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India’s richest corner 73 percent of wealth: Oxfam

Last year, 58 percent of national income went to India’s richest one percent [B Armangue/AP] New Delhi, India – Up to 670 million Indians, who comprise the poorest half of the population, saw just one percent increase in their wealth while the richest one percent cornered 73 percent of the national income generated in the country last year, according to anti-poverty charity Oxfam. “The wealth of the elite 1 percent increased by 20913 billion rupees [$327bn], equivalent to the total budget of the Indian government last financial year,” Oxfam said in its report published on Monday. Indian billionaires’ wealth...

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Mike Pence: US embassy to open in Jerusalem in 2019

US Vice President Mike Pence shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before his Knesset address [Ariel Schalit/Reuters] The American embassy will be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of next year, US Vice President Mike Pence told Israeli parliamentarians to enthusiastic applause. Greeted by a standing ovation on Monday inside the Knesset, Pence’s speech was in its introductory phase when a scuffle broke out as Palestinian politicians from the Joint Arab List alliance raised posters of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in protest before they were forcibly removed by security. “America stands with Israel,” Pence said,...

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Deaths reported in shelling of Syria’s Damascus

It remains unclear who was responsible for the attack [File: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters] Five people have been killed in artillery fire in the Syrian capital, Damascus, according to a UK-based war monitoring group.  The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which gathers details of casualties from a network of sources inside the country, said on Monday that 11 others were wounded in the attack on the neighbourhood of Bab Touma. The government’s official news agency, SANA, confirmed the reports, saying those killed in the attack were civilians.  {articleGUID} A source in Damascus police reportedly told SANA “armed groups deployed in several areas...

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Saudi Arabia pledges $1.5bn in Yemen aid

Saudi Arabia has vowed to donate $1.5bn – half of the UN’s humanitarian appeal for Yemen – which has been largely devastated by years of war. But as the conflict continues, the situation is also deteriorating in areas controlled by the Saudi-backed government. In the southern port city of Aden, secessionists say they want to overthrow the internationally-recognised government. Al Jazeera’s Osama Bin Javaid reports from...

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Trump and the ‘immigrant terrorists’

A protester holds a sign reading ‘There are not ‘many sides’, Denounce domestic white terrorism’ at a march against white nationalism in Times Square, August 13, 2017 [Joe Penney/Reuters] “New report from DHS DOJ shows that nearly 3 in 4 individuals convicted in terrorism related charges are foreign born. We have submitted to Congress a list of resources and reforms.” So tweeted US President Donald Trump on the afternoon of January 16, 2018, days before the US government shut down. President Trump’s tweet, like so many others that have come before, was incorrect even by his administration’s lax standards. The International...

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