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Several people have been killed in a stampede in Ethiopia's Oromia region after police fired tear gas and warning shots to disperse a protest.
It happened during a religious festival in Bishoftu, 40km (25 miles) from the capital Addis Ababa.
Some participants were reportedly demonstrating against the government.
People in the Oromo and Amhara regions have complained about political and economic marginalisation.
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Many people are reported to have been killed and injured in Ethiopia's Oromia region after security forces fired tear gas and shots to disperse a protest.
Some died in a panicked stampede after troops opened fire, the reports said.
Thousands had gathered for a religious festival in Bishoftu, 40km (25 miles) from the capital Addis Ababa.
Some reports said troops responded after anti-government protesters threw stones and bottles, while others said demonstrators were entirely peaceful.
Ethiopia's government said in a statement that "lives were lost", adding: "Those responsible will face justice".
An Oromo activist, Jawar Mohamed, is quoted as saying nearly 300 people were killed and many more injured. He said troops and a helicopter gunship had opened fire, driving people off a cliff and into a lake.
There has been no independent confirmation of this.
There have been months of deadly clashes in Ethiopia recently.
Crowds at Sunday's Oromo festival chanted "We need freedom" and "We need justice", witnesses said.
Some participants crossed their wrists above their heads, a gesture that has become a symbol of Oromo protests.
The unrest was sparked last November by a plan to expand the capital into Oromia. This led to fears that farmers from the Oromo ethnic group, the largest in Ethiopia, would be displaced.
The plan was later dropped but protests continued, highlighting issues such as marginalisation and human rights.Source: BBC.com
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JEDDAH: Police in Riyadh arrested an agricultural engineer who offended Muslim sentiments by posting a doctored photo of the Kaaba on social media. The accused is an Indian national who works on a farm in Tameer district of Al-Majmaah region.
Col. Fawaz Al-Maiman, spokesman for Riyadh police, said the Criminal Investigation Department managed to arrest the non-Muslim Indian expat who is in his 40s and works as an agricultural engineer.
“He offended the sentiments of Muslims by posting on social media the photo of a Hindu deity sitting atop the Holy Kaaba. His act triggered a social media outcry and condemnation,” said Col. Al-Maiman.
The Criminal Investigation Department identified the offender and arrested him on Sunday evening at a farm in Al-Majmaah. He admitted to the crime.
The police also confiscated the mobile phone used by the accused in the crime and notified the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution for it to take punitive action under the country's Anti-Cyber Crime Law.
The photo was posted on Nov. 12 by Shankar Ponnam on his Facebook account.
Provoked by this sacrilegious act, a group of Indian Muslims beat up Ponnam, filmed it and posted the video on social networking sites. They too face punishment under the Anti-Cyber Crime Law for posting the video of an assault on the Internet.