At Least 23 Dead Amid Ongoing Protests Of Indian Citizenship Law
About two dozen people in India have died amid ongoing protests against a new citizenship law, which critics say discriminates against Muslims.
At least 23 people have died across India in ongoing protests against the country's new citizenship law.
In the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, police reportedly cracked down on demonstrators, taking at least 600 into custody. The state is a stronghold of the ruling right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, which enacted the law.
Authorities have also restricted mobile internet access and imposed emergency laws banning assemblies.
The Citizenship Amendment Act, or CAA, offers a fast-track to citizenship for persecuted religious minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, but excludes Muslims such as the Ahmadiyya, Hazara or Rohingya. Critics say the law is not only discriminatory, but in violation of India's secular constitution.
Opponents of the CAA argue that it's part of the BJP's broader effort to advance a Hindu nationalist agenda. They cite the recent annexation of Kashmir and the reported removal of nearly 2 million people in Muslim-majority Assam from the National Register of Citizens.
Activists have also raised concerns over the possibility that longtime residents would be put in detention camps for being unable to prove their Indian citizenship.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, though, has dismissed such concerns and referred to the CAA as a humanitarian gesture. On Sunday, he said, "Muslims who are sons of the soil and whose ancestors are the children of mother India need not to worry."
Pakistani police storm home of former PM Khan, arrest 61
Police broke open the door of Khan's residence and found automatic weapons, Molotov cocktails, iron rods and batons used in attacks on cops that week.
China's Xi to meet Putin as Beijing seeks bolder global role
Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine is expected to dominate Putin and Xi's discussions.
China says US is spreading disinformation, suppressing TikTok
The Biden administration has reportedly been calling for TikTok's Chinese owners to sell their stakes in the video-sharing app.
Are video games contributing to gambling problems?
Experts say the legalization of gambling, especially in mobile settings, is leading to a blurrier line between that and video games.
Ukrainian mom's visit to the US turned into a mission to help refugees
What started as visit to her son in Chicago is now a mission to help other Ukrainian refugees settle in the Windy City.
Woman sues artificial tears maker after loss of eyeball
Ezricare's artificial tears have been linked to a bacterial infection that is causing blindness, loss of eyes and even death.