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Taliban defeated by the quiet strength of Pakistan’s Buddha

The Buddha of Swat, carved on a cliff in the seventh century, was dynamited by the Pakistani Taliban in 2007. Now it has been restored, a powerful symbol of tolerance in the traumatised Pakistani valley. The holy figure, depicted in a lotus position at the base of a granite cliff in northern Pakistan, was severely…

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July 12, 2018

 

One woman defied all odds to vote in 2015, now more are looking to follow her footsteps

Mohri Pur in Khanewal district might look like any other small town in Punjab but there is one big difference in this town — women are expected to stay at home on the day of the election here. As a part of an age-old tradition, women of the town are not allowed to exercise their…

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July 12, 2018

 

Kane ‘gutted’ as England’s World Cup dream dies

England captain Harry Kane could not hide his desperate disappointment after his side’s 2-1 extra-time defeat against Croatia in the semi-finals of the World Cup in Moscow on Wednesday. “We’re gutted. It hurts, it hurts a lot,” Kane said after the match at the Luzhniki Stadium. “It’s going to hurt for a while of course….

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July 12, 2018

 

Bollywood biopic celebrates shot Indian hockey hero

The remarkable story of an Indian hockey player who spent two years out of the game after being accidentally shot before returning to captain his country hits cinemas this week. Sandeep Singh was travelling on a train in August 2006 when he was struck by a bullet that had been mistakenly fired by an officer…

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July 12, 2018

 

Surviving member of German neo-Nazi murder cell jailed for life

Zschaepe and her former lovers Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Boehnhardt had formed a militant clandestine group they called the National Socialist Underground

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July 12, 2018

 

Thai boys were sedated and stretchered from cave in dramatic rescue

Other video footage shows several of the boys in hospital, in quarantine and wearing face masks but seemingly in good health

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July 12, 2018

 

Toll from Nicaragua unrest hits 264: rights body

The known death toll from a four-month crackdown on anti-government protests in Nicaragua has risen to 264, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights said Wednesday. “As recorded by the IACHR since the start of the repression against social protests, to date, 264 people have lost their lives and more than 1,800 have been injured,” the…

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July 12, 2018

 

Banksy’s lesser-known works on show in London

Street artist Banksy is known around the world for his simple graffiti stencils, often with a sharp political point, but a new London exhibition is an opportunity to discover his wider talents. The mysterious British artist from Bristol, southwest England, made his name with clandestine street murals but has also produced a treasure trove of…

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July 12, 2018

 

Croatia will be ready for France in World Cup final, says coach Dalic

Ecstatic Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic is confident tiredness will not be an issue for his side when they face France in the World Cup final despite once again coming through extra time to beat England on Wednesday. Croatia came from behind to win 2-1 in the semi-final clash in Moscow, with Mario Mandzukic claiming the…

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July 12, 2018

 

‘We left everything out there’, says England manager Southgate

Manager Gareth Southgate said England “left everything out there” after falling to an extra-time defeat by Croatia in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday. England were hoping to reach a first World Cup final since 1966, but let an early lead slip to lose 2-1. “I think in the first half we were really good…

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July 12, 2018

 

Indian police charge BJP lawmaker with teen rape

Indian federal investigators Wednesday charged a politician from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party with raping a teenager whose plight was ignored by police until she tried to set herself alight. The Central Bureau of Investigation charged Kuldeep Singh Sengar with the 2017 rape of a 16-year-old girl, whose father was later beaten in custody allegedly…

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July 11, 2018

 

15 dead in monsoon floods, landslides in India

At least 15 people died in floods and landslides in India on Wednesday, officials said, pushing the death toll from the annual monsoon rains pounding the country closer to 200. Landslides swept at least nine people to their deaths in Manipur in India’s remote and hilly northeast, said the state’s chief minister Nongthombam Biren. “I…

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July 11, 2018

 

Merkel fires back at Trump, says Germany makes ‘independent decisions’

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday said Germany makes “independent decisions”, firing back at US President Donald Trump after he accused Berlin of being a “captive” of Russia. “I myself have also experienced a part of Germany being occupied by the Soviet Union,” Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany, said as she arrived at…

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July 11, 2018

 

Iran TV film on evils of dancing online sparks controversy

A film on Iranian state television showing social media users being upbraided for allegedly promoting dance online has sparked criticism from reformists in the Islamic republic. The broadcast, aired Friday on flagship channel Irib 1, featured men and women whose faces were not shown being questioned and made to repent for activities portrayed as contrary…

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July 11, 2018

 

Indian women’s cricket coach quits over ‘training methods’

The Indian women’s cricket coach has quit just over year into the job after a string of defeats and apparently alienating players, four months before the World Twenty20. Tushar Arothe, who was instrumental in India reaching the final of the women’s World Cup in England last July, stepped down from his post Monday citing “personal…

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July 11, 2018

 

Russia pursues Jehovah’s Witnesses as ‘extremists’

Jehovah’s Witnesses are a Christian denomination that originated in the United States in the late 19th century

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July 11, 2018

 

Britain to fine Facebook $0.6m for data breach

Britain’s data regulator has said it will fine Facebook half a million pounds ($660,000) for failing to protect users’ data, in an inquiry into whether personal information had been misused by campaigns on both sides of Britain’s 2016 EU referendum. An investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has focused on the social media giant…

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July 11, 2018

 

On the eve of freedom, a glimpse inside Liu Xia’s flat

Lately she’d been battling suicidal thoughts and become hooked on medication to fight depression and hallucinations, according to her Berlin-based friend Liao Yiwu

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July 11, 2018

 

Chinese democracy activist sentenced to 13 years for ‘subversion’

The veteran activist was last convicted and sentenced to prison in late 1998 after he and other activists sought to officially register the China Democracy Party

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July 11, 2018

 

George Clooney hurt in Italian scooter crash: report

The “Ocean’s Eleven” actor hurt his leg when a Mercedes car allegedly turned without giving right of way and collided with his scooter

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July 11, 2018

 

All 12 boys and coach rescued from Thai cave

The final five members of a young football team were rescued from a flooded Thai cave on Tuesday after spending 18 harrowing days trapped deep inside, completing an astonishing against-the-odds rescue mission that captivated the world. Elite foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALs extracted the final batch of four boys, plus the 25-year-old coach, on…

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July 11, 2018

 
 
 
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