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Fears of lynch mobs and violence if Modi wins re-election

Fears of lynch mobs and violence if Modi wins re-election

World
By Siobhan Robbins, news correspondent, in India India is in the grip of election fever, with 900 million registered voters preparing to go to the polls.The general election will be the world's largest democratic exercise, with voting beginning on 11 April. Voters are electing lawmakers for the 545-member lower house of parliament, or Lok Sabha.The country is so large that voting will take place in seven phases over five weeks, with initial results expected on 23 May. Image: Supporters of Narendra Modi listen to one of his election rallies Under the banners of national security and Hindu nationalism, current prime minister Narendra Modi is hoping for another landslide victory with the Bharatiya Janata Par...
Violence in Venezuela as president's rival declares himself leader

Violence in Venezuela as president's rival declares himself leader

World
By Rebecca Taylor, news reporter Venezuela's opposition leader has won the support of more countries in his bid to oust the "dictatorship" of President Nicolas Maduro.Juan Guaido declared himself interim president on Wednesday, saying the constitution gave him powers to form a transitional government until new elections. The move has sparked violence in the South American country and at least seven people have been killed in clashes between supporters of the two sides.US President Donald Trump said Mr Guaido had "courageously spoken" against Mr Maduro, who was described earlier this week as a dictator by Vice President Mike Pence. Image: Anti-government protesters set a vehicle on fire in Caracas ...
UK film age rating rules get stricter for scenes of sexual violence

UK film age rating rules get stricter for scenes of sexual violence

Entertainment
Under-15s will no longer be able to go to see films that depict rape and other sexual violence under new rules set by Britain's film ratings body.The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) surveyed more than 10,000 people and found it to be among parents' main concerns.Any film showing sexual violence will now get at least a 15 rating rather than a 12 or a 12A.The BBFC also wants its ratings to appear on all streaming services.BBFC chief executive David Austin said a film like Keira Knightley's 2008 drama The Duchess, which was classed as a 12 at the time, would be made a 15 today because it included a rape scene."What parents told us was, that's too much for 12-year-olds," he told BBC News. "It's enough that a 12-year-old k...
Israel-Gaza violence erupts after covert op killings

Israel-Gaza violence erupts after covert op killings

World
Violence has flared between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, a day after seven militants and an Israeli soldier were killed during an undercover Israeli operation in Gaza.Militants fired 300 rockets and mortars at Israel. One hit an empty bus, seriously injuring a soldier nearby.Israel responded with strikes on what it said were military targets belonging to Hamas and Islamic Jihad.Three Palestinians, two of them reportedly militants, were killed.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier cut short his visit to Paris for events to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One and returned to Israel to consult with his security chiefs.What happened on Sunday?A Hamas commander and an Israeli soldier were am...