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Gunmen kidnap 18 Afghan deminers in southeast

Gunmen kidnap 18 Afghan deminers in southeast

GARDEZ: Unidentified gunmen kidnapped 18 Afghan deminers on Thursday in southeastern Khost province, the provincial police chief said, the second abduction of a mine clearing team this month.
The group from the Kabul-based Mine Detection Centre were travelling in Musa Khel district when they were stopped by a group of gunmen and then seized, said Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai. “They had gone to the area on the request of the elders to clear mines from their village,” Ishaqzai told

Women must rise against violence

LAHORE: South Asia Partnership (SAP) marked 16 days against gender violence, paying tribute to the three American sisters who were physically tortured when they tried to raise their voice against autocracy.
The SAP event brought together change makers, both women and men, from all districts of Punjab. It was discussed that violence against women was present at, at least, three different levels; personal, community based, and regional/national.
Shamim Malik, a lawyer,

Eight killed in election violence in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN: Gunmen shot dead at least eight people in an attack on supporters of Ivory Coast presidential candidate Alassane Ouattara amid tensions over delayed vote results, witnesses told AFP on Thursday.
Violence erupted as Ouattara and President Laurent Gbagbo were locked in a stand-off over results of the hotly contested presidential vote, following pre-election violence that left at least another seven people dead. Witnesses in the western Yopougon district of Abidjan, a

NGOs mark day against gender violence

LAHORE: Shirakt Gah, South Asia Partnership Pakistan and Kashf Foundation along with other non-governmental organisations (NGO) organised a walk and solidarity rally at the Lahore Press Club to mark the International Women Rights Defenders Day.
The participants carried banners and placards demanding an end to all forms of violence against women and acts of harassment against human rights defenders. November 29 is a day of recognition for human rights activists when activism,

Three killed in Ivory Coast poll violence: UN

ABIDJAN: Violence in western Ivory Coast during Sunday’s second round of presidential elections has killed three people, the UN envoy to the divided west African country, Youn-jin Choi, said Monday.
The previous toll, given on Sunday by the government, was two dead, and the authorities blamed Dozo traditional hunters.
“We have confirmed three deaths yesterday in the west,” Choi told a press conference, without giving details of “this violence, these troubles,” which he said

Rio braces for more violence in drug crackdown

RIO DE JANEIRO: Residents of Rio’s northern slums braced for more violence on Friday as hundreds of reinforcements joined a widening crackdown on drug gangs that has killed at least 30 people in six days.
Armored vehicles rumbled through the pockmarked streets of the Vila Cruzeiro slum on Thursday as elite police units backed by helicopters and snipers battled drug traffickers under a cloud of black smoke from torched buses.
Police claimed to have wrested control of the

Violence in Bangladesh over ex-PM’s eviction from home

DHAKA: Police in Bangladesh fired tear gas and rubber bullets on Saturday to clear demonstrators trying to prevent authorities from evicting the leader of the opposition from a home she has occupied since 1982.
At least 50 people were injured and more than 20 demonstrators detained in the capital Dhaka, police said. Police and witnesses said up to 4,000 protesters armed with sticks and stones set fire to vehicles and attacked officers near the headquarters of former prime

Violence in south Yemen after separatist’s arrest

ADEN: Gunmen attacked a military checkpoint outside a south Yemen city on Thursday and demonstrators tried to break into a jail to protest against a southern separatist leader’s arrest, local officials said.
The checkpoint clash occurred hours before about 4,000 people, according to local residents, took to the streets in the southern city of Dalea for a second day of protests against Tuesday’s arrest of the leader of a southern secessionist group. Hasan Baoum is accused of

16 killed in Karachi violence

KARACHI: At least 16 people were killed and another three injured in a fresh wave of violence in Karachi on Wednesday.
Kalakot police said bodies of two men were found near the post office adjacent to Baloch Chowk in Lyari. The victims were identified as Jamil and Zakir, believed to be associated with the Baba Ladla gang in the area. Soon after the bodies were found, a gun battle erupted between two gangs of Lyari – the Baba Ladla group and the Muslim Shahzad group – following

Pope condemns ‘ferocious’ anti-Christian violence in Iraq

VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI condemned the “absurd violence” against Christians in Iraq on Monday after two priests and 35 worshippers were killed in a hostage drama at a cathedral in Baghdad.
“I pray for the victims of this absurd violence, all the more ferocious in that it struck defenceless people united in the house of God, which is a place of love and reconciliation,” Benedict told pilgrims in St Peter’s Square during an address to mark All Saints’ Day.
The pontiff

LDA guards beat up journalists trying to protect woman from violence

LAHORE: Security guards of the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) attacked the staff of the Dunya TV channel when they tried to rescue an elderly woman (an ex-LDA employee) from being beaten by the guards at the LDA Building on Egerton Road on Friday.
Fouzia, a teacher sacked from the LDA School in Johar Town, had approached the LDA along with court orders for her reinstatement. She was trying to meet the LDA’s top brass when security guards headed by Sohaib Abdul Rehman began

PPP says it lost 23 activists to recent violence

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Karachi division on Friday issued a list of party activists, who the party said were murdered in the recent wave of violence in city.
The issuance of the PPP’s list coincided with Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s call for an operation against criminals in Lyari, a stronghold of the PPP. According to the list, out of the 75 people killed in street shooting incidents 23 were PPP activists.
PPP’s list said Noor-ul Haq Ansari, Mohammad Akbar,

Eight more killed in Karachi violence, death toll rises to 44

KARACHI: Eight more people were killed and another nine injured in various parts of Karachi on Monday, with the death toll in the latest spate of violence rising to 44.
Meanwhile, Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza ‘re-imposed’ the ban on pillion riding in Karachi on Monday, two days after he had announced its lifting to “respect the wishes of the residents of Karachi”.
The ban was imposed on November 2, 2008 by the Sindh Home Department to control rising crime in the