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  • Debbie Abrahams: India denies entry to UK Labour MP critical of government0

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    • February 17, 2020

    BBC News | 17 February 2020 India has denied entry to a UK Labour MP who was critical of the government’s controversial decision to revoke Kashmir’s special status last year. Debbie Abrahams, who chairs a parliamentary group on Kashmir, said she was denied a standard e-visa at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi airport. Immigration officials did not

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  • Jai Shri Ram: The Hindu chant that became a murder cry0

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    • February 13, 2020

    13 February 2020 In many parts of India, Hindus often invoke the popular god Ram’s name as a greeting. But in recent years, Hindu lynch mobs have turned Ram’s name into a murder cry, writes the BBC’s Geeta Pandey in Delhi. Last month, a video that went viral on social media showed a terrified Muslim

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  • Kashmir conflict: Pro-India politicians feel ‘betrayed’ by Modi0

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    • December 5, 2019

    BBC 4 December 2019 Dozens of mainstream political leaders and workers have been under detention in Indian-administered Kashmir since August, when India stripped the region of its semi-autonomous status. Sameer Yasir reports on why political workers in the valley feel betrayed. Saleem Mir stood pensively by the window of his room overlooking the Jhelum river,

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  • India: Ayodhya verdict: Indian top court gives holy site to Hindus0

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    • November 9, 2019

    BBC 9 November 2019 The disputed holy site of Ayodhya in northern India should be given to Hindus who want a temple built there, the country’s Supreme Court has ruled. The case, which has been bitterly contested for decades by Hindus and Muslims, centres on the ownership of the land in Uttar Pradesh state. Muslims

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  • Abrar Fahad killing: Bangladesh student was beaten for four hours0

    9 October 2019 BBC Bangladesh student protests A Bangladeshi undergraduate student killed in his dormitory on Sunday days after criticising the government online was beaten for several hours before he died, witnesses told the BBC. Fellow students say Abrar Fahad was taken from his room around 20:00 (14:00 GMT) and beaten at least four hours.

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  • Iran tanker: US offers captain millions to hand over ship0

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    • September 8, 2019

    BBC News 5 September 2019 The US state department has confirmed it offered millions of dollars to the captain of an Iranian oil tanker which is at the centre of a diplomatic row. Brian Hook, head of the department’s Iran Action Group, emailed the captain of the Adrian Darya 1 about sailing it somewhere the

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  • Kashmir: Why India and Pakistan fight over it0

    BBC News 20 August 2019 Nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan have fought two wars and a limited conflict over Kashmir. But why do they dispute the territory – and how did it start? How old is this fight? Kashmir is an ethnically diverse Himalayan region, covering around 86,000 sq miles (138 sq km), and famed

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  • Article 370: Has India pushed Kashmir to a point of no return?0

    BBC News 13 August Indian-administered Kashmir has been under an unprecedented lockdown since last week after India revoked Article 370, a constitutional provision granting the region special status. Sumantra Bose, professor of international and comparative politics at the London School of Economics (LSE), explains why the decision is fraught with challenges. At the end of

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  • New leak claims Trump scrapped Iran nuclear deal ‘to spite Obama’0

    BBC News 14 July 2019 Donald Trump abandoned the Iran nuclear deal to spite Barack Obama, according to a leaked memo written by the UK’s former ambassador to the US. Sir Kim Darroch described the move as an act of “diplomatic vandalism”, according to the Mail on Sunday. It says the memo was written after the

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  • Cricket World Cup: Bangladesh beat South Africa by 21 runs0

    By Matthew Henry 2 June 2019 BBC Sport ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, The Oval Bangladesh 330-6 (50 overs): Mushfiqur 78, Shakib 75 South Africa 309-8 (50 overs): Du Plessis 62, Mustafizur 3-67 Bangladesh won by 21 runs Scorecard; Table; Schedule Bangladesh stunned South Africa to start their World Cup campaign with a fine 21-run

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  • Analysis: China’s growing military ambition in Pakistan0

    By BBC Monitoring 10 March 2019 China’s much-discussed economic project in Pakistan, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) – a part of Beijing’s ambitious trading network called the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – is believed to be taking a “military turn”, with speculation that military cooperation has been outlined as part of the project. The speculation stems from a report

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  • Rakbar Khan: Did cow vigilantes lynch a Muslim farmer?0

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    • February 24, 2019

    BBC News 23 February 2019 A Muslim dairy farmer was stopped late one night last July as he led two cows down a track in rural Rajasthan, south of the Indian capital, Delhi. Within hours he was dead, but who killed him, asks the BBC’s James Clayton – the “cow vigilantes” he met on the

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  • Bangladesh election: PM Sheikh Hasina wins landslide in disputed vote0

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    • December 31, 2018

    31 December 2018 BBC For the video CLICK Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has secured her third consecutive term with a landslide victory, Bangladesh’s Election Commission said on Monday. Her ruling party and its allies have won 288 of the 300 parliamentary seats contested, surpassing its previous election wins. The opposition has condemned the vote as

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  • India’s ‘surgical strikes’ in Kashmir: Truth or illusion?0

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    • December 2, 2018

    By M Ilyas Khan BBC News, Pakistani-administered Kashmir  23 October 2016 Image copyright AP Image caption India’s army said its forces attacked on 29 September – but gave few details India made headlines in late September after carrying out “surgical strikes” on militants across the de-facto border in disputed Kashmir. Days earlier insurgents had attacked

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