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Indian police use elephants to evict illegal settlers

Indian police use elephants to evict illegal settlers

Animals were used in protected forest area in Assam, where authorities want to demolish about 1,000 bamboo and tin hutsIndian police have taken the unusual step of using elephants in an attempt to
Hyderabad prepares for Ivanka Trump tour with rainbows and lookalikes

Hyderabad prepares for Ivanka Trump tour with rainbows and lookalikes

Donald Trump daughter’s arrival in south Indian city sparks loop of Ivanka clips on news and imitation mannequinsIf she happens to glance from the window of her motorcade as it courses through
Anti-blasphemy protests topple Pakistan’s law minister

Anti-blasphemy protests topple Pakistan’s law minister

Credits Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images Alt Text An member of the Tehreek-i-Labaik Yah Rasool Allah Pakistan (TLYRAP) religious group protests the oath of office changes Changes to country’s
Pope Francis fails to mention Rohingya in Myanmar speech

Pope Francis fails to mention Rohingya in Myanmar speech

Pontiff calls for unity and tolerance speaking after Aung San Suu Kyi address but avoids naming Muslim minority Pope Francis failed to mention Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority as he shared a stage
Chennai Six freed after four years in Indian jail

Chennai Six freed after four years in Indian jail

Hopes raised that six Britons acquitted of weapons charges after four years in prison in India may be back home for Christmas Six British men acquitted of weapons charges this week after spending four
Pope Francis and Aung San Suu Kyi avoid Rohingya crisis discussion

Pope Francis and Aung San Suu Kyi avoid Rohingya crisis discussion

Description Pope Francis with Aung San Suu Kyi during their meeting today Credits MAX ROSSI/AFP/Getty Images Alt Text Pope Francis (L) speaks with Myanmars civilian leader Aung San Suu
Rohingya crisis: UN relief work in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh – in pictures

Rohingya crisis: UN relief work in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh – in pictures

Photographer Andy Hall has been documenting the work of the UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, in the camps near the border with Myanmar. Weeks after the initial arrival of thousands of Rohingya fleeing
India's communications regulator endorses net neutrality

India's communications regulator endorses net neutrality

Telecom regulator of world’s second largest internet market says it opposes ‘discriminatory treatment’ of internet trafficIndia’s communications regulator has endorsed net neutrality for the world’s
Pope Francis disappoints Rohingya by failing to condemn persecution

Pope Francis disappoints Rohingya by failing to condemn persecution

The pope is nearing end of four-day visit to Myanmar in which he has not publicly spoken about plight of the RohingyaAs the crowds trickled out of the Yangon sports ground where Pope Francis delivered
The Guardian view on child marriage: wedlock is a padlock for girls | Editorial

The Guardian view on child marriage: wedlock is a padlock for girls | Editorial

From the US to Bangladesh, underage brides are likely to leave education and face increased risks of poverty, domestic violence, and high rates of maternal mortalityWhat kind of place would set the
'You can get killed': journalists living in fear as states crack down

'You can get killed': journalists living in fear as states crack down

Independent journalists are under siege in a growing list of supposedly freer countries such as Brazil, Turkey, India and MexicoSome languish in hiding, exile – or jail. Others self-censor, use
Rohingya girls as young as 12 compelled to marry just to get food

Rohingya girls as young as 12 compelled to marry just to get food

Allocation of food rations by household means refugees fleeing persecution in Myanmar are marrying off children as young as 12 to create new family circlesYoung Rohingya girls who have fled Myanmar
Pope Francis visits Myanmar and Bangladesh – in pictures

Pope Francis visits Myanmar and Bangladesh – in pictures

Pope Francis visits Myanmar, a country facing global condemnation over its treatment of Rohingya Muslims, and travels on to its neighbour Continue reading...
'We work under siege': the journalists who risk death for doing their jobs

'We work under siege': the journalists who risk death for doing their jobs

In at least a dozen countries worldwide, the sword is proving mightier than the penFewer journalists have been killed this year than in the recent past. The global death toll in 2017 stands at 54,
Adani mining giant likely to face fresh scrutiny over financial fraud allegations

Adani mining giant likely to face fresh scrutiny over financial fraud allegations

India’s finance secretary has called for decision clearing company of allegations of siphoning huge sums into tax havens to be reviewedThe Adani Group is likely to again have to answer allegations it
'Every app is a dating app': technology blamed for rise in HIV rates in Pakistan

'Every app is a dating app': technology blamed for rise in HIV rates in Pakistan

Experts claim use of apps and social media to find sexual partners, combined with ignorance about HIV born of social stigma, have increased infectionWhile technology may have strengthened the fight
Taliban gunmen wearing burqas launch deadly attack on Peshawar college

Taliban gunmen wearing burqas launch deadly attack on Peshawar college

Nine people killed and dozens injured after militants open fire at agricultural college in north-western PakistanNine people have been killed and dozens injured after Taliban militants wearing burqas
‘This is the world’s cheapest place to scrap ships’ – but in Chittagong, it’s people who pay the price

‘This is the world’s cheapest place to scrap ships’ – but in Chittagong, it’s people who pay the price

Thousands of workers have been killed or maimed dismantling the world’s ships in Bangladesh, India and PakistanMohamed Edris’s life as he knew it in the Bangladeshi ship recycling yards ended at
Pollution stops play at Delhi Test match as bowlers struggle to breathe

Pollution stops play at Delhi Test match as bowlers struggle to breathe

Sri Lanka say conditions in smog-hit Indian capital left players vomiting, and some of them took to field wearing face masks A cricket Test match between India and Sri Lanka was repeatedly interrupted
Baby boy found to be alive after Delhi hospital declared him dead

Baby boy found to be alive after Delhi hospital declared him dead

Two doctors have been sacked after parents of premature baby pronounced dead find him wriggling in body bagPolice in Delhi have launched an investigation after a baby that had been pronounced dead by