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“Really worrying situation” – Kashmir violence turns deadly

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A 19-year-old male has been shot dead in the Kashmir region, in what his family has called “cold-blooded murder” by Indian forces

The killing makes it the 12th civilian death this month in the region either by rebel fighters or security forces.

Authorities have stated that the teenager was caught up in “cross-firing” – a term used by police to describe a gun battle between Indian forces and rebels.

The young man was identified as Shahid Ahmad Rather, a college student, who also worked as an apple-picking labourer.

ticker NEWS spoke with Journalist Aakash Hassan who is on the ground as the violence continues.

Hassan described the escalating violence as “worrying” – stating that the violence is only surging within the region.

Reports state the family of 19-year-old Rather has not been given the body yet.

India’s Amit Shah visits Kashmir amid rising violence

India’s Amit Shah visits Kashmir amid rising violence

In an attempt to address the disgruntlement of Kashmiri’s youth with New Delhi, India’s Home Minister Amit Shah made a visit to the region, stating that he came to extend a hand of “friendship” to the young people.

Mr Shah is on his first visit to the disputed region after architecting the nullification of Indian-administered Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status under the Indian Constitution on August 5, 2019, which was followed by a crippling communication and military lockdown for months.

The three-day visit of India’s interior minister comes in the backdrop of the deteriorating security situation in the region.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Pink-coloured pigeon rescued in New York

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Pigeons come in a whole range of colours, but it seems pink isn’t one of them

That’s exactly what happened in New York though, where a bright-coloured bird was rescued.

Wildlife groups believe the pigeon was dyed as part of a gender reveal ceremony.

The feathery friend was suffering from malnutrition when it was found in Madison Square Park.

In a statement, the Wild Bird Fund says they should never be dyed because of risks like starvation and even death.

It went on to say the “poor bird has it bad enough unable to find food in the wild, fly well or escape predators.”

“But being a bright, unusual colour makes him even more of a target.”

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Iranian couple jailed for online dancing video

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An Iranian couple have been given jail sentences totalling 10 years after posting a video online.

 
The two individuals, both in their 20s, were charged for supposedly promoting corruption, prostitution and propaganda.

Authorities have been cracking down on public disobedience.

It follows the death of a woman who was detained by the country’s infamous morality police.

Mahsa Amini died in police custody in September last year, arrested for violating the rule requiring women to cover their hair with a hijab, or headscarf.

Anti-government protests swept across the country after the incident.

The two individuals in the dancing video were reportedly detained after posting the clip to their social media accounts – which have a combined following of more than two million people.

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Donald Trump claims deposition as “biggest witch hunt”

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Donald Trump has described the investigation into his company as the “biggest witch hunt” in the history of the United States during a formal deposition.

In September 2022, the New York Attorney General Letitia James, announced she would be looking into the Trump organisation’s business practices.

James alleges the former president “falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and cheat the system”.

The lawsuit also takes aim at some of Trump’s children, and executives of his business.

During the deposition tape, Trump can be seen reading a lengthy statement.

During this, the former president asserts his constitutional right to not answer questions, while accusing James of investigating him out of political spite.

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