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Let the Kathua rape victim be called by her name

A small girl has slipped through the protective arms of the state. Now the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has reminded us …

India

Israel says 'no naive people' in the Gaza strip after Palestinian journalist killed by Israeli fire

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday there were "no naive people" in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip after days of protests and clashes left 30 Palestinians dead, including a journalist.<p>"There are no naive people in the Gaza Strip," Lieberman told Israel's public radio.<p>"Everyone's …

Israel

Saudi Arabia and Russia consider 10 to 20 year oil alliance

Russia and OPEC member Saudi Arabia are seeking to extend oil market cooperation for decades to stabilise crude prices.<p>Saudi Arabia and Russia are working on a long-term deal to extend their alliance on oil curbs that began in January 2017, after a crash in crude prices.<p>"We are working to shift …

Oil

Shooter in deadly Quebec mosque attack pleads guilty

Alexandre Bissonnette pleaded guilty for last year's deadly attack on a Quebec City mosque that killed six worshipers.<p><b>Montreal, Quebec</b> - A Canadian man who stormed a Quebec City mosque last year and shot and killed six Muslim worshipers has pleaded guilty to the charges against him.<p>Alexandre …

Extremism

Nearly five million in India's Assam at risk of citizenship loss

Critics warn new citizens' list could render Muslims and long-term refugees in border state of Assam stateless.<p><b>Guhawati, India</b> - Nearly five million people in India's eastern state of Assam face the threat of deportation after a top government official said they have failed to provide documentation …

India

A Delhi group takes on communal politics with a performance, titled Topi ki Daastaan

Topi Ki Dastaan in progress<p>When, in future, I am asked what I, as an artist, was doing when forces of communalism were dividing people of my country, …

India

The 8 Winners of This Year's Smithsonian Photo Contest Will Completely Blow You Away

After reviewing 48,000 submissions from photographers from around the globe, the photo editors at <b>Smithsonian</b> magazine narrowed its 60 photo contest finalists down to eight well-deserving winners. Contestants had the opportunity to submit their work in the following categories: Natural World, the …

Vietnam

British scientist Stephen Hawking dies at age 76

Hawking, one of the world's greatest scientists, has died at his home in the British university city of Cambridge.<p>Renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking, who helped unlock the mysteries of the universe, has died at the age of 76, the UK Press Association has reported citing a spokesman for the …

'Selfitis’ - the obsessive need to post selfies - is a genuine mental disorder, say psychologists

‘Selfitis’ is a genuine mental condition and people who feel compelled to continually post pictures of themselves on social media may need help, psychologists have warned.<p>The term was first coined in 2014 to describe obsessive selfie-taking in a spoof news story which suggested the American …

Jerusalem: Where the occupier demands loyalty from the occupied

Israel's new 'breach of loyalty' bill is yet another sinister attempt to erase the Palestinian identity from Palestine.<p>Last Wednesday, Palestinians in Jerusalem were hit with yet another travesty. The Israeli parliament ratified a bill that allows the minister of interior to revoke the residency …

Sri Lanka 'on the brink' amid fresh anti-Muslim violence

Mob attacks in Kandy are targeted and well planned, witnesses say, as fears grow over threats to Sri Lanka's stability.<p><b>Ambatenna, Sri Lanka -</b> The Sinhalese Buddhist mob came by the hundreds, screaming at the top of their lungs and carrying sticks, stones and petrol bombs, as they descended on the …

US Holocaust museum retracts award to Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi

US museum sends letter to Suu Kyi, criticising leader for failing to condemn and stop persecution of Rohingya Muslims.<p>A Holocaust museum in the US has rescinded an award to Myanmar's state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi for failing "to condemn and stop the military's brutal campaign" against Rohingya …

A case of ethical neglect: How journalists failed Yazidi women

Yazidi women's painful testimonies on the practices of journalists who covered their stories should be a wake-up call.<p>Questions on journalism ethics and trauma have shadowed journalists' coverage of wars and conflict for a long time. Where do we draw the line between ethical and unethical …

Sri Lanka: Muslims fear more attacks during Friday prayers

Since violence erupted, allegations have surfaced that security forces are failing to arrest perpetrators of attacks.<p>Sri Lankan Muslims say they fear being attacked during Friday prayers by Sinhalese Buddhists, amid accusations that security forces are failing to take action against marauding …

Syria: Video of 'phosphorous' bomb attacks in Ghouta

A video showing what looks like phosphorus bombs being dropped on a rebel-held enclave in Syria has been released by activists.<p>A video showing what looks like phosphorus bombs being dropped on a rebel-held enclave in Syria has been released by activists.<p>They say it happened in a residential area, …

