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India-Pakistan strain rises in Kashmir

Tensions have soared along the volatile frontier between India and Pakistan in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, as rival troops shelled villages and border posts for a third day on Friday last week. Three civilians and two soldiers were killed on both sides in theFULL STORY

Rohingya say return plan ‘deceitful’

Rohingya militants yesterday hit out at a repatriation plan for refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar set to begin next week, saying it aims to trap the Muslim minority in long-term camps while their ancestral lands are seized. Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to send back aboutFULL STORY

Thai police arrest wanted wildlife trafficking suspect

Police in Thailand have arrested one of the world’s most notorious wildlife traffickers, allegedly involved in the smuggling thousands of tonnes of elephant tusks and rhino horns from Africa to Asia. Boonchai Bach — who goes by multiple aliases including Bach Mai Limh — was arrestedFULL STORY

Nepalese Sherpa woman scales new heights

When Dawa Yangzum Sherpa first set her sights on being a mountain guide, she was told it was no job for a woman. Now she has proved her doubters wrong, becoming Nepal’s first woman to earn a prestigious international qualification. Last month, the 27-year-old completed aFULL STORY

Largest garbage dump in Latin America is closed

One thing the designers of Brazil’s modernistic capital Brasilia forgot to map out in their intricate plans was where to put the garbage. The city’s creators, world famous architect Oscar Niemeyer and urban planner Lucio Costa, could never have imagined the city’s explosive growth. Sixty-seven years andFULL STORY

Women aim to launch movement in US

Advocates are returning to the streets in the US a year after 1 million people rallied worldwide at marches for female empowerment, hoping to create an enduring political movement that would elect more women to government office. Hundreds of gatherings were being planned for yesterday andFULL STORY

Woman irate at US actions set campus fires

A woman who US prosecutors said was angry about supposed US military actions abroad was on Friday charged with setting several fires at a Minnesota university. A criminal complaint said that Tnuza Jamal Hassan, 19, a former student at St Catherine University in St Paul, admittedFULL STORY

Istanbul bans play about dictator by Erdogan critic

Istanbul authorities on Friday banned a planned perfomance of a play about a dictator, invoking powers granted under Turkey’s state of emergency imposed after a failed coup attempt against Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. Just a Dictator is an extended monologue delivered by the ruler of anFULL STORY

Facebook to let users rank ‘trust’ in news sources in bid to combat misinformation

Facebook on Friday announced that it will ask its 2 billion users to rank their trust in news sources in its latest attempt to combat the spread of misinformation on the social network. The change comes as the online giant seeks to address charges that itFULL STORY

Macedonians divided in row over country’s name

When Macedonia declared independence in 1991, the new country chose a name that evoked the past glories of its most famous claimed son, Alexander the Great. However, nearly three decades on, the decision to use the name of the ancient kingdom ruled by a general whoFULL STORY

Accusations against Chinese lawyer are ‘absurd’: attorney

The lawyer of a prominent Chinese human rights attorney detained in Beijing yesterday said that the allegations against his client, who has been charged with disrupting public service, were “absurd.” Yu Wensheng (余文生) was seized as he left his Beijing apartment to walk his child toFULL STORY

Wolrd News Quick Take

SOUTH KOREA Drunk sets motel ablaze Five people were killed and four hospitalized yesterday in an arson attack on a motel in downtown Seoul, police said. A 53-year-old man who said he started the blaze was arrested. Witnesses said a delivery man carried out the attack inFULL STORY

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