Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu Holds Slight Edge in Election Exit Polls

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu has a slight lead in election exit pollsThe Wall Street Journal Israel Election: Early exit polls show Netanyahu poised to return to powerFox News Netanyahu is poised for a comeback in Israel’s elections, exit polls showReuters Israel Elections: What Could HappenReuters Mint Explainer: A Divided Israel and Netanyahu’s Persistence | MintMint See … Read more

Abe murder suspect says life destroyed by mother’s religion

TOKYO (AP) — Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been brutally murdered A handmade gun shocked a nation unused to high-profile political violence. But there have been further surprises in the weeks since the murders as details have emerged about an alleged killer who was well-off until his mother’s large donations to the controversial … Read more

Turkish pop star Gulsen arrested over religious schools joke

The Turkish pop star’s arrest for her mockery of religious schools has sparked a backlash from critics of the government, which appears bent on punishing those who oppose its conservative views. Pop singer Gulsen was jailed Thursday, pending trial on charges of inciting hatred after a video of her on-stage remarks in April was broadcast … Read more

Turkish singer Gulsen arrested over religious schools comment

Turkish popstar Gulsen apologized on social media before her arrest, but a government spokesman called her comments ‘insulting’. Turkish pop star Gulsen was arrested on Thursday after an Istanbul lawyer opened an investigation into accusations of “inciting people to hatred and enmity” following comments he made on stage about religious schools, local media reported. Singer … Read more

Nepal’s holy Bagmati River choked with black sewage, trash

Done by Binaj Gurubacharya 17 August 2022 GMT KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) – On a mountain in the Himalayas, the original drops from the mouth of a tiger statue installed on a stream thought to be the headwaters of the Bagmati River, revered for its power to purify the soul. From there it flows downhill … Read more

Far-right Italian leader Meloni rides popular wave in polls

ROME (AP) – With a message that blends Christianity, motherhood and patriotism, Giorgia Meloni is riding a wave of popularity that could see her become Italy’s first female prime minister next month and the first far-right leader since World War II. Although her Brothers of Italy party has neo-fascist roots, Meloni has sought to play … Read more

Eleven convicts in Gujarat gang rape, murder cases freed in India

Eleven people serving life sentences for gang rape and murder in the 2002 Gujarat riots have been freed, Indian media reports said. The 11 convicts in the Bilkis Bano case were released from jail in Gujarat’s Godhra city on Monday and the state government approved their application for commutation, reports said. An anti-Muslim pogrom erupted … Read more

Nicaraguan Catholics gather for mass after gov’t bans procession

The Vatican has expressed concern over moves against the Church amid an ongoing crackdown by President Daniel Ortega. Nicaraguan Catholics have gathered in the capital Managua under heavy police presence after the government banned religious processions. Saturday’s mass protests against the church have sparked a series of moves against the church in recent weeks, including … Read more

EXPLAINER: Tension between Nicaragua and the Catholic Church

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nicaragua earlier this month shut down seven radio stations affiliated with the Catholic Church and opened an investigation into the bishop of Matagalpa, Monsignor Rolando Alvarez, accusing violent actors of “inciting acts of hatred against the population.” ” This is not the first time President Daniel Ortega has moved aggressively to … Read more

Iran denies involvement but justifies Salman Rushdie attack

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian official denied on Monday that Tehran was involved in the stabbing of writer Salman Rushdie, although he sought to justify the attack in the Islamic Republic’s first public comments on the bloodshed. Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani made the statement three days after Rushdi was injured … Read more