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India is using the coronavirus pandemic to crack down on Muslim activists following widespread anti-government protests last year.

Many Muslim-majority states have cancelled communal prayers and cautioned against gathering for fast-breaking meals during the holy month.

Hundreds Rohingya rescued from boat after weeks at sea

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Hundreds Rohingya rescued from boat after weeks at sea

Survivors said that after the ship was denied entry by both Malaysia and Thailand it headed back to Bangladesh where they were picked up by the coastguard.

UN says Libya peace talks will go ahead

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UN says Libya peace talks will go ahead

Peace talks between Libya's rival group will go ahead on Wednesday 'as planned', the UN's Libya mission has said.

Libya rivals will not take part in Geneva talks

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Libya rivals will not take part in Geneva talks

Libya's rival camps announced they had suspended their participation in UN-sponsored peace talks this week in Geneva, although a United Nations ...

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Libya ceasefire talks to resume in Geneva

After Libya's internationally-recognised government pulled out of Geneva talks after shelling by Khalifa Haftar's forces, a UN spokesman confirmed they are back on.

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UN Security Council calls for 'lasting ceasefire' in Libya

The Security Council vote marks the latest international attempt to stymie the conflict in Libya.

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After Sultan Qaboos, Oman to retain its treasured neutrality

The sultanate of Oman, positioned geographically and diplomatically between the rival powers of Iran and Saudi Arabia, will be expected to ...

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Dozens killed in Indonesia bus plunge

Nearly 30 people were killed in an Indonesia bus crash on Tuesday.

Afghanistan's Ghani headed for second term: initial results

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Afghanistan's Ghani headed for second term: initial results

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani appeared to have secured a second term, preliminary polling results showed, but his main rival immediately ...

Shireen T. Hunter

Sanctions are testing the resilience of Iran's Islamic system

Comment: Iran's latest crisis highlights the problems of its double-headed government, and the conflict between national interests and the ...

Rohingya refugees agree move to 'floating Bangladesh 'island'

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Rohingya refugees agree move to 'floating Bangladesh 'island'

Rights groups have warned the island, which emerged from the sea only about two decades ago, might not be able to withstand violent storms ...

Dark times for India, the world's largest democracy

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Dark times for India, the world's largest democracy

Comment: New Delhi's efforts to prevent the international community's prying eyes have seen journalists come under increasing threat, writes CJ ...

Surviving Kunduz: Crime and violence swamp neglected Afghan city

Ali M Latifi and Ehsanullah Ehsan

Surviving Kunduz: Crime and violence swamp neglected Afghan city

Kunduz residents say the situation in their province has deteriorated due to a lack of governance, a resurgent Taliban and an increasing crime ...

Pakistan to award courage of citizen killed in Christchurch

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Pakistan to award courage of citizen killed in Christchurch

A Pakistani victim of the Christchurch attack who apparently tried to tackle the gunman before being shot dead will be awarded posthumously in ...

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New Zealand mosque attacks: who were the victims?

Fifty people were killed in an extremist attack on two New Zealand mosques. These are the names and stories of those killed and injured in the unprecedented act of violence.

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Malaysia court frees woman in North Korea murder case

Malaysia has released an Indonesian woman who was on trial for assassinating the North Korean leader's half brother.

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Bangladesh says 'non-citizen' Shamima Begum is UK's problem

"There is no question of her being allowed to enter into Bangladesh," said the Bangladesh state minister of foreign affairs, in reference to ...

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UN seeks $920-million aid for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

The UN refugee agency and the International Organization of Migration said they are looking to raise $920 million to meet the massive needs of ...

Awaiting judgement: Meeting the IS families

Marta Bellingreri, Laura Battaglia and Alessio Mamo

Awaiting judgement: Meeting the IS families

Special report: Inside the al-Shaham camp, where women and children are held indefinitely because of the crimes committed by their husbands, ...

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Eight Afghan children killed playing with unexploded mortar shell

Eight children, including four siblings, were killed in Afghanistan after a mortar shell they were playing with exploded, relatives said on ...

Malaysia police on the hunt for missing radioactive waste

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Malaysia police on the hunt for missing radioactive waste

Malaysian police have said that a radioactive device went missing while being transported by road, raising fears about theft and contamination.

Czech tourist killed in Egypt Red Sea shark attack

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Czech tourist killed in Egypt Red Sea shark attack

A Czech tourist was killed in a shark attack in Egypt on Friday while holidaying in the North African country with his family.

Iranian General Soleimani tells Trump Tehran 'ready' for war

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Iranian General Soleimani tells Trump Tehran 'ready' for war

Responding to Trump's all-caps Twitter threat, Qassem Soleimani warned that should Washington start a war, Iran would be the one to end it.

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