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Jakarta, March 20 (IANS) Five unmarried couples were on Wednesday flogged publicly in Indonesia - the world's largest Muslim-majority country that practices Sharia or strict Islamic law. The whipping took place outside a mosque in provincial capital Banda Aceh. The accused were whipped between 10 to 20 times with a...
Istanbul, March 20 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale struck Turkey on Wednesday. No casualties have been reported as yet, authorities said. The tremor occurred at 9.34 a.m. local time in the Acipayam district of Denizli Province, Xinhua quoted the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency as saying. The...
Geneva, March 20 (IANS) The World Health Organization (WHO) called for a strong international governance framework on developing global standards for governance and oversight of human genome editing. After a two-day meeting in Geneva, the WHO's new advisory committee on human genome editing on Tuesday reviewed the current state of...
San Francisco, March 20 (IANS) Apple has announced a new initiative in support of non-profit organisations in the US and Europe that offer un-biased, independent media literacy programmes. To advance their efforts in empowering young minds, Apple will support the US-based News Literacy Project (NLP) and Common Sense organisations, along...
By Arul Louis United Nations, March 20 (IANS) Criticising the Security Council for "undermining" the authority of the General Assembly, India has said that the 193-member body has to assume some of the blame because of its focus on procedures rather than substantive matters. The prerogative and authority of the...
San Francisco, March 20 (IANS) In a bid to avoid discrimination in ads related to housing, jobs and credits, Facebook has announced new changes where anyone who wants to run such ads will no longer be allowed to target by age, gender or zip code. These changes are the result...
Islamabad, March 19 (IANS) The Pakistan Supreme Court on Tuesday heard former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's petition against an Islamabad High Court (IHC) order rejecting his plea for bail on medical grounds in a corruption case. Sharif was on December 24, 2018, sentenced to seven years in prison by an...
Washington, March 19 (IANS) The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would start accepting new H1-B visa petitions for the fiscal year 2020 starting April 1, the media reported. The employment start date for these visas would be October 1, the American Bazaar daily reported on Monday. Like previous years, the...
Tokyo, March 19 (IANS) The Japanese government on Tuesday approved a plan to revise the child abuse prevention law and institute changes to legally prohibit parents and guardians from physically punishing children. The revised bill and related legislation will be deliberated upon during the ongoing parliamentary session with the aim...
Beijing, March 19 (IANS) China has described as "one of the most notorious terror attacks" the 2008 Mumbai killings for which Pakistan was blamed. The statement was made in a white paper called "The Fight Against Terrorism and Extremism and Human Rights Protection in Xinjiang" released by the Chinese government...