Protests against a divisive new citizenship law raged Saturday as Washington and London issued travel warnings for northeast India following days of violent clashes that have killed two people so far. Many in the far-flung, resource-rich northeast fear the new legislation will grant citizenship to large numbers of immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh, whom they accuse of stealing jobs and diluting the region's cultural identity. Several thousand protesters rallied in the capital New Delhi late Saturday to urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to revoke the law, some holding signs reading: “Stop Dividing India”. “People are not gathered here as Hindus, or Muslims, people are gathered here as citizens of India.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has met with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan during the latter's visit to Riyadh, according to a statement on Saudi Press Agency. “During the meeting, they reviewed the bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries and aspects of joint cooperation, a number of issues of common concern in addition to a review of regional and international developments and efforts made towards them,” the statement read.
The UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Saturday that the recent Qatari leaks on resolving the Doha dispute with Saudi Arabia without the other three states - the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and, Egypt - are attempts by the Qatari regime to divide ranks and evade commitments. “The recent Qatari leaks regarding resolving Doha's crisis with Saudi Arabia, without the three other countries, are a repetition of Doha's quest to divide ranks and evade commitments,” said Gargash in a series of tweets.
- Egypt Independent
BAGHDAD (AP) - An angry mob killed a 16-year-old and strung up the corpse by its feet from a traffic pole after the teen shot and killed six people Thursday, including four anti-government protesters, Iraqi officials said. Dozens of people pointed their cellphones at the body dangling high above them in a central Baghdad square. Videos circulating on social media showed the young man being beaten and dragged across the street. The violence underscored the growing fears and suspicions swirling around the 8-week-old protest movement, which engulfed Iraq on Oct. 1 when thousands took to the streets to decry government corruption, poor services and scarcity of jobs. A string of mysterious acts of
- Arab News
MANILA: To some athletes, brands count for everything when it comes to performance. Filipino schoolgirl Rhea Bullos bagged three gold medals at an athletics competition this week without wearing shoes, opting instead to wrap her feet in tape and draw an iconic Nike “swoosh” logo on them. Bullos, 11, was one of several on her team of 12 athletes who made their own footwear because they had only two pairs of running shoes among them at the competition in the central province of Iloilo. Trainer Predirick Valenzuela said Bullos showed her raw talent after taking up athletics only a month ago. A pair of running shoes could make a big difference in future, he said. “Winning three medals in a competition
- Egypt Independent
Lujain Salah, an Egyptian social media influencer with vitiligo, announced on Wednesday that she has finally made it to her dream job - a correspondent on the Abu Dhabi TV channel. “Thank God, today, I've been appointed a correspondent for Abu Dhabi channel…You're part of and a main reason for my support and success because you believed in and encouraged me,” she told her followers. “Of course, thank you, Abu Dhabi TV, for believing in me, and thank you for your support for equality, and belief that any person must have an equal opportunity, even if he or she is different,” she continued. In an earlier interview with the Lebanese An-Nahar newspaper, Salah explained the onset of her vitiligo,
Vladimir Putin is about to mark 20 years of leading his country as president and prime minister, navigating geopolitical crises and major sporting events. Bill Clinton was in the White House when the former KGB agent first became Russia's president on 31 December 1999. In the 20 years since, there have been three more US presidents and five UK prime ministers. From global conflicts and domestic scandals to sporting triumphs and propaganda photos, we look at the images that define Mr Putin's two decades in power. The former KGB officer had already been appointed prime minister when Russia launched the second Chechen war in October 1999, in response to a series of deadly bombings on apartment blocks.