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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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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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US police use pepper spray on Anti-Trump protesters

US police use pepper spray on protesters on eve of Trump inauguration

US police have used pepper spray on protesters demonstrating the inauguration and presidency of Donald Trump in Washington, DC, as the nation’s capital braces for massive protests for Trump’s swearing-in ceremony on Friday. Police used pepper spray to disperse protesters where a pro-Trump event was being held while smoke was also seen filling the street. A protest organizer said police …

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Amnesty urges end to ‘unlawful’ detention of Nigerian cleric Sheikh Zakzaky

Amnesty urges end to ‘unlawful' detention of Nigerian cleric Sheikh Zakzaky

Amnesty International has called on the Nigerian government to comply with a court ruling that calls for an end to the “unlawful” detention of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, the country’s top Shia Muslim cleric. “Zakzaky is being unlawfully detained,” Amnesty Nigeria director Makmid Kamara said on Monday, adding that the Nigerian government would “demonstrate a flagrant — and dangerous — contempt …

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Bahrain executes 3 activists amid public rage

Bahrain executes 3 activists amid public rage

Bahrain has executed three anti-regime Shia activists over their alleged role in a 2014 bomb attack, amid widespread public anger against the death verdicts. The regime in Manama carried out the death verdicts on Sunday, triggering angry demonstrations in the villages of Diraz, Bani Jamra and Sanabis. Regime forces tried to disperse the protesters by firing pellets and teargas canisters …

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Chicago police routinely violated civil rights: U.S. Justice Department

A Chicago police officer attends a news conference announcing the department's plan to hire nearly 1,000 new police officers in Chicago

Chicago police routinely violated the civil rights of people in one of America’s largest cities, the U.S. Justice Department said in a report released on Friday, citing excessive force, racially discriminatory conduct and a “code of silence” to thwart investigations into police misconduct. The report said excessive force falls “heaviest on black and Latino communities,” with police using force almost …

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European court rules against Muslim couple in swim lessons case

European court rules against Muslim couple in swim lessons case

The European Court of Human Rights has rejected an appeal by a Muslim couple in Switzerland who have been fined for refusing to send their daughters to mixed swimming lessons in school. The court ruled on Tuesday in favor of Swiss authorities, saying that while their refusal to exempt Muslim girls from the lessons interfered with their religious freedom, such …

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Greek court grants bail to activists detained over refugees

Greek court grants bail to activists detained over refugees

A court in Greece has given bail to two Spanish activists who were arrested for allegedly trying to take a group of refugees out of the country. The Greek court on Friday ordered authorities to free the members of the Basque group Ongi etorri Errefuxiatuak, which means “Refugees welcome”, on bail set at 2,000 euros ($2,100) each, pending trial. The …

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Burmese government is ‘renewing attacks on Rohingya Muslims,’ rights group claims

Burmese government is 'renewing attacks on Rohingya Muslims,' rights group claims

The Burmese government denies being responsible for a spate of arson attacks on homes, instead suggesting the Rohingya set the fires themselves. Burma’s military has unleashed a wave of violence against the country’s minority Rohingya community, according to allegations a new report by Human Rights Watch. The group claims villages had been burned to the ground and thousands of Rohingya …

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