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    Fear and loathing returns for Quetta’s Hazara community

    And when you can’t hide – you run. This is the main reason why Shia Hazara businessmen, professionals and students from Quetta are leaving for Pakistan’s big cities: Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

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    Pak elected to UN Human Rights Council

    Pakistan, along with 11 other countries, was elected as a member state of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council by the body's General Assembly on Monday, securing more than two-thirds of the vote.

    South Asia
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    Gujarat riots: Indian court commutes death sentences of 11 Muslim men

    The Gujarat High Court on Monday commuted the death sentence of 11 convicts to life imprisonment in the 2002 Godhra train burning case. It has, however, upheld the life sentence to 20 other convicts.

    South Asia
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    India doing propaganda against CPEC to divert attention from Kashmir: Pak

    India is unleashing baseless propaganda against China Pakistan Economic Corridor and nothing good is expected from New Delhi, Pak Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was quoted as saying by Radio Pakistan.

    South Asia
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    Afghan Taliban in bid for ceasefire with IS

    The top leadership of Taliban in Afghanistan has reportedly According to Khaama Press, a source privy to the development said Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada had also instructed his fighters to not attack IS militants.

    Central Asia
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    US approves sale of $15bn missile defence system to Saudi Arabia

    The government of US President Donald Trump has approved a $15 billion sale of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile systems to Saudi Arabia, a move that the State Department.

    West Asia
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    UN Blacklists Saudi-led Coalition for Killing Children in Yemen

    The Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting in Yemen was on Friday placed on a UN blacklist for killing and maiming children, drawing fresh calls from rights groups to step up pressure on Riyadh over the conflict.

    West Asia
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    Saudi king, Putin clinch billion-dollar energy, arms deals

    Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, on a landmark visit to Russia, and President Vladimir Putin on Thursday signed a slew of arms and energy deals as the key US ally seeks to deepen cooperation with Moscow.

    West Asia
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    Indian Court rejects last appeal in 2002 riot case against Modi

    India's Gujarat High Court on Thursday rejected Zakia Jafri's plea for an investigation and action against Narendra Modi — the then chief minister and current prime minister— and 57 others.

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    Crackdown on Muslim-run leather units in India dents exports, hits jobs

    A Myanmar beauty queen says she was stripped of her pageant title after posting a graphic video accusing Muslim Rohingya militants of driving communal violence in Rakhine state.

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    60 Rohingya presumed dead as boat capsizes off Bangladesh

    Survivors from the accident on Thursday told IOM staff that the boat was carrying about 80 people, including 50 children, who were believed to be fleeing violence from Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state.

    Southeast Asia
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    Saudi woman named to senior government post for first time

    A Saudi woman has been named to a senior government post for the first time, authorities said on Wednesday shortly after a ban on women drivers was lifted as the conservative kingdom takes steps.

    West Asia
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    Saudi Women Express Outrage at Being Allowed to Drive

    In fact, while it is all well and good changing Saudi Arabia’s misogynistic laws, in many ways the bigger issue facing women's rights is prevailing social conservatism.

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    In shock announcement, Saudi Arabia says women to be allowed to drive

    Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive from next June, state media said Tuesday, in a historic decision that makes the Gulf kingdom the last country in the world to permit women behind the wheel.

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    Saudi clerics use Twitter, textbooks to spread hate: HRW

    Saudi Arabia is condoning hate speech against its Shia minority from the upper echelons of its religious establishment, schoolbooks and social media, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

    West Asia
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    Philippines: Duterte says his son will be killed if he is involved in drugs

    The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, has said he would have his son killed if drug trafficking allegations against the younger politician were true, and that the police who carry out the hit would.

    Southeast Asia
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    50 nations ink UN nuclear ban treaty opposed by big powers

    Fifty countries on Wednesday signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, a pact that the world’s nuclear powers spurned but supporters hailed as a historic agreement nonetheless.

    World
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    Suu Kyi 'burying head in sand' over Rakhine crisis: Amnesty

    Aung San Suu Kyi and her government are "burying their heads in the sand" over the violence in Rakhine state, Amnesty International said on Tuesday, criticising Myanmar's.

    Southeast Asia
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    Suu Kyi defends handling of violence against Muslims

    Myanmar’s leader has finally broken her silence only to defend how her government is dealing with the massive human rights violations committed against Rakhine-based Rohingya Muslims.

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    OIC has no locus standi on Kashmir: India at UN

    Reacting to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)’s statement on the Kashmir issue at the United Nations, India on Friday said the group has no locus standi to comment on its internal affairs.

    South Asia
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    India calls Rohingya refugees ‘threat to national security’

    India’s top court is hearing a challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government’s decision to deport Rohingya Muslims, filed by two Rohingyas living in Delhi who fled their village in Myanmar’s.

    South Asia
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    Daesh Targets Karbala Pilgrims, 70 Killed

    The area targeted is used by pilgrims and visitors from neighbouring Iran headed for the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala further north, although Dhiqar has previously been spared the worst of the violence.

    West Asia
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    24 dead as fire engulfed Muslim school in Malaysia

    Twenty-four people, mostly teenage boys, were killed Thursday when a blaze tore through a Malaysian religious school, in what officials said was one of the country’s worst fire disasters for years.

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    EU parliament votes for embargo on arms sales to Saudi Arabia

    The European parliament voted by a large majority for an EU-wide ban on arms sales to the kingdom, citing the “disastrous humanitarian situation” as a result of “Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen”. 

    West Asia

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