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Extra! Anti-Islamic Pegida March Banned In Germany

Police in the eastern city of Dresden have issued a blanket ban on all demonstrations following reports of a “concrete threat” against the founding member of the anti-Islamization movement Pegida (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West), the daily Die Weltreports on its front page Monday.

Pegida had been marching in growing numbers in Dresden and other German cities for 12 consecutive Mondays since October. But weekly counter-marches, much larger in numbers, have also been organized across the country to protest against the far-right movement.

The organizers explained the ban on their Facebook page: “We are forced to make this decision after discussing with the police services,” adding that this was “a serious breach to freedom of opinion and demonstration” by “terrorist forces.”

German and foreign intelligence services reportedly intercepted communications between “known jihadists” in which they learned “assassins” would mix in with the crowd to kill one of the leaders of the movement, Die Welt reports. Instead of marching, Pegida asks its sympathizers to express their opinion by displaying a German flag and a candle on their home windows.

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Modi Is Wrong: Russia's War Also Creates Real Risks For India

By shrugging aside Russia’s aggression, India has shown indifference to fears that China could follow Russia’s example.

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi Visits Russia

Anita Inder Singh*

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NEW DELHI — India is wrong to dismiss Russia’s war in Ukraine as Europe’s problem. The illegality and destructiveness of the invasion, and consequential food and energy crises, have global ramifications.

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This explains why 143 out of the 193 member-states of the UN General Assembly voted against recognizing Russia’s illegal annexation of four Ukrainian regions after holding sham referenda there. Ninety-three voted in favor of expelling Russia from the UN Human Rights Council.

India has abstained from every vote in the UN condemning Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. The reason? Moscow is India’s top arms supplier and some 70% of India’s military platforms are of Russian origin.

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