The Daily Populous

Thursday April 21st, 2022 morning edition

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China, on Wednesday, criticised Sweden after a recent incident took place involving the burning of copies of the Muslim holy book, the Quran, Anadolu News Agency reports.

"We hope Sweden can earnestly respect the religious beliefs of minority groups, including Muslims," Wang said, according to the Chinese daily, Global Times.

Last week, Rasmus Paludan, the leader of the far-right Stram Kurs (Hard Line) group, burned a copy of the Muslim holy book in Sweden's southern Linkoping city.

Turkiye, Saudi Arabia and a host of Arab and Muslim countries and organisations have condemned the Quran burning, terming the act as provocation and incitement against Muslims.

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation was among those that strongly condemned the incident.

Its chief, Hissein Brahim Taha, denounced "the provocative actions of burning copies of the Holy Quran during anti-Muslim demonstrations, which have been taking place in Linkoping, Norrkoping and other cities in Sweden.".

The pan-Muslim organisation said the burning raised Muslim concerns of "the alarming trend of Islamophobia perpetuated by extreme right supporters. »

Marjorie Taylor Greene complains that ‘nasty’ media will be in courtroom for hearing that could see her lose her job

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A group of five voters from Ms Greene's district is suing the congresswoman, alleging that she is ineligible to run for federal office under the 14th Amendment.

The group claims she "voluntarily aided and engaged" in the Capitol riot insurrection, which should invalidate her ability to hold federal office under the 14th Amendment.

That amendment was ratified after the Civil War to prevent Confederate officers and officials from holding public office in the US. »

U.S. FAA to make zero tolerance unruly passenger policy permanent

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Under the policy, the FAA issues fines to passengers for unruly behavior instead of warning letters or counseling.

The FAA imposed its zero-tolerance mandate when unruly passenger incidents escalated around the time of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The FAA said since January 2021, there have been a record 7,200 unruly passenger incidents reported - and 70% involved the enforcement of masking rules. »

God of War director asks fans to be patient for Ragnarök news: ‘Something cool is coming’

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Sony Santa Monica Studio’s Cory Barlog has asked fans to remain patient for news on the upcoming sequel God of War Ragnarök.

Barlog directed 2007’s God of War 2 and the acclaimed 2018 series reboot God of War, which celebrates the fourth anniversary of its release today.

Amazon was said to be in negotiations with Sony to secure the God of War streaming rights for Prime Video. »

India’s first openly gay prince vows to “keeping fighting” for ‘conversion therapy’ ban

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The prince, who is the 39th direct descendant of India’s Gohil Rajput dynasty, has since dedicated his time to supporting LGBTQ+ causes and education.

However, the prince does not directly blame anyone, but the “ignorance” surrounding the understanding of LGBTQ+ people and “subjects”.

Four years before the prince was publicly out as gay, Gohil shared his truth with his family, which was rejected. »