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    Nowruz: Celebrating the New Year on the Silk Roads

    Nowruz is a rite dating back to at least the 6th century BCE, marking the new year and ushering in spring. Variously known as Novruz, Nowrouz, Nooruz, Navruz, Nauroz or Nevruz, this historic.

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    China wants to develop Kashmir, won’t take sides in India-Pak dispute: State media

    China will not pick sides in the India-Pakistan dispute as its primary aim is to develop the “poor and backward” Kashmir, a state media opinion piece has said, adding that Beijing is willing.

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    India's top court orders mediation in Hindu temple dispute

    India's top court set up a mediation team on Friday to try to settle a land dispute between Muslims and Hindus over plans to build a Hindu temple on a site where hard-liners demolished a 16th-century.

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    Amnesty urges travel sites to ban Israel settlement listings

    Amnesty International has slammed online tourism companies for offering services in Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land, saying they are actually contributing to the regime’s land theft.

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    ‘Saudis gave green light to Arafat’s assassination’

    A former senior adviser to Yasser Arafat, the late leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), has said that Arafat's death was not natural and he was actually assassinated, with Saudi Arabia.

    West Asia
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    US sponsored anti-Hamas resolution defeated at the UN

    Arab nations outmanoeuvred the United States at the UN to defeat a resolution it sponsored condemning Hamas by requiring a two-thirds majority for it to pass, rather than the simple majority it received.

    West Asia
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    Babri Masjid demolition:No evidence of a Temple under the Masjid, says Archaeologist

    Two archaeologists have accused the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) of having ‘preconceived notions’ following the six-month-long excavation under the Babri Masjid that took place.

    West Asia
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    All eyes on Ayodhya as Hindu outfits plan programmes on Babri demolition anniversary

    Days after it organised a 'Dharam Sabha' in Indian city Ayodhya to seek support for construction of a grand Ram temple, the right-wing party, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is planning.

    South Asia
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    Peace: half a kilometre per year

    It took Islamabad and New Delhi 71 years to allow for a pocket of peaceful coexistence on their shared border as the nations travelled four kilometres in these seven decades to meet at Kartarpur.

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    1984 anti-Sikh riots in India: Delhi HC upholds conviction of 88 people accused

    The Delhi High Court on Wednesday upheld the conviction of around 80 people and awarded them five year jail term for rioting, burning houses and violation of curfew during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in India.

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    When France, Germany can be good neighbours today,why not India and Pak, asks Imran

    Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday laid the foundation stone for a corridor linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur — the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder.

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    India court hands down death penalty over deadly 1984 anti-Sikh riots

    An Indian court Tuesday handed down death sentence over anti-Sikh riots in 1984 that left nearly 3,000 dead following the assassination of prime minister Indira Gandhi.

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    Thugs of Hindostan: A British myth or Indian reality?

    On October 3, 1830, the Calcutta Literary Gazette published an anonymous letter that spoke at length on the activities of a group of worshippers of Goddess Kali, who expressed their devotion.

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    India to sell shares of people who migrated to Pakistan

    India’s government is to sell more than US$400 million (RM1.7 million) worth of shares left behind by people who fled to Pakistan or China after wars with those countries.

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    Trump's missile treaty pullout could escalate tension with China

    A US withdrawal from a Cold War-era nuclear arms treaty with Russia could give the Pentagon new options to counter Chinese missile advances but experts warn the ensuing arms race could.

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    Netanyahu threatens Hamas with 'very strong blows'

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday threatened to inflict "very strong blows" on Hamas after fresh violence along the fence that separates the besieged Gaza Strip from Israel.

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    Pakistan, UK sign agreement to 'bring back looted wealth'

    Pakistan's Law Minister Dr Farogh Naseem and British Home Secretary Sajid Javid on Monday jointly announced the signing of a justice and accountability declaration between the UK.

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    How an Arabic cosmographical text ‘went viral’ in 16th-century India

    The Wonders of Creation and Oddities of Existence (‘Ajā’ib al-Makhlūqāt wa Gharā’ib al-Mawjūdāt) of Zakariyyā’ ibn Muḥammad al-Qazwīnī (1203-1283) had many lives after it was first.

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    If Pakistan shuns the term ‘Ancient India’ in its history books, is it entirely to blame?

    A few months ago, I visited a newly-opened museum in Lahore that, along with sections on Partition and the contemporary history of Pakistan, also included an exhibit on its ancient and pre-colonial history.

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    India's billon-dollar battle to build the world's biggest statue

    The world’s biggest statue is rising in a remote corner of India to honour an independence hero but it could quickly be outdone by a monument to a Hindu warrior king in the sea off Mumbai.

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    Lebanon is balancing a tightrope — and its position is precarious

    FACING possible invasion from both Britain and Germany in 1940 and determined to remain neutral, the Irish government in Dublin asked one of its senior ministers to draft a memoran.

    West Asia
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    Iran FM in Syria, says Idlib must be cleansed of militants

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that Idlib in northwestern Syria must be cleansed of terrorists and returned to the government fold as he arrived in Damascus.

    West Asia
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    Ahed Tamimi and the power of Palestinian women

    Ahed Tamimi, the 17-year-old Palestinian activist from the village of Nabi Saleh in the West Bank, is an icon of a rebellious young generation of Palestinians which has demonstrated it has little tolerance.

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    The True Meaning of 'Qurbani', the Essence of Sacrifice, Seems Forgotten

    I grew up in a lower-middle-class family in old Dhaka. No, we never went hungry or suffered serious economic hardship. But we never enjoyed any luxuries in life either. On my second day.

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