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Muslims Angry Over Trump’s Use of ‘Pig’s Blood’ Myth

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Muslims Angry Over Trump’s Use of ‘Pig’s Blood’ Myth

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said Friday that leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s continued use of a debunked anti-Muslim myth is endangering ordinary American Muslims who are already facing a surge in hate. At a rally in California, Trump repeated the myth about U.S. Gen. John [...]

NATO Getting Ready for the Warsaw Summit

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NATO Getting Ready for the Warsaw Summit

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Albanian President Bujar Nishani to NATO Headquarters today to discuss preparations for the Warsaw Summit. The 2016 Warsaw Summit will take place in Warsaw, Poland on July 8 and 9. It will be a meeting of NATO heads of state and heads of government. Speaking at a joint press [...]

Republicans Issue Open Letter on Hillary Clinton Taxes

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Republicans Issue Open Letter on Hillary Clinton Taxes

Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Reince Priebus sent a letter Monday to Hillary Clinton’s accountant, Rorrie Gregorio, on Tax Day. RNC said the letter is supposed to highlight the hypocrisy of Hillary Clinton’s tax plan. The letter calls on Clinton to put her money where her mouth is and pay the additional taxes her plan [...]

Why Are Muslims Getting Close to Narendra Modi?

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Why Are Muslims Getting Close to Narendra Modi?

Although Muslims are getting close to Narendra Modi, a large section of them has repeatedly demanded – albeit in a timid voice – apology from him for his past mistakes. By Rakesh Raman Despite Narendra Modi’s terrible record in Gujarat where thousands of Muslims were massacred when Modi was the Chief Minister of the state, [...]

U.S. Exploring New Defense Ties in Asia-Pacific Region

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U.S. Exploring New Defense Ties in Asia-Pacific Region

The Asia-Pacific is the “single most consequential region” for America’s future, and the United States is actively working to further strengthen its ties in the region, defense secretary Ash Carter said last week. The United States, which is focusing on its rebalance to the Asia-Pacific, has long played an “essential and pivotal role” in that [...]

Azerbaijan Releases Human Rights Lawyer Intigam Aliyev

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Azerbaijan Releases Human Rights Lawyer Intigam Aliyev

The Azerbaijani authorities today released prominent human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev in what Amnesty International billed an overdue step towards righting the injustice against him and all remaining prisoners of conscience. Intigam Aliyev, head of the NGO Legal Education Society and a vocal government critic, was arrested in August 2014. In April 2015, according to [...]

JNU Students Approach Human Rights Commission

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JNU Students Approach Human Rights Commission

Student leaders have written a letter to the National Human Rights Commission, which many believe is a toothless department that cannot challenge government decisions. By Rakesh Raman As the ongoing melee between the Narendra Modi-led BJP government and the student groups in India has reached a point of no return, the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ [...]

John Kerry Meets Vladimir Putin to Discuss Syria

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John Kerry Meets Vladimir Putin to Discuss Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin received in the Kremlin US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday. Kerry arrived for a meeting with Putin after his talks with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Kerry expressed his satisfaction over the Russia-US cooperation, which, according to him, made a difference to the life of people in Syria and [...]

Will Yemen See the End of Conflict?

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Will Yemen See the End of Conflict?

Following “extensive” consultations with Yemeni leaders and regional partners, the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen announced Wednesday that parties to the conflict have agreed to a nation-wide cessation of hostilities beginning at midnight on 10 April, in advance of the upcoming round of peace talks, scheduled on 18 April in Kuwait. “I have previously [...]

World Bank Supports Gramin Swachh Bharat Mission

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World Bank Supports Gramin Swachh Bharat Mission

According to the government, the project will accelerate efforts to achieve sustained outcomes in sanitation by 2019. The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval Wednesday to the US$ 1500 million project of World Bank support to Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) or SBM-G. The Project provides for incentivising States [...]

BJP Attacking Democracy in Uttarakhand: Congress

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BJP Attacking Democracy in Uttarakhand: Congress

Congress said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is overseeing the murder of democracy in India. By Rakesh Raman As the political situation in the Indian state Uttarakhand is going from bad to worse, Congress party is crying foul, saying it is Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP’s) brutal attack on democracy. Congress and BJP delegations approached President of [...]

President Obama to Meet Leaders of Nordic Countries

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President Obama to Meet Leaders of Nordic Countries

President Obama will host the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden at the White House for a U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit on May 13, 2016. The event follows the convening of Nordic leaders during the President’s trip to Sweden in September 2013. According to a White House statement, the summit will be an opportunity [...]

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