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Modi’s party loses state election amid protests over citizenship law

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party lost control of another state on Monday, adding to a string of electoral losses since last December amid protests that mark the biggest challenge to the Hindu-nationalist leader. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) conceded defeat in the eastern state of Jharkhand, with …

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Cuba names first prime minister in over 40 years

HAVANA: Manuel Marrero Cruz has been named Cuba’s prime minister, taking a political post that had been abolished more than four decades ago. President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Saturday named 56-year-old Marrero — who served as Cuba’s tourism minister for almost 16 years — as head of the government for a …

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Trump’s golfing hobby costs American taxpayers $118 million: Report

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s golfing hobby has cost the American taxpayer a phenomenal $118 million dollars, the equivalent of 296 years of the $400,000 presidential salary he often boasts he is not receiving, according to a report. Of the $118 millions which have been spent on travel and security expenses, …

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US delivers five helicopters to Israel to serve as spare parts

WASHINGTON: The US Department of Defense has delivered five Navy helicopters to Israel as part of a procurement effort to assist the Israeli air force’s aging fleet of heavy helicopters. The Sikorsky CH-53 helicopters arrived at the Ashdod Port from Texas Saturday night following a weeks-long joint operation by the …

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Dalit icon leads protests against new law at Delhi mosque

NEW DELHI: A Dalit hero who addressed a meeting of angry protesters at Delhi’s historic Jama Masjid was arrested on Saturday, while Muslim clerics who fought for arbitrary divorce rights of men were notable absentees against a law on citizenship that has riled the secular opposition parties. Among those who …

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Hundreds arrested in India during days of protests over citizenship law

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: More than 1,500 protesters have been arrested across India in the past 10 days, officials said, as police try to quell sometimes violent demonstrations against a citizenship law that critics say undermines the country’s secular constitution. Additionally, some 4,000 people have been detained and then released, the officials …

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