South and Central Asia

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Afghanistan to restart polio vaccination programme with Taliban support
The WHO and Unicef campaign will restart after three years, and the hardliners say they will assist and allow frontline female staff

Haroon Janjua in Islamabad

19, Oct, 2021 @5:01 AM

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Myanmar protesters freed as military says 5,600 prisoners will be released
Announcement follows junta chief being barred from summit over failure to commit to de-escalation

Maung Moe and Rebecca Ratcliffe, South-east Asia correspondent

18, Oct, 2021 @3:27 PM

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‘Do we not have any rights?’ Indian Muslims’ fear after Assam evictions
BJP government accused of ‘divide-and-conquer policy’ as villagers are beaten and shot

Hannah Ellis-Petersen and Shaikh Azizur Rahman

18, Oct, 2021 @4:00 AM

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I Am Belmaya review – uplifting story of a Nepali woman following her film-making dream
In the face of many obstacles, a Dalit woman proves her determination to forge a career as a film-maker

Phuong Le

16, Oct, 2021 @5:14 PM

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Seven dead after violence erupts during Hindu festival in Bangladesh
Five Muslims and two Hindus die in violence that followed claim that a Qur’an was desecrated

Hannah Ellis-Petersen South Asia correspondent

16, Oct, 2021 @2:22 PM

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US offers payments, relocation to family of Afghans killed in botched drone attack
Pentagon says it is also working to relocate any of those relatives to the US, almost two months after Kabul strike

Staff and agencies

16, Oct, 2021 @3:44 AM

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How Covid spread fear of globalisation and threatens a new world order
From China backtracking on coal to Britain’s ‘chicken king’ calling for a rethink of food production, the virus has accelerated nationalist impulses towards autarky

Martin Farrer

15, Oct, 2021 @11:39 PM

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‘The heaven of film-making’: how a Dalit orphan got to tell her own story
Gift of a camera inspired Belmaya Nepali to rise above poverty and abuse to make documentaries

Rojita Adhikari in Kathmandu

15, Oct, 2021 @2:48 PM

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UN quizzed over role in prison-like island camp for Rohingya refugees
Rights groups raise concerns over deal to provide services on Bhasan Char, as Bangladesh plans to increase camp’s population by 80,000

Kaamil Ahmed

15, Oct, 2021 @12:27 PM

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RAF plane to fly up to 40 Afghans to UK as evacuations resume
Flight carrying translators and others who have escaped Taliban to land at RAF Brize Norton on Friday

Dan Sabbagh Defence and security editor

14, Oct, 2021 @3:17 PM

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Afghan refugees accuse Turkey of violent illegal pushbacks
Migrants, many fleeing the Taliban regime, claim they are being beaten, harassed and turned back by Turkish border forces

Peter Yeung

14, Oct, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Muslim foreign ministers to make women’s rights plea to Taliban
Ministers from Muslim-majority nations to travel to Kabul to discuss ban on girls going to secondary school

Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor

13, Oct, 2021 @12:07 PM

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