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Daily Archives: September 6, 2018

OP-ED | Ban of Muharram processions shining example of ‘religious freedom’ in Kashmir

BY SYED KARAR HASHMI The state-imposed ban on Ashura processions in Kashmir since the rise of insurgency in the valley during the early 1990s, exposes the lack of strategy and political will to grant “constitutionally-guaranteed” religious freedom to Shi’ite Muslims in Kashmir. In the heart of state capital Srinagar, the processions …

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U.S., Israel wage media war to discourage Iranians: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei

DUBAI Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the United States and Israel on Thursday of waging a media war to discourage Iranians, state TV reported, as the country faces economic hardship after the reimposition of U.S. sanctions. The rial currency has lost about two-thirds of its value this year …

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Iraq Shiite cleric al-Sadr calls for ‘immediate and radical’ solutions to Basra unrest

BAGHDAD (IRAQ) Iraqi Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr called Thursday for “radical” solutions to a health crisis which has sparked mass rallies and left seven protesters dead this week. Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets in the southern city of Basra, angry at pollution of the water supply which …

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1 shot dead, 14 injured as Basra protesters torch political party offices in fourth night of violence

BASRA (IRAQ) Hundreds of people took to the streets of Iraq’s southern oil city Basra for a fourth day of violent protests on Thursday, where residents, angry over the neglect of their city’s collapsing infrastructure, set fire to political offices. Eight demonstrators have been killed in clashes with security forces …

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‘Deliverance,’ ‘Boogie Nights’ star Burt Reynolds dies

MIAMI US actor Burt Reynolds, best known for his roles in “Deliverance” and “Boogie Nights,” died on Thursday, his publicist announced. The 82-year-old actor, a huge box office draw in the 1970s, died at a hospital in Florida, his manager Erik Kritzer told the Hollywood Reporter. Reynolds, whose career spanned …

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Malaysian PM says caning of lesbians counter to “compassion of Islam”

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday denounced the caning of two Muslim women for attempting lesbian sex, a sentence that sparked outrage and raised fears about the treatment of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The women had pleaded guilty to charges under Islamic laws …

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International Criminal Court says it has jurisdiction over alleged crimes against Rohingya

AMSTERDAM The International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled on Thursday that it has jurisdiction over alleged deportations of Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh as a possible crime against humanity. The decision at the Hague-based court paves the way for prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to further examine whether there is sufficient evidence …

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