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No British judge on world court for first time in its 71-year history

No British judge on world court for first time in its 71-year history

Indian candidate fills 15th and final place on bench of international court of justice after UK withdraws its pick for postThe UK will not have a judge on the bench of the international court of
Delhi police set up all-female motorbike squad to tackle crime against women

Delhi police set up all-female motorbike squad to tackle crime against women

Five years after shocking gang rape, rapid response unit aims to combat assault and harassment in India’s crowded capitalDelhi’s police force has created an all-female motorcycle squad in an attempt
Sacha Baron Cohen offers to pay fines of tourists who wore 'Borat' mankinis

Sacha Baron Cohen offers to pay fines of tourists who wore 'Borat' mankinis

The scantily clad Czech men were fined $68 each by police in Kazakhstan after they were detained in the country’s capitalComic actor Sacha Baron Cohen has offered to pay the fines for six Czech
Pakistani court orders release of alleged mastermind of Mumbai attacks

Pakistani court orders release of alleged mastermind of Mumbai attacks

Ruling on Hafiz Saeed, who has a $10m US bounty on his head, is likely to worsen Pakistani relations with WashingtonA Pakistani court has ordered the release of Hafiz Saeed, an alleged mastermind of
US calls Myanmar treatment of Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing'

US calls Myanmar treatment of Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing'

Rex Tillerson also hints at possible sanctions as UN envoy on sexual violence condemns ‘war crimes’The United States has called the Myanmar military operation against the Rohingya population “ethnic
Myanmar signs pact with Bangladesh over Rohingya repatriation

Myanmar signs pact with Bangladesh over Rohingya repatriation

Working group will be set up within three weeks but rights groups raise concerns about where returnees will be resettledMyanmar and Bangladesh have signed an initial deal for the possible repatriation
Rohingya refugees will be returned to Myanmar

Rohingya refugees will be returned to Myanmar

Description Rohingya refugees head towards the Balukhali refugee camp after crossing into Bangladesh Credits Dibyangshu/AFP/Getty Images Alt Text Rohingya refugees head towards the
Indian newspapers run blank pages to protest journalist killing

Indian newspapers run blank pages to protest journalist killing

Papers take step after Suddip Datta Bhowmick was allegedly shot dead on orders of an army official, the third reporter to have been murdered this yearNewspapers in the north-eastern Indian state of
'Politics is still a man’s game': can Nepal's elections finally bring stability?

'Politics is still a man’s game': can Nepal's elections finally bring stability?

The tortuous journey from Hindu monarchy to secular republic has entailed 26 governments in 27 years, with Sunday’s elections exposing further political riftsVoters in Nepal go to the polls on Sunday
Bangladesh PM claims 'forced disappearances take place in UK and US'

Bangladesh PM claims 'forced disappearances take place in UK and US'

Sheikh Hasina appears to conflate media reports on missing persons data with forced disappearancesBangladesh’s prime minister has claimed that forced disappearances allegedly perpetrated by security
Hindu activists threaten to torch UK cinemas in Bollywood film row

Hindu activists threaten to torch UK cinemas in Bollywood film row

Indian release of Padmavati, about 14th-century queen, postponed after protests and death threats against cast and directorBritish film distributors are reconsidering the release of a Bollywood
Pakistan calls on army to restore order as blasphemy protests spread

Pakistan calls on army to restore order as blasphemy protests spread

Cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi has called for his followers to bring the entire country to a halt, and at least 200 have been injured in the demonstrationsThe Pakistani government has called on the army
White House condemns Pakistan's release of accused mastermind of 2008 Mumbai attacks

White House condemns Pakistan's release of accused mastermind of 2008 Mumbai attacks

Sarah Sanders says Hafiz Saeed’s release sends ‘troubling message’US has a $10m reward for information leading to his arrest and convictionThe White House on Saturday called Pakistan’s release of a
Nepalis prepare for historic election 10 years after end of civil war

Nepalis prepare for historic election 10 years after end of civil war

Two-phase polls billed as the beginning of a new era following brutal national conflict and brittle coalitionsMillions of Nepalis are to vote in historic polls billed as a turning point for the
Pope's visit to Myanmar raises fears of violence if he mentions the Rohingya

Pope's visit to Myanmar raises fears of violence if he mentions the Rohingya

Monday is first visit of a pontiff to Myanmar, but as its leaders stand accused of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya people, some Catholics are afraid of a backlashThe signs are cropping up outside the
Myanmar accused of wiping out secret network of Rohingya reporters

Myanmar accused of wiping out secret network of Rohingya reporters

Human rights groups fear military has disappeared or killed undercover journalists to starve the world of news about persecution in Rakhine state Reporters working inside Myanmar’s Rakhine state to
Pope told by army chief: there is 'no religious discrimination' in Myanmar

Pope told by army chief: there is 'no religious discrimination' in Myanmar

Pontiff pressured to avoid using the word ‘Rohingya’ during three-day visit that includes talks with Burmese army Myanmar’s powerful army chief has told Pope Francis there is “no religious
Mount Agung: photos of Bali volcano on brink of eruption

Mount Agung: photos of Bali volcano on brink of eruption

100,000 ordered to leave their homes as Indonesian officials trigger highest alert Reaction Monday, November 27, 2017 - 11:33am Arresting images of Mount Agung on the holiday island of Bali,
Chennai Six found  not guilty, say 'delighted' families

Chennai Six found not guilty, say 'delighted' families

Partner of one of former British soldiers Billy Irving says she is over the moon after Indian appeal court acquits 35 men Six former British soldiers jailed on weapons charges in India have been found
Pakistani law minister quits after weeks of anti-blasphemy protests

Pakistani law minister quits after weeks of anti-blasphemy protests

Zahid Hamid resignation is latest in series of government concessions to Islamic extremistsPakistan’s law minister has resigned after weeks of big protests staged by a hardline cleric against a