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Narendra Modi Government Ends Haj Subsidy for Muslim Hajj

Narendra Modi Government Ends Haj Subsidy for Muslim Hajj

🕔12:09, 16.Jan 2018

The Haj subsidy is given to Muslim Hajj pilgrims by the government in form of discounted fares on Air India. It also includes assistance to Muslim pilgrims for domestic travel to reach specially designed Haj departure airport terminals, medical cares, lodging assistance and meal. 

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Bambang Soesatyo to Become Indonesia’s New House Speaker After $170m Graft Scandal

Bambang Soesatyo to Become Indonesia’s New House Speaker After $170m Graft Scandal

🕔09:44, 15.Jan 2018

“Soesatyo knows the party’s position as a supporter of Jokowi,” said Golkar deputy secretary general Muhamad Sarmuji. “Even though he has been critical, it has only been because of his desire to contribute to the government’s success.” Soesatyo, a former businessman and journalist, would be sworn in during a plenary session later on Monday, Sarmuji said. The new speaker could not be reached immediately for comment.

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Philippine SEC Revokes News Website Rappler Registration

Philippine SEC Revokes News Website Rappler Registration

🕔09:23, 15.Jan 2018

“The En Banc finds Rappler, Inc. and Rappler Holdings Corporation, a Mass Media Entity and its alter ego, liable for violating the constitutional and statutory Foreign Equity Restriction in Mass Media, enforceable through laws and rules within the mandate of the commission,” the Philippine SEC en banc said in its decision dated January 11 but published on its website Monday, January 15.

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Ten Rohingya Found in Rakhine Mass Grave ‘Innocent Civilians’ – Rohingya Muslim Insurgents Say

Ten Rohingya Found in Rakhine Mass Grave ‘Innocent Civilians’ – Rohingya Muslim Insurgents Say Updated

🕔12:32, 13.Jan 2018

Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Friday it was “positive” that the country’s military was taking responsibility for the actions of troops. “It is a new step for our country,” she told a joint news conference with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono in Myanmar’s capital of Naypyitaw.

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2018: Japan to Limit Asylum Seekers’ Right to Work

2018: Japan to Limit Asylum Seekers’ Right to Work

🕔10:11, 12.Jan 2018

Japan will limit asylum seekers’ right to work from Monday, making changes to its refugee system that are likely to swell the numbers of those in detention centers, the justice ministry said, prompting refugee groups to flag humanitarian concerns. “We want to focus on responding appropriately to refugees that need protection,” Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa told a news conference on Friday, adding that the changes do not mean the government will be reluctant to accept refugees.

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Duterte Hands-Off on ‘Comfort Women’ Statue Dispute

Duterte Hands-Off on ‘Comfort Women’ Statue Dispute

🕔13:50, 11.Jan 2018

About 1,000 Philippine women were forced into prostitution by Japanese troops during the war – they are known by the Japanese euphemism “comfort women” – a sensitive issue that had prompted some survivors to demand an apology as well as compensation from Tokyo. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said: “It’s up to the people who erected the statue to do anything they want with it,” he said. “I don’t think it is really a diplomatic issue, no.”

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May 1 2018 Russian President Putin Promises to Raise Minimum Wage

May 1 2018 Russian President Putin Promises to Raise Minimum Wage

🕔17:35, 10.Jan 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is seeking to win a fourth term in the Kremlin in March elections, pledged Wednesday to raise the minimum wage this year, benefitting some four million people.

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Malala Yousafzai Biography and Profile

Malala Yousafzai Biography and Profile

🕔09:01, 10.Jan 2018

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani education advocate who, at the age of 17, became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize after surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban. Born on July 12, 1997, Malala Yousafzai became an advocate for girls’ education when she herself was still a child, which resulted in the Taliban issuing a death threat against her. On October 9, 2012, a gunman shot Malala Yousafzai when she was traveling home from school. She survived and has continued to speak out on the importance of education. In 2013, she gave a speech to the United Nations and published her first book, I Am Malala. In 2014, Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize.

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North Korea in Rare Talks With South Korea Promises to Send Delegation to Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea

North Korea in Rare Talks With South Korea Promises to Send Delegation to Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea

🕔13:45, 9.Jan 2018

North Korea said during rare talks with the South on Tuesday it would send a delegation to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea next month and Seoul said it was prepared to lift some sanctions temporarily so the visit could take place.

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Russian Embassy Slams BBC Over Use of ‘Russian Gangster’ Cliché in McMafia Series

Russian Embassy Slams BBC Over Use of ‘Russian Gangster’ Cliché in McMafia Series

🕔11:14, 7.Jan 2018

Russian Embassy in the UK says McMafia, a new BBC series depicting Russian gangsters living in London, is a barely disguised dig at Russians, and inaccurate to boot. “Good that our followers are not buying into the clichés BBC is spreading,” the Embassy quipped.

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