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After Calais: Tracing the paths of the Jungle’s refugees

After Calais: Tracing the paths of the Jungle’s refugees

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“The 'Jungle' smelled of freshly baked bread and CS gas. I could not breathe and went down. An Afghan who was running in the same direction grabbed me and supported me to the back garden where there was a bit of air”, says Chiara Lauvergnac, one of the activists in Paris from London. In the final days of the Calais Jungle demolition, over 10,000 refugees were ordered to relocate in one week by riot police squads armed with flashballs, gas grenades, rubber bullets, automatic rifles, water cannons, armoured vehicles, truncheons and gas spray bottles. “Usually the camp got gassed towards the end of the day - you could climb the hill to try escape the gas clouds and watch the sunset from there, with gas grenades falling all around,” she continued. After the destruction of the camp, she says
EU signs historic deal with Cuba after decades-long split

EU signs historic deal with Cuba after decades-long split

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The European Union and Cuba have signed a political deal to normalize ties after a decades-long period of being blocked by human rights due to the revolutionary icon Fidel Castro. The accord was signed on Monday by EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini along with representatives from EU member states, and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla. Cuba has appeared to improve its human rights record which has resulted in the EU ministers’ decision to drop a policy in place since 1996, leading Cuba to get closer links with the bloc. Mogherini said she was “very encouraged” by dialogue with Havana on human rights and the accord would help foster Cuba’s modernization both socially and politically. She also offered condolences on Castro’s death and told reporter
Cheerleading could be future Olympic sport

Cheerleading could be future Olympic sport

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The International Cheer Union has received provisional recognition from the International Olympic Committee. The ICU will receive $25,000 to fund training the future cheerleading cohorts.  They will have the next three year recognition period to apply for additional grants and funds.  Then they can apply for full inclusion in the official Olympic games. "Cheerleading is a sport with growing popularity.  It has strong youth focus," said IOC sports director, Kit McConnell to the BBC. Steph Malfatti, the Dragons Cheer captain at the University of Westminster in London says, "it shouldn't even be a question of whether it's a sport." Miss Malfatti who is on one of England's national cheer teams goes on to say, "More than 10 countries have national teams that compete at a level most
Chelsea Manning’s release petition hits White House threshold with 100,000 signatures

Chelsea Manning’s release petition hits White House threshold with 100,000 signatures

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A petition to commute whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s 37-year prison sentence has received over 100,000 signatures, hitting the target needed to prompt a response from the White House. Manning, a former United States Army soldier whose leak of classified files lead to the exposure of human rights abuses by the US Army, including the death of two Reuters reporters, is in her eighth year of incarceration. By surpassing the 100, 000 signature threshold, the petition, created on November 14, could expect a response from the White House within 60 days. Manning, who has spent more time in imprisonment than any whistleblower in US history, tweeted: "We did it! Thank you so much for your love and support. =)”. The petition mentioned that Manning had been incarcerated in "unlawful, unusuall
Monuments Men 2.0

Monuments Men 2.0

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Good ideas never die. The cultural heritage in the Middle East is under such a serious risk of destruction by the Islamic State that the British Government has returned to life the 'Monuments Men', the elite group who saved thousands of art masterpieces from the Nazi flames. For the national-socialist regime, the massive murder of Jewish, Communists, homosexuals and other enemy communities was not enough. Their cultural and art traces had to be erased too. The Nazis stole thousands of pieces from both museums and private collections and planned to destroy them. The Allied countries gathered a group of experts including scientists, museum curators and art historians to find them before the Germans could destroy the pieces. They were called 'The Monuments Men' and were responsible for the p
The Iranian president: No one can cancel the nuclear deal

The Iranian president: No one can cancel the nuclear deal

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday his country will not allow the US president-elect Donald Trump to cancel the nuclear deal. Rouhani warned from unspecified “repercussions” if Washington stepped back its agreement. Speaking in front of Tehran’s University students, the Iranian president asked the students: "Do you think the United States can cancel the comprehensive joint action plan of the nuclear deal?”  He added.” Trump wants to do a lot of things, but we will not be affected by any of his actions.” The US president-elect is expected to drive the US foreign policy in a very different direction supported by the Republicans majority inside the US congress. Trump announced already during his presidential campaign that he would cancel the Iranian nuclear ag

UK urged to decide faster Brexit negotiations.

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“Time will be short, " states the EU chief negotiator of Brexit Michel Barnier on Tuesday urging the UK needs to decide faster. In October, Michel Barnier was selected to the position of chief Brexit negotiator by the European Commission President Jean- Clause Juncker who states he “wanted an experienced politician for this difficult job”. At the moment UK courts are deciding who is entitled to make the final decision on Brexit. Although the final decision has not been taken yet, the referendum has led to disturbances. The Home Office reports that hate crime has been on the rise. Reports by the police in England and Wales state racist or religious abuse has increased 41% in the month post the UK voted to leave the EU. This July the recorded crimes have increased to 5,468 which is 1,582
Win for Native American Tribe after US denies key permit for Dakota Access Pipeline

Win for Native American Tribe after US denies key permit for Dakota Access Pipeline

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To the delight of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and many environmental activists, the Army Corps of Engineers will not grant a permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline to drill under the Missouri River.  The Army has announced its plan to “explore alternate routes.”   This is a long-awaited victory for Standing Rock Sioux tribe after months of camping out and protesting against the Pipeline.   "People have said that this is a make it or a break it, and I guess we made it," Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe, announced to a cheering crowd of protesters. Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Army Assistant secretary for civil works, said on Sunday that, “The best way to complete the work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeli

Russia’s Defense Ministry blames US, UK and France for Russian hospital attack in Aleppo

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A Russian military officer has blamed the three powers for killing and injuring Russian medical personnel in Syria. Report says two medics were killed and one doctor was seriously wounded in a shelling of the government-held part of Aleppo. The bombs hit the medical centre of a Russian mobile military hospital, and an unspecified number of local residents who were at the hospital were also wounded. Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov told journalists about the shelling in Moscow on Monday. The militants who shelled the hospital had been aware of its location, he said. "No doubt, the opposition’s gunmen carried out the shelling. We understand where the militants got the precise data and coordinates of the reception of the Russian hospital at the
China lodges complaints over Trump tweets

China lodges complaints over Trump tweets

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China has launched a formal protest against Donald Trump. It targets his latest criticism of China’s currency manipulation. The complaint also includes Trump’s comments on China’s militarization in the South China sea. Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into.. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2016 their country (the U.S. doesn't tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea? I don't think so! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2016 In a press conference today, foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang says, “Mr. Trump is creating troubles for China-U.S. relationship and the U.S itself.” Meanwhile