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India’s Parliament passes contentious citizenship bill

Indian lawmakers approved legislation granting citizenship to non-Muslims who migrated from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, even though critics said it undermines the country’s secular constitution. The Citizenship Amendment Bill seeks to grant Indian nationality to Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jains, Parsis and Sikhs who fled the three countries because of religious persecution before 2015. It does not, however, extend to Rohingya ...

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President adviser: 70 soldiers dead in Niger after attack

Suspected Islamic militants ambushed a military post in western Niger and killed at least 70 soldiers, a presidential adviser said late Wednesday, marking the deadliest attack on the West African country’s forces in recent memory. The violence comes just days ahead of a summit in France where French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to meet with West African leaders to ...

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Five killed in hotel attack in Somali capital: police

Five people were killed in a jihadist attack on a hotel in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, police said Wednesday, adding that the victims were three civilians and two members of the security forces, reports AFP. All five jihadist fighters who stormed the hotel also died during the evening assault claimed by the al-Shabaab Islamist group, a police statement said.“Our brave security ...

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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to take the stand in genocide case

Aung San Suu Kyi is set to speak out in Myanmar’s defence at the UN’s top court on Wednesday, a day after the former democracy icon was urged to “stop the genocide” against Rohingya Muslims. Once hailed internationally for her defiance of Myanmar’s junta, the Nobel peace laureate will this time be on the side of the southeast Asian nation’s ...

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Uzbekistan’s Central Election Commission ready for parliamentary elections early voting

Early voting for parliamentary elections in Uzbekistan will be held from Dec. 12-Dec. 18, the country’s Central Election Commission (CEC) said Tuesday. “All polling stations are ready for early voting in the elections to the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis (Parliament) and local authorities,” Deputy Chairman of the CEC Mahmud Istamov told reporters. According to Uzbekistan’s election laws, to ...

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US imposes fresh sanctions on top Myanmar army men for atrocities

Photo:Collected The United States has taken fresh action against 18 individuals, including the Myanmar Army chief, for their roles in atrocities and other abuses. The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) came up with the sanctions. Other individuals, apart from four individuals from Myanmar, are located in Pakistan, Libya, Slovakia, Democratic Republic of the Congo ...

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6 killed in New Jersey gunbattle, including police officer

Six people, including a police officer and three bystanders, were killed in a furious gun battle Tuesday that filled the streets of Jersey City with the sound of heavy fire for hours, authorities said. The dead included the two gunmen, Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly said. The slain officer, Detective Joseph Seals, 40, was credited by his superiors with ...

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Chile combs Antarctic for missing plane with 38 aboard

Search crews are combing the Antarctic for a Chilean military transport plane carrying 38 people that vanished en route to a base on the frozen continent and will tirelessly press ahead as the hunt gains widening international support, officials said Tuesday. Gen. Eduardo Mosqueira said Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil and the United States had each lent planes to the search following ...

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Finland gets world’s youngest prime minister, a woman age 34

Finland became the country with the world’s youngest sitting head of government Tuesday when the Nordic country’s parliament chose a 34-year-old woman who is a prolific user of social media and a keen advocate for environmental issues as prime minister. Lawmakers in the 200-seat Eduskunta voted 99-70 to make Sanna Marin, a Social Democrat who served as transport and communications ...

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Fallen rights icon at UN court for Rohingya genocide case

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Gambia’s Justice Minister Aboubacarr Tambadou, left, listen to judges in the court room of the International Court of Justice for the first day of three days of hearings in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. Twenty-eight years to the day after Aung San Suu Kyi’s husband and sons accepted her Nobel Peace ...

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