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Adultery lashes for Afghan couple 2.9.2015 Telegraph: International
An Afghan man and woman found guilty of adultery received 100 lashes yesterday in front of a crowd who filmed their punishment, TV footage showed.
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Afghan man and woman given 100 lashes in public for adultery 1.9.2015 DNA: Top News
An Afghan man and woman found guilty of adultery received 100 lashes on Monday in front of a crowd who filmed their punishment, TV footage showed.  Public lashings and executions were common under the Taliban, who enforced a strict interpretation of Sharia law from 1996-2001. The Islamist militant group was ousted from power by a US-led coalition and such punishments are now rare. The footage, taken in the western province of Ghor, showed a woman wrapped in a head-to-toe burqa and a man each receive the punishment from a man in a turban wielding a leather whip, watched by a group of mostly seated men. The two remained in a crouching position throughout and did not appear to cry out. The sentencing was backed by the government in Ghor province, where the trial took place. "They had relations a long time ago but were arrested early this month," a spokesman for governor Seema Jowenda said. "Their punishment is based on Sharia law and will teach others a lesson." A local judge said the penalty was in line ...
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Sheena Bora case: Bail hopes dashed, custody of all 3 accused extended 1.9.2015 Rediff: Top Stories (India)
Indrani Mukerjea faced fresh charges of poisoning and attempting to murder her son Mikhail as police suspect involvement of people outside the state in the sensational crime.
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Bangkok blast: Thai police issue arrest warrants after second raid 31.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Police hunting Thai woman, 26, and foreign man in his 40s over blast at Hindu shrine on 17 August that killed 20 and injured more than 100

Police probing Thailand’s deadliest bombing issued arrest warrants on Monday for two suspects after a raid on a suburban apartment block uncovered possible bomb-making materials.

Police were hunting for a 26-year-old Thai woman and a foreign man in his 40s after a weekend search on a property in the Min Buri district uncovered fertiliser, digital watches and an explosives detonator, a police spokesman, Prawut Thawornsiri, said.

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Dutch join search for London family feared en route to Islamic State 30.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

British police are engaged in ‘extensive inquiries’ with authorities in the Netherlands about family of five last seen at London City airport

Scotland Yard detectives are working with Dutch officials in an international hunt for a family of five from east London who are feared to be travelling to join the Islamic State.

Zahera Tariq, 33, and her four children aged four to 12 were last seen on Tuesday passing through London City airport on their way to the Netherlands. On Sunday, five days since they left the UK, the Metropolitan police said officers were engaged in “extensive inquiries with authorities in the Netherlands” about the family’s whereabouts. The Foreign Office said it had no information about their location.

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Bye Bhai, Hey Sister! 28.8.2015 DNA: India
BROTHERS Akshay Kumar and Sidharth Malhotra play sparring MMA fighters and siblings in Brothers. Akshay’s pick for the girlie version of this action flick? None but Sonakshi Sinha and Jacqueline Fernandez. CHAL MERE BHAI Sanjay Dutt was the workaholic doting brother to Salman Khan’s man-child. Sushmita Sen as Dutt and Taapsee Pannu as Khan. Why not? AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY Amitabh  Bachchan, Vinod Khanna amd Rishi Kapoor starred in Amar Akbar Anthony. Tabu (she’s tall  and would look very convincing doing the drunken monologue in front of the mirror), Kriti Sanon (she’d look convincing in a police uniform) and Alia Bhatt (what fun to watch her doing the qawwali Parda Hai Parda and wooing Sidharth Malhotra who sits in the audience in a burqa!) would be apt choices. Rohit Shetty can direct. JO JEETA WOHI SIKANDAR Mamik was the shy and serious one in this film while Aamir Khan played the rebel without a cause. Kajol can play guardian while Kangana Ranaut, who went athletic for Tanu Weds Manu Returns can surely ...
Why I call myself a 'coconut' to claim my place in post-apartheid South Africa 24.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Lecture delivered at Wits University in Johannesburg appropriates the term to dismantle the fantasy of a colour blind, post-racial rainbow nation

Towards the end of 1997, the year before I turned seven and went to big school, I asked: “Mama, at big school next year, can they call me Gloria?” Gloria is my second name. My mother looked at me, a little confused, and simply said, “No. Your name is Panashe, so they will call you that.”

Without the words to explain why I preferred Gloria, I went along with the name that had been so badly mangled in the mouths of my white teachers at my predominantly white pre-school – everything from Pinashe, Panache to Spinasie.

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An insider's guide to Mogadishu: 'There's no life without peace' 24.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

After decades of war Mogadishu is tentatively relaxing. From sourdough pancakes to traditional bum-shaking Niiko dance and political hip-hop, Sadia Ahmed speaks for the delights of Somalia’s capital

Liido beach, canjeero (a sourdough pancake), hurrud (a saffron facemask) and frankincense.

