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Minister Convicted for anti Muslim Riots PDF Print E-mail
A court in India has convicted 32 people for involvement in the 2002 religious riots in Gujarat state, India. Among those convicted are former minister Maya Kodnani. More than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed when riots erupted. (BBC, 29 Aug 2012)
Afghan Minerals Targeted PDF Print E-mail
Afghanistan became the first country whose surface minerals have been mapped from the air. This was done by the US Geological Survey while Afghanistan is under US occupation. Afghanistan is known to have vast reserves of oil, gas, copper, cobalt, gold and lithium. (BBC, 18 July 2012)
Continued Oppression of Burmese Muslims PDF Print E-mail
Rohingya Muslims are fleeing to Bangladesh following state-aided killing by Buddhists of Muslims in Burma's Rakhine province. Burmese security forces continue to carry out mass arrests. Rohingya Muslims have been oppressed over 30 years by Burmese authorities who say they are not citizens. Bangladesh also says they are not welcome. There are 400,000 Rohingyas refugees in Bangladesh. (BBC, 22 July 2012)
Muslims Attacked in Assam PDF Print E-mail
Fierce fighting between indigenous tribespeople and Muslim settlers India's Assam state killed 21. 60,000 people have fled their homes for relief camps. There have been tensions between indigenous groups and Muslim Bengali migrants to Assam for many years. (BBC, 24 July 2012)
Buddhists Clash with Muslims PDF Print E-mail
Fighting raging since Jun 8 between Muslims and Buddhists in Rakhine, Burma. 25 people killed since an attack by Buddhists on a bus carrying Muslims on 8 June. Rakhine state has a sizeable Muslim population, including Rohingyas, a Muslim group who are stateless, as Burma considers them to be illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. (BBC, 12 June)
Pakistani Troops Buried by Avalanche PDF Print E-mail
135 Pakistani troops dead after being buried by an avalanche in the Kashmir region. The avalanche hit a military camp near the Siachen glacier in the Karakoram branch of the Himalaya mountains. (BBC, 7 Apr 2012)
Maldives Coup PDF Print E-mail
Mohammed Waheed Hassan overthrew President Mohamed Nasheed in a Maldives coup. (BBC, 11 Feb 2012)
Journalist Deported over Blasphemous Tweet PDF Print E-mail
Malaysian authorities deported a Saudi journalist accused of insulting Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wa sallam in a tweet. Insulting the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia. (BBC, 12 Feb 2012)
74 Falcons Confiscated in Pakistan PDF Print E-mail
Custom officials in the Pakistani city of Karachi confiscated 74 falcons being unlawfully transported into the country by a member of Qatar's royal family. Members of Gulf royal families routinely bring in falcons for hunting birds and other animals in Pakistan. (BBC, 17 Nov 2011)
17 Foreign Troops Killed in Afghanistan PDF Print E-mail
A Taliban bomber killed 17 foreign troops including Americans, Canadians and British. (BBC, 29 Oct 2011)
Bangladesh Protects Dolphins PDF Print E-mail
Bangladesh declared three areas in the Sundarbans mangrove forest as dolphin sanctuaries to protect freshwater dolphins. Conservationists say the mangrove forest is the only place in the world where the Ganges river dolphins and Irrawaddy dolphins are found. These dolphins are among the world's most endangered mammals. (BBC, 31 Oct 2011)
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