Le Havre hostage-taker consumed by plight of Palestinians, say police

The armed man who seized six hostages in a French bank on Thursday spoke to negotiators of hardships facing Palestinians but made no reference to extremist groups.The 34-year-old suspect had a history of mental health illness and spent time in a psychiatric hospital after taking several hostages in


Australia: British-Australian woman in Iran prison ‘is well’

 An Australian ambassador has visited a British-Australian academic convicted of espionage before being moved recently to a notorious Iranian prison and found that she “is well,” Australia’s government said Tuesday.Kylie Moore-Gilbert was a Melbourne University lecturer on Mid


A closed chapter: Afghan refugees face an uphill task getting education in Karachi

When an Afghan refugee boy was one of the top matriculation exam scorers in Mardan, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, last month, Asma Rahimi says she was happy for him, but that the feeling was bittersweet.It’s because she, too, is a child of Afghan refugees and knows well that she will not be


Missing Rohingya refugees found alive on Malaysian islet

 Twenty-six Rohingya refugees, who had been feared drowned while trying to swim ashore on the Malaysian resort island of Langkawi, were found alive hiding in the bushes on a nearby islet, a senior coast guard official said on Monday.Malaysia does not recognize refugee status, but the Muslim-maj


Childless man booted from gov’t job for ‘sending his children to Gülenist schools’

A civil servant working for Turkey’s Social Security Institution (SGK) was fired from his job on the basis that he sent his children to schools run by followers of the exiled Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, even though the man does not have any children. Muhamed Zekeriya Özdil, wh


John Lewis has 'come home': Civil rights hero honored in his Alabama hometown

A celebration of the life of Rep. John Lewis, a hero of the civil rights movement and longtime Georgia congressman, began Saturday in Troy, Alabama. The memorials will continue over six days in five cities. Congressman Lewis has "come home," said Troy Mayor Jason Reeves said at the star


Maldives detains migrant workers seeking unpaid wages

 Human Rights Watch on Saturday urged the Maldives to drop charges against 80 migrant workers arrested for demanding their unpaid wages in a country otherwise known for its upmarket tourism.The New York-based group said authorities detained the foreign workers during separate demonstrations aga


EPL must probe Saudi human rights record in Newcastle bid: HRW

The English Premier League (EPL) has been reminded to consider Saudi Arabia's human rights record while evaluating a takeover bid of football club Newcastle United by the kingdom's sovereign wealth fund. In a report released on Tuesday by Human Rights Watch, the rights organisation and 


France to probe Abu Dhabi crown prince over torture accusations: sources

Paris- French authorities are opening an investigation into accusations of complicity in acts of torture against the powerful crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, sources said Friday. Multiple sources with knowledge of the case told AFP that a French investigating magistrate had


Crime gangs ‘exploiting’ African farmworkers in Italy

The long-standing exploitation of migrant farmworkers by crime gangs in southern Italy has been heightened by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, a medical human rights group has claimed. Laborers, mostly from Tunisia, Morocco, and central Africa continued to be poorly treated in Piana di


UK to raise £5m for coronavirus refugees from Syria, Yemen

The UK government will channel £5 million ($6.3 million) of donations to charities that help fight coronavirus in refugee camps and developing countries.The donation made by the British public will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s (DEC) Coronavirus Appeal.The British internation


Tunisian families battle to repatriate children of militants

Over WhatsApp from Tunisia, Taheyya has watched her grandchildren grow up in Syria, where her son joined a militant group.She hopes one day to be able to hold the three surviving siblings in her arms, but for now they are stuck in a displacement camp in the war-torn country.“These are our gran


South Asian marriage websites under fire for color bias

An online backlash has forced the matrimonial website Shaadi.com to take down an ‘skin color’ filter which asked users to specify their skin color using descriptors such as fair, wheatish or dark. The filter on the popular site, which caters to the South Asian diaspora, was one of the pa


Pandemic, racism compound worries about Black suicide rate

Jasmin Pierre was 18 when she tried to end her life, overdosing on whatever pills she could find. Diagnosed with depression and anxiety, she survived two more attempts at suicide, which felt like the only way to stop her pain. Years of therapy brought progress, but the 31-year-old Black woman&rsquo


How Cameras Helped—and Sometimes Harmed—Black People

In the 19th century, the most photographed man⁠ in the world wasn’t Walt Whitman or Ulysses S. Grant or even Abraham Lincoln⁠. It was Frederick Douglass. The famous orator and abolitionist was known for using his eloquent voice to impart the horrors of slavery, which he had experienced firstha


Pope compares Libya's detention centres with concentration camps

Pope Francis has compared detention centres for migrants and refugees in Libya with concentration camps, saying the world was being given only a diluted version of how hellish life really is for the people living there. Thousands of refugees and migrants are reported to be held in 11 "official" det


Syrian and Russian Airstrikes in Idlib, Militant Attacks Amount to War Crimes - UN

Syrian and Russian planes have carried out deadly aerial strikes amounting to war crimes on schools, hospitals, and markets in Idlib province, UN investigators said on Tuesday in a report that also condemned attacks by militant fighters. They said that "indiscriminate bombardment" by pro-government


Families of Syria detainees hope for news amid US sanctions

Alaa Arnous and his family found the photo of his father Mohammed online last week, the first proof of his fate since he was seized by Syrian government forces seven years ago. The image showed his corpse, his face battered and bruised, his mouth hanging open.The elder Arnous was among thousands of





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