India hub of child trafficking in South Asia

NEW DELHI - Nearly 150,000 women and children are trafficked from South Asia every year, most of them from, via and to India, says a new report that also underlines how the economic meltdown has heightened the risk of child sexual exploitation.

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Kerala assembly to hold special session for women’s quota

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM - The Kerala government Wednesday decided to convene a special session of the state assembly Sep 8-17 to bring in a new law reserving 50 percent seats in the local legislative bodies for women.

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High court defers Shopian murder case hearing

SRINAGAR - The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Wednesday deferred the hearing of the Shopian rape and murder case for a week following objections by the bar association to the state government’s request to have it investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

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Pakistani Taliban leader declared proclaimed offender

ISLAMABAD - An anti-terrorism court Wednesday declared Pakistani Taliban leader Maulana Fazlullah a proclaimed offender, officials said.

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High time India reformed its policing: Experts

NEW DELHI - India needs urgent reforms in policing to free it from the shackles of politicians and bureaucrats and make it more effective and trustful for common citizens, says former police chiefs and experts. Most states have been dragging their feet over the reforms fearing loss of political control over its forces.

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Hong Kong worker steals to avenge `fat, stupid spinster’ slur

HONG KONG - A Hong Kong office worker stole cash and personal items from her supervisor in revenge for being called a “fat, stupid spinster”, a news report said Wednesday.

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Microsoft seeks stay on Word sale ban

NEW YORK - Microsoft Tuesday sought stay on a court injunction which bars it from selling its popular Word document creation software in the US for violating a patent belonging to a Canadian company.

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Releasing Lockerbie bomber is wrong: Clinton

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said Scotland will be “wrong” to release a Libyan man serving a life sentence in Scotland for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people.

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Abu Ghraib music composition makes European debut

MORITZBURG - A chamber music piece “Abu Ghraib” by US composer John Harbison made its European debut Tuesday night to an unusually strong reception by the audience.

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Libyan ‘Lockerbie bomber’ drops appeal against sentence

LONDON - The Libyan man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing in which 270 people died moved a step closer to being freed from jail Tuesday as a court in Scotland accepted his bid to drop an appeal against his life sentence passed nine years ago.

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