$3bn ADB lending boost to help end Philippines Muslim rebellion

  • MANILA: The Asian Development Bank is to lend about $3 billion to the Philippines over the next three years, part of which will help support a peace deal ending a long-running Muslim insurgency, a joint statement said Tuesday.The loan — up 66 percent from the $1.8 billion agreed for 2015-2017 —...
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'Al-Qaeda' gunman takes hostages at French bank

  • TOULOUSE, France: A gunman took four people hostage Thursday in a bank in the southern French city of Toulouse and fired a shot, police said. French television reported that he claimed allegiance to the Al-Qaeda terrorist group....
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'Anyone but Modi': Many Indian Muslims fear the worst

  • AYODHYA, India: Some recoil at his name, while others still refuse to acknowledge his popularity. India's Muslims have watched the rise of election frontrunner Narendra Modi anxiously and are now united in their wariness....
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'As strong as Zelenskyy': Indian company names new tea after Ukraine’s wartime president

  • NEW DELHI: A company in India’s main tea-producing region of Assam has launched a new blend called “Zelenskyy” to honor the Ukrainian president who has become a wartime leader, inspiring thousands to fight for their country amid an ongoing month-long invasion by Russia. War has led to an unlik...
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'Blade Runner' Pistorius indicted on murder charge

  • PRETORIA, South Africa: Oscar Pistorius was indicted on charges of premeditated murder and illegal possession of ammunition on Monday for the shooting death of the double-amputee Olympian’s girlfriend on Valentine’s Day.A Pretoria court on Monday set March 3 as the trial date for Pistorius, who...
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'Factory building in deadly Bangladesh fire had 6 illegal floors'

  • DHAKA: The builders of the nine-story factory in which 112 workers died in Bangladesh’s worst textile industry fire had only been granted permission for a three-floor construction, an official said Monday.“We gave them permission to build a three-story factory. But they expanded the building...
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'George Floyds of India:' outrage mounts over police custody deaths

  • NEW DELHI: The deaths of a father and son from alleged torture at the hands of police have sparked outrage across India, with many drawing parallels with the killing of George Floyd in the United States. Their case has thrown a new spotlight on police brutality just weeks after the killing of ...
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'Hate in the streets' has no place in Germany: Merkel

  • BERLIN: Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday condemned violent far-right protests that degenerated into attacks against foreign-looking people, saying “hate in the streets” has no place in Germany. After the fatal stabbing of a German man, 35, allegedly by a Syrian and an Iraqi, thousands of pr...
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'Mali crisis one of biggest challenges facing Africa'

  • ADDIS ABABA: African leaders focused Saturday on the continent’s hotspots ahead of a two-day meeting here in Ethiopia where they will try to agree on a new head of the African Union’s executive arm.The last AU summit here in January failed to agree on a chair for the AU Commission after South...
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'Missing' Indian clerics return safely to Karachi

  • KARACHI, Pakistan: A family member says the two prominent Indian Muslim clerics who were reported missing during a visit to Pakistan earlier this month have returned safely, saying they were traveling in a remote area with no cellular service. Waziruddin Nizami said Sunday that his uncle Asif ...
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