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Human rights

‘Shaking with fear': Israeli soldiers interrogate Palestinians kids at night
Videos have emerged exposing masked IDF soldiers raiding Palestinian homes in the dead of night to interrogate children suspected of throwing stones at the Israeli military. Hundreds of underage are prosecuted each year in the occupied territories.

27.03.2015 05:49

‘Displaced by militarized thinking’: Forum focuses on easing tensions between Russia & US
Part of the annual World Russia Forum has taken place in Washington, DC, and despite tensions running high between the US and Russia, many speakers were voicing their calls for change.

27.03.2015 08:25

‘Сolonial racism’: French court orders baker to remove ‘obscene’ cakes depicting oversized genitalia
A court in southern France has ordered a local baker to remove “racist” chocolate cakes depicting oversized genitalia from a shop after they were deemed an "affront to human dignity." Their maker has denied the accusation of inciting racial hatred.

27.03.2015 07:55

Lifesaver drones could help rescue wayward swimmers in 30 seconds
Though drones typically conjure up thoughts of missile strikes and surveillance, a pilot project underway at beaches in Chile is considering using the unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver lifesavers to swimmers in distress – all in a rapid 30 seconds.

27.03.2015 02:43

Arizona bill claims drug-induced abortion is 'reversible,' bans subsidies
Legislators in Phoenix passed a controversial bill prohibiting the purchase of abortion coverage through the federal healthcare exchange and requiring doctors to state that drug-induced abortions are “reversible.”

26.03.2015 23:31

California AG asks court to stop ‘Sodomite Suppression Act’
If the court does not grant her a special exemption, California’s Attorney General may be obligated by law to process a ballot initiative that would legalize the killing of homosexuals.

26.03.2015 20:30

Security agencies get access to 2 yrs of Australians’ phone, internet records
A law forcing Australian phone and internet companies to keep records for two years has been passed by both houses of parliament. The new legislation will allow security agencies access to this data, who say it’s necessary for anti-terrorism measures.

26.03.2015 14:09

Death penalty backed by less than 50% of Brits
For the first time in history, less than half of Britain’s population believes that the death penalty is an appropriate or humane form of punishment, a new survey has revealed.

26.03.2015 13:56

‘Devastating Israeli attacks’ on Gaza don’t justify violations by Hamas – Amnesty
Months after a damning report on Israeli strikes during the summer war in Gaza, Amnesty International has issued similar analysis of actions by Palestinian armed groups, saying some of their attacks also “amounted to war crimes.”

26.03.2015 14:23

Calais officials to evict migrants, bulldoze shanty town
Officials in Calais are preparing to begin bulldozing the migrant settlements which have housed immigrants attempting to enter the UK for over a decade.

26.03.2015 11:21

Twitter erupts after UK student women’s event asks audience to wave ‘jazz hands,’ not clap
A student women’s conference has asked its attendees not to clap as it causes anxiety, and instead urged the participants to wave “jazz hands.” The request caused a Twitter storm, with many mocking the decision as political correctness going overboard.

26.03.2015 13:51

Heartless: US denies young Mexican visa for urgent transplant
A 20-year-old Mexican-born man with a severe heart defect has twice been rejected for a US visa despite an urgent appointment at a Rochester clinic. Jose Chua Lopez needs a double-organ transplant, a procedure not performed in his home country.

26.03.2015 12:45