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2017

17

Nov

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Hate crimes -especially against Muslims- in the United States increased last year, the FBI says

The number of reported hate crimes in the United States has risen for the second straight year in 2016, according to statistics released by the FBI. The number of hate crimes in 2016 was 6,121 – about a 5% jump from 2015. About half of those incidents were motivated by race, the agency says. The […]

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Country: United States
Source: BBC

13

Nov

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Report: Green Beret killed by SEALs after he discovered alleged theft

The Navy SEALs being investigated in the strangulation death of Army Sgt. Logan Melgar offered the Green Beret a cut of some dirty military money he’d discovered they were pocketing — but he refused, according to a report. Sources told the Daily Beast that Melgar discovered their scheme — which involved skimming cash from a fund used to pay […]

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Country: United States
Source: New York Post

27

Oct

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French jihadists get welfare benefits from France while fighting in Syria

French jihadists fighting in Syria have been able to claim their unemployment benefits from France, according to a new report, which they have used to finance terror group Isis. French investigators have discovered a major scam that saw jihadists using their unemployment benefit or family allowance paid in France to help fund Isis in Syria, […]

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Country: France
Source: The Local

25

Oct

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U.S. officials will not label treatment of Rohingya as ‘ethnic cleansing’

U.S. government officials declined on Tuesday to characterize the treatment of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims as ethnic cleansing, but listed new measures including targeted sanctions Washington is considering to address the crisis. “I‘m not in a position … to characterize it today, but to me this very closely resembles some of the worst kind of atrocities […]

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Country: United States
Source: Reuters

25

Oct

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Austria’s far-right Freedom party invited to enter coalition talks

Austria’s conservative leader has invited the far-right Freedom Party for talks to form the country’s next coalition government, opening the door for the controversial party to return to power after more than a decade in opposition. Sebastian Kurz, whose Austrian People’s party (ÖVP) came top in elections on 15 October, said his party and the […]

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Country: Austria
Source: The Guardian

24

Oct

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Refugee-hostile Hungary urges Europe to protect Christians

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has urged other European leaders to join him in helping protect Christians from persecution, even as he rejects EU efforts to resettle Muslim refugees around the bloc. Addressing a Budapest conference on threats facing Christian communities, Mr Orban warned that “the fate of Christians in the Middle East should bring home to Europe that […]

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Country: Hungary
Source: The Irish Times

20

Oct

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FREEDOM OF SPEECH GROUPS SLAM REMOVAL OF ‘TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD’ FROM MISSISSIPPI SCHOOL CURRICULUM

Freedom of speech groups have protested against the removal of anti-racism classic To Kill a Mockingbird from a school curriculum in Mississippi. The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and six other free speech organisations protested the decision by a school board in Biloxi to remove the 1960 Pulitzer Prize winning novel from their required reading lists in […]

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Country: United States
Source: Newsweek

20

Oct

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TX City Requires That Aid Recipients Do Not Boycott Israel

Dickinson, Texas released applications for Hurricane Harvey relief that requires applicants to verify that they will not boycott Israel during the term of their agreement with the city. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, one of the most devastating tropical storms in the history of the United States, the city of Dickinson, Texas has posted grant […]

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Country: United States
Source: Telesur

19

Oct

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Amnesty International criticizes Switzerland for hosting Myanmar army officials

The Swiss branch of Amnesty International has criticised a visit to Switzerland by a high-ranking delegation of Myanmar army officials to discuss federalism. The visit comes as thousands more Rohingya Muslims continue to flee violence in western Myanmar and cross into Bangladesh. “The visit [to Switzerland] is unacceptable in our eyes, as for over a […]

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Country: Switzerland
Source: SWI

18

Oct

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US ‘support for Indonesia massacre’ in 60s

Files from the US Embassy in Jakarta covering 1963-66 have been declassified, revealing the US knew that hundreds of thousands of civilians were being killed. Declassified files have revealed new details of US government knowledge and support of an Indonesian army extermination campaign that killed several hundred thousand civilians during anti-communist hysteria in the mid-1960s. […]

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Country: United States
Source: SBS