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Pakistani right cries 'blasphemy' to muzzle progressives

0SHARESShare Tweet ISLAMABAD (AFP) –  A virulent social media campaign to paint five disappeared Pakistani activists as blasphemers deserving execution has spotlighted how right-wing efforts to muzzle liberal voices using the country’s draconian laws have found a powerful new platform online. The five men had stood against religious intolerance and at times criticised Pakistan’s military, with several of them running progressive ...

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May to rule out 'half-in' EU deal in Brexit speech

0SHARESShare Tweet LONDON (AFP) –  British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday is expected to say she favours a clean break from the European Union, dismissing a “half-in, half-out” Brexit deal with Brussels. In a highly-anticipated speech, May is likely to give further signals that Britain is heading to what analysts call a “hard” Brexit. That direction will be cheered by ...

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Turkish police catch nightclub gunman in Istanbul raid

0SHARESShare Tweet ISTANBUL (AFP) –  Turkish police were questioning Tuesday the suspected jihadist who slaughtered 39 people on New Year’s night at an Istanbul nightclub, after capturing him in a raid on a residential area of the city after a long manhunt. The alleged assailant, named as Abdulgadir Masharipov, was found along with his four-year-old son in an apartment in the ...

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Ewan beats 'stinking' heat to grab Tour Down Under lead

0SHARESShare Tweet ADELAIDE (AUSTRALIA) (AFP) –  Rising Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan defied a heatwave to claim the opening stage of the UCI season-opening Tour Down Under in the South Australian wine-growing town of Lyndoch on Tuesday. Ewan, 22, surged in the last 200 metres to hold off Dutchman Danny van Poppell and Ireland’s Sam Bennett and win the 118-kilometre stage in ...

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World's top woman golfer Ko wants to get ball rolling on equal pay

0SHARESShare Tweet HONG KONG (AFP) –  The world’s top woman golfer Lydia Ko wants her stunning achievements as a teenager to narrow the sport’s huge gap in prize money between men and women. “Hopefully one day it will be equal” she told AFP, while recognising her and her LPGA Tour colleagues have a crucial part to play in growing the sport ...

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In China, alcohol aged in bamboo for a new flavour

0SHARESShare Tweet YIBIN (CHINA) (AFP) –  A manufacturer of Chinese liqueurs, Chen Chao wanders through the bamboo-covered mountains of southwestern China’s Sichuan province to his ‘cellar’, where he will check on this year’s prize blend. In the absence of an oak barrel, the 30-year-old uses live bamboo trunks to age his spirit, a method reputed to confer a unique aroma and ...

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Dutch vote to set off Europe's 'super election year'

0SHARESShare Tweet THE HAGUE (AFP) –  Dutch voters head to crunch parliamentary polls in two months time, heralding the start of a “super election year” in three of Europe’s leading economies: The Netherlands, France and Germany. After the surprise Brexit result in Britain and as Donald Trump’s inauguration looms on Friday in the United States, the spotlight is shifting to the ...

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Sundance to 'engage and provoke' with focus on climate

0SHARESShare Tweet LOS ANGELES (AFP) –  The Sundance Film Festival opens in Utah Thursday, promising to set the agenda for independent cinema and starting the 2018 Oscars buzz a month before this year’s statuettes are awarded. The annual gathering, founded in 1985 by iconic screen outlaw Robert Redford, turns the lens on 118 independent features, as Hollywood descends on the ski ...

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German court to rule on banning far-right party

0SHARESShare Tweet BERLIN (AFP) –  Germany’s highest court will on Tuesday announce its ruling on whether to ban the far-right NPD party — an explosive issue as the country faces an election year roiled by an anti-immigration backlash. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government supports the case, although the executive has not formally joined the high-stakes legal gamble, launched by the Bundesrat upper ...

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Myanmar's 'smiling' Irrawaddy dolphins on brink of extinction

0SHARESShare Tweet SIN KYUN (MYANMAR) (AFP) –  Tears fill Maung Lay’s eyes as he describes losing the dolphin he knew since his childhood, the latest casualty of a battle against pollution and electrofishing that may see the species disappear in Myanmar. Loved for generations for corralling the catch into fishermen’s nets, the ‘smiling’ Irrawaddy dolphins are being killed in record numbers ...

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