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Snakes beware: reptiles targeted across Bangladesh after rise in sightings of Russell’s viper

Misinformation and online rumours stoke fear of the venomous species, which has led to snakes being killed indiscriminately, warn conservationistsAmin Mandol was harvesting peanuts from a char – a bank of sand and silt – in the Padma, the lower part of…

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UK should restore diplomatic presence to help Afghan women, says aid chief

Hugh Bayley says NGOs would also benefit as he releases report on impact of UK programme in AfghanistanThe UK should consider restoring its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan to support Afghan women and to help monitor the impact of British aid, a comm…

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Pakistani breast milk bank closes after Islamic clerics withdraw approval

Doctors deplore decision and point to country’s high neonatal mortality rate as bank, which opened in June, forced to close without taking a single depositWhen he heard a hospital in Karachi was setting up a milk bank for babies, the news was a “huge r…

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‘Nothing compensates for the stolen years’: the Afghan women rebuilding shattered dreams in Iran

More than 1,000 days after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, women and girls are reluctantly seeking education elsewhereRelief set in the moment Hasina crossed the border into Iran. For two years, the Taliban barred the 24-year-old medical stude…

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Video appears to shows gang-rape of Afghan woman in a Taliban jail

Exclusive: Activist claims she was threatened with release of the footage in order to silence her, amid multiple reports of sexual violence inflicted upon imprisoned Afghan womenThe Guardian has seen video evidence of a female Afghan human rights activ…

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What does a Bollywood star have to do with Indian women’s wellbeing? Everything | Shrayana Bhattacharya

In India being a female fan of Shah Rukh Khan is not just about a love of film – it’s a form of resistance against restrictive gender norms Shah Rukh Khan may be an Indian cinematic legend and star of record-breaking Bollywood blockbusters but he is no…

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In a class of their own: three Olympic sportswomen talk about overcoming war, hardship and the Taliban

In advance of the Paris Olympics and Paralympics, we speak to women who have faced conflict, discrimination and a lack of funding to stand as their countries’ only female qualifiers in their chosen fieldsOne of Alexandra Ndolo’s greatest career achieve…

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Thai artist gives voice to Myanmar’s Shan refugees at Venice and Bangkok biennales

Themes of displacement and diaspora explored in collaborative textile project as part of The Spirits of Maritime Crossing exhibition in Venice and BangkokThe Koung Jor refugee camp on the Thai-Myanmar border is just three and half hours from Jakkai Sir…

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India’s supreme court to rule on new penal code permitting marital rape

Rights groups protesting at Modi government’s view that criminalising sexual assault violates ‘sanctity’ of marriageCampaigners angry that marital rape is not to be criminalised under India’s long-awaited new penal code have been promised a ruling on t…

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Afghan girls accuse Taliban of sexual assault after arrests for ‘bad hijab’

Reports surface days before UN summit on Afghanistan that will exclude Afghan women and debate on women’s rightsTeenage girls and young women arrested by the Taliban for wearing “bad hijab” say they have been subjected to sexual violence and assault in…

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Shutting Afghan women out of key UN conference to appease Taliban ‘a betrayal’

Group allegedly demanding Afghan participation in Doha meeting this month be limited to men and that women’s rights be excluded from the agendaExcluding Afghan women from an upcoming UN conference on Afghanistan would be a “betrayal” of women and girls…

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Indian engineers warn of prolonged blackouts amid searing heatwave

Increasing use of fans, air coolers and air conditioners is placing ‘serious’ strain on grid in north of countryEngineers in India have warned of the possibility of prolonged power outages in the north, where a heatwave has brought misery for millions …

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‘Know how loved you were’: fathers write to their children from the frontline

As many countries celebrate Father’s Day, four men share their love, fears and dreams for their children in Gaza, Ukraine, Afghanistan and Sudan Continue reading…

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