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  • Indian govt admits rise in religion-based hate crime0

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    • February 12, 2018

    Pro-Hindu ruling party accused of fanning the flames of violence against religious minorities Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses India’s parliament on Feb. 7. Statistics show a surge in religion-based hate crimes since Modi came to power in 2014. (Video grab photo by IANS) ucanews.com reporter, New Delhi India February 9, 2018 India’s pro-Hindu government has presented detailed

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  • More young Kashmiris join Islamic militancy0

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    • February 12, 2018

    India’s only Muslim-majority state records 40 percent increase in youths taking up separatist cause Police officer Munir Ahmed Khan addresses a press conference in Srinagar on Feb. 8 after police arrested five people accused of helping a Pakistani terrorist escape from a Srinagar hospital. Reports show a surge in local people joining militants to fight

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  • Move to restore Kashmir shrine may pave road to peace0

    Lobbyist wants to restore temple revered by Hindus and Muslims to kickstart India-Pakistan talks Part of Sharada Peeth, an abandoned temple in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, is visible in this photo sent by local people to Hindus in India who are campaigning to restore it to its former glory as a holy shrine. (Photo provided) Aasha Khosa,

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  • Bangladesh faces spring of discontent ahead of election0

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    • February 8, 2018

    Corruption case against former prime minister Khaleda Zia could spark violence in the Muslim-majority nation Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia speaks at a press conference in Dhaka on Feb. 7. She proclaimed her innocence of corruption ahead of a court verdict that authorities fear could spark violence. (Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP) Rock Ronald Rozario, Dhaka Bangladesh February 8,

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  • Rohingya flee Myanmar despite repatriation deal0

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    • February 8, 2018

    Exodus to Bangladesh continues because Muslims feel unsafe and struggle for survival in northern Rakhine A Rohingya refugee girl rests at Balukhali refugee camp in Bangladesh’s Ukhia district on Jan. 26. (Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP) John Zaw, Mandalay Myanmar February 8, 2018 Hundreds of Rohingya Muslims continue to flee Myanmar’s restive Rakhine State for

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  • Myanmar’s Hindu refugees anxiously await repatriation0

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    • February 5, 2018

    ucanews.com   5.2.2018 Rakhine massacre has created mistrust of Muslims but Rohingya leader says any fear is ‘unfounded and unacceptable’ Nilu Bala, 10, a Hindu refugee, at Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh in September 2017. Masked men killed Nilu’s parents in Rakhine State, Myanmar, and she fled to Bangladesh with her relatives. (Photo by Stephan Uttom/ucanews.com) Rock Ronald Rozario,

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  • Churches in Pakistan province to get weapon licenses0

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    • February 1, 2018

    Quetta church also given 26 million rupees to support victims of Christmas attack An Implementation Minority Rights Forum (IMRF) meeting on Jan. 26 at Bethel Memorial Methodist Church, Quetta. (Photo by Samuel Pyara) Kamran Chaudhry, Lahore Pakistan February 1, 2018 A provincial government in southwest Pakistan plans to issue churches in the region with weapon licenses

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  • Academics fear Sri Lanka megaprojct will hit environment0

    Critics claim Port City will worsen flooding and coastal erosion as sand is dredged for land reclamation Sri Lankan academics have criticized a lack of environmental protection in the island nation’s massive Chinese-funded Port City project. They gathered on Jan. 27 at the Cardinal Cooray Center in Negombo. (ucanews.com photo) ucanews.com reporter, Colombo, Sri Lanka, January

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  • Bangladesh: Uproar over Bangladesh’s new cybersecurity law0

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    • January 31, 2018

    Reworked version of 2013 law seen as a way to stifle dissent and limit freedom of expression Bangladeshi activists in Dhaka protest the harassment of online activists and journalists in this 2015 file picture. (Photo by Stephan Uttom/ucanews.com) Stephan Uttom and Rock Ronald Rozario, Dhaka Bangladesh, January 31, 2018 Bangladeshi rights activists, media workers and

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  • HRW slams India’s treatment of minorities0

    Rights group’s world report accuses BJP-led government of promoting Hindu supremacy and ultra-nationalism Hundreds of civil society members protest in New Delhi in this June 2017 photo about incidents of mob lynching across India. Human Rights Watch has criticised the government’s inaction over violence against religious minorities. (Photo by Bijay Kumar Minj/ucanews.com) ucanews.com reporter, New Delhi India January 30, 2018 Civil

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  • India: Beware Rise Of Pseudo-Nation0

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    • January 28, 2018

    By Father Myron Pereira SJ*  January 28, 2018   In August 2017, India celebrated its 70th anniversary of becoming an independent nation. In the constitution, which it gave to itself in November 1949, the group of 363 men who formed the Constituent Assembly, mostly Hindus, pledged to make the nation “a sovereign, secular, socialist, democratic

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