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    US city elects first-ever Sikh woman mayor

    Preet Didbal’s rise to mayor was celebrated as a long-awaited affirmation of the Sikh community’s contributions in California, the Los Angeles Times said on Thursday.

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    Dozens of military-age Israelis refuse to serve under 'racist policies'

    In a joint letter to top officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, 63 Israelis of military age accused the army and government of implementing "racist policies that violate basic human rights."

    West Asia
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    'Christians in India afraid of Christmas as Hindutva sweeps the nation'

    After witnessing the horrific plight of Muslims under a Hindu nationalist regime, the Christian community in India is now living under fear that it might be the next target of

    South Asia
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    India: Country being divided, losing faith in govt, says Catholic body

    Stating that the “country is being polarised due to religious affiliations”, the top Catholic body in the country has said the community is “losing confidence” in the government.

    South Asia
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    Indian Muslim family buys house in Hindu area, gets accused of ‘land jihad’

    Software engineer Usman Ahmad’s family recently bought a section of a house in the Maliwada locality of Meerut, from telecom business owner Sanjay Rastogi. However, he soon found himself.

    South Asia
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    How China's cracking down on its Muslim minority in Xinjiang province

    Thousands belonging to a minority Muslim community in China's Xinjiang province have allegedly been whisked off to and detained in state-owned "political indoctrination centers" as the government.

    Southeast Asia
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    40 Rohingya villages in Myanmar burned since October

    40 Rohingya villages in Myanmar's Rakhine State were burned in October and November, analysis of satellite imagery by Human Rights Watch said Monday, bringing the number of villages damaged.

    Southeast Asia
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    India: Mobs go on rampage in support of Hindu man who killed Muslim labourer

    Several people, including 12 cops (one of them an ASP), were injured on Thursday as mobs defied prohibitory orders in Udaipur and went on a rampage in protest against the arrest of Rajsamand 'hate'.

    South Asia
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    India: Dalit topper refuses medal from President Ram Nath Kovind

    In an unexpected development, a Dalit student who has topped MCA programme in the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University has refused to accept the gold medal from President Ram Nath.

    South Asia
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    The billionaires, lobbyists, and Christian extremists behind Trump’s Jerusalem move

    Hours after US president Donald Trump declared yesterday that the US would move its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, US allies from Malaysia to Indonesia to France to Britain, condemned the move.

    West Asia
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    Google 'declares' Jerusalem as Israel's capital

    Google and Russia's Yandex on Thursday started showing Jerusalem as Israel's capital on their search engines and maps, not long after President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. recognized.

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    India should cherish, nurture its large Muslim population says Obama 

    Former US President Barack Obama on Friday said India should cherish and nurture its large Muslim population that thinks of itself as Indian. Speaking at the 15th edition of the Hindustan Times

    South Asia
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    Hate crimes against Muslims, S. Asians rise in US

    There has been a 58 per cent increase in hate crimes against South Asians and a 19pc increase in hate-motivated attacks on Muslims, a South Asian advocacy group reported on Wednesday.

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    How India's cow vigilantes deny Muslims their livelihood

    As if on cue, the reports on cow vigilantism and Muslims being targeted in an organised manner by self-proclaimed “gau rakshaks”, often with covert nod from the BJP governments in their states.

    South Asia
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    US sets up fund against religious violence in India

    The United States has announced a grant of nearly $500,000 for a non- governmental organisation to come up with proposals to develop early warning systems for “reducing religiously-motivated violence.

    South Asia
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    Women must wait 217 years to earn the same as men, index says

    Women will have to wait 217 years before they earn as much as men and have equal representation in the workplace, research said, revealing the widest gap in almost a decade.

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    Desperate and forgotten: The bombs keep on coming, and Yemenis keep on dying

    These days, it feels as though our thoughts and feelings cannot keep up with the humanitarian crises and catastrophes unfolding around us.From the ethnic cleansing taking place in Myanmar against the Rohingy.

    West Asia
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    US Rabbis urge Israel to end arms sales to Myanmar

    A group of American rabbis is demanding that Israel halt the reported sales of arms to Myanmar, where hundreds of thousands of people have fled violence by government security forces.

    Southeast Asia
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    Outrage over attack on Swiss couple in India

    A Swiss couple have been attacked at Fatehpur Sikri, a monument 44km (27 miles) from the Taj Mahal, Indian police say. A senior police officer told reporters that four men attacked.

    South Asia
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    India's ruling party to face poll test on PM Modi's turf

    Voters in Narendra Modi’s home state Gujarat will go to the polls in December, the election commission announced Wednesday, in what will be a key test for India’s right-wing premier.

    South Asia
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    Woman detained for throwing bangles at Indian PM Modi's face

    A viral video shows the activist, Chandrika Solanki, the president of Contract and Fixed Salary Struggles Committee women wing and affiliated with the Accredited Social Health Activist.

    South Asia
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    Clandestine sex industry booms in Rohingya refugee camps

    Cox’s Bazaar: As Rohingya women struggle to access even the very basics such as food and water in Bangladesh’s overcrowded camps, a flourishing sex trade offers cash in times of desperation.

    Southeast Asia
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    Oxford college drops Suu Kyi from common room's name

    The students at the prestigious Oxford University college where Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyistudied have voted to remove her name from the title of their Junior Common Room.

    Southeast Asia
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    Aah Taj !

    First it was the Uttar Pradesh government delisting the Taj Mahal as the official tourist attraction. The monument was excluded from an Uttar Pradesh tourism booklet earlier this month.

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