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Obituary: The fearless journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh Soutik Biswas India correspondent

“What are we going to fight over today?” a journalist friend of Gauri Lankesh would usually ask her whenever she made an early morning call to him. “What’s your grudge?” In her breathless, high-pitched voice, Lankesh would usually ask her editor friend why his newspaper hadn’t taken a stronger stand on an issue close to her heart. “If you big guys can’t... 

Israeli jets ‘hit Syrian chemical site’

Israeli jets 'hit Syrian chemical site'
Syria says Israeli jets have hit army positions and killed two soldiers amid reports of attack on chemical site This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App then details on how to do so are available on this... 

Journalists, activists protest murder of newspaper publisher Gauri Lankesh Aby Jose Koilparambil, Nivedita Bhattacharjee

BENGALURU, India (Reuters) – Indian journalists and rights activists protested on Wednesday against the murder of an outspoken publisher of a weekly tabloid amid growing concerns about freedom of the press at a time of rising nationalism and intolerance of dissent. Gauri Lankesh, 55, the editor and publisher of the Kannada-language “Gauri Lankesh Patrike” newspaper, was shot dead on Tuesday... 

No ‘fire and fury’ as Trump team talks North Korea with Congress Patricia Zengerle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s top national security advisers stressed efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the North Korea crisis to Congress on Wednesday, staying far from Trump’s tough talk of potential “fire and fury” military responses to Pyongyang’s missile programme. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence... 

Insight: Indonesian school a launchpad for child fighters in Syria’s Islamic State

Indonesian school a launchpad for child fighters in Syria’s Islamic State Tom Allard SUKAJAYA, Indonesia (Reuters) – Hatf Saiful Rasul was 11 years old when he told his father, a convicted Islamic militant, that he wanted to leave school and go to Syria to fight for Islamic State.     The boy was visiting his father in a maximum security prison during a break from Ibnu Mas‘ud, his... 

Shri Ravindra Nath,CMD, NSIC congratulated Shri Giriraj Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) ,MSME

Shri Ravindra Nath,CMD, NSIC congratulated Shri Giriraj Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge)  on assuming the Charge of the Ministry of MSME, Government of India on 04/09/17.Also present on the occasion was Shri S.N.Tripathi,AS&DC(MSME) ,Shri C. P Radhakrishnan , Chairman, Coir Board and Senior officials of Ministry of MSME      Read More →

Pahlaj Nihalani: ‘Julie 2′ is a clean adult, family movie

Pahlaj Nihalani, who grabbed many a headline for trimming films during his tenure as CBFC chief, has turned distributor for an upcoming erotic-thriller, ‘Julie 2′, which he described as a “very clean, adult movie”. Full page posters of the film, showing a woman on a sandy beach with a hat covering her face and an open magazine placed strategically across her body, were placed... 

Malaika Arora is known for her happy go lucky attitude. The gorgeous actress loves to spend as much time as she can with her family and on the occasion of Onam, she made it a point to celebrate it with her loved ones. She celebrated Onam with best friend Karisma Kapoor, sister Amrita Arora and other family members. She took to Instagram to share a picture dining with near and dear ones enjoying the Onam meal. She captioned the picture as, “Our onam feast continues…… I need a crane to get up

Malaika Arora is known for her happy go lucky attitude. The gorgeous actress loves to spend as much time as she can with her family and on the occasion of Onam, she made it a point to celebrate it with her loved ones. She celebrated Onam with best friend Karisma Kapoor, sister Amrita Arora and other family members. She took to Instagram to share a picture dining with near and dear ones enjoying the... 

Ganesh Chaturthi 2017: Bollywood celebs who sought Lalbaugcha Raja’s blessings

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and husband Abhishek Bachchan were spotted at Lalbaugcha Raja where they sought blessings from the elephant god. Aishwarya looked completely ethereal as she shone brightly in a dazzling red saree and a blouse with a golden border. She tied her hair in a low bun with a gajra tied around it whereas a small bindi and sindoor complemented her look. On the other hand, Abhishek wore... 

Azerbaijan ‘operated secret $3bn secret slush fund’

Azerbaijan’s ruling elite operated a secret $2.8bn (£2.2bn) slush fund for two years to pay off European politicians and make luxury purchases, an investigation shows. The money was allegedly channelled through four UK-based opaque companies. People said to have been paid include European politicians who adopted a favourable attitude to the government. There is no suggestion that all the recipients... 

India baby deaths: Second hospital probed

Indian police are investigating the deaths of dozens of newborns at a hospital in Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh. Forty-nine children died at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in a month, including at least 30 who are said to have died from “perinatal asphyxia”. The condition is caused by reduced oxygen levels during childbirth. In August at least 160 minors died at a Gorakhpur hospital, in the same... 

Why is India threatening to deport its Rohingya population?

India’s announcement that it plans to deport its Rohingya population is an attempt to curry favour with Buddhist-majority Myanmar ahead of an official visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, writes Subir Bhaumik in Yangon. Three days before Rohingya militants attacked police posts in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, killing 12 members of the security forces and triggering an apparent military crackdown... 
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