Over 120 arrests made at London climate change protests

More than 120 climate change activists have been arrested for blocking roads in central London since yesterday. Thousands joined the protests across London where campaigners blocked roads and vandalised Shell’s headquarters in London. Photograph: Extinction Rebellion Most of those arrested have been detained on suspicion of public order offences while some have been held on suspicion of criminal damage at Shell’s headquarters. Campaigners parked a pink boat at Oxford Circus to represent the threat of rising sea levels and blocked Marble Arch, Piccadilly Circus, Waterloo Bridge and roads...

Former British soldier charged with 1972 murder of an Irish teen

A former British soldier is to be charged with the murder of a fifteen-year-old Irish teen in Londonderry during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Daniel Hegarty was the fifteen-year-old teenager who was shot twice in the head during an Army operation near his home in the Cretan in July 1972. The soldier referred to as Soldier B, is also facing a second charge of wounding with intent to kill the teenager’s cousin. Christopher Hegarty, Daniel’s cousin, was also shot in the head but survived. A 2011 inquiry into this death found that Daniel Hegarty posed no risk and was shot without warning...

Amnesty International urges the UK not to extradite Assange to the US

Amnesty International has released a statement urging the UK government to not extradite Julian Assange to the United States “or anywhere he could face the death penalty, torture or other ill-treatment.” Assange was arrested on 11 April by London’s Metropolitan Police who claimed to be making the arrest on behalf of the US authorities. The US has charged Assange with helping whistleblower Chelsea Manning hack a government computer in 2010 and steal classified information. Wikileaks cables showed evidence of US war crimes. For example, in 2010 the Iraq war logs were released which showed that...

Amnesty International calls for an investigation into Sudan’s former head of national intelligence

Following the resignation of Salah Gosh, head of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), Amnesty International has called for the new authorities to launch an investigation into the role he played in the recent killing of Sudanese protestors.

ICC rejects request to investigate war crimes in Afghanistan

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has rejected the request by Fatou Bensouda, the court’s prosecutor, to open an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan since May 1, 2003. The court concluded that the prospect of any investigation and prosecution is extremely limited because the US, Afghan authorities and the Taliban would not cooperate. Despite the refusal to investigate, Bensouda’s office said it will continue to consider all available legal remedies. Last month, the US secretary of Mike Pompeo, said Washington would revoke or deny visas to ICC staff...

German police raid charities with alleged links to Hamas

German police carried out raids of NGOs and charities across the country alleged to have links to Hamas. Around 90 properties in ten states were searched, targeted for allegations of providing “financial and propaganda” to the Palestinian organisation which is proscribed as a terrorist organisation by the European Union and the United States. "Whoever supports Hamas under the mantle of providing humanitarian aid disregards the fundamental values of our constitution," Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said. "This also discredits the commitment of the many aid organizations that have committed...

Sudanese security forces crackdown on anti-Bashir protesters

Armed militias loyal to Sudan’s president, Omar al- Bashir, have launched attacks on protesters taking part in a mass sit in outside the defence ministry in the capital, Khartoum. Witnesses said that the security forces have used gunfire and teargas to disperse demonstrators. The total number of people killed since Saturday is 22, including five soldiers who were killed while defending the protesters. The group spearheading the demonstrations, the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), have said that 153 have been wounded. The US, UK and Norway issued a joint statement calling on the...

5 men investigated by UK police over Rwanda genocide

Five men are being investigated by UK police over allegations of involvement in the Rwandan genocide, The Guardian reports.

Trump designates Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as foreign terrorist organisation

Donald Trump has designated Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organisation, marking the first time the United States has formally labelled another country’s military a "terrorist group". In a statement, Trump said that “Iran is not only a state sponsor of terrorism, but the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) actively participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft.” “We will continue to increase financial pressure and raise the costs on the Iranian regime for its support for terrorist activity until it abandons its malign and outlaw...

BJP pledges to repeal special status from Jammu and Kashmir

India’s ruling BJP party has announced in their manifesto plans to repeal Article 370 and 35A which grants special rights to residents of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Article 370 was initially intended as a temporary provision and grants Jammu and Kashmir a special autonomous status. Article 35A enables the J&K legislature to define who were “permanent residents” as well as special rights and privileges. This includes the right to purchase property which non-residents have been barred from.

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