Twitter Applies Trump Fact-Check Standard to Chinese Official Who Blamed Pandemic on U.S. Military

Twitter has added a fact-check warning to tweets promoting a conspiracy theory about the origins of the coronavirus which were sent by China’s foreign ministry spokesperson. The retroactive decision comes a day after similar labels were placed on tweets sent by President Donald Trump, in response to queries from media organizations including Newsweek. Twitter said it…

India rushes more troops to border as tensions with China increase in Uttarakhand

The ongoing standoff between India and China erupted over infrastructure construction near the Line of Actual Control (LAC). China has been urging India to be cautious and practice restraint over infrastructure development in the border areas, which are separated by the loosely demarcated LAC. In an indication of the seriousness of the situation, the Indian…

BJP lawmaker warns against buying vegetables from Muslim vendors to keep safe from virus

In a widely circulated video on Indian social media, Tiwari can be seen telling people to “keep one thing in mind […] do not buy vegetables from miyan (Muslims)”. Read: In Modi’s India, virus fallout inflames divisions between Muslims and Hindus Talking to Indian publication The Wire, Tiwari later confirmed he had made those remarks “around April 17-18”, and…

US commission urges govt to place India on list of countries violating religious

The report, compiled by the US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), recommended that India be declared a “country of particular concern.” “India took a sharp downward turn in 2019, with religious minorities under increasing assault,” the USCIRF, which is a bipartisan agency of the federal government, observed. Nadine Maenza, the USCIRF’s vice chairman, said…