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Fire engulfs Dubai hotel ahead of New Year celebrations


Firefighters battled a blaze that engulfed a luxury hotel in Dubai Thursday night while a spectacular New Year’s fireworks display lit up the night sky nearby. Orange tentacles of flames engulfed a large section of the high-rise Address Downtown Dubai hotel soon after the fire started around 9:30 p.m. (12:30 ...

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The world must support Myanmar’s fledgling democracy.


The people of Myanmar have once again spoken, and spoken very loudly, of their wish to return to democracy for the first time since 1962. One of Asia’s longest-lived military dictatorships has again been told by the people to leave, so they can be allowed to rule over their own ...

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120 dead in Paris attack.


Paris has been rocked by a string of deadly attacks, leaving at least 120 people dead in several locations. President François Hollande has declared a state of emergency. The death toll in attacks across six sites in Paris could exceed 120, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said on French television early ...

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Gang rapes and videos that circulate.


Rape is not merely an offence against the body; it is soul shattering. In a so-called Islamic state like Pakistan, rape is a punishable crime, with a zero conviction rate. The true intentions of the State and its people are exposed in a land where a rape occurs every two ...

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Russia attacks in Syria.


Russian jets have launched 18 attacks inside Syria over the last 24 hours, according to the country’s official news agency, despite international concern about the military campaign. The Tass news agency reported Friday that Russia had “conducted 18 sorties against 12 facilities of the Islamic State terrorist group,” quoting Igor ...

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Terai deaths blot new Constitution


The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has repeatedly raised the alarm against the killings in Terai; however, they fail to stop. The police have again opened fire, this time on 15 September, a market day. The police firings have resulted in four innocent citizens in Bethari, Bhairahawa town, Rupandehi District ...

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PAKISTAN: Establishing Child Rights Commission


The debate around legislating child protection laws and creating institutional mechanisms has got sympathetic constituency both among public and policy makers after the gory incident of raping the children and making their videos in Kasur, Punjab. Before this incident became public, Federal Government had moved a draft bill in the ...

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Trends in Nepal


The road to a new Constitution in democratic Nepal has been paved with good intentions, but the ride may yet be bumpy. This week’s curtain raiser doesn’t readily inspire optimism, if Monday’s firing at Surkhet is any indication. The political consensus to divide the Himalayan country into six provinces, though ...

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