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The ‘dissenting’ clerics killed in Afghanistan

The last decade has seen a little-reported but systematic campaign by insurgents to silence Afghan clerics who disagree with their tactics and ideology. More than 800 religious scholars who confronted the Taliban by calling their insurgency un-Islamic and unlawful have been killed. The most recent killing took place a week ago when prominent religious scholar Maulawi Ata Muhammad was shot ...

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Liu Xiaobo to seek retrial

Nobel peace prize winner and dissident is serving an 11-year jail sentence in China for subversion Lu Xiaobo, held in a Chinese jail, was unable to attend the 2010 Nobel prize ceremony. Photograph: Scanpix Norway/Reuters The lawyer of jailed Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo has said the dissident intends to ask for a retrial. Next month marks the fifth ...

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UN workers harassed in Juba

New York – The United Nations Security Council on Monday expressed increasing alarm over harassment and attacks on its staff by security forces in South Sudan, including the case of a woman who was beaten and briefly jailed. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report to the council that in the last five months, the UN Mission in South Sudan ...

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Heart-breaking pleas for help as Philippine storm victims await aid

Ten days after one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, some residents of remote villages in Eastern Samar province, where the storm made landfall in the central Philippines, said they were still waiting for aid. The Philippines is facing an enormous rebuilding task from Typhoon Haiyan, which killed at least 3,974 people and left 1,186 missing, with many isolated ...

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JPMorgan close to record $13bn settlement with US government

The deal is the largest ever reached between the government and a corporation, eclipsing the record $4 billion (£2.48bn) levied on oil giant BP in January in the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. The nation’s biggest bank will pay more than $6 billion (£3.73bn) to compensate investors, $4 billion (£2.48bn) to help struggling homeowners…

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UN launches info superhighway map in Asia-Pacific

UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations launched an interactive map of the information superhighway on Monday to help bridge the digital divide in the Asia-Pacific region. The digital gap in the region, also considered as the inequality of income, education and knowledge, has been widened as a result of uneven technological development, said UN officials. “Rising inequality – both income ...

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