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India Approves Death Penalty for Child Rapists

(VOA): The Indian cabinet has approved the death penalty for convicted rapists of children under the age of 12 to stem a worrying rise in violent crime against young girls and women. The emergency executive order was announced on Saturday following a meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra..

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Pakistan's Pashtuns Rally for Rights

(VOA): Several thousand people attended a rally in Pakistan’s second largest city, Lahore, to demand justice for the country’s ethnic Pashtun population, despite an initial crackdown by local authorities. Manzoor Pashteen, the 26-year-old leader of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (Pashtun..

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IS Blocks Cell Phone Service in Eastern Afghan Districts

(VOA): Officials in Afghanistan confirmed Saturday that Islamic State militants have forcibly shut down telecommunications services in two districts of the eastern Kunar province. Provincial Director of Communications Sayed Ahmad Madad told VOA that Manogi and Chapidari districts have been..

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Anticipation Builds for Trump-Kim Meeting

(VOA): Anticipation is building in Washington before an expected meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, the man Trump dispatched to North Korea for an initial meeting with Kim, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, faces a Senate..

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China: No Military Aim of Corridor Project With Pakistan

(VOA): China has strongly refuted suggestions its multibillion-dollar economic corridor now under construction with Pakistan has "hidden" military designs as well.   Beijing has pledged to invest about $63 billion in Pakistan by 2030 to develop ports, highways, motorways, railways, airports,..

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India's Modi to Meet With Xi in China

(VOA): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week, as the two neighbors work to ameliorate strained ties. The two leaders will meet in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Friday and Saturday, China's and India's foreign ministries..

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IOM: Rohingya Refugees at Risk as Monsoons Near

(VOA): The International Organization for Migration says it does not have money to protect Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, from the impending regional monsoons and cyclonic storms. Monsoon rains are expected to hit in the coming weeks, causing floods and landslides, and severe..

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Rohingya Rescued After Drifting at Sea for 9 Days 

(VOA): A Rohingya Muslim man among the group of 76 rescued in Indonesian waters in a wooden boat says they were at sea for nine days after leaving Myanmar, where the minority group faces intense persecution, and were hoping to reach Malaysia.  The eight children, 25 women and 43 men were..

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North Korea Suspends Nuclear and Long-Range Missile Tests

(VOA): North Korea says it has suspended nuclear tests and plans to close its nuclear test site. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said Saturday the country “will never use nuclear weapons nor transfer nuclear weapons or nuclear technology under any circumstances unless there..

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US Says China, Iran, Russia Are 'Forces for Instability'

(VOA): The United States has labeled China and Russia "forces of instability" because of their human rights records, along with North Korea and Iran. In its annual global human rights report released Friday, the State Department singled out those four countries for violating basic human rights,..

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China Welcomes Trade Talks with US

(VOA): China said Sunday it welcomes the news that the U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is considering a trip to Beijing to talk about trade. China's commerce ministry said in a statement, "The Chinese side has received information that the U.S. side hopes to come to Beijing to..

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Kabul Bombing Kills 57 in Line for Voter ID Cards

(VOA): A suicide bomber struck a distribution center for Afghan voters’ identification cards Sunday morning in Kabul, killing at least 57 people and wounding more than 100 others. Interior Ministry spokesman Najeeb Danish told VOA that people were waiting in line outside the center to get..

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