Women from Assam state join protests in India as death toll rises to 20 | AFP

Hundreds of women in Assam take part in protests against the Indian government’s Citizenship Amendment Act, with 20 people killed so far in the unrest.

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Demonstrations in Guwahati against controversial citizenship law | AFP

Hundreds gather in Guwahati, in the Indian state of Assam to protest against the controversial Indian citizenship law deemed as anti-muslim. The law — making it easier for persecuted minorities from three neighbouring countries to gain citizenship, but not if they are Muslim — has stoked fears Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to remould the world’s biggest democracy India as a Hindu nation, which he denies. IMAGES

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Assam’s ‘sons of the soil’ cherish new protest symbol | AFP

At the epicentre of deadly protests in Assam, a red and white cloth has come to symbolise the struggle of the Indian state’s indigenous “sons of the soil” against a new citizenship law that they see as a dangerous threat to their unique culture.

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India: baby elephant rescued from water tank receives care at local zoo | AFP

A wild male baby elephant that was rescued from a water tank in India’s northeastern state of Assam after being separated from its mother and herd, receives care from ‘Madhabi’, a female elephant, at a local zoo.

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The Muslim man looking after a Hindu shrine in India | AFP

Even in the diverse world of Indian religion, Motibar Rahman stands out as a Muslim looking after a Hindu shrine in Assam state, as his family has done for centuries.

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India set to publish citizens list that could make millions stateless | AFP

India’s government will on Saturday publish a “citizens register” in the state of Assam that has left several million people, mostly Muslims, fearful of becoming stateless. A draft register last year left off more than four million people living in the north-eastern state, and India’s Hindu nationalist government has indicated it wants to replicate the process nationwide.

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India: Rhino calf saved after deadly floods kill more than 200 wild animals | AFP

A two-month old rhino calf is rescued from floods at Kaziranga National Park in the North-eastern Indian state of Assam where forty percent of park has been left under water following 10 days of torrential rains. The floods have killed more than 200 wild animals — including 17 threatened one-horned rhinos — in one of India’s best-known national parks.

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Monsoon rains wreak flood havoc in India’s Assam | AFP

Survivors scramble to higher ground as torrential monsoon rains hit South Asia, including India’s northeastern state of Assam, with millions affected and at least 200 dead. IMAGES

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People flee floods from monsoon in India’s northeast | AFP

People flee floods from monsoon rains in the northeastern Indian state of Assam where heavy rains have killed 11 so far and affected over 800,000.

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Floods kill six, affect 800,000 in north-eastern India | AFP

People flee floods from monsoon rains in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam where heavy rains have killed six so far and affected over 800,000.

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Indian school demands waste plastic as ‘fees’ | AFP

One school in northeast India has taken a novel approach to addressing the scourge of plastic waste by making its collection a condition of free attendance. Every week the 110 pupils at the Akshar Forum school outside Dispur in Assam state must bring up to 20 items of plastic gathered from their homes and the local area.

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VICE News Daily: Pope Francis Delivers ‘Homecoming’ Mass in Ecuador

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Pope Francis arrives in Ecuador’s largest city for the first mass of his South American tour, Boko Haram carries out a double bombing in central Nigeria, Armenian police remove protesters demonstrating against electricity prices, and heavy flooding causes damage across northeastern India.

ECUADOR
Huge Crowds Attend Pope’s First South American Mass
Millions greeted the pontiff in the country’s largest city, Guayaquil.

NIGERIA
Boko Haram Bomb Blasts Kill Dozens
Bombs struck a popular restaurant and a mosque in the central city of Jos.

ARMENIA
Police Remove Protesters Occupying Main Avenue
Demonstrators angry at a hike in electricity prices staged a sit-in for nearly two weeks.

INDIA
Severe Floods Hits Northeast
More than 65,000 people have been left homeless or seeking shelter across Assam state.

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