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2018

23

Jul

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Far-right Italian minister sues anti-mafia writer over ‘underworld’ tweet

Italy’s far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, is suing the country’s celebrated anti-mafia author Roberto Saviano for defamation over a tweet that described him as “minister of the underworld”. “I filed a lawsuit against Saviano, as promised,” Salvini, who is also deputy prime minister and leader of the League party, wrote on Twitter. “I accept any criticisms, […]

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Country: Italy
Source: The Guardian

23

Jul

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Austria bans driver license exams to be held in Turkish

Learner drivers in Austria will no longer be able to take their theory test in Turkish, the transport ministry said on July 21, blaming the cost of translating the exam. Of the nearly 300,000 theory tests taken last year, 3,631 were conducted in Turkish — or 1.2 percent of the total. The ministry, which in Austria’s new coalition government belongs to the far-right […]

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Country: Austria
Source: BBC Türkçe , Hurriyet Daily News

20

Jul

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UK using child spies in police operations

British authorities are deploying children as spies in covert policing and security operations, a new UK parliamentary report revealed. Some of the minors tasked with gathering intelligence are under 16, the report by a House of Lords review committee said. The report, published last week, was produced in response to proposals brought forward by government officials to […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: Al Jazeera , TRT Haber

20

Jul

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Greece: Asylum-seeking children deprived of school

Greece is denying thousands of asylum-seeking children their right to an education because of an European Union-backed migration policy that traps them on the Aegean islands, Human Rights Watch on July 18 said. The 51-page report, “‘Without Education They Lose Their Future’: Denial of Education to Child Asylum Seekers on the Greek Islands,” found that fewer […]

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Country: Greece
Source: Human Rights Watch , En Son Haber

19

Jul

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Four activists held in France for escorting migrants over border

Four people accused of illegally helping migrants cross the border into France were being questioned by police on Tuesday, the latest case over aid provided to refugees on the move through Europe. The activists, part of the “Tous Migrants” association, took part in a solidarity march of 100 activists escorting some 20 migrants over an […]

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Country: France
Source: The Local , Sputnik

19

Jul

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French ambassador Gerard Araud slams Trevor Noah for saying ‘Africa won the World Cup’

The French ambassador to the U.S. slammed comedian Trevor Noah on Wednesday for saying Africa deserved credit for France’s 2018 World Cup victory due to the large number of black players on the team. Gerard Araud wrote a strongly worded letter addressed to Noah on Wednesday, accusing the late-night comedian of “legitimizing” racist ideologies and denying the players’ […]

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Country: France
Source: ABC News

19

Jul

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Dutch FM: ‘Ethnic divisions genetically determined’

Politicians and refugee organisations have criticised Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok for claiming there are no peaceful multicultural societies. Blok, a member of the liberal VVD, the largest party in the Netherlands, also said that Suriname has become a failed state because of its ethnic divide. The minister made the comments during a private event last week, where he met […]

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Country: Netherlands
Source: Al Jazeera , Anadolu Ajansı

18

Jul

FILE - In this March 2, 2016 file photo defendant Ralf Wohlleben, right, alleged supporter of the neo-Nazi group National Socialist Underground, NSU, arrives at a court room in Munich, Germany. On Wednesday, July 18, 2018 a German court has ordered the release of Wohlleben convicted last week as an accessory to the murder of nine victims of a neo-Nazi group that targeted immigrants. Ralf Wohlleben was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment at the end of a trial that lasted over five years. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, pool, file)

German court releases man convicted as an accessory to the murder of nine victims of a neo-Nazi group

 A German court has ordered the release of a man convicted last week as an accessory to the murder of nine victims of a neo-Nazi group that targeted immigrants. Ralf Wohlleben was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment at the end of a trial that lasted more than five years. Prosecutors alleged he was instrumental in […]

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Country: Germany
Source: The Washington Post

18

Jul

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UK anti-terror legislation a threat to free speech and privacy – HoC Committee

The British Parliament’s cross-party select committee on human rights has publicized serious concerns over the scope and wording of anti-terrorism and border control legislation currently under consideration. Among the most problematic aspects of the legislation highlighted in the Committee’s report are the criminalization of an opinion expressed in support of a proscribed terrorist organization or that might encourage support for such an organization. Viewing online material supportive […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: Sputnik

17

Jul

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Ukip leader Gerard Batten calls prophet Muhammad a paedophile at Tommy Robinson rally

Ukip’s leader has called the prophet Muhammad a paedophile at a rally for jailed far-right leader Tommy Robinson. Gerard Batten, an MEP for London, told protesters campaigning for the release of Robinson in London that “rape gang members are predominately followers of the cult of Muhammad”. In remarks prepared for the rally in London on Saturday, Mr Batten […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: The Independent