Controversy in Pakistan over increased penalties for Ramadan fast-breakers

Controversy in Pakistan over increased penalties for Ramadan fast-breakers

Posted May 27, 2017 00:08:54 Photo: Fines are relatively small for fast-breakers, but opponents argue that is not the point. (Reuters: Faisal Mahmood) Critics say a bill currently before Pakistan’s Parliament to increase fines for eating and drinking in public during Ramadan, alongside jail terms of up to three months, is evidence of increasing intolerance in the country. With temperatures on the eve of Ramadan in much of Pakistan 40 degrees or above, opponents of the hiked penalties for public eating or drinking in daylight hours have warned the vulnerable…

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How US intelligence leaks upset 2 allies in 1 week

How US intelligence leaks upset 2 allies in 1 week

But asked if the leaks from US officials had compromised the ongoing investigation, Rudd said she “wouldn’t go that far.” The White House did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment on Rudd’s remarks. UK Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday she would raise the issue of leaks to US media from the Manchester bombing investigation with Trump when the pair meet later at a NATO summit in Brussels. “I will make clear to President Trump that intelligence that is shared between our law enforcement agencies must remain secure,”…

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Africa's week in pictures: 19 – 25 May 2017

Africa's week in pictures: 19 – 25 May 2017

A selection of the best photos from across Africa and of Africans elsewhere in the world this week. Image copyrightReuters Image caption Celebration time as relatives of the 82 Chibok girls released in May greet each other as they wait to be reunited with them on Saturday… Image copyrightEPA Image caption It was an emotional reunion for the families who had travelled from the north-eastern state of Borno to the capital, Abuja… Image copyrightAFP Image caption Those freed are among the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militants Boko Haram in…

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Republicans call on Greg Gianforte to 'apologise' for assaulting reporter

Republicans call on Greg Gianforte to 'apologise' for assaulting reporter

Missoula, Montana: Greg Gianforte, the Montana Republican charged with body-slamming a reporter on the eve of the state’s special congressional election, has won a US House seat. The tech millionaire won the statewide contest for Montana’s only House seat over Democrat Rob Quist, a political novice and musician. Play VideoDon’t Play Manchester United hold one minute’s silence Play VideoDon’t Play Previous slideNext slide Trump calls for multiple ejections during … Trump calls for multiple ejections during rally Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump calls for the removal of hecklers from his…

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Mapping a new frontier

Mapping a new frontier

Image copyrightShare Lab Image caption Vladan Joler says that all Facebook users are effectively working on behalf of the companyFacebook’s collection of data makes it one of the most influential organisations in the world. Share Lab wanted to look “under the bonnet” at the tech giant’s algorithms and connections to better understand the social structure and power relations within the company. A couple of years ago, Vladan Joler and his brainy friends in Belgrade began investigating the inner workings of one of the world’s most powerful corporations. The team, which…

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