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Pagan News Beagle: Fiery Tuesday, November 3

Vietnam protests its classification as a religious intolerant country. Refugees in Japan struggle to find a place in its legal system. And violence in Turkey divides the country. It's Fiery Tuesday, our weekly segment on political and societal news from around the world. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

Citing the Vietnamese government's continued interference in private religious practice, Vietnam was recently classified by the U.S. State Department as a country of "particular concern" when it comes to religious liberty. Unsurprisingly, Vietnamese officials have strenuously objected to this classification.

Europe has recently acquired the lion's share of attention as a destination for refugees. But it's hardly the only desired haven. NHK News covers the struggle of refugees in Japan to acquire legal status, in a country where only 11 out of 5000 applicants are likely to receive it.

The caste system in India has been illegal ever since the British colonial era, but that doesn't mean it plays no role in modern Indian society. Recently, two Dalit children (members of India's so-called "untouchable" castes) were murdered in a dispute following a local election. The Times of India has more details.

The impact of the Syrian Civil War on Europe has been considerable, even as the EU has been reluctant to intervene. As thousands of Syrian refugees flee towards Europe and Russia launches military strikes into Syria, The Guardian's Guy Verhofstadt argues that unified European action on Syria is not only a moral imperative, but a necessary one as well.

Earlier this week, Turkey held emergency elections as a consequence of the ruling government's inability to form a coalition. But hanging like a specter over the new elections has been a growing trend of political violence in the country, with both sides accusing one another of inciting it.

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