India: Poverty and child malnutrition rife in West Singhbhum

This remote part of eastern India’s Jharkhand state where many tribal people live is rich in natural resources. Yet its people are some of the poorest in the country. Poverty is still a major concern in India, despite the country’s recent economic growth. The West Singhbhum district in Jharkhand state is one of the poorest constituencies. A recent report by […]

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Pakistan names former judge as caretaker prime minister

Ex-chief justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, who will take over on June 1, is responsible for Pakistan’s upcoming general election. Islamabad, Pakistan – The Pakistani government and opposition named former chief justice Nasir-ul-Mulk the country’s caretaker prime minister, ending weeks of political wrangling and giving the former judge the responsibility of holding a general election by the end of July. Mulk, 68, served as […]

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Pre-monsoon heat builds across northern India

Soaring temperatures contrast with severe storms and heavy rain in other parts of India. Temperatures across central and northern India have been in excess of 40C in recent days, and after a brief respite over the weekend, it could become even hotter during the early to middle part of next week. Weekend temperatures in New Delhi are expected to return […]

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Kashmir tension persists after Shopian killings

Shops and schools shut for second day in Indian-administered region amid anger over killings in separatist stronghold. Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – A shutdown has continued for the second day across Indian-administered Kashmir, following deadly clashes in villages in the separatist stronghold that resulted in 19 deaths. All shops, schools, and colleges remained closed and the roads were deserted on Monday […]

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Exclusive: Inside an Afghan prison holding detained ISIL fighters

Al Jazeera has gained exclusive access to a prison where ISIL fighters, most of them foreigners, detained by the Afghan government are being held. Al Jazeera has gained exclusive access to a prison where fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group detained by the Afghan government are being held. Hundreds entered […]

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Afghan communications ministry attacked, seven killed

KABUL (Reuters) – At least seven people were killed in an attack on the Afghan communications ministry in central Kabul on Saturday, breaking months of relative calm in the capital and underlining the continued security threats despite efforts to open peace talks with the Taliban. The attack began shortly before midday when a suicide bomb was detonated at the entrance […]

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BJP legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar arrested in rape case

Public outcry results in arrest of Uttar Pradesh legislator facing charges of rape and abduction of teenaged girl. Indian police say a legislator from the governing BJP has been arrested on charges of abducting and raping a teenaged girl a year ago. Kuldeep Singh Sengar, 50, a member of the Uttar Pradesh state legislative assembly, has been accused of raping […]

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Pakistan calls on Afghan Taliban to join peace process

Prime Minister Shahid Abbasi urges Taliban to avail the Afghan government’s latest offer of direct talks without delay. Islamabad – Pakistan and Afghanistan have called upon the Afghan Taliban to join a new peace process in the war-torn country, after a visit by the Pakistani prime minister to his country’s northwestern neighbour, a statement said. Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi […]

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After girl's rape and killing, fear engulfs Muslim nomads

The nomadic relatives of an eight-year-old murdered rape victim say their community has been engulfed by uncertainty. Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – For Amjad Ali, a Muslim nomad, this year’s migratory journey from Jammu towards the mountains of Kashmir is going to be longer than usual. Each year, the 40-year-old and other members of his Bakarwal community typically leave their houses […]

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Fighting across Afghanistan as Taliban opens offensive before talks

KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban forces attacked the northern Afghan city of Kunduz on Saturday, a day after the launch of their annual spring offensive, as fighting intensified across the country ahead of the next round of peace talks with U.S. representatives. Heavy fighting has been going on for weeks but the announcement of the spring offensive while peace talks were […]

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