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The brutal fight of Bangladesh’s secular voices to be heard 22.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Niloy Chakrabarti was only the latest atheist blogger to be hacked to death in the country this year. The government crackdown on ‘blasphemers’ has sent others into hiding. What is the future for the country’s liberal writers? In February 2015, Avijit Roy and his wife, Rafida Bonya Ahmed, travelled from their home in Atlanta, Georgia, to Dhaka, the capital Bangladesh. This was their home town, and they were attending the annual Ekushey book fair, which runs all month. They had been unable to attend in 2014 because Roy had received death threats after the publication of his book The Virus of Faith, which criticised religion. The couple were familiar with controversy. They ran a Bengali-language web forum called Mukto-Mona , or Free Minds, promoting rationalist thought, and had been threatened by Islamic fundamentalists. During their trip to Dhaka, they avoided being out late at night, varied their routines and checked in regularly with relatives. For the first 10 days, the strategy seemed to ...
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Pak anthem & flag in Valley 15.8.2015 Telegraph: Nation
Separatists celebrated Pakistan's Independence Day today in Kashmir, with one leader filming and circulating on social media the unfurling of Pakistani flags and singing of the neighbour's national anthem.
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Advice to the BJP: Don't divert issues like Zakir Naik does? 14.8.2015 Rediff: Columns
'It is time someone told BJP leaders that they were not elected to remind people of Congress corruption. The people of India voted for Narendra Modi and the BJP because they believed that he and his party were clean, unlike the Congress-led government,' says Syed Firdaus Ashraf.
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On her 100th birthday, Aligarh recalls Chughtai’s struggle for women’s education 13.8.2015 TOI: Cities
On her 100th birthday, Aligarh recalls Chughtai’s struggle for women’s education
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Kauthar by Meike Ziervogel review – a subtle, devastating descent into Islamic extremism 13.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Lydia’s world shrinks to a suffocating conclusion in this gripping, disorienting novel Written in a disorienting and impassioned stream of consciousness, Meike Ziervogel’s third novel tells the story of a British woman’s conversion and intensifying devotion to Islam, and her eventual extremism. Kauthar, as much an exploration of breakdown and collapse as of the lines between devotion and delusion, faith and fundamentalism, does not shy away from suffering and darkness; instead, as in Magda and Clara’s Daughter , Ziervogel goes bravely to the bleakest points of humanity and illuminates them with her lyrical and enthralling prose. Religion and personality are tied in Kauthar. In the opening pages, Lydia, aged 11, winded by an accident in a playground, experiences a moment of clarity: “her life, her being, is being revealed to her, in eternity, for eternity”. Here, the seeds of Kauthar, Lydia’s future self, are planted; later, Kauthar reflects “in front of the monkey bars on my knees, I met the Creator ...
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Two-day-old baby stolen from Trichy hospital 13.8.2015 TOI: Chennai
A two-day-old baby girl was kidnapped by an unidentified woman from a private hospital at Puthur in Trichy on Thursday ...
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Echoes at Edinburgh festival review – dark and daring look at colonial cruelty 12.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh
Henry Naylor’s impressive work tells the story of a modern-day British jihadi bride in Syria and a Victorian bluestocking in Afghanistan – and manages to conjure comedy

The Victorians offered free passage to India to spinsters who were willing to become wives to bachelor officers and administrators of the Raj. Now, 175 years later, Islamic State (Isis) flies to Syria young British women who are willing to become, as this play presents it, a similar combination of prostitutes and brood-mares for an ideological empire.

Henry Naylor’s Echoes explores this darkly startling historical parallel through two 17-year-olds from Ipswich, who speak alternately in monologue, with outfits that constrast (white garden-party dress and black hijab) but biographies that stingingly overlap.

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Wear it with pride: Hijab now a choice 11.8.2015 TOI: Cities
The Supreme Court came up with a dresscode for a repeat All-India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) last month to put a leash on cheaters but managed to stir the hornet’s nest with its ruling on the wearing of ...
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New model army: Iranian fashion revolution moves above ground 9.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

After years of operating in the shadows, the industry is booming following religious edict that fashion and modelling are permissible under Islam

In northern Tehran’s Oxygen Royal health and fitness centre, a group of 20 young men have gathered, each wearing identical black T-shirts inscribed with a big white DFW, the abbreviation for Darab fashion week.

The centre is located in the affluent and historical district of Gheytarieh in the foothills of the Alborz mountains, which tower over Iran’s capital. With its VIP members and advanced exercise machinery, you may as well be in Beverly Hills. Instead, the centre is the venue for Iran’s male models to practise strutting the catwalk under the aegis of a professional trainer, who will also prepare them for the castings that will follow.

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S Arabia: Viral videos spark debate on sexual harassment of women 7.8.2015 Hindustan Times: World
In a minute-long video uploaded to YouTube last month, two young Saudi women walk along the waterfront promenade in the kingdom's Red Sea city of Jiddah as a group of young men jeer and follow them until the women become visibly agitated.
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What security? Pak woman in India sans papers 1.8.2015 India News, Latest News in India, Live News India, India Breaking News - Times of India
Officials have no clue how she managed to evade the multiple layers of security and immigration and she did not even have a train ...
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Despite alert, mystery Pak woman enters India without passport 1.8.2015 India News, Latest News in India, Live News India, India Breaking News - Times of India
Security and immigration officials manning India's sensitive border with Pakistan were left red-faced after a young Pakistani woman managed to enter India without a passport or any travel documents barely three days after the Gurdaspur terror ...
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