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By Harini Calamur | Interesting news items from cinema, technology, gender issues, media, India, politics, and current affairs.

Desperate Rohingya Flee Myanmar on Trail of Suffering. ‘It Is All Gone.’

REZU AMTALI, Bangladesh — They stumble down muddy ravines and flooded creeks through miles of hills and jungle in Bangladesh, and thousands more come each day, in a line stretching to the monsoon-darkened horizon.<p>Some are gaunt and spent, already starving and carrying listless and dehydrated …

Asia

India fails to overturn disputed marriage annulment amid ‘love jihad’ inquiry

Widespread shock as supreme court delays decision on dissolution of union between woman from Hindu family and Muslim man and orders investigation<p>The Indian supreme court has delayed its decision on whether judges were right to annul the marriage of a 24-year-old woman in Kerala and force her to …

India

Spain’s Long Economic Nightmare Is Finally Over

MARTORELL, Spain — Inside a factory as cavernous as an airport terminal, half-built cars glide down the assembly line in a parade that never ends. Workers in coveralls sidle up on queue, attending to the meticulously timed tasks of turning steel into road-ready sedans.<p>The bustling activity at the …

Economics

Iraqis numb pain of Islamic State in newly re-opened bar

QARAQOSH, Iraq (Reuters) - In a town ravaged by the war against Islamic State, amid ransacked homes and shuttered shops, a flashing sign above the entrance to one business beckons visitors: "Welcome", it reads.<p>Inside, the floors are carpeted, the lights are low, and the gurgling sound of water …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Why is the India-China border stand-off escalating?

Soutik Biswas India correspondent<p><b>If you browse through the latest headlines about the now month-long border stand-off between India and China, you might think the Asian rivals are teetering on the brink of an armed conflict.</b><p>The rhetoric is full of foreboding and menace. A Delhi newspaper says China …

China

India Must Withdraw Troops From Doka La To End Stand-Off In Sikkim: Chinese State Media

The Indian border troops' attempt to stop the Chinese military from constructing the road in the Doklam area has "cast a shadow over China-India …

बिहार: चोरी के शक में दो दलित भाईयों को भीड़ ने बुरी तरह पीटा, दोनों की मौत

• मुखपृष्ठ<br>• राज्य<br>• बिहार<br>• बिहार: चोरी के शक में दो दलित भाईयों को भीड़ ने बुरी तरह पीटा, दोनों की मौत<p>रात बुधवार रात की है जब दोनों भाई एक किसान शौकत अली के …

Saudi king ousts nephew to name son as first in line to throne

Mohammed bin Nayef replaced by Mohammed bin Salman, 31-year-old in charge of economy and war in Yemen<p>King Salman of Saudi Arabia has ousted his nephew as crown prince and replaced him with his son, Mohammed bin Salman, confirming the 31-year-old as heir and consolidating the kingdom’s move to …

Middle East

क़तर को मिल रही है आज़ादी से बोलने की सज़ा?

शेख हमाद सिटी में एक खेल का मैदान, मस्ती में झूमते बच्चों का शोर-शराबा, पीले रंग की इमारतों के साये में बैठे इन बच्चों के मां-बाप.<p>ग़ज़ा शहर के इस बड़े से हाउसिंग प्रोजेक्ट में हर कोई एक आशियाना चाहता है.<p>साल 2012 में दोहा के पैसे से बनकर तैयार हई इस हाउसिंग कॉलोनी का नाम भी क़तर के पूर्व सुल्तान के …

Man whose father runs van firm used by Finsbury Park attacker arrested for allegedly saying 'shame they don't hire out steam rollers'

A man whose father owns the van used in the Finsbury Park terror attack has been arrested by police on suspicion of stirring up racial hatred.<p>Richard Evans, whose father runs the Pontyclun Van Hire company based in south Wales, was detained after allegedly posting comments on social media …

Extremism

New CCTV pictures of Manchester terrorist Salman Abedi as police say he made bomb by himself

