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Pakistani model Qandeel Baloch Killed By Brother After Friends’ Taunts – Mother

Pakistani model Qandeel Baloch Killed By Brother After Friends’ Taunts – Mother

The mother of a Pakistani celebrity murdered in a so-called “honour” killing said her son strangled his sister after being taunted by his friends over her behaviour. The death earlier this month of the model and singer Qandeel Baloch, who shot to fame for her provocative selfies and videos in the conservative Muslim country, shone […]

Civilian Casualties In Afghanistan At Record High, UN Warns

Civilian Casualties In Afghanistan At Record High, UN Warns

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan reached a record high in the first half of 2016, the UN has said, with children in particular paying a heavy price as insurgent groups stepped up fighting. Between January and June, 1,601 civilians were killed and 3,565 were wounded – a 4% increase in casualties compared to the same period […]

Israeli Woman Allegedly Gang-Raped In Indian Tourist Town Of Manali

Israeli Woman Allegedly Gang-Raped In Indian Tourist Town Of Manali

A 25-year-old Israeli woman has allegedly been raped by two men in the popular northern Indian Himalayan resort town of Manali, senior local police officers said on Monday. The woman told police she was attacked early on Sunday after flagging down what she thought was a taxi and asking for a lift to a nearby […]

Tax On Junk Food In Kerala Leaves Indians With A Bitter Taste

Tax On Junk Food In Kerala Leaves Indians With A Bitter Taste

Meera Pandey* remembers the day she tasted her first hamburger. It was about 10 years ago, in her hometown of Kochi, in the south Indian state of Kerala, at a new fast food restaurant. It tasted like nothing she’d ever eaten before. “I loved it,” she says. “It was so different.” Pandey loved burgers so […]

The Former Child Bride Who Is Using Her Story To Liberate Afghan Women

The Former Child Bride Who Is Using Her Story To Liberate Afghan Women

When Zahra Yaganah was a child, her mother beat her three times. Once for dropping a tray of glasses. Twice for allowing the food to burn because she was so absorbed reading Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables. Yaganah was 11, and already bookish. Growing up as an Afghan refugee in Iran, she learned from her mother […]

Coal India Accused Of Bulldozing Human Rights Amid Production Boom

Coal India Accused Of Bulldozing Human Rights Amid Production Boom

The bulldozer came to Barkuta village at 10am one February morning. Nirupabai was working in the fields when her neighbours called, telling her to rush home. By the time she reached her house it had been reduced to rubble. “I cried, I screamed, trying to save it,” she says, recalling the eviction now two years […]

Why Is The Rape Crisis In Rural India Passing Under The Radar?

Why Is The Rape Crisis In Rural India Passing Under The Radar?

Another horrific rape and murder in India, this time in the southern state of Kerala, in Perumbavoor, Ernakulam. At least 30 injuries were found on the victim’s body; her intestines were eviscerated and she had bite marks on her back. This – the Jisha case – bears a chilling similarity to the Nirbhaya case, the […]

Myanmar Human Rights Group ‘Forced’ To Cancel Launch Of Report On Army Torture

Myanmar Human Rights Group ‘Forced’ To Cancel Launch Of Report On Army Torture

A Myanmar rights group has claimed it had to cancel the public launch of a report on alleged army torture and war crimes after two hotels backed down from agreeing to host the event. The Ta’ang Women’s Organisation (TWO) blamed the regional government for forcing the the hotels in Yangon, the former capital – also […]

India Tomato Shortage Causes Curry Crisis And Puts Sellers Under Pressure

India Tomato Shortage Causes Curry Crisis And Puts Sellers Under Pressure

At Pimpalgaon Basant, a village in western India, there is not a single cloud in the sky. The last time it rained was days ago, and that was only for an hour. Without rain, the Pimpalgaon tomato market, said to be the biggest in Asia, is almost empty. “We have around 75% fewer tomatoes than […]

India Goes From Village To Village To Compile World’s Biggest ID Database

India Goes From Village To Village To Compile World’s Biggest ID Database

The digital revolution arrives in remote Indian villages such as Akbarpur by communication methods old and new: a WhatsApp message buzzes through to the village chief; he notifies his fellows via megaphone. The world’s biggest biometric ID programme is coming to town. The next day, two men arrive at the village in Palwal district, Haryana […]

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