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    US sets up fund against religious violence in India

    The United States has announced a grant of nearly $500,000 for a non- governmental organisation to come up with proposals to develop early warning systems for “reducing religiously-motivated violence.

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    Women must wait 217 years to earn the same as men, index says

    Women will have to wait 217 years before they earn as much as men and have equal representation in the workplace, research said, revealing the widest gap in almost a decade.

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    Desperate and forgotten: The bombs keep on coming, and Yemenis keep on dying

    These days, it feels as though our thoughts and feelings cannot keep up with the humanitarian crises and catastrophes unfolding around us.From the ethnic cleansing taking place in Myanmar against the Rohingy.

    West Asia
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    US Rabbis urge Israel to end arms sales to Myanmar

    A group of American rabbis is demanding that Israel halt the reported sales of arms to Myanmar, where hundreds of thousands of people have fled violence by government security forces.

    Southeast Asia
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    Outrage over attack on Swiss couple in India

    A Swiss couple have been attacked at Fatehpur Sikri, a monument 44km (27 miles) from the Taj Mahal, Indian police say. A senior police officer told reporters that four men attacked.

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    India's ruling party to face poll test on PM Modi's turf

    Voters in Narendra Modi’s home state Gujarat will go to the polls in December, the election commission announced Wednesday, in what will be a key test for India’s right-wing premier.

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    Woman detained for throwing bangles at Indian PM Modi's face

    A viral video shows the activist, Chandrika Solanki, the president of Contract and Fixed Salary Struggles Committee women wing and affiliated with the Accredited Social Health Activist.

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    Clandestine sex industry booms in Rohingya refugee camps

    Cox’s Bazaar: As Rohingya women struggle to access even the very basics such as food and water in Bangladesh’s overcrowded camps, a flourishing sex trade offers cash in times of desperation.

    Southeast Asia
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    Oxford college drops Suu Kyi from common room's name

    The students at the prestigious Oxford University college where Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyistudied have voted to remove her name from the title of their Junior Common Room.

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    Aah Taj !

    First it was the Uttar Pradesh government delisting the Taj Mahal as the official tourist attraction. The monument was excluded from an Uttar Pradesh tourism booklet earlier this month.

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    Fear and loathing returns for Quetta’s Hazara community

    And when you can’t hide – you run. This is the main reason why Shia Hazara businessmen, professionals and students from Quetta are leaving for Pakistan’s big cities: Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

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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.

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    Indian politician: 'Taj Mahal built by traitors'

    A controversial Indian politician from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has called the Taj Mahal a "blot on Indian culture" built by "traitors".Sangeet Som, a lawmaker in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

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    Pope to visit Myanmar as anti-Rohingya hatred seethes

    Pope Francis will talk peace on his to visit Myanmar, a Catholic church representative said on Thursday, a potentially highly charged trip during a refugee crisis that has seen 520,000 Rohingya Muslims.

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    Muslims flee Indian village after singer killed in argument with Hindu priest

    At least 200 Muslims have fled their village in Rajasthan after a Hindu priest and his friends were alleged to have killed a Muslim folk singer late last month, police said on Wednesday.

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    Downgrading the Taj

    According to a news report, he dropped the Taj Mahal from UP’s list of tourist attractions. This is akin to Paris deleting the Eiffel Tower from its tourist brochures, or New York downplaying the Empire State Building.

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    'India Is Neglecting Taj Mahal Because Muslims Built It'

    Last Wednesday, a 32-page booklet entitled “Uttar Pradesh Tourism – Unlimited Possibilities” was unveiled. It highlights the key attractions in UP but Taj Mahal, which is one of the Seven Wonders.

    South Asia
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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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    60 Rohingya presumed dead as boat capsizes off Bangladesh

    Survivors from the accident on Thursday told IOM staff that the boat was carrying about 80 people, including 50 children, who were believed to be fleeing violence from Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state.

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    Political reporter beaten to death in north-east India

    A reporter covering political unrest in India's northeast was beaten to death during violent clashes, officials said on Thursday, two weeks after the high-profile murder of another prominent journalist.

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    Some Rohingya are a serious security threat, Indian govt tells top court

    The Indian government told the country's top court on Monday that some of the Muslim Rohingya who have fled Myanmar are a serious security threat as it sought to justify moves to deport up to 40,000 of them.

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    Myanmar's Suu Kyi scraps UN trip amid Rohingya crisis

    Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will not attend the United Nations General Assembly later this month, her spokesman said on Wednesday, as the Nobel laureate faces a barrage of criticism over her failure.

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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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    UN warns of ethnic cleansing of Myanmar Muslims

    The situation in Myanmar is a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”, United Nations Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein told the UN Human Rights Council on Monday, as the number of Rohingya Muslims.

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