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Mosul's Christians face dilemma after Islamic State

ARBIL (Iraq): The jihadists may have been ousted from their Iraqi hometown of Mosul but many Christians like Haitham Behnam refuse to go back and trade in the stability of their new lives.
"There's no security, no protection for Christians back there," said the former resident of the largest city in northern Iraq.
"It's better for us to stay here and keep our mouths shut," said the man in his 40s who resettled in the Iraqi Kurdish capital of Arbil in 2014 after the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group seized control of Mosul.
"They came to see us in our shops. They told us: 'We have nothing against you. If we're bothering you, tell us.' A week later, it was 'Christians out!'" recalled Behnam, who used to deal in ready-to-wear clothing.
Under the brutal rule of IS, Mosul's Christian community of around 35,000 was handed an ultimatum: convert to Islam, pay a special tax imposed on non-Muslims, or risk being executed unless they leave town.

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Intolerance on the rise in Modi, Trump regimes, says Martin Luther King III

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Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, human rights activists Kailash Satyarthi and Martin Luther King-III, AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, former MP Prakash Ambedkar and minister H C Mahadevappa at the inauguration of Dr B R Ambedkar International Conference 2017 in the city, on Friday. dh photo

Supreme Court of India asks Centre, states not to protect any kind of vigilantism

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A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra was informed by the Centre that law and order is a state subject but it does not support any kind of vigilantism in the country. dh file photo
A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra was informed by the Centre that law and order is a state subject but it does not support any kind of vigilantism in the country.
The Supreme Court today asked the Centre and the states not to protect any kind of vigilantism and sought their response on violent incidents of cow vigilantism.

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human rights groups in India have welcomed a Supreme Court order federal investigation into allegations that thousands killed by security forces

A Catholic bishop and human rights groups in India have welcomed a Supreme Court order for a federal investigation into allegations that thousands of people were killed by security forces in the northeastern state of Manipur.

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