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Bangladesh’s Hindu women fight for divorce rights

Unlike her Muslim compatriots, Tarulata Rani is unable to inherit anything from her family, cannot divorce and cannot claim maintenance from her absent husband — all because she is a Bangladeshi Hindu. Unlike Bangladeshi Muslims or Hindus in neighbouring India and Nepal, Bangladeshi Hindu women can’t divorce as the legal…

U.S. condemns Sudan crackdown on protests

WASHINGTON — A crackdown on protestors will not solve Sudan’s political and economic crises, a US official said, condemning the assault and detention of protestors. “Sudan’s economic crisis cannot be solved by arresting and mistreating protesters,” said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. “There have been reports of protestors being beaten,…

Salman Rushdie fatwa turned into Iranian video game

Salman Rushdie was the target of a notorious fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic republic of Iran, 23 years ago. Now, the author of The Satanic Verses is the subject of an Iranian computer game aimed at spreading to the next generation the message about his…

Bloomberg reporter deported from Sudan

KHARTOUM, Sudan — A correspondent for international news wire Bloomberg was deported by Sudanese authorities on Tuesday, after being detained while trying to cover the country’s widening protest movement. “They ordered me to leave,” a weeping Salma El Wardany, an Egyptian, told AFP by telephone as she awaited a flight…

Detained medics tortured, killed in Syria: Amnesty

LONDON — Amnesty International said Tuesday three medics were tortured and killed in Syria a week after their arrest in the city of Aleppo in what it said was an “appalling disregard” for the profession. All three men were students at Aleppo University — Basel Aslan and Musab Barad were…

U.S. drone strike kills at least 5 in Pakistan

A US drone strike targeting a militant compound in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal district killed at least five militants late Tuesday, security officials said. The unmanned aircraft fired two missiles on the compound in the Shawal area, some 50 kilometres southwest of Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan tribal district,…

German court outlaws circumcision for infant boys

Circumcising young boys on religious grounds causes grievous bodily harm, a German court ruled Tuesday in a landmark decision that the Jewish community said trampled on parents’ religious rights. The regional court in Cologne, western Germany, ruled that the “fundamental right of the child to bodily integrity outweighed the fundamental…

UN: 27 million people worldwide are ‘problem’ drug users

Some 27 million people worldwide are problem drug users, with almost one percent every year dying from narcotics abuse, while cannabis remains the most popular drug, a UN report showed Tuesday. “Heroin, cocaine and other drugs continue to kill around 200,000 people a year, shattering families and bringing misery to…

South African president: Whites still control the country’s economy

South Africa’s economy is still under apartheid-era white minority control and blacks must reclaim the continent’s financial and mining powerhouse, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday. Zuma told a key meeting of his ruling African National Congress that a new economic direction was needed 18 years into after the end…

China executes four drug traffickers on ‘anti-drug day’

China executed four convicted drug traffickers and sentenced at least 15 others to death Tuesday as the nation marked global anti-drug day, state press reported. Courts in four Chinese provinces sentenced a total of 117 people for drug trafficking on the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Xinhua…

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