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Peaceful coexistence is better than punching above our weight | Letters

Peaceful coexistence is better than punching above our weight | Letters

The Blairite doctrine of intervention in other countries has punched its way through Afghanistan and Iraq leaving devastation and hundreds of thousands dead, writes Fawzi IbrahimJonathan Powell
US Holocaust Museum says evidence of genocide against Rohingya in Myanmar

US Holocaust Museum says evidence of genocide against Rohingya in Myanmar

Year-long report into atrocities accuses security forces of ‘unprecedented and systematic’ campaign of violence against Muslim populationThe United States Holocaust Museum says there is “mounting
Aung San Suu Kyi complicit in Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing' in Myanmar, MPs told

Aung San Suu Kyi complicit in Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing' in Myanmar, MPs told

Rights groups urge UK government and international community to consider Nobel laureate ‘part of the problem’ over atrocities in Rakhine state Aung San Suu Kyi is implicated in the “ethnic cleansing”
India to introduce clean fuels faster to combat Delhi smog crisis

India to introduce clean fuels faster to combat Delhi smog crisis

Measures to slash vehicle emissions to come in two years earlier than planned in effort to reduce air pollution in capital Measures aimed at slashing vehicle emissions will be introduced two years
Pakistani police clash with protesters at anti-blasphemy sit-in

Pakistani police clash with protesters at anti-blasphemy sit-in

Capital on near lockdown after rally in support of cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi in row over electoral oath wordingPakistani police have clashed with protesters and arrested dozens in an attempt to
Czech tourists dressed in Borat-style mankinis detained in Kazakhstan

Czech tourists dressed in Borat-style mankinis detained in Kazakhstan

Six tourists had hoped to take picture in front of ‘I love Astana’ signLocal police detained them for minor hooliganism and issued fineSix Czech tourists who dressed up in skimpy swimsuits made famous
Pakistan unveils remains of 1,700-year-old sleeping Buddha

Pakistan unveils remains of 1,700-year-old sleeping Buddha

Opposition leader, Imran Kahn, says discovery can help promote religious tourism in the countryPakistan has unveiled the remains of a 1,700-year-old sleeping Buddha as part of an initiative to
Afghanistan's booming heroin trade leaves trail of addiction at home

Afghanistan's booming heroin trade leaves trail of addiction at home

With the country’s opium production rising by 87% on last year, a former US base in Helmand is now a drug abuse treatment centreFor a decade, the office of the British Provincial Reconstruction Team
Nicholas Stern: ministers must pass 'Trump test' at Bonn climate talks

Nicholas Stern: ministers must pass 'Trump test' at Bonn climate talks

Leading climate economist says world leaders must move forward without the US on crucial issues in the closing days of the UN summitMinisters from governments around the world meeting in Bonn for the
Indian film Padmavati sparks protests over 'Hindu-Muslim romance'

Indian film Padmavati sparks protests over 'Hindu-Muslim romance'

Government asked to delay movie’s release and riot police may be on standby at cinemas after attacks on director and threats against its star Deepika Padukone Riot police may be deployed at Indian
'Maybe the smog can bring us together': toxic air chokes Pakistan and India

'Maybe the smog can bring us together': toxic air chokes Pakistan and India

With Lahore suffering from air pollution almost equal to that enveloping Delhi, joint action to tackle the problem is urgently needed, say environmentalistsParts of Pakistan have been enveloped by
Indian app fights porn addiction with devotional songs and political speeches

Indian app fights porn addiction with devotional songs and political speeches

Developer says software will also contain prayers so it can be used by ‘members of all religions’Indian neurologists have developed an app to address porn addiction that will play Hindu devotional
'Rape is a rampant issue'; taboo drama Verna battles the censors in Pakistan

'Rape is a rampant issue'; taboo drama Verna battles the censors in Pakistan

Rejected for its ‘edgy content’, Shoaib Mansoor’s timely revenge thriller has finally made it into cinemas after a public backlash. Is the country’s film industry ready for change? In recent years,
EU compound allegedly at centre of Kabul alcohol-smuggling ring

EU compound allegedly at centre of Kabul alcohol-smuggling ring

Exclusive: EU to investigate claims disused fridges and adapted gas canisters were used to sneak whisky out of Afghan compoundEU investigators are examining claims that the organisation’s compound in
'My eyes are burning': Delhi holds half marathon despite pollution warning

'My eyes are burning': Delhi holds half marathon despite pollution warning

Around 35,000 brave runners registered for the race after more than a week of hazardous pollution levels Tens of thousands of runners Sunday choked through smog for the Delhi half marathon, ignoring
UN concerned by controversial US plan to revive Afghan militias

UN concerned by controversial US plan to revive Afghan militias

Afghan strongmen have already begun vying for influence over militia program that diplomats fear will undermine Afghan government and lead to abuseAs the Afghan government struggles to stem the
Children in the UK feel more disempowered than those in India

Children in the UK feel more disempowered than those in India

Unicef says young people feel their voices are unheard on global issues, as study finds prospects for 180 million worldwide bleaker than those of their parents A poll of children from 14 countries
In Zimbabwe it’s hello China, goodbye Britain | Letters

In Zimbabwe it’s hello China, goodbye Britain | Letters

Zimbabwe is one of many countries where China is acquiring an overseas empire of investment and influence, says Otto InglisOne aspect of the coup d’etat in Zimbabwe (Chaos in Zimbabwe after Mugabe
In Zimbabwe it’s hello China, goodbye Britain | Letters

In Zimbabwe it’s hello China, goodbye Britain | Letters

Zimbabwe is one of many countries where China is acquiring an overseas empire of investment and influence, says Otto InglisOne aspect of the coup d’etat in Zimbabwe (Chaos in Zimbabwe after Mugabe
Canadian American family on surviving Taliban captivity: 'We tried to make it fun'

Canadian American family on surviving Taliban captivity: 'We tried to make it fun'

Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle used lessons about British history and constellations to help their children after being abducted in AfghanistanAn American woman kidnapped in Afghanistan and held for