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Salvadorian gangs are now considered terrorists

Salvadorian gangs are now considered terrorists

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The Supreme Court of El Salvador declared gangs as terrorist groups. "The Chamber concludes that the gangs called Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18, as well as any other gang or criminal organization seeking to arrogate [to themselves the power] within the scope of sovereignty are now considered terrorists," the official statement released by the court read. The decision was made in an effort to boost efforts to control or stop the escalating violence that has plunged the Central American country into a deep crisis of security. A recent police report said that last week was the bloodiest ev
Growing trend in Hungary: Crimes committed by kids sex offenders

Trend: More kids in Hungary commit sex offenses

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A growing trend worries Hungarian police - teens who commit sexual crimes, including rape, against their peers or even younger victims. The dilemma is that such offenses committed by children are not punishable under the Hungarian Penal Code. Over the last two months in the capital of Budapest alone, a new case was filed every week in which 12-year-olds were the perpetrators of a sexual offense. More known cases of rapists, who are younger than 15, were reported January - July of this year than in all of 2014. In some cases, children between 7 and 10 years old were the abusers. Of all k
Italy's first foreign museum directors cause chaos

Italy’s first foreign museum directors cause chaos

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For the first time ever in its history, Italy is looking for museum directors from abroad. The country's art heritage is among the largest in the world, and represents a significant source of income. Finding people to be in charge of maintaining and promoting it is therefore a serious business. Seven out of 20 newly-appointed directors are foreigners: three from Germany, two from Austria, one from England, and one from France. Most of them were already living in Italy. Half of the new directors, who are Italians, have been working similar positions abroad. But the remarkable effort to ma

Uruguay's "Nostalgia Day" honors old songs

Uruguay’s ‘Nostalgia Day’ honors old songs

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Citizens from across Uruguay partied to the tunes of "YMCA" and "Respect," honoring the hits of the past in a unique, national cultural event. For the past 37 years, Uruguay has celebrated what they call the "Nostalgia Festival" on August 24, when cities host parties to relive epic songs from the past six decades. Entrepreneur Paul Lecueder is credited for creating this national holiday. He worked at a radio station at the time and had set August 24 as a day for people to honor old tracks. The tradition goes on. In the capital city of Montevideo, more than 400 parties take place at th
Census: Fewer Hindus, more Muslims in India since 2001

Census: Fewer Hindus, more Muslims in India since 2001

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The Indian government has released the religious census data of 2011, showing that the percentage of Muslims in the country has, albeit slightly, increased over the last decade while the number of Hindus and people practicing other religions has decreased. The proportion of Hindus in the country declined by 0.7 percent while that of Muslims increased 0.8. Hindus now form 79.8 percent of the population in 2001. Muslims are up to 14.2 percent. The growth rate of Muslims and Hindus stood at 24.6 and 16.8 percent, respectively. Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Jains account for 2.3, 1.7, 0.
Important meeting to create joint Arab forces delayed again

Important meeting to create joint Arab forces delayed again

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The Arab League has again delayed a crucial meeting for the establishment of a joint Arab force that was supposed to take place on August 27. The League issued a statement the day before saying that it received a request from Saudi Arabia to delay the meeting to another time which is to be determined later. The governments of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Iraq have also supported the Saudi request. The Arab League had just finished its preparations for the meeting in Cairo and had arranged all the security aspects around the League’s headquarters in Egypt's capital.
Hundreds of detained refugees released after a year with no trial

Hundreds of detained refugees released after a year with no trial

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After a year of being in jail waiting for trials that never took place, hundreds of African people are expected to be released from a detention center in southern Israel. Hundreds more will be released in the upcoming weeks. The people to soon be free are refugees, asylum seekers, illegal immigrants, and infiltrators. The decision comes after many officials, politicians, and citizens voiced their opinions about the detention being undemocratic and illegal. The government claimed the unlimited imprisonment was legal. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s government had decided that refug
Images of wounded veterans to be projected onto Tower of London

Images of wounded veterans to be projected onto Tower of London

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Photographs of wounded servicemen taken by acclaimed photographer Rankin are to be projected onto the walls of the Tower of London to raise awareness for a charity that helps those injured in warfare find a place to live. The Tower will be lit up by the photos every night from September 10 to 16 to help raise awareness for the Haig Housing Trust, which offers housing assistance to ex-service men and women. Veteran Scott Yarrington, 30, is to be featured in the piece, photographed standing on his prosthetic legs, alongside James Davies, 40, who was awarded the Military Cross for his brave
Pakistani cultural heritage goes online

Pakistani cultural heritage goes online

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Google Cultural Institute has brought Pakistan’s heritage to a global audience by uploading information online. Now people can virtually tour popular sites and see them in high resolution. This may help boost the fledgling tourism industry of the country. “Pakistan is brimming with a rich historical and cultural heritage, with stories and artifacts that we are keen to preserve for future generations,” says Ann Lavin, director of Public Policy and Government Affairs at Google Asia-Pacific. This online platform has unveiled new exhibits from six Pakistani institutions with 400 new it
Activists demand in vitro regulations in Costa Rica

