Kashmir: New violence feared in old flashpoint, as Indian ruling party pushes long-held agenda

New Delhi (CNN)Hindu nationalists in India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have long dreamed of stripping Indian-controlled Kashmir — named Jammu and Kashmir state — of its decades-old special status. The “abrogation of Article 370” was also mentioned in the BJP election manifesto, released in April ahead of India’s general elections. It was part of a promise “to overcome all obstacles that come in the way of development and provide adequate financial resources to all regions of the state.” A long-held goal On Monday, Modi’s government finally moved to revoke Article 370, in what analysts say is part of a Hindu nationalist agenda. Pakistan, which also claims Kashmir, described the move as illegal. It is not clear what happens next, …

Man who shared New Zealand mosque shooting video online jailed for 21 months

(CNN)A New Zealand man has been jailed for almost two years for sharing a video of the Christchurch mosque shootings that killed 51 people. During sentencing on Tuesday, Judge Stephen O’Driscoll said that when Arps was asked for his opinion on the video, he described it as “awesome,” RNZ reported. “Your offending glorifies and encourages the mass murder carried out under the pretext of religious and racial hatred,” Judge O’Driscoll said, according to the RNZ report. “It is clear from all the material before me that you have strong and unrepentant views towards the Muslim community.” Williams said that his client Arps filed an appeal Tuesday against his sentence, arguing that it is “too stern.” A date to hear the …