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Facebook was where Pakistan could debate religion. Now it’s a tool to punish ‘blasphemers’

Laws that criminalize insulting Islam have led to a death sentence for posts, as activists worry Facebooks commitment to Pakistanis voice is mostly…
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‘A violence no autopsy can reveal': the deadly cost of India’s campus prejudice

Many Dalit students regard university as a place of ridicule and abuse. Amrit Dhillon investigates the aftermath of two suicides and asks: is…
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Pakistan: man sentenced to death for blasphemy on Facebook

Taimoor Raza was found guilty of insulting the prophet Mohammed during an argument on social media with a counter-terrorism officialA Pakistani man has…
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Beyond Bollywood: where India’s biggest movie hits really come from

The global success of fantasy epic Baahubali 2: The Conclusion underscores the power of the countrys billion-dollar regional film industryThe global success of…
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Indian solar power prices hit record low, undercutting fossil fuels

Plummeting wholesale prices put the country on track to meet renewable energy targets set out in the Paris agreementWholesale solar power prices have…
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Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar’s great hope fails to live up to expectations

A year after her party swept to power, the Nobel laureate faces questions over her leadership and silence on persecutionIt was never meant…
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Rise of Hindu extremist spooks 40 million Muslim minority in Indias heartland

In Gorakhpur, the power base of a firebrand monk, religious tension growsPastor Ritesh Joshua had just called a tea break when he saw…
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Indian MP beats flight attendant with slipper in ‘business class dispute’

Ravindra Gaikwad says he hit Air India employee 25 times, reportedly in argument over being given an economy seatAn Indian politician has admitted…
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Crazy dream: the former Delhi IT worker in the race to land on the moon

TeamIndus is one of four teams competing to win Googles Lunar XPrize for the first ever private moon landing, worth $20mTo this day,…
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BBC apologises for ‘what is the right punishment for blasphemy?’ tweet

Broadcaster says it never intended to imply blasphemy should be punished and said the tweet was poorly wordedBBC Asia has apologised after it…
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