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Pakistan's fading Parsi community looks abroad

Karachi - For more than 1,000 years, Parsis have thrived in South Asia but an ageing population and emigration to the West driven by instability in Pakistan means the tiny community of "fire worshippers" could soon be consigned to the country's history books.

Turkey's Alevis hail 'historic' court decision on prayer houses

Istanbul - Turkey's Alevi community on Tuesday hailed a Supreme Court ruling on the funding of their prayer houses as a historic decision bringing Turkey's biggest minority faith more closely in line with other beliefs.

CIA promises better diversity

Washington - CIA Director John Brennan announced a series of measures to improve diversity at the upper echelons of the spy agency, currently occupied by a disproportionate majority of whites.

Armenians, Yazidi, Roma in Turkey's diverse new parliament

Ankara - The new Turkish parliament will show greater diversity than before, with three Armenians elected from three different parties and also representatives from other minority ethnic or religious backgrounds.

Spate of attacks shake Pakistan's dwindling Sikh community

Chichawatni - Pilgrims descended from all over the world on a small town in Pakistan that is home to one of Sikhism's holiest sites this week, dipping into holy spring water and solemnly offering prayers.

Norway to ease rules on gender change recognition

Oslo - Norway will introduce a new law governing sex changes, the government said Friday after an expert group recommended an end to what critics call "medieval" treatment of transgender people.

UN, Myanmar leader hail draft peace deal

Yangon - Myanmar's president Tuesday hailed a draft national ceasefire with armed rebel groups, described by the UN as a "historic and significant achievement" as the country tries to end decades of civil war.

Myanmar, rebels agree landmark draft peace deal

Yangon - Myanmar peace negotiators agreed the draft text of a historic nationwide ceasefire agreement on Monday, as the country edges closer to ending decades of conflict between ethnic minority groups and the government.

Turkish Kurds bury slain child, government denies shooting

Thousands of mourners on Thursday buried a 12-year-old Kurdish boy who activists say was killed by Turkish security forces, a claim vehemently denied by the government.

Roma baby case highlights community's plight in France

Paris - The tragic case of a dead Roma baby refused burial in a Paris suburb has underscored the plight of the community in France, where supporters say they are a scapegoat for the country's ills.

France probes uproar over Roma baby burial

Paris - The French human rights ombudsman launched an investigation Sunday into an uproar over a mayor's alleged refusal -- which he later emphatically denied -- to allow burial of a Roma migrant's baby.

Pope urges Muslim leaders to condemn Islamist terror

Istanbul - Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders worldwide to "clearly" condemn terrorism carried out in the name of Islam, and called for an end to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.

Clashes erupt as Turkish nationalist visits Kurdish region

Tunceli - Turkish security forces and pro-Kurdish protesters clashed on Friday as tensions erupted over the visit of a nationalist leader to a flashpoint eastern region, an AFP photographer reported.

Archbishop of Constantinople keeps Byzantium alive in Turkey

Istanbul - Down a narrow side street, in a district of Istanbul on the Golden Horn well off the beaten tourist track, sit the relatively modest headquarters of the "first among equals" of the world's estimated 300 million Orthodox Christian believers.

Hungarians march to celebrate 'Roma Pride'

Budapest - Hundreds of Hungarians took part in a "Roma Pride" march in Budapest on Sunday to celebrate the country's largest ethnic minority, a community scarred by widespread prejudice.Around 500 people walked through the city centre chanting "Opre Roma!

Russia evicts Crimean Tatars from assembly

Simferopol - Russian authorities have ordered Crimean Tatars to leave their assembly building, in a move that the leader of the ethnic minority -- which opposed Russia's annexing of Crimea from Ukraine -- called a return to Soviet oppression.

Isolated Amazonian tribe makes contact with outside

Rio De Janeiro - Members of an isolated tribe have emerged from the Amazon rainforest and made contact with the outside world in a video released by Brazil's indigenous authority.

Outrage in France over vigilante attack on Roma teen

Paris - The brutal beating by vigilantes of a Roma teenager who is now fighting for his life has shocked France, with President Francois Hollande on Tuesday decrying an "unspeakable and unjustifiable" act.

Ethnic minorities in focus in British election race

Grays - Feeling "surrounded" by ethnic minorities, retired factory worker Peter Harvey voted for Britain's anti-immigration UK Independence Party (UKIP) in last month's European and local polls and plans to do so again in next year's national election.

Crimean Karaites hail Russia's takeover of peninsula

Bakhchysaray - Crimea's tiny 800-strong Karaite minority -- Turkic-speaking, not entirely Jewish and overwhelmingly pro-Russian -- hopes that Moscow’s takeover of the peninsula will help them preserve their ancient culture.

Op-Ed: V. Stiviano/ Vanessa Maria Perez — Imitation of life redux

We know all about Donald Tokowitz Sterling’s disgusting remarks. As much as we are mortified and sickened by him, we have encountered this toxic mindset before. Here’s the real question: What the hell is wrong with his girlfriend?

In Crimea, reporters and activists still defy Moscow

Simferopol - Under mounting pressure from Moscow, a defiant group of pro-Ukrainian activists, journalists and minority representatives in Crimea continue to protest the annexation of the peninsula by Russia.

Europe failing to protect Roma from violence: Amnesty

Paris - European states are failing to protect their Roma communities, many of whom live in precarious conditions and are the victims of hate crimes sometimes perpetrated by police, Amnesty International warned Tuesday.

Myanmar bans 'Rohingya' term from census

Cox's Bazar - Myanmar said Saturday that Muslims would not be allowed to register as "Rohingya" in its first census in three decades despite UN assurances, on the eve of a survey that has fanned sectarian tensions.

Myanmar bans 'Rohingya' term from census

Cox's Bazar - Myanmar said Saturday that Muslims would not be allowed to register as "Rohingya" in its first census in three decades despite UN assurances, on the eve of a survey that has fanned sectarian tensions.

Machete attack may signal wider China troubles: analysts

Beijing - A brazen and bloody machete attack at a Chinese railway station could herald an ominous change in the violence Beijing blames on separatists from Xinjiang, analysts say, threatening more incidents far beyond the restive region.Until now, disturbances h...

Bulgarian minority honours age-old wedding rites

- The communists tried hard to stamp out the culture of Bulgaria's rural Pomak minority, and since then tough times in the European Union's poorest country have made many leave, but one village is keeping traditions alive.Nestled in the southern snow-cap...

Rise of far-right sparks fear amid Slovak Roma

Brezno - Five little Roma boys braving the February chill in just T-shirts kick around a football in front of a ramshackle building in Brezno, central Slovakia, as their worried parents look on.Dasa Bucekova, a 40-year old mother of two, has had trouble sleepin...

Op-Ed: Texas voter suppression law delays votes

Fort Worth - A new Texas law Republicans hope will suppress the turnout of female voters has recorded its first case. But officials had to let her vote after all.

NYPD Chief wanted to 'instill fear' into minorities

In a major reveal, Senator Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn) has alleged that NYPD chief Ray Kelly utilised the stop and frisks to "instill fear" into minority communities.
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