New CCTV images of the Manchester bomber have been released by police hoping to "jog people's memories" of sightings.<p>Police have now released the remaining people held for questioning over links with the Manchester Arena attacker Salman Abedi.<p>They believe he worked alone to build the bomb, but they …

Terrorism

SS Khaplang, patriarch of Naga war on India, passes away

India

Uber executive 'had no reason to obtain rape victim's medical records'

Officer who ran investigation into rape of Delhi woman by Uber driver says he cannot understand how Eric Alexander got records<p>An Uber executive who reportedly obtained the medical records of a Delhi woman who was sexually assaulted by one of the company’s drivers would have had no legal reason to …

Uber

Is Iran Afraid of ISIS?

Iran

France creates new counter-terrorism task force, Notre Dame attacker identified

PARIS (Reuters) - France created a new counter-terrorism task force on Wednesday, bringing together all the intelligence services, to coordinate the response to attacks, a day after an Algerian student assaulted police officers outside Notre Dame cathedral.<p>Newly elected President Emmanuel Macron, …

Qatar: The Gulf's Problem Child

As the standoff between the tiny country and its neighbors escalates, a close look at its contentious history.<p>The rupturing of diplomatic relations between Qatar and five regional states—Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the internationally recognized Yemeni …

Middle East

Doha in distress: how the crisis unfolded

JEDDAH: A diplomatic crisis of unprecedented scale erupted in the Gulf and wider region Monday, as eight governments dramatically cut ties with Qatar …

Philippine casino attacker a gambling addict, not terrorist: police

Manila (AFP) - An armed man who killed 37 people when he set fire to a casino in the Philippine capital was a father-of-three from Manila motivated …

Terrorism

Within eight minutes suspects were dead: timeline of the London Bridge attack

Police say they received the first call to an incident on London Bridge at 10.08pm and by 10.16pm three armed attackers had been shot dead<p>London Bridge attacks - live updates<p>The attack at London Bridge and Borough Market has left seven people dead and 48 injured. Police have shot dead three …

Communal or secular, need to keep cow out of votebank politics

To be or not to be… secular – that is the Shakespearean dilemma before us. And within that stands a hapless cow.<p>Rajya Sabha MP Dr Subhash Chandra hit …

Emmanuel Macron Challenges Putin on Syria and Gay Rights

VERSAILLES, France — France’s newly elected president, Emmanuel Macron, came out of his first meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Monday with a message of stark challenge, promising French military reprisals for any use of chemical weapons by Russia’s allies in Syria and saying he …

Russia

1,000-year-old ‘Narasimmee’ comes back to Tamil Nadu

The Hindu<p>http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/1000-year-old-narasimmee-comes-back-to-tamil-nadu/article18586792.ece<p>article<p>National …

All you need to know about Dhola-Sadiya Bridge, India’s longest river bridge

Spanning 9.15 km, the bridge is built across the Lohit river which is a tributary of the Brahmaputra river.

Rohingya Muslims in Jammu possessing Aadhaar cards sets off alarm bells

An official said the External Affairs Ministry had taken up the matter with Myanmar, which has refused to accept them as its citizens.

Aadhaar

Five Maoists Sentenced To Death For Killing CRPF Jawans In Ambush In Bihar

A Munger court Thursday awarded death sentence to five Naxalites after convicting them of murder of two CRPF jawans in an ambush during the 2014 Lok …

India

Won't forgive those who try to insult Telangana: CM KCR seeks Amit Shah's apology

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has demanded an apology from BJP president Amit Shah for his remarks on the quantum of funds given to …

India

Inside India's new homemade luxury train

India

Police hunt Manchester bomber's network, angered by U.S. leaks

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday that “deeply troubling” leaks to U.S. media about the Manchester suicide bombing would be investigated, after irate British police stopped sharing information with U.S. agencies.<p>British Prime Minister Theresa May said earlier she …

United States

Search continues for missing Sukhoi fighter jet, says Indian Air Force

Two days after the Indian Air Force’s Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft with its two pilots went missing soon after take-off from Tezpur airbase in Assam, …

Aerospace