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Is China under-reporting coronavirus cases, deaths amid outbreak?

06 Feb 2020

Is China under-reporting coronavirus cases, deaths amid outbreak?

The official tally of confirmed cases of coronavirus surged past 28,000 on Thursday, while the death toll reached 563 in China.

Jamal Khashoggi murder: Saudi court hands death penalty to 5

23 Dec 2019

Jamal Khashoggi murder: Saudi court hands death penalty to 5

Over a year after journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered, a court in Saudi Arabia sentenced five people to death in connection with the incident.

Tourists visiting China are being forced to install 'data-stealing' malware

04 Jul 2019

Tourists visiting China are being forced to install 'data-stealing' malware

If you are a privacy freak (like me), visiting China shouldn't be on your travel bucket list.

115 reported dead after militia attack on central Malian village

24 Mar 2019

115 reported dead after militia attack on central Malian village

Militia fighters descended on a village in central Mali before dawn Saturday, killing at least 115 people in the latest deadly attack blamed on an ethnic militia, local authorities said.

Apple, Google criticized for hosting Saudi app tracking women's movements

10 Feb 2019

Apple, Google criticized for hosting Saudi app tracking women's movements

Tech giants Google and Apple have been accused of misogyny for hosting an app on their platforms that allows men in Saudi Arabia to track and control where women travel.

Saudi teen escapes family, trapped in Bangkok airport, seeks help

07 Jan 2019

Saudi teen escapes family, trapped in Bangkok airport, seeks help

An 18-year-old Saudi Arabia teen has sought help from people across the globe and human rights organizations to prevent her deportation to Kuwait, as she fears for her life.

Netflix pulls down 'Patriot Act' episode criticizing MbS, draws ire

02 Jan 2019

Netflix pulls down 'Patriot Act' episode criticizing MbS, draws ire

American streaming giant Netflix has pulled down an episode of Patriot Act, hosted by stand-up comedian Hasan Minhaj, for viewers in Saudi Arabia as it criticized crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS).

Bahrain votes for new parliament but Shiite-dominated opposition absent

24 Nov 2018

Bahrain votes for new parliament but Shiite-dominated opposition absent

Polls opened in Bahrain today to elect a new parliament, but absent from the ballot is the Shiite-dominated opposition, whose most prominent figures are serving lengthy prison sentences.

#Section377: How global media organization reported on this landmark judgement

06 Sep 2018

#Section377: How global media organization reported on this landmark judgement

The world media today hailed the overturning of a colonial-era law in India that criminalized gay sex, saying the landmark ruling was a boost for gay rights not only in the world's largest democracy but also the world.

Pakistan: 12 girls' schools burnt down in Gilgit-Baltistan

03 Aug 2018

Pakistan: 12 girls' schools burnt down in Gilgit-Baltistan

Twelve girls' schools have been burnt down by unidentified persons in coordinated attacks in Pakistan's restive Gilgit-Baltistan, Geo News reported, quoting police officials.

Chinese tech firms apologize for sexist job adverts

25 Apr 2018

Chinese tech firms apologize for sexist job adverts

Chinese tech firms are under scanner after a recent Human Rights Watch (HRW) report slammed them over gender-discriminatory job ads.

Two Indian photojournalists part of Reuters Pulitzer Prize winning team

20 Apr 2018

Two Indian photojournalists part of Reuters Pulitzer Prize winning team

Every photo tells a story and a Reuters team of photojournalists did exactly that when they captured the plight of nearly 600,000 Rohingya refugees desperately trying to flee Myanmar and come to Bangladesh in 2017.

Deadly riots, fire in Venezuela prison kill nearly 70

29 Mar 2018

Deadly riots, fire in Venezuela prison kill nearly 70

Deadly riots and fire in a Venezuelan prison in Valencia killed at least 68 people yesterday.

Report: China is collecting DNA samples from insurgency-hit Xinjiang's residents

14 Dec 2017

Report: China is collecting DNA samples from insurgency-hit Xinjiang's residents

A new report by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) claims that China is collecting DNA and biometric data from residents of the Xinjiang province.

SC defers hearing on Rohingya refugee deportation to Jan 31

05 Dec 2017

SC defers hearing on Rohingya refugee deportation to Jan 31

The Supreme Court has deferred the hearing of a petition filed by two Rohingya Muslim refugees against the Centre's decision to deport all Rohingyas back to Myanmar to January 31.

Chinese still believe 'therapy' can help 'convert' gays

18 Nov 2017

Chinese still believe 'therapy' can help 'convert' gays

Australia might be on its way to legalizing same-sex marriage, but coming out is still a nightmare for most across the globe.

Report: Myanmar military committed mass rapes of Rohingya women

17 Nov 2017

Report: Myanmar military committed mass rapes of Rohingya women

A Human Rights Watch (HRW) report has accused the Myanmar military of gang-raping several women and girls belonging to the Rohingya Muslim community.

Not much has changed in the five years since Nirbhaya

14 Nov 2017

Not much has changed in the five years since Nirbhaya

A rape incident needs to stand out to get noticed in India.

Russia prepares for terror threats to 2018 FIFA World Cup

08 Nov 2017

Russia prepares for terror threats to 2018 FIFA World Cup

Russian involvement in the Syrian conflict has angered several extremists, rendering the country vulnerable to terror attacks.

