Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze has continued to defend the "foreign agent" legislation that has sparked mass protests in Tbilisi, saying it is necessary to achieve "depolarization," in keeping with recommendations by the European Union. Kobakhidze said on May 3 that in a conversation with European Council President Charles Michel he relayed his disappointment that Georgia's partners were "reluctant to engage in substantive discussions" on the bill and that "we have not yet heard any counterarguments against this proposed legislation." The draft law, which would require civil-society organizations and media outlets to report foreign funding and subject them to government oversight, has sparked mass protests in the Georgian capital. On May 3, tensions remained high in Tbilisi in a standoff that has seen security forces use force, including the use of rubber bullets, to crack down on protesters. - RFE/RL

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Three Indian nationals have been arrested and charged over the killing of a Sikh separatist leader in Canada, which sparked a major diplomatic row between the two countries. Hardeep Singh Nijjar, 45, was shot dead last June by masked gunmen in a busy car park in a Vancouver suburb. The diplomatic row escalated after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alleged India's government may have been involved. Delhi strongly denied the allegation. In announcing the arrests on Friday, Superintendent Mandeep Mooker said the three suspects were Karan Brar, 22, Kamal Preet Singh, 22, and 28-year-old Karan Preet Singh. He said all three had been living in Edmonton, Alberta where they were arrested. They have been charged with first-degree murder, court records show, as well as conspiracy to commit murder. All had been in Canada for three to five years, police said. Police added that investigations were continuing, including into "connections to the government of India..There are separate and distinct investigations ongoing into these matters. Certainly not limited to the involvement of the people arrested today," Assistant Commissioner David Teboul said. - BBC

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