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Mumbai fires raise questions about fire safety in India

A massive fire at a rooftop restaurant in Mumbai killed 14 people on Friday [Anadolu] After a second fatal fire in less than one week in Mumbai killed four members of a single family, including two children, a state official says regulations need to be enforced to make sure buildings across India meet safety standards. Thousands of older buildings in India’s key financial hub are in disrepair, and safety standards are not being enforced, said VB Sant, director-general of the National Safety Council, a labour ministry body that works on safety issues across the country. “This is a very big problem...

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Iranian diplomat charges US with inciting protests

Khoshroo accused Washington of inciting Iranians to ‘engage in disruptive acts’ [Mike Segar/Reuters] Iran has accused the US of “inciting” anti-government protests that have gripped the country, and said the Trump administration had “flouted” international law and the principles of the UN charter by supporting the unrest in a series of “absurd tweets”. In a letter sent to Antonio Guterres, UN secretary-general, on Wednesday, Gholamali Khoshroo, the Iranian ambassador to the UN, said the US had “crossed every limit” by “inciting Iranians to engage in disruptive acts”. “[The US] has stepped up its acts of intervention in a grotesque way in Iran’s internal affairs under the...

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The tragedy and blessing that is Trump

Trump is a particularly ugly wart erupting from the underlying disease, the corporatisation of America and the world, writes Beinhart [Reuters] The real tragedy of US President Donald Trump is that he swept in Republican majorities with him. In his first year in office, the only serious bill he passed was the tax cuts. But Mitch McConnell, majority leader in the Senate, and Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, wanted tax cuts as much or more than Trump did, and they would have put them through with any Republican president. And any Republican president would have signed them. If...

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Algerian police violently disperse doctors protest

Algerian police in riot gear dispersed resident doctors protesting in Algiers on Wednesday [Reuters file photo] Human rights groups have condemned the Algerian police for violently dispersing a sit-in organised by resident doctors in Algiers, who have been protesting for weeks over poor working conditions. Images posted on social media show Algerian medical residents, who are still in training but serve as general practitioners in hospitals, with bloodied faces being helped away from the protest at CHU Mustapha Bacha, a university hospital in the capital, on Wednesday. “We denounce the repression of the protest,” said Amnesty International’s Algeria branch, in...

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Q&A: ‘This is a fight among Iran’s ruling factions’

Tens of thousands of Iranians have taken part in pro-government demonstrations [Mehdi Pedramkhoo/AP] Nationwide anti-government protests have left nearly two dozen people dead and hundreds of others arrested across Iran. Erupting amid growing public discontent over widespread unemployment and economic inequality, the protests have taken on an anti-government message and new calls for mass rallies were heard this week. For its part, the Iranian state mobilised thousands of supporters to march “against rampage and disrespect”.  The Iranian authorities have accused groups inside the country foreign adversaries of fomenting anger against the government of Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president, who was re-elected in...

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