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Britain: Islamophobia holds back Muslims in workplace

Britain’s Muslim men and women are being held back in workplace by extensive Islamophobia, racism and discrimination according to a study conducted by Social Mobility Commission. The study highlighted that Muslim adults were less likely to be in full-time work. The research for the government’s social mobility commission found that among Muslims there was a strong work ethic and high …

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Myanmar violence may have killed more than 1,000: UN rapporteur

More than 1,000 people may already have been killed in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, mostly members of the Muslim Rohingya minority, a senior United Nations representative told AFP on Friday — around twice the government’s figure. “Perhaps about a thousand or more are already dead,” said Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar. “This might be from …

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UN says 270,000 refugees enter Bangladesh

Some 270,000 refugees have fled Myanmar s violence-wracked Rakhine state and entered Bangladesh in the last fortnight, most from the Muslim Rohingya minority, the United Nations said Friday. “An estimated 270,000 refugees arrived in Bangladesh in the last two weeks,” said Vivian Tan, a spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency. “They are setting up shelters on the roads or whatever …

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India’s army chief says China ‘testing limits’ after stand-off

India’s army chief has said his country must be prepared for war and accused China of “testing our limits”, days after the nuclear-armed neighbours ended one of their worst border stand-offs in decades. General Bipin Rawat said India could not afford to be complacent and should be prepared for the possibility of an all-out war. “As far as our northern …

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U.N. estimates up to 300,000 Rohingya Muslims could flee Myanmar violence to Bangladesh

Up to 300,000 Rohingya Muslims could flee violence in northwestern Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh, a U.N. agency official said on Wednesday, warning of a funding shortfall for emergency food supplies for the refugees. According to estimates issued by United Nations workers in Bangladesh’s border region of Cox’s Bazar, arrivals since the latest bloodshed started 12 days ago have already reached …

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When Surekha Chiplunkar’s home started to flood during recent heavy rains in Mumbai she knew exactly what to do — she had to; catastrophe comes every year and no one else was going to help. Her family’s tiny ground floor apartment in central Mumbai is one of hundreds of thousands of homes in India’s financial capital that regularly flood during the monsoon months of June to September. “We grab all of our possessions and move to one of our neighbours on a higher floor until the water subsides,” explains the 60-year-old. Last week, as floods wreaked unaccustomed havoc across parts of Texas, global news coverage was dominated by scenes of Americans being winched to safety. People in Houston, America’s fourth biggest city, told reporters of their anguish at being forced from their homes by the unusually fierce Hurricane Harvey, as a sophisticated rescue and recovery operation revved into high gear. President Donald Trump visited the affected area twice, while his vice president, Mike Pence, also went to assure Texans that the might of the US government was behind them, and would help them pick up the pieces in the wake of a storm that caused tens of billions of dollars’ damage and killed around 60 people. At the same time, half a world away, monsoon rains were dumping millions of gallons of water on India. Mumbai, a city of around 20 million inhabitants where at least ten people died, was brought to a virtual standstill for two days. But there were no prime ministerial visits; no pledges of national unity; no promises to help the slum dwellers rebuild their washed-away homes. India largely shrugged and carried on, almost inured to a near-annual tragedy. “No one from the government comes to check to see if we have managed to survive the floods or not,” said Chiplunker. “People from top floors provide us with food during flooding as we cannot cook for ourselves.” The help provided by members of the community during a disaster is often referred to, usually by local newspapers and leaders, as the “spirit of Mumbai”.

North Korea held a mass celebration for the scientists involved in carrying out its largest nuclear blast to date, with fireworks and a mass rally in Pyongyang. Citizens of the capital lined the streets Wednesday to wave pink and purple pom-poms and cheer a convoy of buses carrying the specialists into the city, and toss confetti over them as they …

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With no government help, Mumbai flood victims are on their own

When Surekha Chiplunkar’s home started to flood during recent heavy rains in Mumbai she knew exactly what to do — she had to; catastrophe comes every year and no one else was going to help. Her family’s tiny ground floor apartment in central Mumbai is one of hundreds of thousands of homes in India’s financial capital that regularly flood during …

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Indian court sentences two men to death in 1993 Mumbai blasts

An Indian court on Thursday sentenced two men to death and two others to life in prison for a series of bombings that killed 257 people in Mumbai in 1993. A fifth man was given 10 years in prison. The five men were convicted earlier of criminal conspiracy and murder in the planting of 12 powerful bombs in cars, scooters …

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Russia reserves right to expel further US diplomats: Putin

MOSCOW:Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow reserves the right to further cut the number of American diplomats in his country after Washington targeted three more Russian facilities on US soil. “We reserve the right to take a decision on the number of US diplomats in Moscow. But we won’t do that for now. Let’s wait and see how the situation …

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IS terrorist attack kills at least 11 in Baghdad market

A car bomb exploded in a market in the Iraqi capital s Shiite-majority district of Sadr City on Monday, killing 11 people and wounding 26, security officials and medical sources said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement carried by its propaganda agency Amaq. A police officer, who asked to remain anonymous, said the explosion …

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