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UN experts demand justice for blasphemy accused in Pakistan

GENEVA: United Nations human rights experts called on Pakistan’s high court on Friday to clear Junaid Hafeez of blasphemy charges and overturn his death sentence. In a joint statement, they described Hafeez’s condemnation by a lower court last week as a “travesty of justice” and said senior judges should acquit …

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Fury grows after protest deaths in Indian Muslim neighborhood

MEERUT: Zaheer Ahmed had just returned home from work in northern India last Friday afternoon and stepped out for a smoke before lunch. Minutes later, he was dead, shot in the head. His death, and the killing by gunfire of four other Muslim men the same afternoon in the mainly …

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Gen Rawat’s political remarks assailed

NEW DELHI: Indian Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat on Thursday slammed the people calling for protests in the country against the new citizenship law, saying leadership was not about guiding crowds including students “to carry out arson and violence”. His remarks drew sharp criticism from some retired and serving military …

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Over 30 women die in Burkina Faso militant attacks

OUAGADOUGOU: Burkina Faso was in mourning on Wednesday after militants killed 35 civilians, almost all of them women, in double attacks in the north — one of the deadliest assaults in nearly five years of violence in the West African country. Seven soldiers and 80 militants also died in Tuesday’s …

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Washington Post urges Modi to ‘abandon Hindu nationalism’

UNITED NATIONS: “Rather than respond with force and epithets, as he has so far, (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi would do well to abandon this misguided project of Hindu nationalism,” The Washington Post suggested on Tuesday, two days after hundreds protested outside the Indian Embassy against their country’s new citizenship law. …

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Ethiopian Muslims protest after several mosques burned

ADDIS ABABA: Several thousand Muslims across Ethiopia in recent days have protested the burning of four mosques in the Amhara region. The Dec 20 attacks in Motta town also targeted Muslim-owned businesses. Muslims have called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has called …

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