Nobel winners call on Modi to restore critic’s citizenship Nov 15, 2019 0 1466 12345 New Delhi: Nobel prize winners Margaret Atwood, Orhan Pamuk and John Coetzee led more than 250 literary and journalist luminaries who called on Thursday on India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to revoke an order stripping writer Aatish Taseer of his “overseas citizenship”.Salman Rushdie and top Indian writer Amitav Ghosh said Taseer “appears to have been targeted for an extremely personal form of retaliation” for his criticism of the Indian government.Taseer, born in Britain but raised in India, lost his Overseas Citizenship of India last week. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES US ‘will continue to lead’ against IS, says Pompeo Nov 15, 2019 0 738 EU launches legal case against UK over commission post Nov 15, 2019 0 215 Philippines deports 312 Chinese over telecom fraud Nov 15, 2019 0 1191 MH17 calls show ties between Russian officials, rebels: Probe AFP The Hague Investigators looking into the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine released intercepted phone calls on Thursday showing close links between “high-ranking” Russian officials and rebel suspects facing .. Taliban say still holding two Western hostages Kabul: A Taliban spokesman said on Thursday the insurgents were still holding two Western hostages, as officials stayed tight-lipped over the outcome of an apparent prisoner swap announced by Afghan President Ashraf .. Pakistan leads censor requests sent to Facebook Islamabad: Of the 17,807 content restrictions made by Facebook globally, the highest number — over 31 percent — of the requests originated from Pakistan between January and July 2019, according to the platform’s latest .. Medicines pose global environmental risk: Experts AFP Paris Residues from billions of doses of antibiotics, painkillers and antidepressants pose a significant risk to freshwater ecosystems and the global food chain, a new analysis said on Thursday. There are growing .. Key Catalan party withholds support to Spanish PM Madrid: A Catalan separatist party whose support is key to the investiture of Spain’s new government on Thursday refused to offer its backing in a blow to Socialist premier Pedro Sanchez. For Sanchez, securing the .. Germany approves law making measles vaccine compulsory for children Berlin: Germany’s lower house of parliament on Thursday approved a law that will make measles vaccinations obligatory in kindergartens and schools from March 1, 2020. In the Bundestag, 459 lawmakers voted in favour of .. US envoy did not link Biden probe to aid: Ukrainian FM AFP Kiev Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko on Thursday said US envoy Gordon Sondland did not tell him aid to Kiev depended on opening a probe into Donald Trump’s potential 2020 rival Joe Biden. Democrats accused .. One killed, four injured in California school shooting, suspect in custody AFP Santa Clarita, United States One person was killed and least four others injured in a shooting at a high school north of Los Angeles on Thursday, triggering a police hunt for a student who was found wounded and taken into ..