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The Punjab bill on the prohibition of child labor in brick kilns is a double-edged sword. Ostensibly, the bill is designed to end the evil of child labor in a fairly large sector, but it also aims to revive the curse of peshgi (an advance against wages), and thus legitimizes bonded labor.
 
The scandal over his tax dealings and a steel sector crisis have badly bruised Prime Minister David Cameron just three months ahead of a crucial referendum on Britain's EU membership, experts said.
 
By subduing dissidents and eliminating rivals, Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour is rapidly consolidating his authority over the fractious Afghan insurgent movement as it prepares for "decisive" battles in its upcoming spring offensive.
 
Hillary Clinton has the biggest chance in U.S. history of shattering the ultimate glass ceiling and becoming the first female commander in chief. But could men spoil it for her?
 
From Russia to China, and the UK to Iceland, the revelations of the "Panama Papers" have tarnished officials and the wealthy over the implication that they hide riches offshore.
 
The bloody terrorist attacks targeting European cities, the last of which took place in Brussels in the past few weeks, revealed the fact that the EU has to deal with this danger in a more serious and comprehensive manner than ever before. Many security experts believe that the measures taken by Europe within the scope of the fight against terrorism are still inadequate, as clearly seen in the cases of Paris and Brussels attacks.
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The new constituent country representatives to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) met this week in Jakarta. They include Indonesia's Dinna Wisnu, director of the Paramadina Graduate School of Diplomacy, who replaced Rafendi Djamin, who had served on the AICHR since its establishment in 2009.
 
U.S. President Barack Obama has opened his final presidential campaign -- against Republican Party front-runner Donald Trump.
 
A widely seen video showing two suspected drug smugglers rapidly climbing a tall border fence -- within sight of three Border Patrol vehicles -- put on display for a global audience what the government says is a regular occurrence at the U.S.-Mexico international line.
 
Four decades after his brother was killed during a rescue operation in Uganda, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is embarking on an African mission of his own -- but with very different aims.
 
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