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Iran key jailed rights lawyer TEHRAN: Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh who was awarded the Sakharov prize on Friday is a leading figure in the defence of human rights in Iran, where she is serving a jail term for her work alongside Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi.   In January 2011, Sotoudeh, 47, from a religious middle class family and the mother of two, was sentenced to 11 years in prison and handed a 20-year ban from practising law for "acting against national security and propaganda against the regime."   The two charges are frequently used by Iran's judiciary to convict opponents.   She was also sentenced for her membership in the Centre for Human Rights Defenders founded by Shirin Ebadi, who turned into a nemesis of the Iranian regime and now lives in exile.   After studying law at the prestigious Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, Sotoudeh fought for several years for the right to practise as a lawyer in the late 1990s.   She began ...

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Taliban storm Afghan bazaar, kill five, lose 25  KABUL: A senior Taliban commander and 24 of his fighters were killed in a battle with Afghan security forces in a northern village which also left five police dead, officials said Thursday.   The commander of the attack was the Taliban shadow governor for the northern province of Faryab where the gunfight took place on Wednesday, according to the officials.   "The brutal enemies of Afghanistan attacked a village bazaar. They killed five local police," Abdul Satar Barez, the ...

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Canadian PM to visit India OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will make his second official visit to India and address the World Economic Forum there between November 3 and 9, his office announced Tuesday.   The prime minister will be accompanied by five ministers and by representatives of Canada's business and cultural sectors.   Together they will travel to Agra, New Delhi, Chandigarh and Bangalore, and Harper will meet with India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other ministers and officials.   "Canada enjoys a strong ...

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Taliban kill 10 Afghan security personnel: officials  HEART: Ten Afghan security personnel have been killed in a bloody battle with Taliban insurgents in the western province of Herat, officials said on Tuesday.   Five police officers were among the dead, including the police chief of Obe district, where the battle took place on Monday afternoon, regional police spokesman Noor Khan Nikzad told AFP.   Nikzad said the gunfight erupted at noon when the Taliban attacked a police convoy and lasted several hours.   Najeebullah Ahmadi, the Obe district ...

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Taiwan hospital fire kills 12, injures 60: officials  TAIPEI: At least 12 people were killed and 60 injured when a blaze tore through a hospital in southern Taiwan on Tuesday, health authorities said.   The fire started in the early hours in a nursing facility housing mainly bed-bound senior patients in Tainan city and more than 100 patients were evacuated during the incident, a local health official said.   An earlier estimate by an official had placed the number of injured at 72 but this was revised ...

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Bus crash in Iran kills 26 schoolgirls  DUBAI: A passenger bus in southwestern Iran overturned on Friday evening, killing 26 female high school students on board, Iranian media reported on Saturday.   Eighteen others were injured when the bus, carrying students from the town of Borujen, flipped on the Izeh-Lordegan road, about 700 km (435 miles) southwest of the capital Tehran, Iranian media reported.   "Travelling at excess speeds on slippery roads was the cause of this accident," Colonel Samad Esfandiari, a highway patrol official, told ...

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Six Afghan police poisoned, shot dead: officials  KANDAHAR: Six Afghan policemen were shot dead after being poisoned by colleagues in southern Afghanistan, officials said Saturday.   The shooting, which is the latest in a series by Afghan security personnel targeting their local and foreign colleagues, occurred in Gereshk district of volatile Helmand province on Thursday.   "A cook and a policeman first food-poisoned their colleagues in their post, and after they fell unconscious they were shot dead," provincial spokesman Ahmad Zeerak told AFP.   He said the policeman ...