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KABUL: Exposure to Western culture since 2001 has transformed Afghanistan’s previously isolated society, and a love of tattoos has taken hold - despite inking parlours being illegal.
Under the Taliban’s tough 1996-2001 regime, personal fashion ...
 
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BAN NAM KHEM, Thailand: A decade after towering waves wrenched her newborn baby from her arms, Mi Htay remains haunted by memories of the children she lost in the tsunami whose bodies, like hundreds of other Myanmar migrants in Thailand, were never ...
 
 

BERLIN: There’s little to break the monotony of communist-era apartment blocks stretching across Marzahn-Hellersdorf, an east Berlin satellite district that has gained national notoriety for a spate of anti-foreigner protests.
Week after week, ...
 
 

UNITED NATIONS, United States: North Korea comes under scrutiny on Monday at the UN Security Council in the first-ever meeting on its dismal rights record, amid calls for Pyongyang to be referred to the International Criminal Court.
Until now, ...
 
 

OCCUPIED AL-QUDS: Israel’s high cost of living is set to dominate a March 17 election that could shake up Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition, with voter anger symbolised by an overpriced dessert.
In a country where the influence of ...
 
 

KIEV: The authoritarian leader of Belarus visits Kiev on Sunday hoping to revive stalled Ukrainian peace talks he has been hosting in order to calm Europe’s volatile eastern edge.
But a high-ranking Ukrainian official said Belarussian President ...
 
 

Christmas -- once banned in China -- has exploded in the atheist nation in recent years, with marketeers using everything from saxophones and Smurfs to steam trains to get shoppers to open their wallets.
Anyone walking into a shopping mall is ...
 
 

New Delhi: A 24-year-old rape case that was begging for justice due to non-appearance of the accused has been reopened in a fast-track court here dealing with sexual offences against women after the arrest of the absconding offender.
Additional ...
 
 

ANKARA: Turkey’s television regulator has handed a record fine to a popular game show for a segment where husbands were filmed dancing with other women as their wives looked on, reports said on Sunday.
The game show, “I Don’t Know, My Spouse ...
 
 

Syria’s vast archaeological sites have suffered extensive damage because of bombing by government warplanes and the demolition of religious shrines by Daesh militants. But there is an increasing, perhaps more menacing problem: old-fashioned ...
 
 

To the astonishment of even the most seasoned and wired-in of Cuba hands, the half century-long cold (and hot) war between the US and Cuba is over. In what will rank alongside Nixon’s opening to China and Reagan’s embrace of Gorbachev, Obama has ...
 
 

MOUNT SINJAR, Iraq: Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani hailed advances by peshmerga fighters against the Islamic State group on Sunday as they battled the Jihadists for a northern town with the backing of US-led strikes.
Thousands of the ...
 
 

NEW YORK: A gunman assassinated two uniformed New York police officers in a cold-blooded attack on their patrol car on Saturday that followed weeks of outrage over police killings of unarmed black men.
The two officers, one a newlywed, were shot ...
 
 

PYONGYANG: North Korea threatened on Sunday to hit back at the White House and other US targets if Washington sanctions it for an alleged hacking attack.
The country’s top military body, the National Defence Commission (NDC), again denied ...
 
 

DAMASCUS: Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad told a top official from key supporter Iran on Sunday his regime is working on “reconciliations” to end the brutal civil war, state news agency SANA said.
His regime refers to local truces agreed ...
 
 

SYDNEY: An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home, police said.
Mersane Warria, 37, was charged with eight counts of murder in a bedside ...
 
 

TEHRAN: Iran has seized on Washington’s historic rapprochement with Cuba after five decades of Cold War standoff as proof that big power sanctions do not work.
“The defence by the Cuban government and people of their revolutionary ideals over ...
 
 

JOUE-LES-TOURS, France: Security was stepped up at police and fire stations across France on Sunday after a knife-wielding French convert to Islam was shot dead after attacking three police officers.
Bertrand Nzohabonayo was killed on Saturday ...
 
 

WASHINGTON: By migrating to urban areas in search of better life opportunities, people in developing countries are increasing their risk of diabetes and other metabolic disorders, shows a study. “Our findings indicate that people who leave a rural ...