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World – Police detained over migrant graves

KUALA LUMPUR –– Malaysia has detained 12 policemen suspected of human trafficking, two of whom are said to be connected to recently discovered jungle graves. Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the two officers were suspected of transporting migrants. He also clarified that the 139 graves found on the border with […]

World – Businessman arrested for selling fake degrees online

KARACHI –– Pakistani investigators have detained the head of a global Internet technology firm suspected of an alleged multimillion-dollar fraud selling fake university degrees online. Axact’s CEO Shoaib Sheikh and his deputy Waqas Atiq were taken into custody after a raid at their Karachi offices Tuesday night. Officials said hundreds of thousands of blank degree forms, […]

Deadly India heatwave

Deadly India heatwave

At least 500 people are reported to have died in a heatwave sweeping India, with temperatures reaching 48C (118F) in some areas. Most deaths have taken place in the southern states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, where more than 140 people have died since Saturday. Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh recorded 48C while temperatures rose to […]

World – Devastating quake

KATHMANDU — The death toll from Nepal’s earthquake soared past 3,300 today, and how much higher it would rise depended largely on the condition of vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster. Reports received so far by aid groups suggest that many communities perched on mountainsides […]

World – 600 students expelled

PATNA — About 600 high school students in eastern India have been expelled for cheating on pressure-packed tenth grade examinations this week, education authorities said today. The incident has received widespread attention after Indian television footage showed parents and friends of students scaling the outer walls of school buildings to pass cheat sheets to students […]

World – Groom fails maths test, left at wedding

UTTAR PRADESH –– An Indian bride today walked out of her wedding after her bridegroom failed to solve a simple maths problem, according to police in Uttar Pradesh. The bride asked the groom to add 15 and six. When he replied 17, she called off the marriage. Reports say the groom’s family tried to convince […]

World – Mob beats rape suspect to death

NEW DELHI –– A mob of several thousand people broke into a high-security prison in India, dragged out a rape suspect and killed him, officials said today, adding that police had to impose a curfew to restore order. Public tensions over the prevalence of rape in the country came to a head in 2012, when […]

World – India rape documentary ‘incites violence’

India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has told all news channels not to air a controversial documentary about rape in India –– warning that the excerpts “appear to encourage and incite violence against women”. The BBC Storyville documentary was scheduled to air Sunday, but due to the “intense level of interest” in the programme, the […]

World – Widows celebrate

Widows daubed in colours taking part in the Holi celebrations organized by non-governmental organization Sulabh International at a widows’ ashram at Vrindavan, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, today. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, […]

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