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Kashmiri strikers denounce Charlie Hebdo


People across Indian-controlled Kashmir go on strike to denounce French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/01/23/394410/Kashmiri-strikers-denounce-Charlie-Hebdo
 
Afghans protest Charlie Hebdo blasphemy

Thousands of Afghan protesters censure the recent publication of a sacrilegious cartoon by French weekly Charlie Hebdo.
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/01/23/394448/Afghans-protest-Charlie-Hebdo-blasphemy
 
'Iron lady of Manipur' rearrested by Indian police

Human rights activist Irom Sharmila on hunger strike for past 14 years re-arrested day after court ordered her release.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2015/01/lady-manipur-rearrested-indian-police-150124045215179.html
 
Philippines 'hid homeless from Pope'

The government in the Philippines is facing calls for an inquiry after it temporarily relocated homeless people during Pope Francis' visit.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30946059
 
Dubai Food Festival previews its 2015 programme

http://www.hoteliermiddleeast.com/22417-dubai-food-festival-previews-its-2015-programme/
 
Pakistan school attack: Several suspects arrested

Police in Pakistan say they have arrested several people suspected of involvement in last week's Peshawar school massacre.

Pakistan's interior minister said the men were "facilitators" in the attack, which left 141 people dead, including 132 children.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan added that intelligence indicated another attack was in the planning.

The Pakistani Taliban says it attacked the military-run school.

All seven attackers were reportedly killed. The Taliban said the raid was in revenge for an army offensive in the north-western region near the border with Afghanistan.

After the attack, the country lifted a moratorium on its use of the death penalty and has since executed six men.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30569320
 
Mass conversion in India PM’s home state sparks anger

Hardline Hindu groups came under fire Sunday after some 200 Christians were converted in the Indian prime minister’s home state, amid increasing concern at the right-wing government’s perceived pro-Hindu tilt.

The radical Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP or World Hindu Council) said it converted Christian tribal people to their original Hindu faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s western home state of Gujarat late Saturday.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/asia/2014/12/21/Mass-conversion-in-India-PM-s-home-state-sparks-anger-.html
 
Afghan civilian casualties 'hit record high'

UN says casualties are expected to exceed 10,000 by end of 2014, making it deadliest year for noncombatants since 2009

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/12/afghan-civilian-casualties-hit-record-high-20141220145618827595.html
 
Pakistan steps up campaign against Taliban

Aerial strikes in Khyber Agency reported as military intensifies attacks on suspected Pakistani Taliban stronghold.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/12/pakistan-says-fighters-killed-bombardment-2014122053421810392.html
 
Two little girls among 14 people killed in Afghanistan attacks

Over a dozen Afghans, including two little girls and members of security forces, have been killed in two separate attacks in Afghanistan.

Afghan officials said in the first incident militants stormed a police checkpoint in the northern province of Jawzjan late Saturday, killing seven policemen and wounding five others.

Abdul Manan Raoufi, the police operation chief of the province, said that Afghan security forces, deployed to the site of the incident in a village in Qashtepa district, also killed five assailants.

The Taliban militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

In a separate incident, a roadside bomb claimed the lives of at least seven people including children in the eastern province of Kunar.

Officials said the incident occurred late Saturday, when a pickup truck travelling from the provincial capital city of Asadabad to Nari district hit the bomb.

“Last evening a pickup truck, with women and children onboard, was blown up by a roadside bomb, that killed seven people including two little girls,” said Nari police chief Mohammad Yousuf.

The official blamed Taliban for the explosion that wounded three women as well.

On Friday, the UN reported that civilian casualties hit a record high in Afghanistan this year.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/12/21/391185/14-afghans-killed-in-two-attacks/