Opposition supporters protest the government's delay in releasing jailed leaders in Male, Maldives, on February 4, 2018. © Reuters

China Will ‘Take Action’ If India Sends Troops to Crisis-Hit Maldives

Beijing will “take action” if India sends troops to the Maldives, Chinese state media has warned. It comes after a Supreme Court in the Maldives overturned the conviction of an opposition politician, prompting a political crisis. “India should exercise restraint,” an editorial in the state-run Global Times reads. “Without UN empowerment, there would be no …

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Indian Man Allegedly Steals Wife’s Kidney as Unpaid Dowry

28-year-old Rita Sarkar’s husband frequently complained about her family’s failure to pay her dowry after their wedding, but she never imagined he would go as far as stealing one of her kidneys to make up for the unpaid dowry. She was wrong. The young woman recently told reporters that she had been the victim of domestic …

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Covfefe, Little Rocket Man and ‘Stable Genius’: A Year of Trumpisms

The ‘fire and fury’ of US President Donald Trump has translated into many memorable phrases that have baffled, amused or infuriated observers. RT looks at the top quotes from the first year of his presidency. January 2017: 'You are fake news' Trump had famously sparred with the media throughout his campaign. He reserved his ire …

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Engineering Marvel: After 100 Billion Yuan, China’s & World’s Longest Sea Bridge Is Now Completed

Another engineering marvel has been completed and the trophy goes to China, again. Billed as the world’s longest sea bridge connecting Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China, supporters have been calling it an engineering wonder. Critics, on the other hand, call the infrastructure mega-project politically driven and a costly white elephant. The project was dogged by delays, …

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US Plans to Recognize Kurdish Area in Syria 3x Size of Lebanon ‘Soon’ – Reports

An unnamed senior Western official told the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the plans are part of a new strategy for Syria currently being drafted by the Trump administration. Washington is planning 'concrete steps' toward providing a Syrian Democratic Forces-controlled area in northern Syria's eastern Euphrates area three times the size of Lebanon with diplomatic recognition, a leading Arabic international …

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Israel Tells African Migrants They Have 90 Days to Leave or Go to Jail

Israel will force tens of thousands of African migrants to leave over the next three months by threatening to arrest those who stay, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday. Speaking at a cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said that the Israeli government will offer migrants a $3,500 payment and a free air ticket home or to …

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‘Mine is Bigger’: Trump Dares Kim Jong-un to Compare Nuclear Buttons

President Donald Trump has fired off a tweet against North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un, claiming to have a “more powerful” nuclear weapons launcher. Trump's tweet, amid a barrage of angry posts, is a belated response to Kim's New Year speech, in which the North Korean leader claimed, “The entire United States is within range …

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Israel Seized 2,500 Acres of Palestinian Land in 2017

Israel has seized around 2,500 acres of Palestinian land, destroyed 500 buildings and constructed eight new Jewish settlement units in 2017, according to Palestine’s Land Research Centre (LRC). According to the report of the centre, Israel seized Palestinian lands with “military aims” and the “aim to construct Jewish settlement units” in the West Bank and …

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India’s Godmen: Human Trafficking, Murder, Rape, Riots All in One Garb

An Ashram (spiritual center) run by a self-styled Godman in New Delhi has come under the lens of the law after it was revealed that hundreds of women were confined in inhumane conditions. Police suspect 300 other centers run by the Godman could be hubs for human trafficking. The perils of Indian society are deeply entrenched …

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