Indian Muslim groups urge followers to avoid protests over anti-Islam comments

Indian Muslim groups urge followers to avoid protests over anti-Islam comments

MUMBAI/LUCKNOW, India, June 13 (Reuters) – Leaders of prominent Islamic groups and mosques in India appealed to fellow Muslims on Monday to suspend plans for protests against derogatory remarks about the Prophet Mohammad made by two members of the ruling Hindu nationalist party. The message to eschew big gatherings was circulated after demonstrations took a … Read more

Beijing tests millions, isolates thousands over COVID cluster at 24-hour bar

Beijing tests millions, isolates thousands over COVID cluster at 24-hour bar

Outbreak prompts return of mass testing, targeted lockdowns Cluster caused by ‘complacency’ – state-backed newspaper Shanghai emerges from weekend testing with no new curbs BEIJING, June 13 (Reuters) – Authorities in China’s capital Beijing on Monday raced to contain a COVID-19 outbreak traced to a raucous 24-hour bar known for cheap liquor and big crowds, … Read more

Indian officials step up arrests, demolish houses to stop unrest over anti-Islam remarks

Indian officials step up arrests, demolish houses to stop unrest over anti-Islam remarks

SRINAGAR/KOLKATA, India, June 12 (Reuters) – Authorities in India’s Uttar Pradesh state have demolished the homes of several people accused of involvement in riots last week triggered by derogatory remarks made by ruling party figures about Islam’s Prophet Mohammad, officials said on Sunday . In Indian Kashmir, police arrested a youth for posting a video … Read more

Thailand legalizes growing, consumption of marijuana

Thailand legalizes growing, consumption of marijuana

BANGKOK, June 9 (Reuters) – Thailand legalized the growing of marijuana and its consumption in food and drinks on Thursday, the first Asian country to do so, with the aim of boosting its agriculture and tourism sectors but smoking pot is still against the law . Shoppers queued up at outlets selling cannabis-infused drinks, sweets … Read more

No verdict in Depp, Heard defamation cases as jury ends day’s deliberations

No verdict in Depp, Heard defamation cases as jury ends day's deliberations

May 31 (Reuters) – Jurors considering the opposing lawsuits from actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard deliberated for hours on Tuesday without reaching a verdict in the multimillion-dollar defamation fight that aired unsettling details about their troubled marriage. The seven-person jury is expected to resume their discussions on Wednesday morning in Fairfax County Circuit Court … Read more

Johnny Depp’s attorneys challenge Amber Heard on abuse claims

Johnny Depp's attorneys challenge Amber Heard on abuse claims

May 16 (Reuters) – Attorneys for actor Johnny Depp began their questioning of Amber Heard in the couple’s defamation trial on Monday and challenged the “Aquaman” star’s claims that she suffered physical abuse before and during their brief marriage. Depp’s attorneys introduced photographs of Heard making public appearances on red carpets and “The James Corden … Read more

Celebrity chef Mario Batali acquitted of sexually assaulting woman in Boston

Celebrity chef Mario Batali acquitted of sexually assaulting woman in Boston

BOSTON, May 10 (Reuters) – Chief Mario Batali was acquitted on Tuesday of sexually assaulting a woman at a Boston bar in 2017 while posing with her for fan “selfie” photos, with the judge doubting the credibility of the accuser in the latest # MeToo era trial involving a US celebrity accused of misconduct toward … Read more