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India bids to bust citizenship law 'myths' with cartoon Muslims

India bids to bust citizenship law 'myths' with cartoon MuslimsIndia’s ruling party launched a video with animated Muslim characters on social media Monday as part of a publicity blitz to try to bust “myths” around a new citizenship law that has sparked deadly protests. The law has stoked concerns that Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government wants to marginalise India’s Muslim minority.



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Afghanistan bids farewell to slain Japanese physician

Afghanistan bids farewell to slain Japanese physicianAfghan President Ashraf Ghani led a memorial Saturday in the capital Kabul to bid final farewell to a Japanese physician killed earlier this week in a roadside shooting in eastern Afghanistan that also killed five Afghans, who were traveling with him. Dr. Tetsu Nakamura was affectionately known as “Uncle Murad” by villagers in eastern Afghanistan, where he led the development of water and agricultural management projects since his arrival in Afghanistan in 2008. Ghani joined Afghan National Security soldiers in carrying Nakamura’s coffin draped in an Afghan flag to an awaiting aircraft.



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Congress bids tearful farewell to 'sweet Elijah' Cummings

Congress bids tearful farewell to 'sweet Elijah' CummingsMembers of Congress bid a tearful farewell Thursday to Rep. Elijah Cummings , hailing the son of sharecroppers as a “master of the House” as the Maryland Democrat became the first African American lawmaker to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol. Lawmakers eulogized Cummings as a mentor and close friend, with a voice that could “shake mountains,” in the words of Senate Democratic Leader Schumer, and a passion for legislating and his hometown of Baltimore. “Perhaps this place and this country would be better served with a few more unexpected friendships,” Meadows added, growing emotional.



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Huawei exec in Canada court, bids to quash extradition

Huawei exec in Canada court, bids to quash extraditionTop Chinese telecom executive Meng Wanzhou and her lawyers went to court on Monday to try to have her extradition case thrown out, arguing that her rights were violated. The United States wants to put Meng on trial for fraud for allegedly violating Iran sanctions and lying about it to US banks — accusations her lawyers dispute. The arrest of Meng — a rising star whose father Ren Zhengfei founded Huawei and over three decades grew it into a global telecom giant — caused an unprecedented diplomatic rift between Canada and China.



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Escape bids by rebel princesses throw spotlight on UAE rights

Escape bids by rebel princesses throw spotlight on UAE rightsPrincess Haya, who is battling her husband Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al-Maktoum in a UK court, is the third princess who has sought to escape the Gulf emirate in recent years. Activists say the attempts by Haya and two of Sheikh Mohammed’s daughters to escape the United Arab Emirates (UAE) throw a harsh spotlight on the country’s rights record, even as it tries to present a glitzy and modern image to the West. In 2000, Sheikha Shamsa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum tried to escape the family’s entourage during a holiday in England, but was reportedly picked up two months later and forcibly returned to Dubai.



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Biden bids to quell storm over campaign trail kiss

Biden bids to quell storm over campaign trail kissFormer vice president Joe Biden insisted Sunday he had never acted inappropriately towards women as a growing row about a kiss on the campaign trail cast a shadow over his expected run for the White House. The 76-year-old Biden is the clear favorite to win the Democrat nomination to take on Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election even though he has yet to declare his candidacy.



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Supreme Court rebuffs state bids to cut Planned Parenthood funds

Supreme Court rebuffs state bids to cut Planned Parenthood fundsThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected appeals by Louisiana and Kansas seeking to end public funding by those states to Planned Parenthood.



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House Democrats Announce Leadership Bids

House Democrats Announce Leadership BidsDemocrats wasted no time announcing their candidacies for leadership elections after retaking the House Tuesday night. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made clear that after leading her party into the majority for a second time, she intends to be the speaker of the House again. “I’ve always had an opponent, so I feel pretty comfortable about it,” she told PBS of the possibility of a speakership challenge in the leadup to Democrats’ victory.



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S.Africa bids emotional farewell to 'Mama Winnie' Mandela

S.Africa bids emotional farewell to 'Mama Winnie' MandelaThousands of mourners flocked Wednesday to the heart of South Africa’s sprawling Soweto township, a centre of anti-apartheid resistance, to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela’s former wife and struggle hero Winnie Mandela. The choice of Soweto’s 37,000-capacity Orlando stadium for both the memorial service and the full state funeral planned for Saturday was highly symbolic. Unlike many struggle-era leaders who moved from townships like Soweto to formerly white suburbs after apartheid fell, Winnie Mandela remained embedded in the community where she met Nelson Mandela at a bus stop in 1957.



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India bids tearful farewell to Bollywood superstar Sridevi

India bids tearful farewell to Bollywood superstar SrideviThousands of heartbroken fans and Bollywood actors paid their last respects to Indian superstar Sridevi Kapoor Wednesday following her shock death from accidental drowning in a Dubai hotel bathtub aged just 54. After a public service, Sridevi’s flower-bedecked funeral cortege made its way slowly to a crematorium where her family said their final goodbyes. Bollywood stars, including actresses Aishwarya Rai and Kajol, were among the mourners at the Celebration Sports Club in the Andheri West area of Mumbai — the home of the Hindi film industry.



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