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Saudi graft suspects were physically abused: report

Prominent Saudis held in what Riyadh dubbed an anti-corruption campaign were subjected to coercion and physical abuse, the New York Times reported Monday, describing fear and uncertainty even after their release. The newspaper said at least 17 detainees were hospitalised after facing abuse, while a Saudi general later died in …

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Myanmar erects security posts on burned Rohingya land: Amnesty

Myanmar is building security installations on top of razed Rohingya villages, Amnesty International said Monday, casting doubt on plans to repatriate hundreds of thousands of refugees. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled northern Rakhine state to Bangladesh since Myanmar launched a brutal crackdown on insurgents six months ago that the …

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Taliban take district centre in western Afghan province

LASHKAR GAH: Taliban fighters have captured a district center in Afghanistan’s western province of Farah bordering Iran, where they have battled government security forces fiercely in recent months, officials said on Monday. Naser Mehri, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said a large group of fighters had captured the center …

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Against Putin, seven candidates and one glaring absence

MOSCOW: Seven candidates are lined up to run against Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sunday’s election, but his primary political opponent will not be on the ballot. Facing competitors such as a former reality TV star and a director of a fruit farm, Putin is all but guaranteed to win …

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Japan tsunami, nuclear tragedy remembered seven years on

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe led a sombre ceremony Sunday as Japan marked the seventh anniversary of a deadly earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that devastated its northeastern coast and left around 18,500 people dead or missing. The magnitude 9.0 quake — which struck under the Pacific Ocean on March 11, …

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