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Maldives issues arrest warrant for ex-president Nasheed COLOMBO: The Maldives announced Wednesday it is seeking former president Mohamed Nasheed's arrest for failing to return to the troubled archipelago to complete a prison sentence after receiving medical treatment in Britain.Nasheed, the Maldives' first democratically elected president, recently won political asylum in Britain after being granted permission to travel there for treatment while serving the sentence for a terror-related offence."A court order (has been) issued for arrest of former president Mohamed Nasheed," the government said in a statement, issued after Nasheed flew to neighbouring Sri Lanka."The Maldives correctional service is seeking to have him brought back to serve the remainder of his 13-year sentence," the statement said, without detailing how it planned to seek his return.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

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Myanmar's Suu Kyi kicks off peace conference with appeal for unity NAYPYITAW: Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi launched a major push to end decades of fighting between the military and myriad rebel groups with an appeal on Wednesday to the country's ethnic minorities to overcome their differences to achieve peace.Suu Kyi has made the peace process a priority for her administration, which faces sky-high expectations at home and abroad after sweeping to power in an election last November to end more than half a century of ...

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Teacher in violence-torn Occupied Kashmir starts makeshift schools SRINAGAR: Wedding halls and prayer rooms have been turned into classrooms in Indian-occupied Kashmir as families struggle to provide children with a normal life after more than 50 days of the Muslim-majority region's worst violence in years.At least 68 civilians and two security officials have been killed and more than 9,000 people injured, according to official tallies, in clashes between protesters chaffing at Indian rule and security forces.Authorities trying to stifle protests that erupted after ...

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Kerry urges improved worker rights in Bangladesh DHAKA: US Secretary of State John Kerry called for improved worker rights in Bangladesh following the collapse of a garment factory complex and other disasters that have claimed more than 1,200 lives.During his first official visit to Bangladesh, Kerry met with labour and union leaders to discuss the impoverished nation's $28 billion garment industry, the world's second largest after China's.Kerry said the United States supported Bangladesh's efforts to increase safety inspections of garment factories and ...

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Kerry says evidence of IS links to Bangladesh extremists DHAKA: US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that there was evidence to link the extremists behind a recent series of deadly attacks in Bangladesh to the Islamic State group."We talked very openly about this and we made it very clear ... that there is evidence that ISIL in Iraq and Syria has contacts with about eight different entities around the world and one of them is in South Asia," he said after ...

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China's Xi reshuffles key party posts ahead of congress BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping has reshuffled three top provincial-level Communist Party posts as he seeks to place his men in key positions ahead of a once-every-five-years congress next year, and more new appointments are likely soon.The party congress, expected to be held next autumn, will see Xi further cement his hold on power by appointing close allies into the party's ruling inner core, the 25-member Politburo and the seven-member Politburo Standing Committee.Xi, who doubles ...

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Taliban fighters overrun district in eastern Afghanistan GARDEZ: Taliban insurgents overran a district in eastern Afghanistan, killing and wounding dozens of police and soldiers and threatening strategically important road routes to Pakistan, officials said on Saturday.Abdul Rahman Solamal, governor of Jani Khel district, in the eastern province of Paktia said that after heavy overnight fighting, security forces had pulled out of the district, which sits at an intersection linking eight districts and which connects Paktia with neighbouring Khost province and Pakistan."Our district ...