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Irish MPs call for recognition of Palestine

Irish MPs have urged their government to recognise Palestine as a state in a symbolic motion that sailed through parliament unopposed. Ireland’s parliament is the fourth European assembly to call for the recognition of Palestinian statehood since October. MPs in France, Britain and Spain also endorsed similar motions, reflecting growing[…]

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Al Qaeda blames Obama for Yemen hostage deaths

Al-Qaeda has blamed President Barack Obama for the deaths of a US journalist and a South African during a failed hostage rescue attempt, warning “the lives of all Americans are in danger”. “Obama made the wrong decision, and signed the death warrant” of American Luke Somers, who was killed along[…]

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Malala vows to fight on

Malala Yousafzai vowed Wednesday to struggle for every child’s right to go to school as she became the youngest ever Nobel laureate, sharing the peace prize with Indian campaigner Kailash Satyarthi. “I will continue this fight until I see every child in school,” the 17-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl told an audience[…]

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Torture report unlikely to clip CIA wings: expert

Detailed revelations of the torture used by George W. Bush-era operatives against Al-Qaeda suspects are only the latest morale-sapping scandal to envelop the Central Intelligence Agency. But the searing US Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA enhanced interrogation techniques is not likely to hamstring the effectiveness of the nation’s premier spy[…]

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Calls for prosecution after ‘torture report’

The US Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on secret interrogations and torture of suspects by the CIA from 2001-2007 provides enough new information to justify reopening criminal investigations, rights advocates say. The report, released Tuesday after a three-year congressional investigation, summarises classified CIA cables that described the treatment by Central Intelligence[…]

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Palestinian minister dies during protest

Ziad Abu Ein, a Palestinian minister, has died after clashes with Israeli forces, reportedly due to inhaling large amounts of tear gas in the occupied West Bank, sources told Al Jazeera. Abu Ein, who was the head of the Anti-Wall and Settlement Commission, died in Ramallah Hospital on Wednesday after[…]

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Malala and Satyarthi receive joint Nobel

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban for advocating girls’ right to education, has received the Nobel Peace Prize, sharing her award with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights campaigner. The two were handed the award on Wednesday at a ceremony in Norway’s capital,[…]

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Al Qaradawi mocks Interpol arrest warrant

Prominent Doha-based Islamic scholar Sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi has said that he is “stunned” by a new warrant for his arrest that was issued by Interpol, seeking to hold him accountable for offenses committed in Egypt years ago. On Friday, Interpol published a notice on behalf on Egyptian authorities accusing[…]

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Chilling methods used in CIA torture sessions

Sleep deprivation for over a week, beatings, shackling, and waterboarding — a litany of the cruel methods used by the Bush-era CIA to interrogate Al-Qaeda terror suspects was exposed Tuesday. The shocking report released by the US Senate found that the techniques employed by the Central Intelligence Agency were “far more[…]

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