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Nepal’s parliament has elected a Communist leader who has long campaigned for women’s rights as the Himalayan nation’s first female president. Parliament speaker Onsari Gharti announced that Bidhya Devi Bhandari of the Communist Party of Nepal Unified Marxist-Leninist received 327 votes against her opponent’s 214 in parliament on Wednesday. Bhandari is the deputy leader of […]

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The World Health Organisation threw its global weight behind years of experts’ warnings and declared that processed meats raise the risk of colon and stomach cancer and that red meat is probably harmful, too. Meat producers are angry, vegetarians are feeling vindicated, and cancer experts are welcoming the most comprehensive pronouncement yet on the relation […]

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Korean Riot Police Use Ancient Roman Tactics in Training – Very Interesting! The Korean Riot Police of the National Korean Police Agency is a anti riots paramilitary unit, of military recruits. Its individuals manage counterintelligence and riot policing. It was set up in 1967, amid the Third Korean Republic. Every force is relegated to a metropolitan police […]

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The Chair of the European Parliament Delegation to South Asia has urged the Sheikh Hasina government to review the death sentence of war criminal Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid that was confirmed by Bangladesh’s highest constitutional court. Jean Lambert also expressed her concern at the Supreme Court’s Appellate Division decision in a letter written to Bangladesh […]

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By Xenia Wickett In advance of a visit by Pakistani President Nawaz Sharif last week, the Obama administration announced that it was planning to sell an additional eight F16 fighter jets to Pakistan. While Obama is right to want to build a new relationship with Pakistan, it is going about this in the wrong way; […]

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The March 2012 decision of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in the long-standing Bangladesh/Myanmar maritime border dispute opened up new possibilities for peaceful resolution of such disputes in Asia. While the judgment itself broke important—if technical—legal ground, the two parties’ incentives for entering into litigation in the first place offer […]

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Sunday, October 25, 2015 Admiral.L.Ramdas (retd) PVSM AVSM VrC VSM Former Chief of the Naval Staff Magsaysay Award for Peace Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar Honourable President and Honourable Prime Minister, It is with a heavy heart, that I write this open letter to you at a time when our beloved country and people are facing severe […]

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A powerful earthquake struck a remote area of Afghanistan on Monday, shaking the capital Kabul and killing at least 24 people while 76 were killed in neighbouring Pakistan, officials said. The death toll could climb in coming days because communications were down in much of the rugged Hindu Kush mountain range area where the quake […]

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A car travelling at high speed driven by a suspected drunk driver has crashed into a crowd of spectators during a university parade in the US state of Oklahoma killing four people and injuring 35 others, police say. A local woman, 25, has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after her vehicle hit the […]

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that Saudi Arabia may go broke by 2020 unless it changes policies, according to media reports. In its Regional Economic Outlook for the Middle East, the global lender predicted the country to run a budget deficit of 21.6 percent of its GDP in 2015 and 19.4 percent in […]

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The United States and Russia are escalating arms sales to two of their major allies in the Middle East – Iraq and Syria – despite fears that some of these weapons may ultimately wind up, ironically, in the hands of armed rebel groups battling government forces. The proposed U.S. sales to Iraq include 175 additional […]

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Maldives Vice President Ahmed Adheeb was arrested on Saturday in an investigation over a speedboat explosion targeting President Abdulla Yameen, police and government officials said. Yameen, 59, was unhurt in the Sep 28 blast as his presidential boat Finifenmaa approached the capital Male while he was returning from Saudi Arabia after the Hajj pilgrimage, but […]

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