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    Pakistan draws redlines for joining Saudi alliance

    It was thought that the government had already joined the alliance when in April it granted permission to former army chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif to lead the 41-nation counter-terrorism alliance.

    South Asia
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    Pictures of Indian Muslim man begging for life capture brutality of lynching

    His shirt presumably ripped away, and dirt marks on his pants suggest he was kicked repeatedly. Hands folded, the father of three struggles to convince the people surrounding him that he is innocent.

    South Asia
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    Israel approves controversial Jerusalem cable car project

    Israel’s government on Sunday approved plans to install a cable car to Jerusalem’s Old City, a project likely to anger Palestinians and much of the international community.

    West Asia
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    US admits over 100 civilians died in Mosul strike in March

    A US military investigation acknowledged on Thursday that more than 100 civilians were killed in a US air strike on a building in the Iraqi city of Mosul in March during operations against the militant Islamic State.

    West Asia
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    Blast kills 19 at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

    At least 19 people were killed and more than 50 wounded in an explosion at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester on Monday, in what two US officials

    World
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    WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning released from prison

    Chelsea Manning, the transgender army private jailed for one of the largest leaks of classified documents in US history, was released from prison Wednesday, a US Army spokesperson said. Manning.

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    Hundreds take refuge inside a mosque as Christian militias kill 30 in Africa

    Hundreds of civilians are seeking refuge inside a mosque in the Central African Republic’s border town of Bangassou amid ongoing attacks by Christian militias that have killed up to 30 civilians.

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    Egypt issues life sentence for Muslim Brotherhood chief

    An Egyptian court has sentenced the Muslim Brotherhood's supreme guide Mohammed Badie and two prominent leaders of the group to life in prison for "planning violent attacks", judicial officials and a lawyer said.

    World

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    Why are more and more Kashmiri youth picking up gun

    A few days before Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces I travelled through the interior villages of South Kashmir, the epicentre of new militancy.

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    Turkey sees role in Kashmir talks

    Setting the stage for intense diplomacy, Turkey has urged for multilateral dialogue to solve the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan. In comments made to an Indian TV channel, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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    ‘Let the people of J&K decide what they want’

    Professor at the Daniel K Inouye Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies, Honolulu, Dr Christopher Snedden is also a politico-strategic intelligence analyst and security practitioner who specialises in South Asia.

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    What Indians should know about war before demanding a military crackdown in Kashmir, Chhattisgarh

    Sections of India’s middle and upper classes seem increasingly drawn to the idea of using state violence to sort out political questions. This is expressed in many ways. Chander Prakash Ganga.

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    Veteran Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna passes away at 70

    The actor was admitted to Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre in Girgaon, Mumbai. He was surrounded by his family and loved ones in his last days.

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    Meet the lawyer whose musical rendition of an old elegy to Imam Husain is leaving Indians teary-eyed

    It was not Moharram, the season to mourn Husain’s sacrifice. The gathering was not a Shia majlis and the listeners were not all Muslims either. But the story of 72 men, women and children.

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    Malala receives highest UN honour to promote girls' education

    United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres appointed Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai a UN Messenger of Peace on Monday to promote girls education.

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    Film on extremism wins at Saudi festival

    A short film that tackles extremism has won the top prize at the Saudi Film Festival, organisers said on Sunday, in an ultra-conservative kingdom that continues to ban public cinemas.

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    What did Melania Trump wear in Saudi Arabia? And why it matters

    What women wear can often be the focus of critique and controversy – all the more so when the woman is an ex-model, married to the US president and disembarking in Saudi Arabia.

    Lifestyle
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    In Saudi Arabia, President Trump Finally Gets Treated Like A King

    As President Donald Trump landed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Saturday with the winds of two weeks’ worth of existential crises at his back, an old Arab proverb came to mind.

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    Tunday Kababi: India's famous beef kebabs back on the menu

    An Indian restaurant has resumed sales of the beef kebabs it has been making for more than a century, two months after being forced to take the famous dish off the menu under pressure from Hindu hardliners.

    Lifestyle
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    The Religion of Social Media: When Islam Meets the Web

    The Pew Research Center conducted a survey in 2014 asking 3,217 adults if they had engaged in different kinds of religious activity during the previous week.

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    Facebook fined $94m for providing misleading information on WhatsApp merger

    The European Union on Thursday imposed a $94 million fine on Facebook for providing misleading information about the 2014 takeover of WhatsApp, The Guardian reported.

    Technology
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    Ransomware attack again thrusts US spy agency into unwanted spotlight

    An unprecedented global cyber attack that infected computers in at least 150 countries beginning on Friday has unleashed a new wave of criticism of the US National Security Agency.

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    Alarm grows over global cyber attacks, infects computers worldwide

    A global cyber attack leveraging hacking tools widely believed by researchers to have been developed by the US National Security Agency hit international shipper FedEx, disrupted Britain's health system .

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    Facebook, Google scammed out of $100 million

    A Lithuanian scammer managed to defraud internet giants Facebook and Google of $100 million over a span of two years, according to an indictment by the US Department of Justice.

    Technology

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    In China and Pakistan’s coal romance, where’s the love for the climate?

    If you were travelling via motorway from Islamabad to Lahore during November or December 2016, you might have felt like your head was in the clouds. That’s thanks to the smog that engulfed.

    Science
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    Over 300 million people suffer from depression: WHO

    Over 300 million people are living with depression, the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide, according to the latest estimates from the WHO released ahead of World Health Day. 

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    Wastewater key to solving global water crisis: UN

    Recycling the world’s wastewater, almost all of which goes untreated, would ease global water shortages while protecting the environment, the United Nations said in a major report on Wednesday.

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    Abu Dhabi to Build World's Largest Solar Power Plant

    Abu Dhabi's government-owned power utility aims to close a financing package for a 3.2 billion dirham ($872 million) solar power plant, which will be the world's largest, in April, a senior official at the utility said.

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    Photo of Trump touching glowing globe draws comparisons to comic book villain

    Trump, King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Abdel Fatah al-Sisi were pictured standing with their hands on the miniature globe at the opening event for the new Global Centre for Combating Extremist Ideology on Sunday.

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    How Saudi fascination with ‘Ivanka bin Trump’ underlines changes in ultra-conservative kingdom

    The top trending Twitter hashtag in Saudi Arabia on Saturday wasn’t visiting President Donald Trump or even first lady Melania Trump. Instead, Saudis were abuzz about #binttrump – Arabic for “Trump’s daughter,” Ivanka.

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    Indian man arrested for impersonating Osama bin Laden

    An Indian man was arrested, on Monday, for impersonating al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, Indian Express reported. Saddam Hussain Mansur was trying was trying to make an identity card.

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    Indian minister gifts 700 brides wooden bats to beat drunk husbands

    An Indian state minister has given hundreds of wooden bats to newly-wed brides, urging them to use the paddle as a weapon if their husbands turn alcoholic or abusive.

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