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Indian MP Force-Feeds Muslim Man On Fast

There has been outrage in India after television footage showed a member of parliament from hardline Hindu nationalist outfit, Shiv Sena, trying to force-feed a man fasting for Ramadan, according to reports. The incident took place last week in the capital, New Delhi, when eleven Shiv Sena parliament members confronted catering supervisor, Arshad Zubair, at the new Maharashtra Sadan, The Indian Express repo ...

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BJP Looking To Gain Ground In Muslim-Dominated Kashmir Valley

After a good show in Jammu region in recent Lok Sabha polls, the BJP is trying to gain ground in Muslim-dominated Kashmir Valley roping in several members of the community into its fold. Last month, over two dozen Muslims, including women, belonging to various political outfits, joined the BJP, party leaders said. Among the new entrants was daughter of Muhammad Shafi Bhat, a former National Conference legis ...

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Herat is donate $60,000 to blast victims’ kin

Local officials and traders of western Herat province on Sunday announced $60,000 aid for families of the victims of a deadly car bombing in Paktika province. Last week, 43 people were killed and 67 others wounded following the suicide car bombing in the Ahangaran bazaar of Orgun district. Many shops were razed as a result of the blast. At a joint news conference with businessmen in Herat City, Governor Say ...

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Christians Flee From Islamic State Threats

Christian families have abandoned their homes and fled Mosul after the Sunni rebel group, the Islamic State, threatened them with death if they did not convert to Islam or pay tax. "Some families have had all their money and jewellery taken from them at an insurgent checkpoint as they fled the city," Abu Rayan, a Christian who left Mosul with his family told AFP news agency on Saturday. "Some of our homes h ...

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Life Sentences For Egypt Sexual Assaults

An Egyptian court has sentenced seven men to life imprisonment for sexually harassing and attacking women during a number of public rallies in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Wednesday verdicts are the first such heavy sentences against perpetrators of sexual violence after the government's decision to toughen penalties. The charges included attempted rape, attempted murder and torture. The judge sentenced the seven ...

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Sadqa-I-Fitr Estimated At 40 Afghanis

Though the government has yet to make any official announcement, religious scholars on Saturday said the minimum Sadqa-i-Fitr, cash payable by every Muslim at the end of the holy month, would be 40 afghanis this year. Also, Muslim men and women could donate cash or 1.5 kilogram of wheat, which is equal to 40 afghanis as per market price. Haji Fazal Rehman, a shopkeeper in Mandai area, told Pajhwok Afghan Ne ...

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Little Kabul on Howard Ln.

Chapli Kababs n Curries brings delicious Afghan cuisine to Austin Perched on the western edge of a strip center at the northwest corner of Howard Lane and I-35 in North Austin is Chapli Kababs n Curries. It's the same strip center that is home to Captain TJ's Seafood and Ka-Prow Thai & Sushi. The location seats about 90 or so in the dining room and there is a large party room off to the right. The night bef ...

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Mass Hong Kong Democracy Protest Looms

Hong Kong is bracing for its largest protest in more than a decade after nearly 800,000 voted for full democracy in an unofficial referendum, a move likely to stoke anti-China sentiment in the former British colony. The annual July 1 rally, marking the day the territory returned to China in 1997, will focus on pressuring Beijing's Communist Party leaders for full electoral freedom, organisers said, and coul ...

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Sunni Rebels Declare New ‘Islamic Caliphate’

A Sunni armed group which controls large areas of Iraq and Syria has announced the establishment of a "caliphate" straddling the two countries, urging other groups to pledge allegiance. In an audio recording released on Sunday, the group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant declared its chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, "the caliph" and "leader for Muslims everywhere". "The legality of all ...

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Parliament Approves Access To Information Law

KABUL: The lower house of the Afghan parliament (Wolesi Jirga) has approved Access to Information Law with some amendments by a majority of votes today. Ministry of Justice had sent the six-chapter Access to Information Law containing 32 articles to the Wolesi Jirga for approval in the middle of March this year. The draft law was today presented at a general session of the Jirga by its commission for religi ...

