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Modi’s India passes religiously discriminatory citizenship bill amid global outcry

NEW DELHI: The lower house of the Indian legislature passed controversial legislation early Tuesday that will grant citizenship to religious minorities from neighbouring countries, but not Muslims, amid raucous scenes in parliament and protests in the northeast of the country. The Citizenship Amendment Bill provides that Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians fleeing persecution in Muslim-majority Afghanistan, Bangladesh and...

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After buses, trains and taxis, Indian women face harassment in planes

BHUBANESWAR: India has remained in the limelight for harassment of women for some time, with daughters of eve feeling unsafe commuting on public transport be it trains, buses or taxis. In 2012, the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern made headlines all over the world. The victim did not survive the ordeal and succumbed to her injuries while...

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Seven killed in Bangladesh after petrol bombs thrown at bus

DHAKA: Opposition activists in Bangladesh trying to enforce a transport boycott threw petrol bombs at a bus early on Tuesday setting off a fire that engulfed the vehicle killing seven people, a fire department officer said. The opposition rejected a general election just over a year ago and stepped up its protests last month in a bid to force Prime...

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China tells US it’s against Obama meeting Dalai Lama

BEIJING: China warned the United States on Monday that it was opposed to any country meeting the Dalai Lama "in any manner" after the White House said US President Barack Obama would attend an event with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader whom Beijing brands a separatist. The White House said last week that Obama would deliver remarks at a Feb....

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Taliban attack on checkpoint kills 5 Afghan policemen

KABUL: An Afghan official says an attack on a police checkpoint in the southern province of Kandahar has killed five policemen. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack. Zia Durani, the spokesman for the provincial police chief, says the attack happened late on Sunday in Maiwand district and that an investigation is underway. Durani says there are indications one...

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Pilot held by Islamic State puts Jordan’s king in a tough spot

AMMAN: The fate of a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic State has raised public pressure on King Abdullah over his country's role in the US-led military campaign against the hardline group in Syria, fuelling the risk of broader discontent in the US ally. After his capture in December, militants released pictures of the young pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh being led out...

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US taking new look at giving arms to Ukraine forces

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama's administration is taking a new look at providing Ukrainian forces with defensive weapons and equipment in the face of a rebel offensive that shattered a five-month truce, the New York Times reported on Sunday. The newspaper quoted U.S. officials as saying Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey were open to...

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6 dead, 10 wounded in central Damascus blast

BEIRUT: A blast on a bus in a central district of the Syrian capital killed at least six people and wounded 10 on Sunday, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was not immediately clear what had caused the blast in the Souq al-Hamadiyeh neighbourhood of Damascus. The blast was also reported by state television,...

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Japan PM vows to ‘never forgive terrorists’ after IS hostage killing claim

Tokyo: A visibly upset Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday vowed to "never forgive terrorists" after the Islamic State group released a video purportedly showing the beheading of hostage Kenji Goto. "I am extremely angry about these heinous and despicable terrorist acts. We will never forgive terrorists," Abe told reporters in Tokyo. "We will cooperate with the international community...

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Drone attack kills four al Qaeda suspects in Yemen

Aden: A drone strike killed four suspected Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen Saturday, tribal sources said, the second attack in a week since Washington vowed to pursue its campaign against the militants. Tribal sources said the unmanned aircraft, which only the United States operates in the region, targeted a car carrying four militants in the southern province of Shabwa, a stronghold...

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IS claims it has beheaded Japanese journalist Kenji Goto

BEIRUT: The Islamic State group released a video on Saturday purportedly showing the beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto. In it, Goto is seen kneeling, dressed in an orange outfit, as a masked man standing beside him with a knife blames the Japanese government for his “slaughter.” It ends with a still photo of the body with the head resting on...

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Egypt court rules Hamas armed wing ‘terror group’

CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, declaring it a "terrorist" group. Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, denounced the ruling against the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades as “a dangerous political decision that serves the interests of the occupier,” referring to Israel. Since Egypt's military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, the...

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India tests long-range missile from mobile launcher

NEW DELHI: India on Saturday succeeded for the first time in using a mobile launcher to test-fire a long-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead deep inside rival China. Although Saturday's launch was the third test of the Agni V missile, it was the first time the weapon had been fired from a so-called cannister mounted on a truck...

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Bangladesh cuts power to opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s home

DHAKA: Bangladesh authorities on Saturday cut the power to opposition leader Khaleda Zia's home in an apparent bid to force her to call off a crippling anti-government transport blockade. Local television showed footage of a technician from a state-run power utility climbing a ladder and cutting the line outside Zia's house, where she also has her office and where she...

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Malaysia formally declares MH370 an accident, passengers dead

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has formally declared the missing flag-carrier MH370 an ‘accident’ and its passengers and crew ‘dead’, as well as announced for compensation payments to the victims’ relatives. Malaysian Civil Aviation Chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said on Thursday, “It is therefore, with the heaviest heart and deepest sorrow that, on behalf of the government of Malaysia, we officially declare...

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US-led air strikes hit IS targets in Syria and Iraq

WASHINGTON: The United States and coalition partners launched six air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, and 12 more in Iraq as they kept up pressure on the insurgent group, the U.S. military said on Thursday. Among the strikes, which occurred between 8 a.m. local time Wednesday and 8 a.m. on Thursday, were five near Kobani, striking an Islamic...

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Car bomb, rockets kill 26 in Egypt’s Sinai

CAIRO: Militants fired a barrage of rockets and set off a car bomb Thursday killing at least 26 people, mostly soldiers, in Egypt´s North Sinai province, where security forces are battling a raging insurgency. Militants have regularly attacked security forces in the Sinai Peninsula since president Mohamed Morsi was ousted by then army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi...

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