UN blames Assad regime over chemical attack that killed 80

27 Oct 2017

UN blames Assad regime over chemical attack that killed 80

A UN report has blamed the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad for a chemical attack on a rebel-held town on April 4 that killed 80 people.

SC defers hearing on Rohingya deportation to Nov 21

13 Oct 2017

SC defers hearing on Rohingya deportation to Nov 21

The SC has deferred the hearing on deportation of Rohingyas to November 21. However, in case of contingencies, petitioners can approach it.

SC rejects government's stand on Rohingyas

04 Oct 2017

SC rejects government's stand on Rohingyas

In a blow to the centre, the Supreme Court ruled that it had the authority to review the government's move to deport Rohingyas.

Philippines: Thousands protest President Duterte's 'dictatorship'

22 Sep 2017

Philippines: Thousands protest President Duterte's 'dictatorship'

Filipinos seem to be growing increasingly unhappy with President Rodrigo Duterte's tough handed approach towards law and order.

Philippines controversial anti-drug president's son named in $125mn narcotics scandal

09 Sep 2017

Philippines controversial anti-drug president's son named in $125mn narcotics scandal

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's eldest son Paolo has denied involvement in a $125 million drug smuggling operation.

Myanmar urges Rohingyas to help hunt insurgents, as situation deteriorates

04 Sep 2017

Myanmar urges Rohingyas to help hunt insurgents, as situation deteriorates

Myanmar has urged members of the Rohingya Muslim community to cooperate with authorities searching for insurgents who launched coordinated attacks on security posts on August 26.

Is India intolerant? Internet shutdown 29 times in 2017

18 Jul 2017

Is India intolerant? Internet shutdown 29 times in 2017

As per Brookings Institution report, India lost over Rs. 6,548 crore in business due to Internet shutdowns in the past 3 years.

US student Otto Warmbier released by North Korea dies

20 Jun 2017

US student Otto Warmbier released by North Korea dies

22-year-old US college student Otto Warmbier, who was released after spending 17 months as a prisoner in North Korea, has passed away in a Cincinnati hospital.

J&K- Prisoner allegedly stripped, brutalized, kept hungry in police lockup

10 May 2017

J&K- Prisoner allegedly stripped, brutalized, kept hungry in police lockup

In a horrifying revelation, a former prisoner in J&K has alleged she was brutalized, stripped, beer bottles inserted into her vagina, and chilli powder sprinkled, while she was in police custody.

Assam wants AFSPA to be removed in some areas

06 May 2017

Assam wants AFSPA to be removed in some areas

The Assam government will review whether the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) could be withdrawn in a phased manner and present its recommendations to the Centre.

Centre wants SC to review the AFSPA ruling

14 Apr 2017

Centre wants SC to review the AFSPA ruling

The Centre asked SC to reconsider its ruling on the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) of 1958 to the army for "deaths caused during encounters in disturbed areas."

Russia bans "gay clown" memes of President Putin

07 Apr 2017

Russia bans "gay clown" memes of President Putin

With a recent ruling by Moscow's Justice Ministry, it is now illegal to portray President Vladimir Putin in makeup, or otherwise implying he is gay.

May lambasts Trump's immigration order

10 Feb 2017

May lambasts Trump's immigration order

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she disagreed with US President Donald Trump's immigration policy, calling it "wrong". She clarified that Britain would not adopt a similar policy.

Vatican "concerned" about Trump's wall, travel ban

02 Feb 2017

Vatican "concerned" about Trump's wall, travel ban

The Holy See's number three, Monsignor Angelo Becciu today voiced concern over Donald Trump's executive orders of building a wall and suspending immigration.

World leaders react to Trump's controversial immigration ban

30 Jan 2017

World leaders react to Trump's controversial immigration ban

US President Donald Trump's executive order banning all refugees and migrants from seven Muslim-majority countries has sent shock-waves around the world.

Pakistan TV anchor banned for hate speech

28 Jan 2017

Pakistan TV anchor banned for hate speech

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) banned a popular TV anchor Amir Liaquat (Hussain) after he allegedly indulged in hate speech.

Pakistan obligated to locate missing human rights activists

11 Jan 2017

Pakistan obligated to locate missing human rights activists

Pakistan has been commanded by the Human Rights Watch to investigate the abductions of four bloggers who campaigned for human rights and religious freedom.

End Repression of Shia Group in Nigeria: Human Rights Watch

16 Dec 2016

End Repression of Shia Group in Nigeria: Human Rights Watch

International NGO, Human Rights Watch, called on the Nigerian Government to end the brutal crackdown on Shia Islamic movement.

Russia withdraws from International Criminal Court treaty

18 Nov 2016

Russia withdraws from International Criminal Court treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed an executive order to remove Russia's signature from the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Dozens killed in religious festival in Ethiopia

03 Oct 2016

Dozens killed in religious festival in Ethiopia

Dozens of people were reported dead in a religious festival in Oromia, Ethiopia on Sunday.

Thousands of Saudis sign petition to end male guardianship

27 Sep 2016

Thousands of Saudis sign petition to end male guardianship

More than 14,500 Saudis signed an online petition, calling to abolish the system of male guardianship in Saudi Arabia.