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Guantanamo braces for unrest after Ramadan truce

The end of Ramadan has left authorities at the Guantanamo Bay military jail preparing for an uptick in unrest at the controversial prison, US officials say. The annual Muslim fast is traditionally regarded as an unofficial truce at Guantanamo, where some inmates have been held for around a decade without…

Hundreds gather to mourn Miami artist killed during arrest

By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI BEACH, Florida (Reuters) – Hundreds of friends and supporters of an 18-year-old graffiti artist who died after being shocked by a stun gun during a police chase in Miami Beach gathered on Saturday in a tearful rally at the site where he had been spray-painting. Colombian-born…

Brazilian president complies with protesters’ call for public transportation upgrades

Brazil’s president on Saturday backed a key demand of demonstrators who recently packed the streets, saying quality public transport was crucial to resolving the country’s urban crisis. In June, hundreds of thousands turned out over weeks to protest higher mass transit fares and call for better public services, including transportation.…

Greek police report riot at immigrant detention camp

Riot police were dispatched on Saturday to put down a riot at Greece’s main migrant detention camp where detainees hurled stones at officers and set fire to their living quarters, authorities said. Television footage showed fires blazing at the Amygdaleza detention camp outside Athens, where some 1,200 mainly Asian migrants…

Julian Assange: Obama ‘validated’ Snowden as a whistleblower

(Reuters) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has called President Barack Obama’s announcement of plans to limit sweeping U.S. government surveillance programs a victory of sorts for fugitive former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden. “Today, the President of the United States validated Edward Snowden’s role as a whistleblower by announcing plans…

Israel to take polio vaccination campaign nationwide

Israel is to vaccinate all children against polio, after “thousands” of people in the south of the country were found to be carriers, Health Minister Yael German said on Saturday. German said 98 percent of Israelis were already vaccinated but could pass the virus onto the remainder. “We discovered that…

Colorado flood and mudslide leave 1 dead and 3 missing

By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) – One man was killed and three people were missing in Colorado after floodwaters and a mudslide triggered by torrential rains roared down mountainsides stripped of vegetation by a wildfire, authorities said on Saturday. The body of an unidentified man was found early Saturday on…

Ukraine’s ‘Iron Lady ‘ vows freak discus accident won’t derail her at World Championships

Ukrainian medal hope Natalia Semenova, the self-styled “Iron Lady”, suffered a freak accident while warming up for the women’s discus throw at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday. The European bronze medallist suffered brain concussion and a broken nose when hit by another athlete during the qualification at the Luzhniki…

China and India’s ‘water grabs’ endangering ecology in the Himalayas

More than 400 hydroelectric schemes are planned in the mountain region, which could be a disaster for the environment The future of the world’s most famous mountain range could be endangered by a vast dam-building project, as a risky regional race for water resources takes place in Asia. New academic…

Parisians take a month to poke fun at their grumpy reputation

A loving couple queues in front of a Parisian cafe. “For the brunch, I’ve got one table at 6pm”, a waiter tells them. That scene is depicted in one of 48 posters put up across the French capital in an outdoor exhibition that casts a tender and amused eye on…

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