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Palestinian Authority freezes all contacts with Israel over al-Aqsa restrictions

Palestinian Authority freezes all contacts with Israel over al-Aqsa restrictions

.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he will suspend all contacts with Israel until it puts an end to its new restraining measures at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem al-Quds. “I, on behalf of the Palestinian leadership, announce… a freeze of all contacts with the occupation state on all levels until Israel commits to cancelling all the measures against …

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Jordanians protest Israel’s shutdown of al-Aqsa

Jordanians protest Israel’s shutdown of al-Aqsa

.Some 1,000 Jordanians have held a demonstration to vent their anger at Israel’s closure of the al-Aqsa Mosque compound to Muslim worshippers following a deadly gunfight at the holy site. The protest took place in the Jordanian capital, Amman, on Saturday, with the participants holding Jordanian national flags and those belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood. They also carried placards such …

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Activists protest Israeli premier’s planned visit to France

Activists protest Israeli premier’s planned visit to France

.French activists have launched a protest rally against the planned visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Paris, slamming Bibi’s human rights violations across the occupied Palestinian territories. The protesters gathered in Place de la Republique square in Paris on Saturday, wearing T-shirts and holding portraits of Netanyahu with signs reading (in French) “fascist,” “murderer,” “racist” and “torturer.” The …

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Anger simmers in Greek migrant camp over living conditions

Anger simmers in Greek migrant camp over living conditions

A group of Afghan refugees in Greece protested against their living conditions on Monday by chanting “Liar!” as they tried to block a minister from entering the former Athens airport terminal where they have been stranded for months. Children stuck inside the compound climbed up a metal gate while dozens of protesters pushed and shoved one another as they shouted …

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Saudi sentences foreign workers to lashes, jail over unpaid wages protest

Saudi sentences foreign workers to lashes, jail over unpaid wages protest

Saudi Arabia has sentenced dozens of foreign construction workers to lashes and jail for a protest held several months ago over unpaid wages. A court in Mecca on Tuesday sentenced some of the workers to four months in prison and 300 lashes for staging the protest, during which public property was destroyed, and for allegedly inciting unrest during the demonstration. …

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Polish media freedom protests continue as government condemns ‘illegal attempt to seize power’

Polish media freedom protests continue as government condemns 'illegal attempt to seize power'

European Council president invokes the word ‘dictatorship’ and reminded audience of protests in Poland under communism that ended in bloodshed People hold banners reading ‘We will not give Freedom’ and hold up copies of the Polish constitution as they take part in a demonstration on 18 December, 2016 EPA *** Anti-government protests in Poland have entered their third day, as …

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Veterans who protested Dakota Access Pipeline head to Flint for next campaign

More than 100,000 people in Michigan have been suffering for two years as a result of a polluted, lead-contaminated water supply Thousands of military veterans are expected to descend on Flint, Michigan, to continue their fight against water pollution after helping Native Americans to block the Dakota Access Pipeline from crossing their reservation. Wes Clark Jr, a veteran screenwriter and …

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Standing Rock Protest: Amnesty International condemn ‘excessive’ force used by police

Standing Rock Protest: Amnesty International condemn 'excessive' force used by police

Protesters have been gathered for months, despite freezing temperatures. Amnesty International has urged Barack Obama to halt the construction of a controversial oil pipeline in North Dakota and condemned possible instances of “excessive use of force” against largely peaceful protesters. Days after authorities in the state were criticised for using water cannons against protesters in sub-zero temperatures, the human rights …

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Dakota Access Pipeline: Department of Justice to send peacekeepers to Standing Rock as police escalate

Dakota Access Pipeline: Department of Justice to send peacekeepers to Standing Rock as police escalate

Attorney General Lynch issued a neutral statement calling for calm at the protests in Cannon Ball. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that the US Justice Department will send mediators to the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline demonstrations to assist in defusing tension between local law enforcement and protesters. Ms Lynch made her announcement as North Dakota officials ordered Standing …

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As Trump Nears Office, Australian Deal to Move Refugees to U.S. Is in Doubt

As Trump Nears Office, Australian Deal to Move Refugees to U.S. Is in Doubt

CANBERRA, Australia — Barring some unexpected development, none of the refugees held in detention camps on the Pacific islands of Nauru and Manus are likely to be resettled in the United States before President-elect Donald J. Trump takes office, Australian and American officials said this week. The election of Mr. Trump, whose harsh talk about immigration and Muslims was central …

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