Indian maid, 11, tortured with chillies: police

MUMBAI: Indian police have arrested a trader for allegedly torturing a 11-year-old maid who was forced to eat chillies which were also rubbed on her body, an official said Monday, in the latest abuse of domestic servants. Sarjil Ansari, a 38-year-old napkin seller, was arrested on the weekend and his wife Farhat was being questioned,…

Afghan police rescue woman from Taliban stoning

KUNDUZ: Police in a remote northern Afghan village rescued a woman from being stoned to death after she was condemned by the Taliban for allegedly cheating on her husband, officials said Tuesday. Taliban militants, who often run informal justice systems in rural Afghanistan, handed down the death penalty on the woman after her husband accused…

Thai PM dissolves Parliament, calls elections

BANGKOK: Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Monday she will dissolve the lower house of Parliament and call elections in an attempt to calm the country’s deepening political crisis. Yingluck’s announcement came as thousands of anti-government protesters began marching through Bangkok in a “final showdown” against her government. “After listening to opinions from all sides,…