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Exit of trusted Mattis sparks concern among US allies

BRUSSELS: Key allies of Washington expressed concern on Friday about the resignation of US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the policies of President Donald Trump that prompted it, praising Mattis as a committed partner. Mattis said on Thursday he would quit after falling out with Trump over the latter’s foreign policies, including the surprise decision to pull troops out of Syria and plans for a drawdown in Afghanistan. “Secretary Mattis has made a key contribution to keeping NATO strong and ready to deal with the…

Rape of seven-year-old girl sparks angry protests in India

MUMBAI: Thousands of people took to the streets in central India this week demanding the death penalty for assailants who raped a seven-year-old girl lured away from school as she waited to be picked up by her parents. Two men have been arrested for the crime in the city of Mandsaur, police said. The victim was hospitalised but is recovering, doctors said. Following rise in rape cases across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government introduced the death penalty for rape of girls under 12 and increased the…

India father’s social media posts over daughter’s hospital death sparks probe

NEW DELHI: India’s government Tuesday ordered a probe into the death of a girl at a private hospital after her father’s social media posts alleging negligence and being overcharged went viral. The case made national headlines in a country where a crumbling and often overburdened government health facilities forces many of India’s flourishing and increasingly influential middle classes to seek out expensive private healthcare providers. The little girl, called Adya, died in September after almost a fortnight at the…

Sonu Nigam posts video of Azaan, sparks controversy once again

Indian singer Sonu Nigam has sparked a controversy once again by posting a two-minute video, ostensibly from his house, in which Azaan can be heard in low voice. This post seems an attempt to clear the air about perception people had created that he was against Muslim call of prayer after he had wrote a post on his social media account which hurt many and drew criticism from across the world. This time Hindu extremists have started taking Sonu to task for presumably supporting Azaan. Goodmorning India…