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Delhi to divide Jammu and Kashmir state despite violence

SRINAGAR: India will formally split up the Jammu and Kashmir state into two federal territories today, aimed at tightening New Delhi’s grip on the restive region that has been in the grip of a harsh security clampdown for nearly three

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Iraq on curfew as violent protests escalate nationwide

BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi declared a curfew in Baghdad yesterday until further notice after at least seven people were killed and more than 400 were injured during two days of nationwide anti-government protests. Curfews were imposed earlier

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Police fire water cannon as Indonesians rally against new laws

Indonesian police fired water cannon and tear gas to break up protests in Jakarta yesterday evening, as tens of thousands of students gathered in cities nationwide over issues that included a new criminal code that penalises adultery and revised laws

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Kashmir protesters defy restrictions, clash with security forces

SRINAGAR: Security forces used tear gas against stone-throwing local residents in Indian Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar yesterday, after a third straight week of protests in the restive Soura district despite the imposition of tight restrictions. Paramilitary police tried to

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India tightens grip on Kashmir amid calls for protests by separatists

SRINAGAR: Authorities in the main city of Indian Kashmir tightened security ahead of Friday prayers after separatists called for a protest march to a UN office, with streets bristling with paramilitary personnel and some blocked by checkpoints. Posters appeared overnight

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