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Pakistan Woman and Husband Killed By Family over Unapproved Marriage

A 17-year-old woman and her husband were killed by her family for marrying without its consent, and another young woman was burned alive by a man for refusing his marriage proposal in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province, police have reported. Muafia Bibi and her husband Sajjad Ahmed, 30, were killed in Satrah village on Friday night, allegedly by her parents, two uncles and her grandfather, said Asghar Ali, ...

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Afghanistan Gains OIC Asian Deputy Post

Foreign ministry spokesman Ahmad Shekib Mustaghni said yesterday that Afghanistan has been elected as deputy to Asian group of Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC). Addressing a press briefing yesterday, Mustaghni said that Afghanistan in the 41st conference of foreign ministers of OIC was elected as deputy in the Asian group of the organization in the conference held in Jeddah on Jauza 26. Atiqullah Ati ...

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Sadly, Rights on Paper for the Disabled

By Zarghona Salehi KABUL (Pajhwok): Even government offices have flouted the law on jobs for the disabled, according to an Independent Media Consortium (IMC) investigation. Article 22 of the Law on Rights and Privileges of Persons with Disabilities says 3 percent of jobs in all offices -- whether private or government -- have to go to the disabled. But estimates by the Ministry of Labour, Social affairs, Ma ...

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Karzai to Attend Modi’s Swearing-in Ceremony

President Hamid Karzai has accepted India's invitation to attend prime minister-elect Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony, officials said on Saturday. A spokesman for the Prime Minister House in New Delhi said the inauguration ceremony would be held on May 26. Indian foreign minister spokesman Syed Akbaruddin on Friday told reporters presidents of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) co ...

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Foreign Language Festival Opens in Beijing

BEIJING, The Beijing Foreign Language Festival opened in Chaoyang Park on Saturday. Established in 2002, it regularly attracts thousands of people to "tell Beijing stories in different languages". These international volunteers are teaching basic English in this "English corner", as part of the Beijing Foreign Language Festival. The two-day event is aimed at breaking down language barriers, and enjoying the ...

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Karzai Off To Shanghai for CICA Summit

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai on Sunday left for China to participate in a Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building in Asia (CICA), to be held in Shanghai, his office said. The international forum seeks to strengthen cooperation in building peace, security and stability in Asia. China has been chosen as CICA president for the period from 2014 to 2016. Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev float ...

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Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan Seek To Resolve Border Disputes

  DUSHANBE, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan had discussed ways to resolve their border demarcation disputes at a meeting here, local media reported Wednesday. The meeting, co-chaired by Tajik Deputy Prime Minister Murodali Alimardon and Kyrgyz Deputy Prime Minister Abdirakhman Mamataliev, touched upon recent border clashes between citizens of the two countries, which left at least 60 people injured. The majo ...

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Mps Blast Kabul Police Double Standards

  KABUL: Some lawmakers on Wednesday accused Kabul police of discriminating between parliamentarians and government figures during a crackdown on vehicles with tinted glass. But the Ministry of Interior rejected the allegation as groundless. The nationwide campaign got under way after Interior Minister Omar Daudzai told the Senate last week that no one would be allowed to use a vehicle with black glass ...

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Sahra Karimi Wins Best Film Award at Dhaka Int’l Film Festival

Kabul- The Afghan film “Afghan Women Behind Driving Wheel” was recognized as the best documentary film during the 13th Dhaka International Film Festival in Bangladesh. The movie directed and produced by female Afghan filmmaker Sahra Karimi, depicts the life of a number of Afghan women who are keen for driving vehicles in a conservative Afghan society where driving is only an ambition for the women. The Afgh ...

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Rassoul, Bokova Discuss Afghan Culture Heritage

KABUL - Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul on Wednesday met with visiting UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova at his office in Kabul and discussed with her the situation in Afghanistan and in the region at large. A Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement said Rassoul appreciated UNESCO’s assistance with Afghanistan in areas of education and cultural with emphasize on continued aid. The Foreign Minister briefed ...

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