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    Air pollution forces schools to shut in Iran

    Air pollution forced schools to close on Sunday in parts of Iran including Tehran, state media reported, as the capital lay under a thick cloud of smog. The pollution level in the capital was "unhealthy for sensitive groups" and officials warned the young, elderly and people with respiratory illnesses to stay indoors, with sporting activities suspended. The decision to shut schools in the capital was announced late Saturday by deputy governor Mohammad Taghizadeh, after a meeting of an emergency committee on air pollution.

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    Deserted oil tanker in Yemen: Houthis ask for help

    Houthi rebels in Yemen are appealing for international assistance as a deserted oil tanker off the country's coast continues to leak into the Red Sea. Both the Houthis and Yemen's government claim ownership of the tanker - and its more than one million barrels of oil. Al Jazeera's Mohammed al-Attab reports from Sanaa.

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    Thousands continue to protest in India over citizenship law

    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.

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    Pakistan police raid house of PM Imran Khan's nephew

    Pakistan police raided the house of Prime Minister Imran Khan's nephew on Saturday in eastern Lahore, after a video emerged showing him taking part in deadly hospital riots days earlier. Three patients died, medical officials said, after roughly 200 lawyers stormed Punjab Heart Institute hospital in the city on Wednesday, vandalizing property and setting ablaze a police van after a dispute with doctors. TV channels ran footage showing Khan's nephew Hassan Niazi, a lawyer, at the hospital and watching as a police vehicle was set on fire. “The Prime Minister of Pakistan's nephew's house and other premises, such as farmhouse and business places were raided,” Punjab's Minister for Information Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan confirmed at a press conference on Saturday.

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    UAE's Gargash: Qatari leaks on 'resolving dispute' are attempts to divide ranks

    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.

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    Violence against women and collective guilt in India

    On November 27, a 27-year-old veterinary doctor was raped, murdered and dumped by the side of a highway in the Indian state of Hyderabad. A week later I woke to the news that police had shot and killed the four men wanted for her rape and murder. Phones across India lit up with hashtags like #JusticeDelivered. Politicians and celebrities lauded the police for taking justice into their own hands and mainstream media channels ran reels of victory celebrations and hero-worshipping. I was forwarded a Whatsapp message that read: "Simply shooting them is not justice. They should have been made first impotent then blind, tongueless and so on". This after a week of members of the upper house of Parliament

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    Bangladesh editor arrested after report on executed Jamaat leader

    Dhaka, Bangladesh - Police in Bangladesh have arrested the editor of a newspaper after it described an executed opposition leader convicted for war crimes as a "martyr". Abdul Quader Molla, a senior official of the Jamaat-e-Islami opposition party, was hanged on December 12, 2013, over crimes committed during Bangladesh's 1971 war of independence. "Today is the sixth death anniversary of martyr Abdul Quader Molla," read the headline of a report published on Thursday by Daily Sangram, a newspaper widely perceived as a mouthpiece for the Islamist party. More: Girl defies surf customs in Bangladesh Bangladeshi women recount stories of abuse in Saudi Arabia Bangladeshi-American teen activist fighting