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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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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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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Jewish Community in Iran: All You Need to Know

Iran, a home for Jews for more than 3000 years, has the Middle East’s largest Jewish population outside of Israel. Most Iranian Jews live in the capital. In Tehran, there are 13 active synagogues that hold weekly services, five Jewish schools, two Jewish kindergartens, and a 100-bed capacity Jewish hospital. Although there are active Jewish …

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Bangladesh Considers Sterilization to Curb Rohingya Refugee Population

The U.N. said there is a “consistent, methodical pattern” of killings, torture, rape and arson against Rohingya Muslim refugees. Bangladesh is considering sterilizing the Rohingya refugee population after health officials proposed the move to the government Friday. Supporters of the plan call for vasectomies for Rohingya men and tubectomies for women, saying “sterilization of the …

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‘The Entire Village was Burnt Down’: Harrowing Drone Footage Shows Extent of Rohingya Exodus

Thousands more Rohingya refugees streamed across the border from Rakhine state in Myanmar into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on Monday as the Burmese military and paramilitary 'ethnic cleansing' campaign continues. "We couldn't step out of the house for the last month because the military were looting people," Mohammad Shoaib, 29, told Reuters. "They started firing on …

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Smoke is seen on Myanmar's side of border as an old Rohingya refugee woman is carried after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh, September 15, 2017. ©2017 Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

Burma: Military Massacres Dozens in Rohingya Village

The Burmese military summarily executed several dozen Rohingya Muslims in Maung Nu village in Burma’s Rakhine State on August 27, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. Witnesses said that Burmese soldiers had beaten, sexually assaulted, stabbed, and shot villagers who had gathered for safety in a residential compound, two days after Rohingya militants attacked a …

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‘Ready For Jihad’: Afghans Protest Near Bagram Airbase to Denounce ‘Offensive’ US Leaflets

The demonstrators gathered in the Qarabagh district in Kabul province, near Bagram Airfield, Tuesday, with some setting tires on fire and others waving placards which depicted US President Donald Trump as a dog. One of the protesters told RT's Ruptly video news agency that Afghans are "very sad and angry" about the flyers which were …

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