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Sri Lanka rights abuse allegations divide Commonwealth

Sri Lanka rights abuse allegations divide Commonwealth

Nov 15, – A Commonweath summit has opened in Sri Lanka with the host facing criticism over alleged rights abuses. Three countries have boycotted the summit over Sri Lanka’s refusal to allow an international inquiry into the issue. Sri Lanka opened a summit of the 53-nation Commonwealth on Friday, welcoming leaders from Britain and its […]

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Israeli leader faces uproar over planned release of Palestinian prisoners

Israeli leader faces uproar over planned release of Palestinian prisoners

Oct 28, JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister is facing a political uproar from both sides of the aisle over the planned release of 26 Palestinian prisoners. Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to free the prisoners as part of a U.S.-brokered agreement to restart peace talks with the Palestinians. The overnight announcement of the prisoners’ names triggered a […]

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Bahrain opposition figure denies backing violence

Bahrain opposition figure denies backing violence

Oct 24, MANAMA, Bahrain — A prominent opposition figure in Bahrain told a court hearing Thursday that he rejects violence but stands by his calls for peaceful anti-government protests to force reforms in the troubled Gulf nation. The arrest of Khalil al-Marzooq last month touched off outrage from international rights groups and prompted Bahrain’s Shiite-led […]

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Syrian government frees 13 women detainees after hostage deal

Syrian government frees 13 women detainees after hostage deal

Oct 23, – Syrian authorities have released 13 women detainees as part of a weekend hostage exchange but more than 100 others are still being held, a prominent human rights activist said Wednesday. Nine Lebanese Shiite hostages held for 17 months by a rebel group in northern Syria were exchanged on Saturday for two Turkish […]

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German court rules brothel not allowed to enjoy reduced VAT

German court rules brothel not allowed to enjoy reduced VAT

Oct 23, – A federal German court has ruled that owners of brothels should not profit from a reduced VAT rate for the hotel sector that was introduced in 2010. The judges said such places were not established to foster tourism. Renting out rooms to prostitutes for them to pursue the oldest profession in the […]

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Air pollution leading cause of cancer, WHO concludes

Air pollution leading cause of cancer, WHO concludes

Oct 20, – Pollutants in the air we breathe have been classed as a leading environmental cause of cancer by the World Health Organization. It said the evidence was clear they cause lung cancer. Sources of pollution include car exhausts, power stations, emissions from agriculture and industry – as well as heating in people’s homes. […]

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Arab states urge Saudi Arabia to rethink on U.N. Security Council seat

Arab states urge Saudi Arabia to rethink on U.N. Security Council seat

Oct 20, – United Nations: Arab nations on Saturday appealed to Saudi Arabia to reverse a decision to reject a seat on the UN Security Council. Arab UN ambassadors made the appeal after an emergency meeting on Saudi Arabia’s surprise announcement Friday that it would not take up a Security Council seat to protest the […]

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Human Rights Observers: Estimated 30 Million People Worldwide still victims of Modern-Day Slavery

Human Rights Observers: Estimated 30 Million People Worldwide still victims of Modern-Day Slavery

Oct 17, – An estimated 30 million people worldwide are living in modern-day slavery, according to the inaugural Global Slavery Index published on Thursday. The index, compiled by the Walk Free Foundation, said that while India by far had the largest number of enslaved people, the problem was most prevalent in the west African nation […]

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