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    Burqa Ban in Switzerland: Women wearing a burqa will be fined £6,500 in parts of Switzerland.

    Swiss state of Ticino has approved a ban on wearing burqa in public places Women cannot wear the garment in shops, restaurants or public buildings Anybody flouting ban can be given a fine of up to 10,000 francs (£6,500) Swiss Parliament has ruled the ban does not violate country's federal law...
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    Rochdale grooming: Victim's story and Race connection.

    Nine men have been convicted of sexually exploiting young girls in Greater Manchester. One of their victims tells her story. The testimony of one of the five victims of the Rochdale grooming ring revealed the depth of the exploitation she suffered. Speaking at the conclusion of a 10-week trial...
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    Indian court finds Gujarat rioters guilty of killings

    A court in India has found 23 people guilty of killing Muslims in religious riots in Gujarat state 10 years ago. Twenty-three other defendants were acquitted and one other died during the trial. Most of the defendants were Hindus. They were accused of burning 23 Muslims to death in a house...
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    Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari to visit India

    Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari will travel to India later this month, officials say, as tensions ease between the nuclear-armed neighbours. Mr Zardari will visit, in a private capacity, the shrine of a famous Sufi Muslim saint, in north-west Rajasthan state, his spokesman said. He...
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    Narendra Modi features on Time magazine cover; Congress angry

    NEW DELHI: Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi figures on the cover of the forthcoming issue of Time magazine which praises him in an article for development of the state he has been ruling for over a decade but wonders if he can become the Prime Minister. The cover of the Time magazine's...
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    Bangladesh accuses Economist magazine of smear campaign.

    Bangladesh's foreign minister has accused The Economist magazine of running a "smear campaign" against the country. Dipu Moni was reacting to a report in the magazine which said that India had helped and funded the ruling party's election victory in 2008. The magazine alleged that "bags of...
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    India resolves Iran oil bill spat.

    India will pay oil bills owed to Iran, avoiding cut off. Iran and India have resolved a payment dispute that was threatening to halt the Islamic state's crude exports to India. The National Iranian Oil Company said the two sides had agreed to settle the bill as soon as possible, state news...
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    Will Pakistan's first woman foreign minister make a difference?

    Pakistan's new foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar, who was sworn in earlier this week, takes charge at a time when apparent contradictions in the country's foreign policy are coming to a head. Being the first woman in the post she may be able to project a softer image of Pakistan abroad, some...
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    The future belongs to India, not China.

    India, a democracy of over a billion people, has a rate of growth almost as impressive as China's, a burgeoning middle class, a highly skilled work force and an abundance of raw materials. More important still, it operates under the rule of law not the rule of the politburo. Could it be that...
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    Pakistan: Abuses in mineral-rich Balochistan province.

    The deaths of at least 1,000 people since March 2008 in the ongoing nationalist insurgency in the volatile Pakistani province of Balochistan have often been overshadowed by the country's other troubles. Yet as the BBC's Syed Shoaib Hasan discovered, the suffering there is every bit as acute...
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    Pakistan: US drone raid 'kills 25' in N Waziristan

    At least 25 people have been killed in a US drone strike in the troubled Pakistani tribal region of North Waziristan, officials told the BBC. Missiles were fired on a large compound in the town of Spinwam, but five women and four children in a nearby house were also killed. The area is a...
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    Is Pakistan in denial about tackling its problems?

    By Aleem Maqbool BBC News, Pakistan The aftermath of the great monsoon floods is still a major problem facing Pakistan which is also suffering from regular suicide bomb attacks by Taliban militants. But as Aleem Maqbool reports, there seems to be little determination and will to tackle the...
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    7/7 inquests: 'Pakistan calls to bomber' in days before

    2 February 2011, The ringleader of the 7/7 attacks received bomb-making guidance in phone calls from Pakistan in the days before, the inquests have heard. Mobile phone records analysed after the bombings on 7 July 2005 showed calls made from phone boxes in Rawalpindi to bomber Mohammad Sidique...
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    India rebel group in Assam 'offers talks'

    The leader of a separatist group in India's north-eastern Assam state has offered to start negotiations with the government, officials said. Arabinda Rajkhowa, chief of the United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa), has written to the state chief minister Tarun Gogoi seeking a dialogue. Mr...

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