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Gang-rape prompts protests in Sri Lanka’s north

Protesters demanded that authorities hand over nine men who were facing Jaffna court over the murder [Minelle Piet Fernandez / Al Jazeera] More than 100 people have been arrested during protests against the gang-rape and murder of a 17-year-old schoolgirl, in the biggest public demonstration recorded in Sri Lanka’s north. Police fired tear gas and shops, banks and schools were...

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Pakistan hits back at India over terrorism remarks

ISLAMABAD: To Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s statement, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Sunday said sponsoring terrorism to counter terrorism confirms the government’s assertions of Indian involvement in terrorism on Pakistani soil.The Indian defence minister’s statement is open and blatant admission and declaration of sponsoring terrorism.The Indian defence minister had said, “We have to neutralise terrorists through terrorists only. Why...

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Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina slams starving migrants as ‘mentally sick’

A refugee from Bangladesh, who was rescued by the Myanmar navy, at a Muslim religious school used as a temporary refugee camp in Myanmar. Photo: Reuters Bangladesh has slammed thousands of starving migrants and asylum seekers stranded at sea, calling them “mentally sick” and accusing them of damaging the country’s image. “Side by side with the middlemen, punishment will have...

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HRW calls tanneries outlook bleak

On 19 May there is a rare chance for accountability for the massive health problems caused by Bangladesh’s toxic leather tanneries, reports the Human Rights Watch. It mentioned that the country’s High Court has summonsed the secretary of the Industries ministry to explain the ministry’s failure to relocate 150 or so leather tanneries out of Hazaribagh, a heavily populated, and...

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US killer drone strike kills at least 5 in Pakistan

A US assassination drone strike has killed at least five people  in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region near the border with Afghanistan, Pakistani security authorities said. “The US drone fired two missiles targeting a militant compound, killing four rebels,” an unidentified Pakistani security official told AFP on Saturday. The attack took place in the Warokey Mandi area of the Shawal district in North Waziristan, where the...

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Taliban Claim Deadly Car Bomb Near Afghanistan Airport

KABUL—The Taliban claimed responsibility for a car bomb that detonated Sunday morning on a crowded road near Afghanistan’s main international airport, hitting a vehicle of the European Union’s police advisory mission and killing three people, Afghan and international officials said. Sediq Sediqqi, the spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Interior, said the explosion occurred on Hawa Shanasi road, a street...

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Malaysia and Bangladesh to hold talks on migrant crisis

Foreign ministers will meet Sunday to discuss issues related to illegal Bangladeshi and Muslim Arakan boat people World Bulletin / News Desk  Malaysia’s foreign minister has said he will meet his counterpart from Bangladesh Sunday to discuss the on-going humanitarian crisis occurring off Southeast Asian shores. Datuk Seri Anifah Aman has said that the meeting would discuss among other issues,...

Pakistan and the Rome Statute

Having an overarching international statute governing the state will help the Pakistani state apply to the ICC to resolve issues it is either unwilling or unable to tackle on its own   The Pakistani state should ratify the Rome Statute, which creates the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague. Even though Pakistan was one of the 120 states that...