Al Jazeera rebuts 'foreign agent' accusations

Qatar-based broadcaster calls on US politicians to uphold freedom of speech and media enshrined in the US Constitution.<p>Al Jazeera has condemned calls made by US legislators for the media network to register as a foreign on agent.<p>Josh Gottheimer and Lee Zeldin, two US legislators, have co-authored a …

UN: Myanmar should be investigated for crimes against Rohingya

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein also calls on Myanmar to allow monitors in to investigate suspected 'acts of genocide'.<p>The UN human rights chief has called for all atrocities committed against Myanmar's Rohingya to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for prosecution.<p>Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad …

Anti-Muslim hate crimes surge in Germany, Spain

There were 950 attacks reportedly on Muslims and mosques in Germany in 2017, according to new government figures.<p>In Spain, more than 500 Islamophobic incidents were recorded in the same year, including incidents against women and children and several mosques, according to a civil society</b> …

Russia tests terrifying unstoppable ‘Bride of Satan’ hypersonic nuclear missile

Vladimir Putin has tested an unstoppable weapon doomsday weapon that travels at 20 at times the speed of sound and can strike a target anywhere on …

God and Caesar clashing in Jerusalem

Three churches just scored a rare victory against the Israeli occupation.<p>If truth be told, I have never particularly liked the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.<p>As an Armenian who hails from Jordan and who struggles with his faith, I do agree with most Christians that this church is the …

Pictures Capture the Invisible Glow of Flowers

Ultraviolet light reveals alien-like colors and fairy sparkles in seemingly normal plants.<p>Take a look at some of the flowers photographed by Craig Burrows and you might feel as if you’ve suddenly been transported into the alien world of Pandora from James Cameron’s <i>Avatar</i>. Brightly pigmented petals …

Christian leaders shut Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre church

A group of Christian leaders has closed the famous Church of the Holy Sepulchre in protest of Israeli taxation and land policy. In a statement, they …

Discover the Seven New Wonders of the World on this ultimate bucket list trip

If you have a travel bucket list the length of your arm and are hoping to make a big dent in it … then this trip might be the answer. The 31-day tour takes trippers on a whistle-stop tour of the Seven New Wonders of the World and the last standing ancient wonder.<p>The trip is being organised by On …

Taj Mahal

Bollywood icon Sridevi dies of heart attack

The film star, who starred in more than 300 movies, died aged 54 while attending a family wedding in Dubai.<p>Sridevi, one of India's most celebrated actresses, has died of cardiac arrest in Dubai. She was 54.<p>Family members confirmed to the Indian Express website that the actress had passed away on …

Sridevi: Bollywood's first female superstar

Iconic actress made it in male-dominated Bollywood with hit after hit in a career spanning five decades.<p>Sridevi, who died in Dubai of heart attack, was dubbed Bollywood's first female superstar, appearing in a string of blockbuster hit films, including Chandni, Mr India, Sadma, Mawali and …

India's richest corner 73 percent of wealth: Oxfam

Bottom half of population saw just one percent increase in their wealth last year, says report by anti-poverty charity.<p><b>New Delhi, India -</b> Up to 670 million Indians, who comprise the poorest half of the population, saw just one percent increase in their wealth while the richest one percent cornered …

Amena Khan quits L'Oreal campaign after Israel backlash

British video blogger steps down after right-wing outlets publish old tweets criticising Israel's war on Gaza.<p>Just days into her role, a British Muslim model has quit a major beauty brand's campaign after right-wing media outlets published her tweets from 2014, in which she criticised Israel's war …

Netanyahu in India: What was swept under the carpet

During Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's visit, the Indian media and the Modi government kept quiet on a few major issues.<p>If you believed that the Indian people universally welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India, then you were misled. The corporate media - both in India and in …

India

A Trump decree is killing innocent civilians in Somalia

Trump's new relaxed rules of engagement are killing civilians and breeding the next generation of anti-US fighters.<p>US President Donald Trump loves signing executive orders. During his first year in office, he has signed dozens of controversial orders on a wide variety of subjects, ranging from …

Africa

Pellets and rubber bullets are not 'humane'

Are India and Israel actually being more humane by using weapons that blind and maim, as opposed to kill?<p>Amnesty International India recently launched a postcard campaign calling on the Indian government to ban the use of pellet guns in Jammu and Kashmir. Indian authorities argue that pellet guns …