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Rights groups cry foul as Nepal denies torture at UN

KATHMANDU: As Nepal underwent the first periodic review of its human rights situation at the UN in Geneva, rights groups have said that security forces continue to practice “systematic torture” even four years after the end of a decade of communist insurrection that saw torture and extrajudicial killings.

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Hundreds of Andhra Pradesh students may be deported from US

WASHINGTON: Hundreds of Indian students, mostly from Andhra Pradesh, face the prospect of deportation from the US after authorities raided and shut down a university in the Silicon Valley on charges of a massive immigration fraud.

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Leaked documents show Palestinian offer to Israel

JERUSALEM: Palestinians were prepared to compromise over two of the toughest issues, Jerusalem and refugees, during peace talks in 2008, according to a report by the Al-Jazeera TV channel that quoted from documents it said came from the talks.

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Rise in trafficking of Chinese women

BEIJING: There has been an increase in the number of Chinese women who are trafficked abroad and forced into prostitution, a senior police official has said. Mr Chen Shiqu, director of the anti-human trafficking office under the ministry of public security, said the women were trafficked mainly to be forced into marriage or forced into prostitution.

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32 killed as bus, oil tanker collide in Pak

ISLAMABAD: Thirty-two people, including 11 children, were killed and about 20 others injured when the bus they were travelling in collided with an oil tanker in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province, officials said on Sunday.

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Keep away from Tibet, Hu Jintao tells US

WASHINGTON: The Chinese President, Mr Hu Jintao has warned the US to keep away from Tibet or else bilateral ties would be greatly affected, a day after his American counterpart, Mr Barack Obama asked him to talk to representatives of the Dalai Lama to resolve the issue.

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Ravi Shankaran case put off to May 5

LONDON: The extradition hearing of Ravi Shankaran, prime accused in the infamous Naval War Room Leak case arrested by the Metropolitan Police in London last year, has been put off to May 5, 2011.

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