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‘Targeted for being Muslim’: Inside the mosque burned by rioters in worst Delhi violence for decades

Heat still rises from the blackened debris inside Khursheed’s home as he opens the door, his palms covered in ash from picking with his bare hands through what little is left of his belongings. His was one of around eight homes belonging to Muslims targeted by a rampaging mob in this Delhi neighbourhood on Tuesday afternoon, picked for destruction because they sat next to a → Read More

Delhi riots: Death toll rises to 21 with mosque set on fire in deadliest violence in capital in decades

The death toll in religious riots in Delhi has risen to 21 and the city’s leader has called for the army to be deployed, as India’s capital assessed the damage on a tense Wednesday morning. Chief minister Arvind Kerjiwal called the three days of violence “alarming” and said police had lost the confidence of the public. “Army should be called in and curfew imposed in affected → Read More

‘This is state-sponsored terrorism’: Deadly clashes between Hindus and Muslims overshadow Trump’s India trip

The deaths of at least 10 people in the worst Hindu-Muslim violence to hit Delhi in decades overshadowed the second and final day of Donald Trump’s state visit to India on Tuesday. As Mr Trump returned to the US without a significant breakthrough to ease tariffs on trade, horrific scenes shared across TV and social media showed crowds pelting each other with stones, Muslims → Read More

Trump brings the novelty factor to India, but this is still the Modi show

Donald Trump joked before coming here to India that the trip might spoil American political rallies for him. His logic was that after addressing 125,000 people in a brand new, state-of-the-art cricket stadium in Ahmedabad, having 45,000 or so supporters turn out in New Hampshire would pale by comparison. → Read More

Trump fails to condemn Modi's 'anti-Muslim' citizenship law as he speaks at huge stadium rally in India

Donald Trump praised India as “a democratic, peaceful country” as he spoke alongside Narendra Modi at a huge stadium rally, failing to condemn what critics say is New Delhi's attempt to undermine the country’s secular constitution and marginalise its Muslim minority. → Read More

Trump visit to India: Sanitised and locked-down streets to greet US president on first trip to country

Ahead of huge ‘Namaste Trump’ rally in Ahmedabad’s new 110,000-capacity stadium, president and host Narendra Modi to tour roads aggressively cleared of stray cows, homeless people and slum views. Adam Withnall reports from the Gujarati capital → Read More

Women who cook on their period will be reborn as dogs, Indian religious leader says

Women who cook food while on their period will be reborn as dogs, according to an Indian religious leader whose sermon has since gone viral. The guru who made the statement, Krushnaswarup Dasji, is a member of the major Swaminarayan sect of Hindus in prime minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat. → Read More

US Congress panel criticises India’s 'punitive' new citizenship law days before Trump visit

A US congressional panel has issued a damning new report on India’s controversial citizenship law changes, warning of the potential “punitive consequences” for Muslims, on the eve of a major visit to the country by president Donald Trump. → Read More

Brisbane car fire: Three children killed after family car set ablaze in 'horrific' incident in Australia

Three young children and a man have died in what police described as a “horrific” car fire in Brisbane, Australia. All four were found dead at the scene on Wednesday, while a woman was being treated for severe burns at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. One witness told the Australian that the woman was seen jumping out of the car while on fire, screaming: “He’s poured → Read More

Hundreds of Indian slum residents evicted from stadium route ahead of Trump's first visit

A local authority in India has served eviction notices to around 200 residents of slums that are on the route Donald Trump will pass from the airport to the world’s largest cricket stadium when he visits Ahmedabad city next week. The US president says India’s prime minister has promised him “millions and millions” will turn out to line the streets on his first visit to the → Read More

Journalist who received death threats after uncovering local corruption found strangled in canal

A journalist in Pakistan has been found dead in a canal just months after he reported he was receiving death threats for his coverage of alleged corruption in local politics. Aziz Memon’s body was recovered from a waterway in Mehrabpur village in the south-western Sindh province, with clear signs that he died from strangulation, hours after he went missing while travelling to → Read More

Labour MP who chairs Kashmir committee 'treated like criminal and deported' upon arrival at India airport

A British MP has been refused entry to India after she voiced criticism of the Indian government’s policies in the disputed Kashmir region. Debbie Abrahams, the Labour MP for Oldham and chair of a parliamentary committee on Kashmir, arrived at Delhi’s international airport shortly before 9am on Monday, but was stopped at immigration and told her e-Visa was no longer valid. → Read More

Coronavirus: China replaces top officials as record spike in cases scuppers hopes of outbreak slowdown

The number of coronavirus deaths and cases reported in the Chinese province at the centre of the outbreak spiked dramatically on Thursday, dashing hopes that the virus’s spread was stabilising. Hubei province officials said 242 more people had died from the virus on Wednesday, the sharpest rise in the death toll since Covid-19 was first identified in December, taking the total → Read More

Trump says Modi promised ‘millions and millions’ of people will greet him on first India trip

Donald Trump says he has been told to expect “millions and millions of people” lined up to greet him when he and Melania Trump undertake their first visit to India later this month. Speaking in the Oval Office, the US president called Indian prime minister Narendra Modi “a friend of mine” and “a great gentleman”, and hinted at the prospect of signing a limited trade agreement → Read More

Delhi’s election result sends a clear message to India’s ruling BJP – but don’t write Modi off just yet

Reporting from Delhi during election season, it would have been tempting to come away with the conclusion that Narendra Modi’s ruling national party, the BJP, were a sure thing to seize back power of the capital’s assembly. → Read More

Delhi election: Modi’s BJP on course for defeat as Indian capital rejects ‘poisonous’ campaign

Narendra Modi’s BJP has suffered a resounding defeat in elections for the Delhi assembly, badly losing out to a regional left-wing party despite bringing in some of its star campaigners to rally voters. With around 80 per cent of the vote counted on Tuesday afternoon, the incumbent Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was on course to win in 63 of 70 constituencies in the capital, with the → Read More

Rohingya: At least 16 refugees drown as boat leaving Bangladesh capsizes in Bay of Bengal

Fourteen women are among at least 16 Rohingya refugees who have drowned trying to leave Bangladesh, after their overcrowded vessel capsized in the Bay of Bengal. Bangladeshi officials say the wooden boat was carrying around 125 people, as well as other cargo, headed for Malaysia. It capsized off the coast of St Martin's Island. Some 62 refugees survived the sinking, an island → Read More

Kashmir: Modi administration challenged in court over ‘draconian’ colonial-era laws used to detain politicians for more than six months

The detention of mainstream political party leaders in India-administered Kashmir is to be challenged in the Supreme Court, amid a growing cross-party backlash. The house arrests of former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were extended last week for up to two years without charge under the controversial colonial-era Public Safety Act (PSA). → Read More

Inside India’s citizenship protests: Muslims fear becoming ‘refugees in their own country’

As the largest mass protest in more than forty years grips India, Adam Withnall speaks to the activists, women and children caught up in the country’s citizenship crisis and fighting to save their nation → Read More

Delhi goes to polls in first election test for Modi since start of citizenship protests

BJP has made it a clear tactic to campaign against protesters using divisive, anti-Muslim rhetoric. But will it work? → Read More