Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted honorary citizenship to the French actor Gérard Depardieu. Mr. Depardieu was offered a Russian passport after he angrily decided to leave France due to its high rate of taxation. He has a substantial following among Russian cinemagoers.
In other news, a mosque in Melbourne was destroyed in a fire that authorities say is “suspicious”. Meanwhile, an Islamic expert says that there are not enough mosques to serve Hong Kong’s Muslim population, and that more need to be built in the city.
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