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WhatsApp blocks hundreds of Palestinian journalists’ accounts

16 Nov 2019; MEMO: WhatsApp yesterday blocked access to hundreds of Palestinian journalists and activists who were providing live updates during the Israeli offensive on Gaza, Safa news agency reported.

This came less than 24 hours after the end of the two-day Israeli offensive which resulted in the death of 34 Palestinians and wounded 111 others.

India: Winter session of Parliament from Monday; govt set to push Citizenship bill

New Delhi, Nov 17 (PTI) The situation in Jammu and Kashmir, economic slowdown, unemployment and the government's plan to bring the Citizenship bill are some of the issues which are likely to emerge as flashpoints between the opposition and treasury benches in the Winter session of Parliament beginning Monday.

Besides the passage of the Citizenship (amendment) bill, the government also plans to convert two crucial ordinances into law during the session.

Khamenei: Iran not calling for elimination of Jews, wants non-sectarian Israel

16 Nov 2019; MEMO: Iran is not calling for the elimination of the Jewish people, but believes people of all religions should decide Israel’s future, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday, reported Reuters.

Since its Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iran has refused to recognise Israel and has backed militant Palestinian groups. Israel has long accused Iran of seeking its destruction and regards Tehran as its main enemy in the Middle East.

Gaza suffers $3m in damages following Israel strikes

16 Nov 2019; MEMO: Losses from Israel’s bombing of the Gaza Strip this year amount to $3 million, the Media Office in the enclave reported.

Some 500 housing units were either partial, severely or totally damaged, the office said, including eight houses and 12 housing units, with an estimated total value of $2 million, in addition to agricultural losses as a result of damage to land, farms, irrigation systems and fishing boats, worth more than one million shekels ($0.29 million).

India: Mehbooba Mufti shifted to govt house in Srinagar

Srinagar, Nov 15 (PTI) Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti was on Friday shifted to a government accommodation in the city from a tourist hut located at the foothills of Zaberwan range, officials said here.

The move was necessitated as the approaching winters and frequent power cuts made it difficult to stay in the hut which was converted into a jail after she was detained on August 5 this year.

India: CBI raids Amnesty International Bengaluru, Delhi offices

Bengaluru, Nov 15 (PTI) The CBI on Friday conducted raids at the Amnesty International Indias Bengaluru and Delhi offices.

Yes, raids were carried out. Details are awaited, a CBI officer told PTI.

An Amnesty International India executive, speaking on condition of anonymity, said about half-a-dozen CBI sleuths arrived at about 8.30 am at the Bengaluru office and carried out searches till 5 pm."

India: BHU Professor forced to quit after removing RSS flag from campus, charged

Mirzapur; 16 Nov 2019 (UMM): Prof Kiran Damle of Banaras Hindu University south campus in Mirzapur district has been booked by Police on complaint by RSS for removing the RSS flag from a ‘Shakha’ inside the university campus, and later forced to quit.

She has also been charged by the Uttar Pradesh police of "insulting religious beliefs", after the local RSS unit filed a complaint.

Turks protest Israel's attacks on Palestinians

ANKARA, 15 Nov 2019; AA: Scores of people and representatives of non-governmental organizations convened in front of Israel's embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday to protest against Israel's attacks on Palestinians. 

Ahmet Sanver, chairman of the Ankara branch of the Anatolia Youth Association, delivered a speech on behalf of the protesters.

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