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UN rep: Indian Muslims being forced into slums

By: Source: United Nations (UN) special rapporteur Leilani Farha has taken strong exception to “discrimination” against minorities in housing in India’s big cities, pointing towards how “private landlords, real estate brokers, and property dealers will often refuse to rent to someone who is Muslim, or impose unfair conditions.” “Under international human rights law, there is an obligation by all Government authorities to ensure protection from discrimination by private actors, such as for example private landlords and developers”, the top UN official, who was in India between April 11 and 22, visiting Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, underlined. Pointing...

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Killing of Afghan girl sparks outrage and introspection in Iran

By: Farangis Najibullah and Niusha Boghrati Source: RFE/RL In Iran, which hosts at least 1 million Afghan refugees and seasonal laborers, the fate of an Afghan migrant doesn’t normally make media headlines. The slaying of a 6-year-old girl outside Tehran is a tragic exception. Setayesh Qoreishi was allegedly killed by her teenage Iranian neighbor in Varamin, prompting an outpouring of angry responses from ordinary Iranians, prominent figures, and officials alike. Reports have circulated on social media that the girl was sexually assaulted prior to her killing, adding to the outrage. But while police say a 17-year-old teenager confessed to murder during interrogation, they have not...

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Earthquakes in Japan leave over 40 dead, thousands injured

By: Steve Herman Source: VOA News TOKYO – Tens of thousands of traumatized Japanese are spending a third night in evacuation centers as powerful aftershocks rock the southern main island of Kyushu. At least 41 people have died and nearly 2,000 have been injured since Thursday as a result of the strongest tremors. The quakes have collapsed buildings and bridges, triggered landslides and even derailed a bullet train. Early Sunday, rescuers were battling harsh weather conditions in a race to rescue as many as 100 people still trapped or buried under collapsed buildings in Kumamoto Prefecture. Mobilization Tens of thousands of police, medics, firemen and self-defense force troops are...

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