Mediterranean storm sweeps through Greece leaving three dead

A rare Mediterranean hurricane, known as a medicane, swept through western Greece on Friday, flooding streets and homes. The storm, named Ianos, uprooted trees, flooded highways and caused power cuts in the Ionian islands of Kefalonia, Zakynthos and Ithaca. The body of one man was found under the collapsed roof of his house; another 63-year-old man was found dead in the same area; and, the body of an elderly woman was found nearby Farsala, as reported by brigade officials. Officials are still searching for a woman reported missing in Karditsa. Experts report that about 5,000 houses were...

India attempts to censor tweets commemorating ‘1984 Genocide of Sikhs’

India’s government has requested Twitter to delete a trending post by The World Sikh Organization (WSO) which commemorated the 1984 Genocide of Sikhs. India’s government has claimed that it “violates the law(s) of India.” Twitter’s legal department has responded stating that it was notifying WSO in the interests of transparency but was not taking any action “at this time.” The specific tweet addressed by India, states “abduction, torture and extra-judicial killing” of Sikhs, “#neverforget1984” and refers to Jaswant Singh Khalra, a human-rights activist who was abducted and murdered by the...

Netherlands vows to hold Syria responsible for 'gross human rights violations and torture'

The Netherlands has announced that it is preparing a case against Syria at the UN’s International Court of Justice and is seeking to hold President Bashar al-Assad accountable for human rights violations, including torture and the use of chemical weapons.

Protestors in Eastern Libya set government building on fire

Protestors in the Libyan city of Benghazi set a government building on fire after the third straight day of protests condemning the living conditions and continued corruption within the country. The protests also began in Al-Bayda, where the government was previously based and in Sabha and for the first time in Al-Marj. Several hundred demonstrators gathered in Eastern towns to protest against the political elite and the lengthy power cuts and a severe banking crisis. Some of the demonstrators in Benghazi, were armed with guns and set fire to the government building leaving its white walls...

‘Like an experimental concentration camp’ – Nurse speaks out on conditions at US migrant detention centre

A nurse who worked at a United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Georgia came forward this week with reports of unsafe medical conditions and concerns over the high rate of hysterectomies performed on detainees. The complaint said that many women who were detained in the facility expressed concern about the high rate of hysterectomies performed in the facility. One woman in detention said, “When I met all these women who had had surgeries, I thought this was like an experimental concentration camp. It was like they’re experimenting with our bodies.” Nurse Dawn Wooten said that one gynecologist, who has now been identified as Mahendra Amin, was referred to as “the uterus collector.”

11-year-old girl killed in ‘unprovoked’ Indian attack claims Pakistan's miltiary

An 11-year-old Pakistani girl was killed, and four others critically injured after “unprovoked firing” by Indian troops along the line of control in Kashmir, reports Pakistan’s military. The military claim the Indian troops used long-range guns and artillery on Friday, targeting the disputed region of Kashmir, which is divided between India and Pakistan claimed by both in its entirety. Among the four victims injured, one was a 75-year-old woman and two young boys, as reported by Pakistan’s army. Indian Army Spokesman, Lt Col Devender Anand, claimed Pakistani soldiers initiated the firing and...

Pakistan's Police chief ‘victim blames’ mother who was gang-raped 

Following a statement from Pakistan's lead police investigator, Chief Umar Sheikh, who suggested a mother was at fault for being gang-raped on one of Pakistan's most secure highways, several protests are planned across the country and there are calls for the police investigator's resignation and an apology. According to investigators, the victim was assaulted and gang-raped by several men in front of her two children after she ran out of petrol outside of Lahore. Sheikh blamed the mother for her assault on one of Pakistan’s most secure highways, claiming that she should have driven with a...

Mozambique denies 'beheading, torture and other ill-treatment'

Mozambique has denied alleged human rights abuses by the security forces and has insisted that abuses were committed solely by Islamist insurgents impersonating soldiers. According to Amnesty International, they have video footage and pictures of soldiers in the uniforms of the Mozambique Armed Defence Forces and the Mozambique Rapid Intervention Police committing atrocities in the Cabo Delgado province. These abuses include "beheading, torture and other ill-treatment of prisoners; the dismemberment of alleged opposition fighters; possible extrajudicial executions; and the transport and...

At least ten killed during Colombian protests against police brutality

At least ten people were killed after nationwide protests of police brutality in Colombia. The protests started after the killing of Javier Ordóñez, an unarmed lawyer who was pinned down by police as they shocked him with a taser for over two minutes. Police responded to protesters with teargas and beatings. It was reported by the government that 10 people were dead in the aftermath of protests, and hundreds of civilians were reported injured. Over sixty people had bullet injuries. Economic uncertainty related to COVID-19 has also contributed to the rise in protests, as has been seen...

Lebanon president named “tea thief” after misuse of donated Ceylon Tea

Lebanon President, Michael Aoun, has received backlash after it emerged that Ceylon tea donated by Sri Lanka for the victims of the Beirut blast was instead given to the families of his presidential guard. Sri Lanka donated 1,675 kilos of Ceylon tea in an effort to show support in the wake of the Beirut blast which killed more than 190 people, injuring 6,500 and leaving around 300,000 homeless. The president’s office released a picture of Aoun receiving the Sri Lankan ambassador saying Colombo had donated the Ceylon tea “to those affected by the Beirut blast.” After questioned about the use...

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