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Obama blasts US Congress for blocking Guantanamo closure

Obama blasts US Congress for blocking Guantanamo closure

Outgoing US President Barack Obama has condemned the Republican-dominated Congress for thwarting his plans to close the notorious American military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In a letter to the Republican leaders of Congress – House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch — on Thursday, Obama said the prison “never should have been opened in the …

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Turkey dismisses 367 officials, closes 2 TV channels

Another 367 dismissed from state institutions 2 more TV channels shuttered

The Turkish government on Monday issued a decree closing down two television channels and dismissed 367 officials for endangering national security. The decree also announced the creation of a commission of investigation as part of the state of emergency in force since July 2016, to deal with cases of officials dismissed by this measure, Efe news reported. In addition, 124 …

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Israel approves hundreds of settlement homes

Israel approves settlement homes following Trump inauguration

Israel approved building permits on Sunday for hundreds of homes in three East Jerusalem settlements, two days after US President Donald Trump took office. The housing projects, on land that the Palestinians seek as part of a future state, had been taken off the Jerusalem municipality’s agenda in December at the last minute at the request of Prime Minister Benjamin …

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Turkey issues 400 more arrest warrants

Turkey orders over 400 arrests as post coup crackdown widens

Turkish prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for more than 400 people, including soldiers and security officers, over alleged affiliation to the network of US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of having orchestrated last July’s failed military coup. Turkish-language Haberturk television news network reported on Saturday that the suspects were being sought for using ByLock mobile application, which the …

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Austrian police arrest ‘terror’ suspect planning attack

Austrian police arrest terror suspect planning attack

Austria’s interior minister said Friday that authorities had averted a potential “terror attack” in Vienna with the arrest by armed police of an 18-year-old suspected Islamist extremist. “Our police forces managed in quick time to arrest a suspect and so prevent a potential terror attack in the federal capital Vienna,” Wolfgang Sobotka told reporters. He told public television later that …

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New online generation takes up Holocaust denial

New online generation takes up Holocaust denial

A new generation of Holocaust deniers is emerging through a clutch of popular “gateway” conspiracy theories, according to one of the UK’s leading experts on the subject. As Denial, a film about the disgraced historian and notorious Holocaust denier David Irving, hits cinemas later this month, attention is focusing on the ageing generation of deniers who emerged with Irving at …

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Britain ‘putting arms sales to Turkey above human rights’

Britain ‘putting arms sales to Turkey above human rights’

Britain has sold almost £50m-worth of arms to Turkey since the crackdown on opposition groups by the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after last year’s failed coup attempt. Newly published export statistics confirm that Turkey is now a major buyer of UK-made weapons. Between 1 July and 30 September, the UK sold Turkey £26m-worth of ML13 licences, which relate to …

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Israel approves more than 500 new settler homes in East Jerusalem

Israel approves more than 500 new settler homes in East Jerusalem

Move comes two days after the end of former US President Barack Obama’s tenure, who was critical of Israeli settlement building over the 1967 Green Line    Israel has approved the construction of 566 settler homes in east Jerusalem, officials have said. The expansion of three different settlements was confirmed on Sunday by the Jerusalem Municipality just two days after …

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Livni has met Saudi Prince in Davos summit

Tzipi Livni has met Prince Turki al-Faisal in Davos summit, Switzerland

Tzipi Livni, former foreign minister of Israel, has posted a photo of her meeting with the former director of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence agency Prince Turki al-Faisal in Davos, Switzerland. On Friday, she noted in her Twitter account that she met with Turki al-Faisal after talks on regional peace process with Jordanian foreign minister and the chairman of the Palestine Investment …

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