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Bangladesh newspaper editors protest digital security law

Oct 15, 2018

Editors of major daily newspapers in Bangladesh's capital have formed a human chain to protest a new digital security law they say will stifle freedom of speech and press freedom

India's accused minister files defamation suit amid protests

Oct 15, 2018

Dozens of members of the Indian National Congress party's youth wing have demanded the resignation of India's junior external affairs minister amid a spate of sexual harassment allegations made against him

India minister denies misconduct after #MeToo accusations

Oct 14, 2018

India's junior external affairs minister has denied any wrongdoing after more than a dozen female journalists accused him of sexual misconduct when he was a newspaper editor

Nepal says it has blocked 25,000 websites in pornography ban

Oct 14, 2018

Nepalese internet providers have begun blocking thousands of pornographic websites as part of a government directive aimed at stopping sexual violence

Bangladeshi newspaper editors protest digital security law

Oct 13, 2018

An influential body of newspaper editors in Bangladesh has criticized the government for a new digital security law that they say will stifle constitutionally protected freedom of speech and curtail press freedom

Groups hope to stop animal sacrifice during biggest festival

Oct 12, 2018

Animal rights campaigners in Nepal are hoping to end the tradition of animal sacrifices during the Himalayan nation's biggest festivals by organizing protests, distributing pamphlets and talking to devotees

India's #MeToo comes amid calls for 2013 law's enforcement

Oct 12, 2018

Indian actresses and writers are flooding social media with allegations of sexual harassment and assault, releasing pent-up frustration with a law that was lauded but critics say has done little to change the status quo

Indian troops kill a key Kashmir rebel leader and colleague

Oct 11, 2018

Police say government forces have killed a key rebel leader and his colleague during a gunbattle that sparked violent anti-India protests by residents in disputed Kashmir

US lawmakers call on Trump to help detained Chinese Muslims

Oct 10, 2018

U.S. lawmakers are calling on President Donald Trump to condemn "gross violations" of human rights against Muslim minorities in China's Xinjiang region

Bangladesh on alert over cyclone in Bay of Bengal

Oct 10, 2018

Authorities in Bangladesh's southern coastal region have directed local officials to begin preparations in case a cyclone brewing in the Bay of Bengal hits the area where about 1 million Rohingya refugees live in squalid camps

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