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Why are journalists increasingly targeted? | Journalism under fire

Reporters are being threatened, harassed, assaulted, imprisoned and killed. World leaders often target journalists and news outlets they don’t agree with, denouncing reporting as “fake news”.  And amid the heightening threats, dangers and name-calling, polls show the public’s trust in the news media has plummeted. What should be done to …

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Why India’s BJP wants to rekindle the Babri mosque dispute | India

Twenty-six years ago, Hindu nationalists destroyed the Babri Masjid in the northern city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh state, sparking some of the bloodiest communal violence in India’s recent history, which killed some 2,000 people.  The perpetrators claimed Mughal Emperor Babur had erected the mosque in place of a “magnificent” Hindu temple …

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Ukraine creates new Orthodox church independent from Russia | Ukraine News

A council of Orthodox bishops has created a new Ukrainian church, marking an historic split from Russia which its leaders see as vital to the country’s security and independence. The announcement on Saturday came after Ukrainian priests held a synod in capital Kiev’s 11th-century Saint Sophia Cathedral to establish an Orthodox …

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Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, embassy not moving yet

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia formally recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reversing decades of Middle East policy, but will not move its embassy there immediately, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday. Israel described the move as a step in the right direction. Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said the …

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