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2018

18

Oct

Guantanamo prison to remain open ’25 years or more’

Former president Barack Obama had vowed to close the US military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but now it will stay open for at least 25 years, the officer in charge of the facility said Tuesday. Rear Admiral John Ring said the prison, which holds several alleged plotters of the 9/11 attacks, is focused on […]

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Country: United States
Source: France 24 , Sputnik

18

Oct

Norway apologizes to mistreated war-time ‘German girls’

Norway on Wednesday officially apologized for the “shameful treatment” of Norwegian women targeted for reprisals for their intimate relations with German soldiers during the country’s wartime occupation. Between 30,000 to 50,000 Norwegians, commonly labelled the “German girls”, were involved with occupying troops during the Second World War, according to estimates from Norway’s Center for Holocaust […]

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Country: Norway
Source: Gulf News

18

Oct

Amnesty: France violates international law by selling arms to Egypt

France is flouting international law by continuing to sell arms to Egypt, despite evidence that they have been used in brutal crackdowns on civilians, Amnesty International has revealed in a new report. Published yesterday, the report, “Egypt: How French Arms Were Used to Crush Dissent”, provides evidence that Egyptian security forces used French supplied military equipment […]

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Country: France
Source: Middle East Monitor , NTV

17

Oct

Harvard sued for discriminating against Asian American applicants

One of the world’s best-known universities is being sued for discriminating against Asian American applicants. Harvard University in the United States is denying discrimination. At the heart of the case is affirmative action legislation, intended to counter the centuries of exclusion of minorities from higher education, that allows universities to include race as a factor when considering […]

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Country: United States
Source: Al Jazeera , Sputnik

17

Oct

French police raid offices, residences of critic of Macron

Police raided the Paris home of French left-wing populist politician Jean-Luc Mélenchon early Tuesday as part of two separate investigations into the alleged misuse of funds by his France Unbowed party. Mélenchon said police also raided the home of the party’s secretary-general and the homes of the party’s previous assistants at the European Parliament as […]

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Country: France
Source: Politico , TRT Haber

15

Oct

Matteo Salvini orders removal of refugees from Riace

Hundreds of migrants living in an Italian town famed for welcoming newcomers in a bid to boost its economy are to be removed on orders from the far-right government. They will be transferred to centers in other parts of the country next week. Riace, in the southern Calabria region, has made headlines across the world for a […]

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Country: Italy
Source: The Independent

15

Oct

Hungary homeless ban to be enforced

Rough sleeping in Hungary will be banned from Monday after a homelessness law adopted by Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government and called “cruel” by critics comes into force. A constitutional amendment approved by the Budapest parliament on June 20 banned “habitual residence in a public space”, beefing up a 2013 law that made it a […]

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Country: Hungary
Source: Times Live

12

Oct

FETÖ terror group afloat in Ethiopia with German support

An official letter obtained by Anadolu Agency has revealed that Germany has officially been supporting operations of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) in Ethiopia. A letter written and officially sealed by the German Embassy in Addis Ababa in May 2017 vouches for the FETO-linked investment group named Kaynak. The then Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn had […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Anadolu Agency

12

Oct

German AfD proposes online portal for students to report teachers who criticize it

A far-right political party in Germany has proposed setting up online portals for students to report teachers who criticize it throughout the country, an idea that some have compared to practices used by the Nazis during World War II, Deutsche Welle reported. While the Alternative For Germany Party (AfD) has announced its plans to launch the […]

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Country: Germany
Source: Newsweek , TRT Haber

11

Oct

MI5 provides immunity for agents’ criminal acts, tribunal told

MI5 grants its informants legal cover to participate in crimes that may extend to murder, torture and sexual assaults, a tribunal has heard. The policy, in existence since the early 1990s, is likely to have enabled the Security Service to conceal wide ranging illegal activity, Ben Jaffey QC, representing an alliance of human rights group, told […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: The Guardian