Thursday , September 20 2018


Berlin struggles to find homes for refugees

CELLE, Germany, Oct 18, (RTRS): At a sprawling camp in the German town of Celle, refugees wearing thick sweaters sit around a heater smoking cigarettes as rain beats down on the cramped white tent that has become their home. Some of them are ill and worried it will snow. “The …

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Child brides fight for freedom; Deep-rooted tradition in poor, rural areas

JODHPUR, India, Oct 18, (AFP): University student Santadevi Meghwal has been threatened, harassed, ostracised and even fined by a council of male elders in her village in India. But the 20-year-old is determined to push ahead with annulling her child marriage, and join a small but growing number of youngsters …

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Police arrest teens for rape of ‘toddler’

NEW DELHI, Oct 18, (AFP): India police said Sunday they have arrested two teenagers over the rape of a toddler, the latest sexual assault on a child in the capital to ignite public anger. Twenty police teams questioned more than 250 suspects before arresting the juveniles over the attack on …

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Old church emerges from falling reservoir

MEXICO CITY, Oct 18, (AP): Leonel Mendoza fishes every day in a reservoir surrounded by forest and mountains in the southern Mexico state of Chiapas. But in recent days, he also has been ferrying curious passengers out to see the remains of a colonial-era church that has emerged from the …

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Saudi Shiites defiant after 5 killed in shooting – Islamic State claims responsibility

RIYADH, Oct 17, (Agencies): Saudi Shiites vowed Saturday to continue commemorating Ashura, one of their faith’s holiest occasions, despite a purported Islamic State group gunman killing five people at one of their gatherings. The attack in Eastern Province was the latest in a series of bombings and shootings linked to …

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Three Palestinians ‘killed’ while trying to stab Israelis

HEBRON, Oct 17, (AFP): Three Palestinians were shot dead while trying to stab Israelis in east Jerusalem and the West Bank Saturday, as violence that has fuelled international concerns of a full-scale uprising showed no let-up. The violence that has raged for more than two weeks prompted a “very concerned” …

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14-yr-old pleads guilty to killing an Iraqi boy

BUFFALO, New York, Oct 17, (AP): A 14-year-old has pleaded guilty to killing a 13-year-old boy whose family had immigrated to the US to escape the war in Iraq. Jean Sanchez pleaded guilty Friday in Erie County Court in Buffalo, New York, to seconddegree murder in the slaying of Ameer …

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PEGIDA radicalised by refugee influx – ‘Foreigners overrunning Germany’

BERLIN, Oct 17, (AFP): They gather in the dark, wave German flags and vent their fury at foreigners they fear are overrunning their homeland — next week Germany’s anti- Islamic PEGIDA movement turns one year old. Radicalised by Germany’s record influx of refugees and migrants, the long-dormant protest movement has …

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New Delhi reels after rapes of girls aged 2, 5 – When will Delhi wake up?

NEW DELHI, Oct 17, (AFP): A toddler and a five-year-old girl were raped in separate attacks in New Delhi overnight with at least one gang-raped, police said Saturday, as activists warned of an “epidemic” of sexual violence in the capital. The two-and-a-half-year-old girl was abducted from a religious event in …

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Iraqi forces in huge anti-rebel push in Baiji

BAIJI, Iraq, Oct 16, (Agencies): Iraqi forces defused booby traps and hunted down holdout jihadists in the strategic Baiji area Friday as part of their biggest advance against the Islamic State group in months. Baiji lies at a crossroads between several frontlines, and control of the area is seen as …

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