Refugees are ‘Muslim invaders’ seeking better lives – Hungarian PM
Jan09

Refugees are ‘Muslim invaders’ seeking better lives – Hungarian PM

Refugees in Europe are just “Muslim invaders” and economic migrants seeking better lives, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban has said, adding that the large number of Muslims in the EU had led to the appearance of ‘parallel societies.’ Asked in an interview with the German Bild newspaper why Budapest does not want to accept any refugees, Orban replied: “We don’t consider these people to be Muslim refugees.” Instead, the tough-talking...

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Iran ready to have social media back on track, ponders clemency for rioters as protests subside
Jan09

Iran ready to have social media back on track, ponders clemency for rioters as protests subside

Iranian government officials have called for clemency for those arrested over the wave of protests that gripped the country for over a week, and said the ban of social media used by the protesters should be soon reversed. The mass protests, which erupted in Iran on December 28, seem to be subsiding. According to Iranian officials, 22 people were killed and 1,000 were arrested during the wave of public anger, which was the biggest...

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Israeli police fail to respond to crimes against Palestinians – rights group
Jan08

Israeli police fail to respond to crimes against Palestinians – rights group

Israel’s police fail to bring Israeli citizens to justice for ideologically motivated crimes against Palestinians in the occupied territories, bringing charges in little over 10 percent of all cases, a rights group says. Israeli human rights group Yesh Din monitored 225 complaints into hate crimes committed by Israelis against Palestinians from 2014 to August 2017. Of 185 cases processed, only 21 ended in indictments, according to a...

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French PM ‘not afraid’ of 1930s anti-semitic essays publication amid outcry
Jan08

French PM ‘not afraid’ of 1930s anti-semitic essays publication amid outcry

The French Prime Minister says the planned publication of anti-Semitic essays by revered author Louis-Ferdinand Celine should go ahead, but be accompanied by critical commentary. Edouard Philippe weighed in on the debate Sunday, amid heated opposition to the publication of the pamphlets by the French Jewish community. Three 1930s texts by Celine are set to be printed by leading French publishing house Gallimard in the upcoming book...

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Iran slams ‘grotesque’ meddling and calls for regime change by US through social media
Jan06

Iran slams ‘grotesque’ meddling and calls for regime change by US through social media

Iran’s Ambassador to the UN Gholamali Khoshroo has accused the US of “grotesque” interference in his country’s affairs, and of encouraging regime change in the Islamic Republic. He also accused Trump of inciting “disruptive acts.” As a wave of protests against poor worsening standards and unemployment gripped Iran, Washington was quick to throw its support behind the demonstrators. US President Donald Trump praised the riots “against...

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