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Russia’s ‘priest out of the closet’ faces tough times ahead

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Russia’s ‘priest out of the closet’ faces tough times ahead

For a decade, Orthodox priest Artyom Vechelkovsky taught at a religious seminary in the city of Samara. He says that his colleagues knew that he was gay, but accepted him and valued his work. But in the current climate of rising antigay sentiment in Russia, church officials suddenly decided to dismiss him, according to a […]

India and Africa need each other for mutual gain

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India and Africa need each other for mutual gain

Fifty four African countries will participate in the third India-Africa Forum Summit to be held in New Delhi later this month. The IAFS is expected to result in a deeper engagement between India and Africa. Today, India and Africa need each other more than ever before. Out of 189 countries, only 63 are expected to […]

India’s shocking absence from Women, Youth summit

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India’s shocking absence from Women, Youth summit

ANKARA: Where’s India? No women? No youth? Strange! India has gone unrepresented in the key engagement groups of G20 on women and youth. The host country Turkey is baffled. The efficient and in-your-face Narendra Modi government failing to provide names of delegates to champion the national cause in such an elite gathering- now isn’t that a telling […]

Chinese dragon devours world’s forests for fancy chairs

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Chinese dragon devours world’s forests for fancy chairs

While China clamps down on logging within its borders, illegal Chinese loggers are merrily felling the world’s forests  for the sake of teak floors and fancy chairs, says a report on ‘global post’. In late July, 153 Chinese nationals were handed life sentences for illegal logging in Burma’s northernmost Kachin state, a region abundant with […]

Pakistan has under 1% policewomen -blame Bollywood!

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Pakistan has under 1% policewomen -blame Bollywood!

Pakistan has the lowest ratio of women police in South Asia, according to a new report by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative. Among the total police force of 425,978 in Pakistan, the number of women is 4,020. Even India has a low 6.11 percent of women in the police force. In Pakistan, women make 0.94 […]

New Word: ‘Homonegative’ & Buddhists have less of it!

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New Word: ‘Homonegative’ & Buddhists have less of it!

A new study in the Journal of Homosexuality has shown that, of all the world’s religions, Buddhism is the least homonegative. “Homonegativity” is defined as “an aversion to homosexuality as a social practice or way of life.” Although attitudes toward homosexuality have become more liberal, particularly in industrialized Western countries, there is still a great […]

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Iran happy with deal, Israel fumes, US reassures

U.S. President Barack Obama reassured Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the United States’ commitment to Israel’s security in a phone conversation on July 14, after Iran and major global powers sealed a landmark deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. The White House said that Obama told Netanyahu the Iran […]

Uber cabs fracas: France arrests managers

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Uber cabs fracas: France arrests managers

The Uber taxi service is under fire in other places besides India. Uber’s allegedly shady dealings prompted a nation wide violent taxi strike in France just last week. Regular, traditional taxi drivers pay more taxes than Uber, and they accuse Uber of unfair competition. Uber, meanwhile, argues that the French system is outdated and needs […]

Pakistan Tribal Court fines child for ‘adultery’

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Pakistan Tribal Court fines child for ‘adultery’

A ‘jirga’ or tribal court in southern Pakistan has convicted a 10-year-old boy of having an affair with a married woman in her late 30s and ordered him to pay a fine of $7,000, according to media reports. Jigras, like India’s Khap Panchayats, do not have a legal standing, but are powerful bodies in the […]

No thanks, NaMo, Nepal competent to host own donor’s meet!

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No thanks, NaMo, Nepal competent to host own donor’s meet!

KATHMANDU: Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has rejected Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi’s offer to host a global donors’ conference. The conference would generate funds for rehabilitation and restoration work in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in April. Nepal will host its own conference here on June 25. The Narendra Modi […]

War means forced displacement, shattered lives: Pope Francis

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War means forced displacement, shattered lives: Pope Francis

Sarajevo: Pope Francis today condemned “the atmosphere of war” around the world as he urged Bosnians to step up reconciliation efforts, 20 years after a conflict that ripped the country apart on ethnic lines. Many conflicts across the planet amount to “a kind of third world war being fought piecemeal and, in the context of global […]

Raping lesbians: fair game in Kingston Town

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Raping lesbians: fair game in Kingston Town

KINGSTON, Jamaica: Jamaica may sound so cool and fun-loving on a Harry Belafonte album, but Kingston town can be a dark horror story for non-straight people. Equal rights activists say that queer people are often the victims of violent sexual attacks as ‘punishment’ for not fitting social norms. It is an attitude all too common […]