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The bill, which seeks to amend the 1955 citizenship law, aims to give citizenship to "persecuted" minorities - Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians - from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan, but excludes Muslims. More: India's lower House passes controversial citizenship bill Why white supremacists and Hindu nationalists are so alike The new citizenship bill and the Hinduisation of India Opposition parties say the bill is discriminatory as it singles out Muslims in an officially secular nation of 1.3 billion people. Muslims form nearly 15 percent of the population. 'Strategy to polarise India' Sanjay Jha, spokesperson of the main opposition Congress party, told Al Jazeera
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Britain's Anthony Joshua beat Andy Ruiz Jr on a unanimous points decision in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to seize back the heavyweight world championship belts he lost to his Mexican-American opponent in a shock upset last June. The Clash on the Dunes in Diriyah was for the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles and Joshua set the pace from the start with a measured masterclass that showed he had learned from the nightmare in New York. "It was his night, man," said Ruiz as his six-month reign ended in the 15,000 seat arena on the outskirts of the capital Riyadh. The decision to take the fight to Saudi Arabia had been criticised by human rights campaigners but Joshua complimented the hosts and welcomed Ruiz's suggestion that there should be a third encounter.
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A senior North Korean official called President Donald Trump a "heedless and erratic old man", resuming insults of the American leader that were set aside during a rare thaw in relations. Kim Yong Chol, a governing party vice chairman, launched the strongest salvo yet in a war of words that has rekindled in recent days. He rebuked the US president over his own rhetoric and pointed to remarks by Trump on Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had "far too much to lose". Those comments indicated Trump is "an old man bereft of patience", the North Korean official said. "The time when we cannot but call him a 'dotard' again may come. We have nothing more to lose," a statement carried in state
A video being shared on social media reportedly shows the moment unidentified gunmen assassinated civil activist Fahem al-Taie in Karbala, several Iraqi media outlets reported who cited activists. “An unknown gang armed with silencers assassinated the civil activist Fahem Abu Ali al-Taie in Karbala in front of the Ansar Hotel in the al-Baroudi area,” sources said.
Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has ordered the exemption of financially distressed citizens, whose monthly income is below AED15,000 and families of deceased citizens, from repaying the remainder of housing loans to the Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme. The order by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum aims to alleviate the financial burdens of financially distressed families, which reflects positively on the social and economic stability of the families.
Iran may have been behind Thursday's attack on Iraq's Balad air base, a senior US State Department official said on Friday, but added that Washington was awaiting further evidence. Iraqi military on Thursday said that two Katyusha rockets landed inside Balad air base, which hosts US forces and contractors and is located about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Baghdad. No casualties or damages were reported in the attack for which there was no immediate claim of responsibility. “We're waiting for full evidence, but if past is prologue then there's a good chance that Iran was behind it,” David Schenker, Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, told reporters in a briefing. On Tuesday, five
- Egypt Independent
Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anany on Sunday paid a visit to the Museum of Antiquities in the City of Culture and Arts, which is located at the New Administrative Capital. Anany was accompanied during the tour by Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa al-Waziry and a number of other ministry officials. Although construction has been completed, work on installing the lighting system in the new museum is still underway. The tour consisted of a visit to the main building of the museum, which has one floor and a large exhibition hall displaying a collection of artifacts, which includes a statue of King Ramesses II, as well as an annex hall featuring the walls