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2019

20

May

UK sold at least £11m of arms to Saudi Arabia in weeks after Khashoggi murder

The UK government approved arms sales totalling at least £11.4m in the weeks after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Export licences for military vehicles, combat aircraft, ammunition and electronic warfare equipment were issued despite international condemnation of the killing. One £9.1m shipment of “patrol/assault craft” was waved through just three days after the prominent journalist […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: Sputnik , Independent

09

May

“Let them smoke, drink, and eat red meat,” says Norway’s new health minister

Norway’s new public health minister stirred controversy when she said people should be “allowed to smoke, drink, and eat as much red meat as they want”. In an interview with Norwegian broadcaster NRK posted on Monday, Sylvi Listhaug said it was not the government’s job to tell people what is or is not healthy. “I […]

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Country: Norway
Source: BBC , Euro News

08

May

Proof that Belgian arms sold to Saudi Arabia are being used in Yemen

Saudi Arabia is using weapons and arms technology in the civil war in Yemen, despite assurances given by the Walloon regional government when export licences were granted. Yemen is currently in the midst of an armed civil conflict after a 2017 Saudi-led coup against the government. A Saudi blockade of the country has led to […]

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Country: Belgium
Source: TRT Haber , Brussels Time

06

May

U.S. may review ties with countries deemed anti-Israel

The United States may review its ties with countries it deems as being anti-Israel after what a U.S. envoy said on Sunday was a shift in policy toward equating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a March speech that anti-Zionism – opposition to Israel’s existence as a homeland for the […]

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Country: United States
Source: Euro News , Reuters

06

May

French interior minister under pressure over ‘hospital attack’ claim

The French interior minister has said he should not have described May Day protesters “attacking” a Paris hospital as he faced calls to resign over the claim. Critics have accused Christophe Castaner of spreading “fake news” after videos of the intrusion at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital appeared on social media and 32 demonstrators held by police were […]

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Country: France
Source: Sputnik , The Guardian

06

May

Trump backs Israel ‘100%’ amid airstrikes on Gaza

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday threw his support behind Israel amid ongoing airstrikes in the blockaded Gaza Strip. “Once again, Israel faces a barrage of deadly rocket attacks by terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad. We support Israel 100% in its defense of its citizens,” Trump tweeted. Since Saturday, 25 Palestinians, including two pregnant […]

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Country: United States
Source: TRT Haber , AA

03

May

Military sexual assaults increase sharply in US

Sexual assaults across the US military increased by a rate of nearly 38% in 2018, according to a report released by the Pentagon on Thursday. The report which surveyed both men and women from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines estimated that 20,500 members of those services experienced “unwanted sexual contact” in 2018, a […]

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Country: United States
Source: TRT Haber , CNN

29

Apr

EU students could face higher fees to study in UK from 2020

Charging EU citizens full international student fees to study in England risks “pulling up the drawbridge” after Brexit, higher education leaders and opposition parties have warned, calling on the government to clarify its policy. Although it has long been assumed that EU students would lose access to loans and pay higher tuition fees after Brexit, […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: The Guardian , The Guardian

25

Apr

Inquiry opens into leaked classified ‘French weaponry in Yemen’ note

French authorities have opened an investigation into the leaking of a classified military note which revealed French weapons are being used by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in Yemen, sources told AFP on Wednesday. The note details the use of weapons — including tanks, artillery and military ships — in the war against […]

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Country: France
Source: AA , France 24

25

Apr

Florida Senate approves bill allowing armed teachers

The Florida state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would permit teachers to carry firearms on school grounds if local school boards agree to allow staffers to carry their firearms. The Senate voted 22-17, mostly along party lines, to approve the bill, setting up a vote in the state House. Should the legislation be signed […]

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Country: United States
Source: The Hill