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Government admits Burmese Government failing to tackle sexual violence

Bradford MP, David Ward has received a response from the Government which acknowledges that the Burmese Government must do more to implement their commitment to end sexual violence in conflict. In a response to a Written Parliamentary Question to David Ward on whether the Burmese Government had taken steps to implement the declaration to end sexual violence which it signed in June 2014, the Foreign Office Minister Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP stated that: “While there have been some developments, such as the conviction in a civilian court last year…

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A nation in search of a leader

By Mohammed Ajeeb, CBE   Away from cold, rain and damp to constant sun and dust, I am resting in my ancestors place in a village at the edge of Mangla Dam Lake near Mirpur in Azad Kashmir which is administered by Pakistan. Four weeks of my stay here has already induced in me a strong feeling of strangeness and alieness. This is perhaps due to my continued long stay in the United Kingdom, hence, this has induced in me the life style which is not, in many ways, appreciated…

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AirAsia QZ8501: ‘Big objects’ found in fuselage search

Search teams scanning the Java Sea for the main wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 have found “four large objects”, the search chief says. Bambang Soelistyo said the biggest of the objects was 18m (59ft) long and he believed they were parts of the plane. The Airbus A320 vanished with 162 people on board en route from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore last Sunday. So far 30 bodies have been recovered with most of the remaining bodies thought to be trapped in the fuselage. Indonesia’s weather agency believes bad weather was…

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State Assembly Elections in Indian Kashmir

By Mohammad Nazir Tabassum State elections in Indian Kashmir are afoot. Contrary to the other Indian states where elections are held after every five years, this exercise is done in J & K after every six years. The last elections in that state were held in 2008. As a result a coalition government of JK National Conference and Indian National Congress was formed. The current Assembly will complete its tenure on 19 January 2015. Elections would be held on 87 out of the total 89 seats; the remaining two would be…

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Malala Yousafzai

On October 2014, at just 17 years old, Malala Yousafzai became the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for her resolute determination to ensure girls and children all over the world are entitled to an education. Her now internationally recognised activism began with a gunshot to the head by a Taliban member in October 2012, because of her demands for girls in Pakistan to be able to go to school. Since then, Malala has been pushed into the limelight and has delivered speeches worldwide, including the United Nations….

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Angry mob hacks off alleged rapist’s genitals with meat cleaver after dragging him into butchers

A man accused of trying to rape a teenage girl is in a critical condition after locals hacked off his genitals with a meat cleaver in a butcher shop. After hearing terrified screams, an angry mob took the law into its own hands and dragged Suresh Kumar, 40, into a butchers in the city of Ganganagar, India. He was found down an alley, pinning the terrified girl against a wall. Following a community meeting, the vigilantes decided to drag him to a local butcher’s shop where they beat him with…

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Somalia’s government launches postal service

Somalia’s government has launched its first postal service in more than two decades. It has also introduced postcodes nationwide for the first time in the country’s history. The postal service fell into disuse when long-serving ruler Siad Barre’s regime collapsed in 1991. Its reintroduction is the latest sign that some normality is returning to Somalia after more than two decades of clan and religious-based conflict. Last week, Somalia’s first-ever cash withdrawal machine was installed in the capital, Mogadishu. Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Mohamed Ibrahim said Somalis would now be…

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