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Woman’s hijab pulled down in busy London street in ‘shocking racially-motivated attack’

Woman's hijab pulled down in busy London street in 'shocking racially-motivated attack'

A woman has had her hijab pulled down in a racially-motivated assault on a busy street. The victim, in her 20s, was not injured but was shocked and distressed by what happened, Scotland Yard said. She was walking in Haringey, north London, with a woman friend at around 7.30pm on Wednesday when the attack happened. As they crossed the road …

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Southwest Airlines kicks Muslim off a plane for saying ‘inshallah’

Southwest Airlines kicks Muslim off a plane for saying ‘inshallah’

A Muslim man was told to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after another passenger overheard him speaking Arabic on his mobile phone. Khairuldeen Makhzoomi, a 26-year-old Berkeley graduate, was removed from the plane at Los Angeles International Airport in April this year. Once seated, he had made a brief call to his uncle in Baghdad, telling him how excited he …

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Trump is ‘national disaster’: De Niro agrees with Colin Powell

Trump is ‘national disaster’: De Niro agrees with Colin Powell

Hollywood actor Robert De Niro has criticized Americans for putting an “idiot” like Donald Trump in a position where he might become the US president, and agreed with former secretary of state Colin Powell who called Trump a “national disaster.” De Niro had been enlisted along with several other actors to speak in a non-partisan video encouraging Americans to vote …

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No More “Nightmare Speculation:” Federal Court Strikes Down Indiana Anti-Syrian Refugee Policy

No More “Nightmare Speculation:” Federal Court Strikes Down Indiana Anti-Syrian Refugee Policy

By Joe Jenkins On Monday, judges of the 7th Circuit Court dealt a major blow to states trying to buck the federal refugee resettlement program when it blocked Indiana governor Mike Pence’s plan to keep out Syrian refugees. The state accepts federal dollars to resettle nearly 1500 refugees annually, but in 2015 Pence directed the state to bar only Syrians …

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Obama commutes prison sentences for 102 federal inmates

Obama commutes prison sentences for 102 federal inmates

President Barack Obama is cutting short the sentences of 102 federal inmates as part of his ongoing push to grant clemency during his final months in office. The latest round brings to 774 the number of sentences Obama has commuted, including 590 this year. The White House says it is more than the previous 11 presidents put together. Almost all …

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Squandered Aid: Israel’s repetitive destruction of EU-funded projects in Palestine

Squandered Aid: Israel’s repetitive destruction of EU-funded projects in Palestine

Damage to European Union-funded projects in Palestine during Israeli attacks and other incursions is nothing new. However, following the union’s move in 2015 to label Israeli settlement products, the number of EU-funded projects demolished or confiscated by Israel increased dramatically. In the first three months of 2016, the number of demolitions per month, of either private property or Internationally/EU–funded projects, …

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Euro-Med calls for actions against Israeli campaign to evict international workers

Euro-Med calls for actions against Israeli campaign to evict international workers

Geneva – A systematic Israeli campaign designed to prevent activists and NGO workers from working in the Palestinian territories was brought to the attention of the UN Human Rights Council this week by the Geneva-based Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor. The international secretary of Euro-Med, Pam Bailey, is one of the victims of the surging number of deportations, and the NGO …

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Yahoo ‘secretly scanned customer emails’ for the US government

Yahoo 'secretly scanned customer emails' for the US government

Yahoo secretly created a custom piece of software which searched its customers’ emails for specific information requested by US intelligence officials, Reuters reports. Former employees at the tech company claim hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts were being scanned following a request from either the National Security Agency or FBI. All arriving messages from other email addresses were affected, …

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European report finds hate speech and racist violence on the rise in the UK

European report finds hate speech and racist violence on the rise in the UK

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has highlighted a number of areas of concern in its latest report on the UK, including gaps in the UK-wide Public Order Act 1986 and the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and recommends the introduction of offences committed on the grounds of race, colour, language, religion, nationality, or national or ethnic origin …

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UN chief condemns Israeli settlement activity

UN chief condemns Israeli settlement activity

UNITED NATIONS – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned Israeli plans to build a new settlement and establish an industrial zone in the West Bank. Spokesman Farhan Haq said Tuesday that Ban was particularly concerned that “the establishment of a new settlement near Shiloh will make the prospect of a viable, contiguous Palestinian state more remote.” Settlement monitoring group …

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