South Asia

Muslims, Hindus Protest Amid Communal Violence in Bangladesh

Muslims, Hindus Protest Amid Communal Violence in Bangladesh

Protests erupted for a second day in Bangladesh’s capital on Saturday, amid a wave of violence against local Hindus following a viral social media image perceived as insulting to the country’s Muslim majority. Some 10,000 protesters — many of them carrying banners of Islamist political parties — took to the …

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ASEAN Excludes Myanmar Junta Leader From Summit

ASEAN Excludes Myanmar Junta Leader From Summit

Southeast Asian countries will invite a non-political representative from Myanmar to a regional summit this month, delivering an unprecedented snub to the military leader who led a coup against an elected civilian government in February. The decision made by foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at …

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US Vows to Pay Relatives of Afghans Killed in Drone Strike

US Vows to Pay Relatives of Afghans Killed in Drone Strike

The U.S. Defense Department said Friday that it is committed to offering condolence payments to relatives of the 10 people who were killed in an errant U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan, in August. Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said in a statement that the Defense Department was also working with …

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FIFA, Qatar Help Evacuate Afghan Football Players, Families

FIFA, Qatar Help Evacuate Afghan Football Players, Families

World soccer’s governing body FIFA said on Friday it had worked with the Qatari government to evacuate almost 100 football players and their families from Afghanistan. The Taliban seized control of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Aug. 15 and announced a new government last month after U.S.-led foreign forces withdrew and …

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Suicide Bombers Kill Dozens at Shiite Mosque

Suicide Bombers Kill Dozens at Shiite Mosque

Suicide bombers struck a Shiite mosque Friday in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, killing at least 47 people and wounding more than 70, according to a Taliban official. Witnesses said two to four suicide bombers carried out the attack. One witness said he was inside the mosque and heard …

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World Donors Seek Ways to Help Afghans, Not Taliban

World Donors Seek Ways to Help Afghans, Not Taliban

At an emergency conference this week, the European Union pledged more than 1 billion dollars in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and neighboring countries, as the United Nations warns millions of Afghans are facing famine. But the United States has been cautious, saying it is sending humanitarian aid, but cannot provide …

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Ex-Taliban Commander Pleads Not Guilty to Killing US Troops

Ex-Taliban Commander Pleads Not Guilty to Killing US Troops

A former Taliban commander previously accused of kidnapping an American journalist pleaded not guilty on Friday to murdering three U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan in 2008, telling a federal judge that the “accusations are incorrect.”  Haji Najibullah, 45, appeared in federal court in Manhattan to enter the plea after prosecutors last …

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UN Recap: October 10-15, 2021

UN Recap: October 10-15, 2021

Editor’s note: Here is a fast take on what the international community has been up to this past week, as seen from the United Nations perch.  * U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres lays out $3.12 billion regular budget for 2022 for world body  * U.N.: 400,000 Yemeni children at imminent risk …

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