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Rape victims denied speedy justice despite changes in law

Rape victims denied speedy justice despite changes in law

The government launched fast-track courts and a tougher rape law that included the death penalty after a gruesome assault on a young woman shocked the country in 2012, but crime statistics indicate the situation has got worse, not better, since then.

Furore as top court rules out probe into judge death

Furore as top court rules out probe into judge death

The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed petitions seeking a SIT (special investigation team) probe into the death of judge B H Loya, who was conducting a trial in the killing of gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh in Gujarat in which now BJP president Amit Shah was an accused.

Rains flood Rohingya camps in Bangladesh

Rains flood Rohingya camps in Bangladesh

The first rains of the year have flooded parts of the crowded Rohingya camps in Bangladesh, aid workers said yesterday, wreaking havoc and raising fears for nearly 1mn refugees ahead of the monsoon.

Drugs war officers given key posts in police reshuffle

Drugs war officers given key posts in police reshuffle

Police at the helm of the Philippine war on drugs were given top posts in the national force yesterday, indicating no let-up in a brutal crackdown that has caused international alarm, and defined Rodrigo Duterte’s 21-month presidency.

Queen backs Charles to be next Commonwealth head

Queen backs Charles to be next Commonwealth head

Queen Elizabeth II, the head of the Commonwealth, yesterday opened the Commonwealth summit for what may be the last time, voicing hope that her son would be allowed to carry on her role.

Cambodian journalists charged with espionage denied bail

Cambodian journalists charged with espionage denied bail

A court in Cambodia yesterday declined to grant bail to two journalists who have been charged with espionage for filing news reports to a US-funded radio station.

A peace treaty ‘must be pursued’: Moon

A peace treaty ‘must be pursued’: Moon

A peace treaty to formally end the Korean War “must be pursued”, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said yesterday, ahead of a summit with Kim Jong-un, leader of the nuclear-armed North.

Trump unveils effort to boost US weapons sales abroad

Trump unveils effort to boost US weapons sales abroad

The Trump administration rolled out a long-awaited overhaul of US arms export policy yesterday aimed at expanding sales to allies, saying it will bolster the American defence industry and create jobs at home.

Pakistan cutting its dependence on US arms: FT

Pakistan cutting its dependence on US arms: FT

Pakistan is gradually reducing its dependence on American military technology, with China filling the gap, says a Financial Times (FT) report, which also warns that this shift will have geo-political repercussions.

Royal engagements

Royal engagements

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II engaging Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi during a lunchtime reception yesterday for new Commonwealth Heads of Government at Buckingham Palace in London.

Pakistan elected to two key UN bodies

Pakistan elected to two key UN bodies

Pakistan was elected to two United Nations panels on Monday, a feat that ambassador Dr Maleeha Lodhi said is in recognition of Islamabad’s positive contribution to the work of the world body.

Hottest April day

Hottest April day

A couple eat ice cream as they walk near Tower Bridge, in London yesterday. Temperatures have soared to over 29C in parts of London, making it the warmest April day for nearly 70 years.

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