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NYPD strip hijabs from Muslim sisters in Bronx park

Three Muslim teens and one would-be documentarian in New York City were arrested by NYPD officers last Thursday night. Two of the teen girls, Lamis Chapman, 12, and Khalia Wilson, 14, were playing handball in their neighborhood at 9:30 p.m. when police asked them for identification. “They said they asked…

Egyptian court orders Al Jazeera and other news outlets to close down

A Cairo court Tuesday ordered the closure of four television channels, including Al-Jazeera Egypt and Ahrar 25, a network belonging to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood. The other two channels to be closed are the Islamist broadcasters Al-Yarmuk and Al-Quds, according to the court order. The closure comes a day after…

Nazi war crimes investigation in Germany to examine 30 former Auschwitz personnel

The German office investigating Nazi war crimes said Tuesday it would send files on 30 former Auschwitz death camp personnel to state prosecutors with a recommendation to pursue charges. Chief investigator Kurt Schrimm told reporters that the suspects were former Auschwitz guards now aged up to 97 and would face…

Verdicts in New Delhi gang-rape trial due next week

The judge in the trial of four men accused of the fatal gang-rape of a student on a New Delhi bus last December announced Tuesday he would deliver his verdicts on September 10. The trial began in a “fast-track” court in the capital in February with the prosecution laying out…

UK troops deny mutilating Iraq insurgents’ corpses

British army officials have dismissed “baseless rumours” that troops mutilated the bodies of dead Iraqi insurgents after a 2004 battle, as a public inquiry heard its first evidence from military witnesses. The Al-Sweady Inquiry is investigating claims that British troops committed human rights abuses in the aftermath of a notorious…

U.S. steps up Pakistan surveillance: Washington Post ‘black budget’ analysis

While US intelligence agencies spend billions monitoring enemies like Al-Qaeda and Iran, they pay just as much as attention to ally Pakistan, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. The United States has intensified surveillance of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, is concerned about biological and chemical arms sites there and tries to evaluate…

Dennis Rodman heads back to North Korea to see ‘friend’ Kim Jong-Un

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman Tuesday said he was heading back to Pyongyang to see his “friend”, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, but refused to say if he would come back with an imprisoned US citizen. Korean-American Kenneth Bae, 44, has been held prisoner in the North since November, and…

Hagel and Kerry to make case to Congress for attacking Syria: Failing to act ‘unravels the deterrent impact of the international norm against chemical weapons use’

The US secretaries of state and defense go before a Senate panel seeking support to attack Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons, warning failure to do so might embolden Hezbollah and Iran. In what will be one of the most high-profile political set pieces in Washington in weeks,…

350-million-year-old Gondwana supercontinent land creature discovered

A 350-million-year-old fossilised scorpion discovered in South Africa is the oldest known land animal to have lived on Gondwana, part of Earth’s former supercontinent, a university said Monday. The new species, named Gondwanascorpio emzantsiensis, provides tantalising clues about the development of life before Earth’s continents broke apart to form the…

British government says big change needed before new Syria vote

The British government has said it has no plans to hold another parliamentary vote on Syria air strikes after last week’s defeat but might revisit the issue if circumstances change “very significantly”. Prime Minister David Cameron lost a House of Commons ballot on Thursday on taking action to punish Syria…

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