Erdogan denounces ‘massacres’ in India over citizenship law, toll rises to 33 Feb 28, 2020 0 1614 12345 AFPAnkaraTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit out on Thursday against “massacres” of Muslims in India after communal riots in New Delhi left at least 33 dead.“India right now has become a country where massacres are widespread. What massacres? Massacres of Muslims. By who? Hindus,” Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara after violence broke out this week between mobs of Hindus and Muslims over a citizenship law.Over 200 people were injured and 33 killed since late Sunday in clashes that saw mobs of Hindus and Muslims fight running battles, armed with swords and guns. Thousands of properties and vehicles were touched in the violence. According to a document seen by AFP the victims are a roughly even mix of Hindus and Muslims, based on their names.Erdogan, a devout Muslim, sees himself as a defender of Islam, often taking public stands on issues concerning the faith and its followers.He accused the mobs attacking Muslims of hurting children studying in private tuition centres with “metal sticks as if to kill” them.“How will these people make global peace possible? It is impossible. When making speeches -- since they have a large population -- they say ‘we are strong’ but that is not strength,” Erdogan added.The unrest is the latest bout of violence over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s citizenship law, which triggered months of demonstrations that turned deadly in December.Critics say Modi wants to turn the officially secular country into a Hindu state. RELATED ARTICLES PAKISTAN CELEBRATES ONE YEAR AFTER DOWNING INDIAN JET Feb 28, 2020 0 1673 Trump downplays epidemic fears of new coronavirus Feb 28, 2020 0 1607 Virus at ‘decisive point’ as world battles spread: WHO Feb 28, 2020 0 345 covid Malaysian parliament to vote on new PM amid crisis Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s parliament will vote on Monday on the country’s next prime minister in a bid to end a political crisis, but if no candidate has enough support there will be a snap election, Mahathir Mohamad said. .. Japan PM calls for nationwide closure of schools over virus Tokyo: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday urged schools nationwide to close for several weeks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, as authorities reported the country’s fourth death linked to the .. New South Korean virus infections exceed new cases in China Seoul: South Korea on Thursday reported 505 new infections from the coronavirus, a greater number of new cases than were reported in China for the same period. The new infections bring the total number of cases in South .. Assange’s UK extradition hearing paused until May London: A British judge on Thursday paused Julian Assange’s extradition hearing following four days of intense legal wrangling over Washington’s request for the WikiLeaks founder to stand trial there on espionage .. Far-left German MPs accuse Merkel over Soleimani killing AFP Frankfurt am Main Eight MPs from Germany’s radical-left Left party said on Thursday they had filed a criminal complaint against Chancellor Angela Merkel and her ministers, accusing them of complicity in the US .. Indonesians stranded after Saudi Arabia bans religious pilgrims Jakarta: More than 6,000 Muslim pilgrims were stranded at Indonesian airports on Thursday after Saudi Arabia suspended the entry of visitors seeking to worship in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina in an attempt to .. US urges India to allow peaceful assembly after riots THE United States on Thursday urged India to respect the right to peaceful assembly and called on all sides to refrain from violence. “We echo (Modi’s) call for calm and normalcy and urge all parties to maintain peace, .. US, South Korea postpone joint military exercises over virus AFP Seoul The US and South Korean militaries on Thursday postponed forthcoming joint exercises as the Asian country announced its biggest increase in coronavirus cases to date. The decision to delay the training was ..