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In northern Afghanistan, bereaved women join fight against Islamic State


LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Gul Bibi, an Afghan grandmother well into her eighties, never expected to become a fighter.

Teachers kidnapped by suspected Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan

JALALABAD, Afghanistan Suspected Islamic State militants kidnapped 12 teachers and two other staff of a religious school in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, officials said.

4:32pm IST

Cafe attack suspect arrested in Bangladesh

DHAKA Bangladesh police said on Saturday they had arrested one of the men behind a militant attack on a Dhaka cafe last year that killed 22 people, mostly foreigners.

World, Top News, 14 Jan 2017

Nepal fails to deliver relief to quake survivors – rights group

KATHMANDU (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly two years since Nepal's devastating earthquakes, millions of survivors languish in makeshift shelters as the government has failed to deliver billions of dollars pledged in aid for rebuilding, a human rights group said on Friday.

World, Top News, 13 Jan 2017

Spanish aid worker freed in Afghanistan - Red Cross

KABUL A Spanish employee of the International Committee of the Red Cross has been released less than a month after he was kidnapped by gunmen in northern Afghanistan, the aid group said on Sunday.

12:18am IST

Rights watchdog raps Nepal over war crimes

KATHMANDU Ten years after the end of Nepal's bloody civil war, the Himalayan republic has failed to punish perpetrators of human rights abuses during the conflict, a leading international watchdog said on Friday.

Top News, World, 13 Jan 2017

Pakistani Senate group to debate how to prevent misuse of blasphemy laws

ISLAMABAD A Pakistani Senate committee is set to debate how to prevent the country's blasphemy laws being applied unfairly, despite opposition from religious conservatives who support legislation that carries a mandatory death penalty for insulting Islam.

World, Top News, 12 Jan 2017

Myanmar, Bangladesh agree to start talks on Rohingya refugees

YANGON/DHAKA Myanmar has agreed to begin talks with Bangladesh over an estimated 65,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar's northwestern Rakhine State since attacks on border posts three months ago, a senior Myanmar official said on Thursday.

World, Top News 12 Jan 2017

Bangladeshi law proposing child marriage in 'special cases' is a step backwards - charities

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bangladesh will be taking a step backwards in efforts to end child marriage if parliament approves changes to a law which would permit girls below 18 to be married in "special cases", a global alliance of charities said on Thursday.

13 Jan 2017

U.S. probe clears forces over civilian deaths in northern Afghan city

KABUL A U.S. military investigation confirmed that dozens of Afghan civilians were killed in a special forces operation near the northern city of Kunduz last year, but found troops had acted in self-defence and decided no action would be taken against them.

Top News 12 Jan 2017

Why money and muscle still rule in Indian politics: an interview with Milan Vaishnav

Even after Narendra Modi promised on the campaign trail in 2014 to “do away with the criminalization of politics”, money and muscle still dominate the electoral scene in India, Milan Vaishnav writes in his forthcoming book “When Crime Pays”.

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