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    Qatari emir in Malaysia in blow to Saudi Arabia

    Sheikh Tamim, who arrived late Sunday, was given a 21-gun salute before he sat down to oversee the signing of agreements on training for diplomats, higher education, and legal and judicial cooperation.

    West Asia
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    Pak elected to UN Human Rights Council

    Pakistan, along with 11 other countries, was elected as a member state of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council by the body's General Assembly on Monday, securing more than two-thirds of the vote.

    South Asia
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    Hajj fee: Saudi government looks to increase income

    The Saudi government, in a bid to increase its income, has started implementing various steps, including a fee of SAR2,000 being imposed on a second Umrah performed in a year.

    West Asia
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    India to close colonial-era military farms

    Under a hot afternoon sun workers scrub down cows at the Allahabad Military Farm, the latest hangover of India’s colonial past being forced into the 21st century.The 700-acre farm in the city of 1.1 million people.

    South Asia
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    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    Almost 300 people were killed when a powerful bomb blast ripped through Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, on Saturday.The attack marked the deadliest assault the country has ever witnessed.

    World
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    Assessing Trump’s Criticisms of Iran and the Nuclear Deal

    The rationale Trump provided includes several misleading or incomplete statements about the terms of the deal, what he considers a violation of the agreement and Iran itself. Here is an assessment.

    World
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    Spain gives Catalan leader eight days to drop independence

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday gave the Catalan government eight days to drop an independence bid, failing which he would suspend Catalonia's political autonomy and rule the region directly.

    World
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    Meet Kim Yo-jong, the sister who is the brains behind Kim Jong-un's image

    Kim Yo-jong’s promotion to the politburo of North Korea’s workers’ party is a sign that Kim Jong-un has absolute trust in his younger sister – rumoured to be the brains behind his carefully constructed public image.

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    A trip through Iran's Sunni heartland

    How do Iranian Sunnis survive in a Shiite-dominated landscape? This is a common question among people who follow Iranian affairs, given reports suggesting that Sunnis suffer from religious.

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    Trump on the Warpath

    Fifteen years after George W. Bush declared that Iraq, Iran, and North Korea formed “an axis of evil,” Donald Trump, in his maiden address to the United Nations denounced Iran and North Korea in similarly vitriolic.

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    Journey To Karbala

    The battle at Karbala is a well-known tragedy in the human history. It is not fiction or legend, but a historical fact, chronicled by several historians who were present in the battlefield

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    The graveyard where the Hazaras of Quetta celebrate life

    Incidents such as the one a few days ago in which members of a Hazara family travelling to Quetta from Chaman were fired upon, killing four of them, including a 12-year-old boy, have become part.

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    Afghanistan's 7,000 lost films, hidden from the Taliban, go digital

    The Taliban, who banned popular entertainment including cinema and music during their brutal 1996-2001, raided Afghanistan's state-run film company and burned several movie reels -- but thousands

    Art and Culture
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    How a Hindu munshi’s Persian work came to influence English scholarship on Indian religions

    Reading about the recently opened exhibition,Collector Extraordinaire, Mackenzie Collection exhibition, at Lews Castle, Stornoway, in the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides - see our recent post Colin Mackenzie

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    Bollywood: 'Hera Pheri 3' on hold as director in coma since 10 months

    Bollywood filmmaker Neeraj Vora, known for writing the comedy classic Hera Pheri and directing its subsequent installments, has been in a coma for the past 10 months, according to Indian media reports.

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    Past masters: Saving Afghanistan's artisans from extinction

    Ceramics, carpentry, calligraphy and gem cutting: centuries of Afghan craftsmanship honed on the ancient Silk Road are being preserved in Kabul, a rare success story for an aid project in the war-torn country.

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    Sleeping on back for pregnant women in last trimester could cause stillbirth

    A new study finds that pregnant women should sleep on their sides in their last trimester. According to researchers, sleeping on their back could cause stillbirth.

    Lifestyle
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    Google can now help you assess whether or not you have depression

    Google is now in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, USA, to help users gauge whether they are victims of depression or not, reported Huffington Post.

    Lifestyle
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    Turkey plans new wedding law: Will it end happily ever after?

    The Turkish government has announced its intention to propose a draft law that would grant muftis the right to register marriage contracts, a privilege that has so far been restricted to authorised municipality official.

    Lifestyle
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    Sharia-free vacation plans for Saudi Arabia

    Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia announced plans to build beach resorts on the Red Sea as part of a project that will include luxury hotels, residential units, and transport infrastructure on 50 islands and along.

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    Email users at highest risk of cyber threats

    Email users are more than twice as likely to encounter cyber threats through emails than any other malware, a new report said on Wednesday.One out of every nine users would have received.

    Technology
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    Galaxy Note8 sales beat iPhone 8, Samsung India set for record year

    Samsung Galaxy Note8 that came to India last month and saw over 250,000 registrations within no time is selling like hot cakes and has left Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus behind in the race.

    Technology
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    Snapchat blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia on govt's request

    Global image messaging service Snapchat has blocked Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera from its app in Saudi Arabia at the request of Saudi authorities, the company said on Monday.

    Technology
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    Five billion Bluetooth devices at risk as 'BlueBorne' malware spreads

    "BlueBorne" allows attackers to take control of devices, access corporate data and networks, penetrate secure "air-gapped" networks, and spread malware laterally to adjacent devices, the researchers noted. 

    Technology

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    Asia-Pacific world’s most disaster-prone region

    More than 2 million people - an average of 43,000 per year - have been killed by natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific region since 1970, according to the latest United Nations’ figures.

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    Heat in South Asia could reach ‘unsurvivable’ levels by 2100

    The study in the journal Science Advances warned of “summer heatwaves with levels of heat and humidity that exceed what humans can survive without protection”.

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    Climate change to have devastating effect in Asia: Study

    Climate change would bring devastating consequences to countries in the Pacific and Asia, a new report has warned and said Southern India may witness a decline in rice yields by five per cent in 2030s.

    Science
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    Big scientific breakthrough at subatomic level holds promise for secure comms

    Chinese scientists have pulled off a major feat with one of the sub-atomic world's weirdest phenomena: photons that behave like twins and experience the same things simultaneously, even over great distances.

    Science
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    Saudi Women Express Outrage at Being Allowed to Drive

    In fact, while it is all well and good changing Saudi Arabia’s misogynistic laws, in many ways the bigger issue facing women's rights is prevailing social conservatism.

    Off Track
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    Family caught carrying 'bag of mosquitoes' in Pakiatan

    A family in Pakistan’s Peshawar was temporarily apprehended by staff at the Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar on September 18 for possessing a bag containing mosquitoes suspected.

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    Delhi youth thrashed by 5 men for speaking in English

    According to the police, the man who has been identified as Varun Gulati was attacked when he had gone to drop off his friend at a five-star hotel in Delhi's Lutyens area, said a PTI report.

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    Court grants Indian woman divorce over lack of toilet

    An Indian woman who had no access to a toilet in her home has been granted permission to divorce her husband by a family court.The court in Rajasthan ruled on the case in August 18.

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