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Beheading of 5 foreigners in Saudi Arabia triggers outcry from human rights campaigners

Human rights groups have condemned Saudi Arabia after the beheading of five foreigners this week. Experts warn 2015 will mark a dramatic increase in public executions, as 80 people have already been killed, compared to 88 in the whole of 2014.

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Psychologists adjusted ethics code to Pentagon & CIA post 9/11 torture – report

The US’s leading professional psychologists’ organization helped justify CIA and Pentagon torture programs, a new 542-page report shows. The psychologists involved later profited from torture-related contracts. The report, concluded this month, examined the involvement of the American Psychological Association (APA) in the validation of the so-called program of enhanced interrogation, under which terror suspects were […]

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‘US beating drums of war against Russia to increase European defense spending’

European leaders know that the US wants to get them to spend money on military equipment which will be purchased from the US, says Brian Becker of the anti-war Answer Coalition. But Europe knows the dangers from the experience of two world wars, he added. Several senior American officials say Russia is the greatest threat […]

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Thousands of Ukrainian citizens to sue Kiev regime over human rights violations – Russian activists

Russian human rights groups will soon file about 17,000 lawsuits from Ukrainian citizens in the European court. They seek compensation of about $5.6 billion over numerous rights violations committed by pro-Kiev military during the conflict in Donbass. The court action is coordinated by the Russian Public Chamber.

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NSA spied on German Chancellors for 10 yrs, tapped 125 govt phone numbers – WikiLeaks

America,s National Security Agency has spied on German chancellors and their offices for more than 10 years, a new WikiLeaks report says. The three leaked NSA intercepts indicate that the US targeted 125 phone numbers of top German officials. The National Security Agency’s (NSA) intercepts published on Wednesday show that Washington has been tapping the […]

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Ukraine: Self-proclaimed Donbass republics call for UN war crimes probe

The heads of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk Republics in eastern Ukraine have asked the United Nations Security Council to establish an international tribunal to investigate and prosecute those responsible for waging civil war in Donbass. “Donetsk People’s Republic [DNR] and Lugansk [LNR] People’s Republic are addressing the UN Security Council with a plea to […]

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60,000 military involved in E. Ukraine op – President Poroshenko

The number of government troops deployed in the conflict in eastern Ukraine has reached 60,000 troops, according to President Petro Poroshenko. The statement comes as the total of Ukrainian refugees has exceeded 900,000 people, according to UN. “We are doing our best to ensure the security of our state. We have brought the number of […]

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Swiss anti-immigration party remains most popular – poll

The right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) continues to receive the highest levels of support in Switzerland, according to the latest survey released ahead of autumn elections. The party is popular for its immigration restriction proposals. The SVP is the most widely-backed political force in Switzerland, with the support of over 26 percent of the voters, […]

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Saudi Arabia executes 100th prisoner in 6 months

Saudi Arabia has beheaded a Syrian drug trafficker, rocketing the number of this year’s executions in the Kingdom to 100. This figure is already more than the 87 sentenced and put to death in the country during the whole of last year. The execution took place on Monday in the northern region of Jawf. Syrian […]

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Over 14 million low-income older Americans are food insecure – gov’t report

Some 17 million elderly Americans are in need of government-funded meal services, but 90 percent of them don’t receive it, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. About 83 percent of those adults in need are food insecure. “An estimated 90 percent of low-income older adults do not receive meals services like […]

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Italy threatens EU: “Sort out migrant mess you caused or get hurt”

Rome has warned of retaliatory measures unless the EU changes its asylum policies to make them more in “solidarity” with Italy, which continues to struggle with an enormous inflow of mostly North African migrants. “If the European Council chooses solidarity, then good. If it doesn’t, we have a Plan B ready but that would be […]

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“Impeach Poroshenko!” Massive anti-govt rally held in central Kiev

A massive march took place in the streets of Kiev to protest against the policies of the current Ukrainian government, calling for its resignation and economic reforms. According to TASS news agency, up to 3,000 people took to the streets in Kiev on Saturday to protest against lack of reform and economic instability.

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Saudi war crimes: Double standards and whitewashing?

As Yemen sinks further into the pyre of war, Saudi Arabia has used its billions to whitewash intolerable war crimes and human rights abuses against civilian populations. From cluster bombs to chemical attacks, is there an end to Al Saud’s spiral? As Saudi Arabia continues to make the headlines, might it be the kingdom’s alleged […]

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West frustrated over Kiev’s breaches of Minsk deals – Russian UN envoy

There is frustration among Western leaders with Kiev’s failure to make peace efforts and implement the Minsk agreements, Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin told the UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine on Friday. The Security Council gathered on Friday to call for the full implementation of the agreements reached in Minsk on February […]

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Denver cops’ shooting of 17yo girl in car ruled “justified”

Two police officers who shot and killed 17-year-old Jessica Hernandez in January, were “legally justified,” Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey found. There will be no criminal charges in the case, ruled a defensive shooting. Hernandez was killed on January 26, while attempting to drive away from an alley in a green Honda Civic that was […]

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