‘Even I will pick up a gun’: Inside Kashmir’s lockdown

Indian-administered Kashmir has been under an unprecedented lockdown since Monday, when India revoked a special constitutional status dating back nearly 70 years. The BBC’s Geeta Pandey travelled for two days around the region, where a bitter sense of betrayal threatens to fuel fresh conflict. In the heart of Srinagar city, Khanyar is an area notorious for anti-India protests. To get […]

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Different versions of the same death in Kashmir

There have been conflicting accounts of the number of deaths in Indian-administered Kashmir, and how they were caused, since the region was stripped of its autonomy six weeks ago. The BBC’s Yogita Limaye looks at some cases in the city of Srinagar. Seventeen-year-old Asrar Ahmad Khan was on the street outside his home on 6 August when he received an […]

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Top stories from The Straits Times on Monday, Sept 16

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Monday, Sept 16. Oil prices surge 15 per cent after attack on Saudi facility hits global supply Brent crude futures jumped more than 19 per cent to a session high of US$71.95 (S$98.86) a barrel at the opening, while US crude futures surged more than 15 per cent to a session […]

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Bushfires continue to burn across east Australia

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology warns the fire danger remains high throughout Queensland. Firefighters continued to battle about 50 bushfires across Queensland on Sunday. Crews from the states of Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and from New Zealand were helping fight blazes that have destroyed homes, businesses and an estimated 55,000 hectares (135, 908 acres) of land. The 10-day emergency has […]

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Hong Kong Protesters March Again, Defying the Police

HONG KONG — Tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators marched over police objections and occupied central thoroughfares in Hong Kong on Sunday, punctuating a weekend that included fistfights between people on opposing sides of the city’s yawning political divide. The turnout at the Sunday march was lower than that of similar marches this summer, including one that organizers say drew […]

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How pesticide bans have prevented suicides

An estimated 150,000 people take their owns lives every year by ingesting pesticides. The UN has called for tougher regulation to reduce the availability of these products. Sri Lanka banned a series of pesticides over the course of two decades and has seen a substantial reduction in the number of deaths. But in other countries, some of the most poisonous […]

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EU finance ministers back push for simpler fiscal rules

HELSINKI (Reuters) – European Union finance ministers backed on Saturday a simplification of the EU’s fiscal rules to make them more transparent and predictable, but more work is needed before any changes are agreed, a senior European Commission official said. Commission vice president for the euro Valdis Dombrovskis said after a meeting of the ministers that they broadly accepted an […]

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Take Five: Of Fed-aches and other central banks

Sept 13 – 1/ THE FED MEETS AND TRUMP TWEETS Investors around the globe are bracing for a second rate cut from the U.S. Federal Reserve at its policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee on Sept. 17-18. Fed Chair Jerome Powell recently said that the central bank remained committed to keeping the U.S. economic expansion going, signaling he and his colleagues […]

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