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India’s united opposition faces major setback

India’s united opposition faces major setback

A key regional leader broke away from India's opposition alliance on Sunday and was set to join hands again with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in a major blow to Modi's challengers months before general elections. Nitish Kumar, chief minister of the northern state of


800 Afghan ethnic conflicts resolved in past two years

800 Afghan ethnic conflicts resolved in past two years

The Afghan caretaker government has resolved at least 800 ethnic conflicts among tribes and clans in the war-ravaged country over the past two years, deputy spokesman for the administration Hamdullah Fetrat has said. The local media outlet Tolonews quoted Fetrat on Sunday as saying that "800 small

Egypt builds new camp for displaced Palestinians

Egypt builds new camp for displaced Palestinians

Egypt started building another camp for internally displaced people in Khan Younis city south of the besieged Palestinians Gaza Strip, the country's Al-Qahera news tv channel reported on Saturday. The new camp "will have capacity of 400 tents and can accommodate about 4000 people, and it will equi

Assam scraps colonial-era Muslim marriage law

Assam scraps colonial-era Muslim marriage law

India's Assam state has scrapped an 89-year-old law that allowed marriage involving underage Muslims, against opposition from leaders of the minority community who called the plan an attempt to polarise voters on religious lines ahead of elections.Assam, which has the highest percentage of Muslims