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2020

10

Jul

Greek culture minister says Hagia Sophia verdict a ‘provocation’

Greece’s culture ministry said on Friday a Turkish court verdict which could convert the Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul to a mosque was an “open provocation” to the civilized world. “Today’s decision, which came as a result of the political will of President (Tayyip) Erdogan, is an open provocation to the civilized world which recognises […]

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Country: Greece
Source: BBC , Ekathimerini

10

Jul

George Floyd told officers ‘I can’t breathe’ more than 20 times, transcripts show

Newly released transcripts of the minutes leading up to George Floyd’s death reveal he told officers “I can’t breathe” more than 20 times, only to have his plea dismissed by Derek Chauvin, the white officer pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck, who said: “It takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk.” Floyd’s dying […]

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Country: United States
Source: The Guardian

10

Jul

UK: Liz Truss statement on arms sales to Saudi Arabia ‘deeply cynical’

Responding to a House of Commons statement today by the International Trade Secretary Liz Truss on UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK’s Director, said: “This is a deeply cynical move to restart business as usual when it comes to Saudi arms sales. “How the Government can seriously describe a five-year Saudi-led aerial […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: TRT HABER , AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL UK

09

Jul

Thousands of Serbs protest new COVID-19 measures

Thousands of protesters gathered in Serbia’s capital early Wednesday to protest new measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Large numbers of people gathered in front of the National Assembly Building in Belgrade after President Aleksandar Vucic announced a weekend curfew in an effort to combat the disease. Protesters clashed with police while […]

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Country: Serbia
Source: AA , AA

08

Jul

New French PM Defends Promotion of Minister Accused of Rape

France’s new prime minister firmly defended Wednesday the contested promotion of a colleague accused of rape as his interior minister, in charge of enforcing French laws. Prime Minister Jean Castex’s vigorous expression of support for the minister, Gerald Darmanin, follows protests by women’s rights groups and questions about whether President Emmanuel Macron is failing in […]

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Country: France
Source: AA , NYT

08

Jul

Britain Says It Will Resume Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

Military sales were suspended over concerns about Saudi human rights violations in Yemen. Now, Britain argues that Saudi violations there are “isolated incidents.” One day after sanctioning 20 Saudis for human rights violations, Britain on Tuesday sent a very different signal to the government in Riyadh, ending a moratorium on arm sales to Saudi Arabia over […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: TRT HABER , NYT

08

Jul

In Pictures: Migrants leave Ocean Viking ship in Italy’s Sicily

Nearly 200 migrants and refugees rescued by a humanitarian aid boat in the Mediterranean Sea began to leave the vessel in Sicily late on Monday after spending nine days on the ship. The migrants regained dry land at Porto Empedocle on the Italian island’s western coast. Police escorted them a short distance to another vessel, […]

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Country: Italy
Source: TRT HABER , ALJAZEERA

07

Jul

Investigate alleged pushbacks of asylum-seekers at the Greek-Turkish border, MEPs demand

Greek and EU authorities must investigate recurrent reports of violent pushbacks at the border with Turkey, which if true would mean Greece is not ensuring the right to asylum. On Monday, MEPs in the Civil Liberties Committee asked the Greek Government to clarify their position regarding several media and civil society reports which indicate that […]

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Country: Greece
Source: AA , ES

06

Jul

Former officer charged in Floyd’s death posts $750K bond

A former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd has been released from jail, according to Hennepin County jail records. Tou Thao, age 34, is the third former officer accused in Floyd’s death to be released on bond. He posted $750,000 bond on Saturday, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported. All four officers on […]

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Country: United States
Source: AA , abc

06

Jul

‘High probability’ Greek soldiers killed Syrian man at Turkish border, report finds

Greece and the EU are facing calls to probe the death of a Syrian man at the Turkish border after a research report concluded it was “highly probable” he was shot by Greek soldiers. Mohammed al-Arab, a 22-year-old from Aleppo, was killed in March as he joined thousands of others in attempting to enter Greece […]

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Country: Greece
Source: FT , FT