Weekly Focus

Texas allows guns in college classrooms under new law

Texas allows guns in college classrooms under new law

A new law went into effect in Texas on Monday that allows certain students to bring guns into classrooms, with supporters saying it could prevent mass shootings and critics saying the measure will endanger safety on campuses. The so-called state “campus carry” law allows people 21 and older with a concealed handgun license to carry pistols in classrooms and most …

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U.N. Human Rights Commission slams Australia youth prison abuse

U.N. Human Rights Commission slams Australia youth prison abuse

Hundreds of people rallied in major cities across Australia on Saturday criticizing the government’s response to video showing aboriginal children being teargassed and abused in prison. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has ordered an inquiry into the treatment of children in the detention center after the Australian Broadcasting Corporation this week aired footage showing guards teargassing teenage inmates and strapping a …

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Report: U.S., Israel ready to clinch largest American security aid deal in history

Report: U.S., Israel ready to clinch largest American security aid deal in history

The United States and Israel are closing in on a massive military aid agreement that will reportedly become the largest security package the American government has ever struck with any nation. A senior Israeli official is expected to visit Washington next week to finalize negotiations, The Washington Post reported Friday — and the edict from Tel Aviv is to get …

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Israel passes law allowing imprisonment of East Jerusalem Palestinians ages 14 and under

Israel passes law allowing imprisonment of East Jerusalem Palestinians ages 14 and under

Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, passed a bill into law on Wednesday permitting the imprisonment of children under the age of 14 if the child committed acts of “terrorism,” according to a statement released by the Knesset. The legislation, labeled the “Youth Bill,” would allow Israeli authorities to imprison a child if convicted of “terrorism” against Israeli civilians or military personnel. …

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More than 1,110 Palestinian homes demolished by Israel in West Bank since 2006

More than 1,110 Palestinian homes demolished by Israel in West Bank since 2006

The number of Palestinian homes in the West Bank demolished by Israel during just the first half of 2016 is greater than the number of homes demolished almost every year over the last decade. The data, published by Israeli NGO B’Tselem ahead of a Knesset conference on demolitions in so-called ‘Area C’ of the West Bank, shows that from January …

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Online child sex abuse investigation identifies 523 potential victims

Online child sex abuse investigation identifies 523 potential victims

More than 500 children have been identified as potential victims of online sexual abuse during a major investigation by Police Scotland. The force said 30 million indecent images were seized and 77 people had been charged during Operation Lattise. The charges include rape, sharing indecent images of children and grooming for sexual purposes. Of the 523 potential victims, some as …

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US, Israeli Flags Burn Near DNC Venue: ‘Death to the U.S. Empire!’

US, Israeli Flags Burn Near DNC Venue: ‘Death to the U.S. Empire!’

Video posted on social media on Tuesday night showed a protestor on the streets around the Democratic National Convention venue in Philadelphia setting fire to an American flag. A few dissenting voices can be heard, but no one was seen intervening to stop the masked protestor. The clip shows a man wearing a “Guy Fawkes” mask dangling a burning U.S. …

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Ibrahimi mosque massacre anniversary marked by Palestinians

Ibrahimi mosque massacre anniversary marked by Palestinians

Palestinians marched through Hebron to mark the anniversary of the Ibrahim mosque massacre and call for the reopening of al-Shuhada Street on Friday. Dozens gathered peacefully to remember the 1994 massacre that killed 29 and wounded 125 when an American-Israeli settler opened fire on Muslims praying at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the southern West Bank. Baruch Goldstein, a member of …

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There Is a Tacit Agreement Between the Saudi Government, Al-Qaeda and ISIS: Prof. Derek Ford

There Is a Tacit Agreement Between the Saudi Government, Al-Qaeda and ISIS: Prof. Derek Ford

By Kourosh Ziabari With the breakdown of diplomatic relations between Tehran and Riyadh and critical comments coming from here and there lambasting the execution of dissident Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, Saudi Arabia is finding itself in the middle of a serious legitimacy crisis. Saudi Arabia’s PR campaign in the United States is said to be heavily-funded and there are …

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