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Indian journalist shot dead outside Bangalore home By Manveena Suri, CNN Updated 0949 GMT (1749 HKT) September 6, 2017 Indian protesters take part in a rally condemning the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bangalore on September 6, 2017. New Delhi (CNN)A prominent Indian journalist and activist has been shot dead in the southern state of Karnataka. The body of Gauri Lankesh, 55, was found lying in a pool of blood on the porch at…

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Toddlers among six killed as monsoon lashes Mumbai

Toddlers among six killed as monsoon  lashes Mumbai

Torrential monsoon rains have brought Mumbai to a halt – destroying homes and leaving thousands of people stranded. Police say a woman and two toddlers were killed after houses collapsed in the Indian city’s suburbs, while three other people died after being swept away by floodwater. Commuters in the city of 20 million waded through swirling waist-high waters after the financial hub’s transport network was paralysed – with trains cancelled and bus services suspended. Footage…

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India guru rape: High alert ahead of Ram Rahim sentence

India guru rape: High alert ahead of Ram Rahim sentence

Indian security forces have been put on high alert ahead of the sentencing of a controversial guru convicted of rape. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s followers rioted after Friday’s verdict in Panchkula – 38 people were killed. The self-styled holy man was found guilty of sexually assaulting two female followers. He faces a maximum sentence of life in jail. A curfew has been imposed in several areas of Haryana and Punjab states, while the capital Delhi…

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12 die in unrest as Ram Rahim Singh convicted

12 die in unrest as Ram Rahim Singh convicted

At least 12 people have been killed in violent protests over the rape conviction of a popular religious leader in north India. The victims are believed to be Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s followers. Angry supporters are rampaging through Panchkula town, near Chandigarh. Reports of widespread vandalism are coming in. At least two railway stations have been set on fire. Followers also smashed cars and set media vans alight. The latest death toll was reported by…

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India guru rape case: Violence as Ram Rahim Singh gets convicted

India guru rape case: Violence as Ram Rahim Singh gets convicted

Violence has broken out in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh after a popular guru was convicted of rape. Angry supporters of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh have gone on a rampage in the city, with reports coming in of two railway stations being set on fire. Followers also smashed cars and set media vans alight, the BBC’s Robin Singh says. More than 200,000 of Singh’s followers had flocked to the city ahead of the verdict….

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‘Safer than London’: North Korea’s bold claim to woo Russian tourists

‘Safer than London’: North Korea’s bold claim to woo Russian tourists

North Korea has opened a travel agency in Russia, promoting itself to tourists as “safer than an evening walk in London”. The tour company, which is based in Moscow, promises a “full immersion” in the rogue state’s culture as Pyongyang grapples for money. Hit by economic sanctions for two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July, North Korea is offering Russian punters a 15-day stay for £1,500 each. The tour includes visits to a farm, a…

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North Korea leader Kim Jong Un ‘killed relatives over China coup plot’

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un ‘killed relatives over China coup plot’

Kim Jong Un’s half-brother and uncle were both killed after the North Korean ruler uncovered a Chinese-backed plot to oust him, it has been claimed. Since taking power in 2011, Kim is said to have purged a series of senior officials – including members of his own family – who represent a threat to his leadership. Two of the most high-profile killings were those of Jang Song Thaek, Kim’s uncle who was executed in 2013,…

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North Korea to step up missile development

North Korea to step up missile development

Kim Jong Un has ordered more warheads and solid-fuel rocket engines for long range missiles – as images emerged appearing to show at least one new weapon design. Concept diagrams of the missiles could be seen hanging on walls behind the North Korean leader as he was photographed inspecting the work of the country’s Chemical Material Institute of The Academy of Defence Science. It comes just hours after US President Donald Trump told Americans Mr…

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India court bans Islamic instant divorce

India court bans Islamic instant divorce

India’s top court has ruled the practice of instant divorce in Islam unconstitutional, marking a major victory for women’s rights activists. In a 3-2 majority verdict, the court called the practice “un-Islamic”. India is one of a handful of countries where a Muslim man can divorce his wife in minutes by saying the word talaq (divorce) three times. The landmark court decision came in response to petitions challenging the so-called “triple talaq” custom. The cases…

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Flooding kills at least 700 across South Asia

Flooding kills at least 700 across South Asia

At least 700 people have died in flooding thought to be the worst to hit South Asia in nearly a decade. Some 16 million people are thought to have been affected by the extreme weather across Bangladesh, northeast India and Nepal, according to humanitarian agencies. In Nepal and Bangladesh, between 20% and 30% of the populations are likely to have been affected by the floods, and in the Indian state of Assam 450,000 people are…

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