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Who should stand up for human rights?

Amnesty International’s latest snapshot of the world paints a picture of darkness, division and danger.  The human rights watchdog says 2016 was the year of “us versus them” – that governments world-wide are pushing a “toxic agenda that scapegoats and … Continue reading

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Mexican man kills himself after third US deportation

A Mexican man has jumped off a bridge and killed himself just minutes after being deported from the United States. Guadalupe Olivas Valencia, 44, on Wednesday threw himself to his death, authorities said. With just a plastic bag of belongings … Continue reading

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UN: $4.4bn needed to prevent 'catastrophe' of famine

The United Nations needs $4.4bn by the end of next month to prevent “a catastrophe” of hunger and famine in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, according to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. More than 20 million people face starvation in the four … Continue reading

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Greece charges cleric with child refugees sexual abuse

Greek police say they have arrested a French cleric suspected of sexually abusing unaccompanied refugee children he had sheltered in his house in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-biggest city. The 52-year-old man, who belongs to the Franciscan Church of France, allegedly molested … Continue reading

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Seven new Earth-like planets 'best bet' for life

A group of international scientists have announced that a dwarf star just 40 light years from the Earth has at least seven apparently rocky planets with potential to harbour water and life. The discovery of the planets, which are all … Continue reading

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UN's de Mistura expects no breakthrough in Syria talks

Geneva, Switzerland – The United Nations mediator for the talks on the war in Syria, Staffan de Mistura, had played down expectations for major progress ahead of planned negotiations in the Swiss city of Geneva. “Am I expecting a breakthrough? … Continue reading

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Cyprus talks falter over nationalist commemoration row

Ongoing talks to reunify Cyprus have hit a hard wall after the Turkish Cypriot side decided not to attend a scheduled meeting between the island’s rival leaders over a Greek Cypriot decision to celebrate a nationalist commemoration at schools. Greek … Continue reading

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UN decries Israel's West Bank demolition order

The United Nations has raised concerns over a newly announced demolition plan in a Palestinian Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank that threatens dozens of buildings including a primary school.  “This is unacceptable and it must stop,” Robert Piper, … Continue reading

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The Gambia arrests ex-intelligence boss linked to abuse

Police in The Gambia have arrested the country’s former head of the national intelligence agency and his deputy, both accused of overseeing killings, kidnappings, arbitrary arrests, torture and rape during their time in office. Spy chief Yankuba Badjie and director … Continue reading

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The dawn of cyber politicians

On February 5, political activist Hugo Poidevin attended a rally in Paris to listen to a speech by the French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, a leftist politician with a penchant for cutting edge technology. But Melenchon was not actually at the Paris … Continue reading

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