Police in capital New Delhi arrest Mohammed Zubair, a Muslim co-founder of Alt-News website, accusing him of insulting religious beliefs in old Twitter posts.
"We encourage India to promote respect for human rights," says State Department spokesperson Ned Price, following last month's insulting comments by spokespeople for PM Narendra Modi's Hindu ultra-nationalist party.
Protesters demanded that Muslim-majority nations boycott Indian products and cut off ties with New Delhi over comments against Prophet Muhammad made by two Indian governing party officials.
Several Indian cities have protested to condemn the ruling BJP's selective demolition drive targeting Muslim-owned shops and homes, in what critics call "a form of collective extrajudicial punishment."
India's cracking down on protesters with excessive use of force, arbitrary detention and punitive house demolitions is in complete violation of international human rights law and standards, human rights organisation Amnesty International says.
Over 30 members and some federal ministers of the Hindu nationalist party, who are authorised to take part in TV debates, asked to be "extremely cautious" when talking about religion, two BJP leaders say.
A supermarket just outside Kuwait City has boycotted Indian goods in protest over insulting remarks made by officials from India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
A joint statement by the so-called Quad bloc made no mention of China or Russia, but listed a range of activities that Beijing has regularly been accused of in the region and touched upon the Ukraine conflict.
Four Asia-Pacific leaders of the "Quad" grouping vow to stand together for a free and open region at the start of talks, pledging also to work on fighting the climate crisis.
"If seeking Azadi (freedom) is a crime, then I am ready to accept this crime and its consequences," popular Kashmiri leader Mohammed Yasin Malik tells the judge, according to his party.
A police investigation into the desecration of three mosques and a shrine in northern India has led to the arrest of seven out of 11 Hindu right-wing nationalists believed to be involved in the incident.
At least eleven people died and more than a dozen were injured after a truck, decorated as a temple chariot, hit a power line and caught fire.
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