesture

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un is planning to unify his country’s time zone with South Korea in a gesture that could facilitate reconciliation between the two neighbors. A spokesman for South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Sunday that Kim had promised during Friday’s inter-Korean summit to ...

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Rohingya Muslims protest in Bangladeshi camp

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – Rohingya Muslim refugees have staged a protest rally at a camp in Bangladesh, calling for United Nations (UN) protection on their potential return to Myanmar as well as citizenship. The rally on Sunday coincided with a four-day visit by the UN Security Council representatives to Bangladesh ...

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Saudi scandal dogs PM Najib as election campaign begins

(Reuters) – Campaigning for Malaysia’s general election started officially on Saturday, pitting Prime Minister Najib Razak against his former mentor, Mahathir Mohamad, in a contest marred by claims of sabotage and a skewed electoral system. Najib leads his undefeated ruling coalition into arguably its toughest election since independence from Britain ...

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