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Asia Bibi is free

International | The Pakistani Christian finally joins her family in Canada
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/08/19, 12:09 pm

CANADA: Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian held for eight years on death row on charges of blasphemy against Islam, has arrived in Canada, seven months after the charges against her were overturned by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Bibi, who has been living in safe houses since the court’s decision, after Muslim mobs threatened to kill her, gained asylum—and under-the-radar passage—to Canada, where her children already reside.

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Myanmar pardons journalists

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/07/19, 10:25 am

Myanmar’s president on Tuesday pardoned two Reuters journalists who spent more than a year in jail for reporting on the military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in the country also known as Burma. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were among 6,520 prisoners President Win Myint pardoned. Zaw Zaw, the chief of Insein Prison, confirmed their release.

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Powerful cyclone headed for India

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/02/19, 12:14 pm

Indian authorities on Thursday started to evacuate hundreds of thousands of people from villages along the country’s eastern coast ahead of a strong storm. Cyclone Fani is expected to make landfall early Friday with winds of up to 124 mph and heavy rainfall, according to the Indian Meteorological Department. Authorities worry the storm could become the strongest since 1999, when a cyclone killed about 10,000 people after raging through the eastern coastal areas of the state of Odisha.

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