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‘A Brexited flatland: Peter Gabriel hits out after Womad stars refused entry to UK

Festival co-founder urges government to make it easier for international artists to perform in Britain The musician Peter Gabriel has expressed alarm over UK foreign policy after a number of international artists were unable to perform at artists declined invitations to perform at Womad, with many citing the difficulty of entering the country under the automated visa system that first created issues for the festival in 2017. Whether their perceptions are real or inflamed, the reality is that artists are deciding that the hassle and cost of entering the UK…

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Imran Khan claims victory in Pakistan elections

Former cricketer strikes unifying tone after campaign marred by violence and vote that opponents say was rigged The former international cricket star Imran Khan has declared victory in Pakistans general election, hailing what he described as the fairest vote in the countrys history, despite widespread allegations it was rigged in favour of his Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party. In a televised address to the nation from his house in Bani Gala, a wealthy suburb of Islamabad, Khan struck a unifying tone, pledging to rise above personal attacks and lift up the poor.…

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Former Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years in jail

Corruption charges related to purchase of London flats, with verdict likely to affect election The former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for corruption in a verdict likely to influence the general election the Panama Papers leak, published by the Guardian and others in 2016. The court also sentenced Sharifs daughter and presumed political heir, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, to seven years imprisonment, fined the family 10m and ordered the seizure of the Imran Khan, the former cricketer and leader of the main opposition…

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‘Nothing but lies and deceit’: Trump launches Twitter attack on Pakistan

US president tweets saying Pakistan is providing safe haven to terrorists and America was foolish to give $33bn in aid Donald Trump has accused Pakistan of lies and deceit, saying America was foolish to have given Islamabad more than $33bn in aid. Trump began the new year by launching an attack on Islamabad in his first tweet of 2018, saying Pakistan was providing safe haven to the terrorists we hunt. The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and…

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Too many have died in Afghanistan already. Trump must not draw us back | Owen Jones

Too much blood has already been spilled in a conflict that the west cannot win, says Guardian columnist Owen Jones The test of any professed opposition to Donald Trump is what response is forthcoming when he starts dropping bombs or sending soldiers to die. There were those who spoke in grave tones about Trumps threat to world peace even implying he was an American Hitler but got teary-eyed as soon as he sent missiles hurtling unveiled plans to send more American soldiers to the graveyard of Afghanistan and he wants…

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Take away Aung San Suu Kyis Nobel peace prize. She no longer deserves it | George Monbiot

Once she was an inspiration. Now, silent on the plight of the Rohingya, she is complicit in crimes against humanity, writes the Guardian columnist George Monbiot Few of us expect much from political leaders: to do otherwise is to invite despair. But to Aung San Suu Kyi we entrusted our hopes. To mention her name was to invoke patience and resilience in the face of suffering, courage and determination in the unyielding struggle for freedom. She was an inspiration to us all. Friends of mine devoted their working lives to…

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Flags and parades in India and Pakistan for 70th anniversary celebrations

Tensions in India over patriotic oath for children and order for Islamic schools to film independence day ceremonies National flags are being hawked at traffic lights, the Indian parliament has been illuminated, and monkey traps have been installed around Delhi monuments as India prepares to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its independence. Above Pakistans capital, Islamabad, this weekend, air force jets left a multicoloured trail as they rehearsed for the largest air show in the countrys history on Monday, when it celebrates its own creation in 1947. Indian prime minister…

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‘They don’t care’: Indian government accused of prejudice by Chakma people

Families living on riverbanks of north-east India claim pleas for help following devastating floods have been ignored on religious and racial grounds The Indian government has been accused of religious and racial discrimination after members of the Chakma ethnic group said their pleas for help following the

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UN calls on Nepal to investigate civil war case of gang-rape and torture by soldiers

Landmark move marks first time UNs human rights group has intervened in an individual case, yet campaigners say Nepals government is unlikely to act The UN human rights committee has urged Nepal to investigate the gang-rape of a woman during the countrys civil war in a landmark decision that is the first to deal with an individual case of sexual violence during the conflict. The conflict between Maoist guerrillas and government forces that raged in Nepal from 1996 to 2006, it is believed such crimes were widespread. Research by Redress,…

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Pakistani Taliban starts magazine for would-be female jihadists

Editorial urges women to invite like-minded sisters to secret gatherings and to learn how to use weapons and grenades The Pakistani Taliban have published the first edition of a magazine aimed at convincing women to join them and practise jihad. The inaugural front cover of Sunnat-i-Khaula which translates as The Way of Khaula and refers to a 7th-century female Muslim warrior shows a woman veiled from head to toe. The 45-page magazine attempts to depict support from a section of society traditionally despised by the militant group. As well as…

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‘I don’t want tension’: Indian boxer beats China rival then offers belt back to heal border rift

Vijender Singh makes gesture of peace to Zulpikar Maimaitiali amid increasingly tense stand-off in Himalayas An Indian boxer won a title fight against a Chinese opponent before offering to hand back the prize as a gesture of peace between the two nations which are locked in a territorial dispute in the Himalayas. Vijender Singh beat Zulpikar Maimaitiali on points on Saturday to retain his WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title and take his opponents WBO Oriental super middleweight belt. After the unanimous verdict in Mumbai, Singh hugged Bollywood star Amitabh…

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Partition, 70 years on: Salman Rushdie, Kamila Shamsie and other writers reflect

More than a million were killed and many millions more displaced by Indian partition. Authors consider its bloody legacy and the crises now facing their countries Pankaj Mishra Pankaj Mishra. Photograph: Windham-Campbell Prize To think about partition on its 70th anniversary is to think, unavoidably, about the extraordinary crisis in India today. The 50th and 60th anniversaries of one of the 20th centurys biggest calamities were leavened with the possibility that India, liberal-democratic, secular and energetically globalising, was finally achieving the greatness its famous leaders had promised. In contrast to…

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He lost his wife, six children, his peace of mind – and his British asylum claim

An Afghan father and son who are trying to make a new life in Britain suffer a huge setback as their initial asylum application is turned down Lately, Said Norzai hasnt felt much like going to the mosque. He hasnt lost faith. Hes just tired of the questions, and one in particular: how is the asylum claim going? I dont like to go when I dont have any good news, he says. The first question after Hello, how are you? is Whats happening with your case? Its out of kindness…

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Kashmir: seven die after cable car falls 30m in tourist town

Gusty winds in Gulmarg uproot a huge pine tree that hits the cable of the coach, bringing it down to the ground Four Indian tourists and three local residents died when a cable car came crashing down from a height of at least 30 meters (100ft) in a tourist town in the Indian portion of Kashmir. Four other people were injured in the accident in the resort town of Gulmarg, said senior police officer Imtiyaz Hussain. One of the injured was in a critical condition. Hussain said gusty winds in…

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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 official A Pakistani man has been sentenced to death for committing blasphemy on Facebook, the first conviction on charges arising from social media. Judge Shabbir Ahmad Awan handed down the verdict in Bahawalpur, around 600km (372 miles) south of capital Islamabad, finding Taimoor Raza guilty of insulting the prophet Mohammed, prosecutor Shafiq Qureshi said. Raza had a Facebook argument about Islam with someone who turned out to be a counter-terrorism department…

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