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Amnesty International: Muslims in Europe face discrimination

European countries are discriminating against Muslims for demonstrating their faith, especially in the fields of education and employment, according to rights group Amnesty International. In a report focusing on Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland, Amnesty urged European governments to do more to challenge negative stereotypes and prejudices against Islam. The report was particularly critical…

Sarkozy, Hollande step up battle for far-right votes

Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist rival Francois Hollande stepped up their battle on Tuesday for the six million votes that went to the far-right in the first round of France’s presidential election. “It’s up to me to convince the National Front (FN) voters,” Hollandetold Liberation newspaper, arguing that many of them were in fact left-wing and their support…

Ukraine’s former female PM on ‘hunger strike’

Ukraine’s jailed opposition leader and former premier Yulia Tymoshenko has been on a hunger strike since Friday to protest her treatment by prison wardens and doctors, her lawyer said. “Yulia Tymoshenko has declared a hunger strike,” Interfax quotedSerhiy Vlasenko as saying outside her prison in the eastern city of Kharkiv where Tymoshenko has been jailed since last year on…

Karzai blocks Rep. Rohrabacher from Afghan visit: aide

WASHINGTON — A US lawmaker critical of President Hamid Karzai was barred entry to Afghanistan as part of a congressional delegation meeting with Afghan opposition groups, his office said Monday. Republican Dana Rohrabacher’s office said he was a “last-minute” addition to the delegation when one of the members canceled days…

7,000 workers strike at Brazil’s Amazon dam project

BRASILIA, Brazil — Some 7,000 workers at a contested dam in Brazil’s Amazon region went on strike Monday demanding better working conditions, the consortium in charge of the project said. The Belo Monte consortium said many workers joined the strike because labor unions erected barricades on the road leading to…

South African police go on trial for killing protestor

JOHANNESBURG — The trial of seven South African police officers charged for a deadly attack on a protestor started Monday with the court shown video footage of his brutal beating. The officers were arrested for attacking unarmed 33-year-old Andreas Tatane with batons during a service delivery protest in Ficksburg on…

‘Mystery’ skin disease kills 19 in Vietnam: WHO

The World Health Organisation said Monday it was “concerned” about an outbreak of a mysterious skin disease in central Vietnam which has killed 19 people, mostly children. More than 170 people have fallen ill with the unidentified illness, which causes stiffness in the limbs and ulcers on victims’ hands and…

Hungary to pull treatments from diabetics who don’t stick to diets

Hungarian diabetics who fail to stick to their diet will be deprived of more modern treatments from July, under a government decree published Monday aimed at cutting health spending. Diabetics undergo a blood test on average every three months and those who score high levels of glycemia more than twice…

World Bank helps corporations with land grabs in Africa: Environmental groups

The World Bank is helping corporations and international investors snap up cheap land in Africa and developing countries worldwide at the expense of local communities, environment and farm groups said in a statement released on Monday to coincide with the bank’s annual land and poverty conference in Washington DC. According…

Five southern African countries join forces on a climate change research center

Five countries in southern Africa have joined forces to launch a research centre that will work on combating climate change in the region. South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia signed a declaration on Wednesday to base the initiative in the Namibian capital Windhoek. The Southern African Science Service Centre…

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