Activists demand in vitro regulations in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica has historically gone back and forth about decriminalizing in vitro fertilization. Over the past 15 years, it has been both legal and illegal. Now, 27 human rights organizations from all over Latin America have asked the Costa Rican government to allow and regulate in vitro procedures. IVF was most recently banned by the Constitutional Court in 2000 after it was ruled a technique that was contrary to the human right to life. But activists argue that Costa Rica is violating a more recent ruling made by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights from December 2012, in which the gove
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McDonald’s quagmire situation in Japan

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Reeling from the processed chicken scandal in China, McDonald's fast food franchise in Japan announced its balance sheet for the first half of 2015. While the company posted a 1.8 billion yen ($15 million) profit for the previous half year, it suffered a sharp turnaround with a 26.2 billion yen ($220 million) loss for the current period, the largest loss on record since it was listed on the big board. Existing sales were down 12.6 percent compared to the same period last year bottoming out in July. Although sales plummeted more than 20 percent during the first half of 2015, at a glance it
Russia sentences Ukrainian director to 20 years in prison

Russia sentences Ukrainian director to 20 years in prison

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Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov, best known for the 2011 movie Gámer, was sentenced to 20 years in prison by the Russian court. He was found guilty of "terrorist attacks" - such as organizing two arson attacks in the eastern Ukrainian city of Simferopol - in a trial that was vigorously denounced by the U.S. and the European Union. Sentsov was convicted along with another Ukrainian activist, Alexander Kolchenko, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Both Ukrainians were arrested in May 2014 during a protest against Russia's invasion and annexation of the Crimean peninsula. They will
Bangladesh's foreign reserves grow thanks to expats

Bangladesh’s foreign reserves grow thanks to expats

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The foreign currency reserves of the Bangladeshi central bank have increased to $25 billion from under $21.32 billion a year ago mostly because of the number of citizens working abroad is increasing. In the 12 months prior to June 2015, the total amount of money sent as gifts was $153.20 billion. The top five remittance sources, contributing about 72 percent of it, are Bangladeshi working in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, the U.S., Malaysia, and Kuwait. The senders are mainly labor and low-skilled workers, except for those living in America where many have their own small business
France terror suspect had been arrested in Germany in May

France terror suspect had been arrested in Germany in May

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Ayoub El-Kahzzani, the 25-year-old Moroccan arrested Friday for the terrorist attack on a French high-speed train that was prevented by three Americans and one British man, had been arrested and questioned by authorities at Berlin’s Tegel Airport as early as May. An investgation by the German broadcaster RBB also found that despite being marked as a "Jihadist" by French and Spanish police, El-Kahzzani was not classified as a “Foreign Fighter," which would have been grounds for his arrest. German federal police subsequently allowed El-Kahzzani to fly on to Istanbul after "finding nothing
Czechs hate refugees but are co-responsible for their hardship

Czechs hate refugees but are co-responsible for their hardship

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The surge of refugees arriving in Europe over the last several months has raised a wave of xenophobic sentiment across the continent but the Czech Republic, a small Central European country with little tradition of multiculturalism, is taking the fight to a whole new level. Czechs have initiated petitions against the asylum seekers and have formed anti-immigration groups on social networks; the Czech President broadcasted a public message that migrants were not invited – if they complain of mistreatment. Only few people are aware of the country's share of the responsibility for the h
Popular Egyptian democracy activist's citizenship can be revoked

Popular Egyptian democracy activist’s citizenship may be revoked

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A new court date has been scheduled for a case about revoking the citizenship of one of Egypt’s most popular activists, Wael Ghonim. Ghonim was one of the founders of the Facebook page that helped organize and spread the idea of the January 2011 Egyptian mass protests that eventually became known as the January 25 revolution. Since the success of the Arab Spring in leading to the ouster of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, many opponents of the revolution have claimed that the events of 2011 were an American-Israeli conspiracy. Ghonim was also an opponent of former Egyptian Pres
Wikipedia's Russian site to be blocked over one page

Wikipedia’s Russian site to be blocked over one page

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Internet service providers in Russia have been told to block the Russian version of the Wikipedia website. The Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Information Technologies and Mass Communications, known as Roskomnadzor, which oversees the media, has required that the site be blocked due to the wide availability of information that is considered illegal in the country. The "offending page" is an entry about charas, a handmade hashish in India. The court says this particular page can be described as "drug propaganda", which is illegal. Due to the logistics of Wikipedia, operat
200 girls leave school due to lack of toilets

200 girls leave school due to lack of toilets

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More than 200 girls have discontinued their studies at a government-run residential school (boarding school) in the Indian state of Jharkhand, citing lack of toilets and harassment from local boys. The Kasturba Gandhi Awasiya School was set up to promote education among girls in rural areas. The hostel of the school, where 220 girls were provided accommodation, had just five toilets. The girls say that they often had to heed nature's call in the open as there weren't enough facilities for them to use. They complain that the boys in the vicinity harassed them regularly when they had to re
Court grants bail to man who 'poached' 114 elephant tusks

Court grants bail to man who ‘poached’ 114 elephant tusks

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A Kenyan court has controversially granted bail to Feisal Mohamed Ali, the suspected leader of a notorious ivory trafficking syndicate who is at No. 6 on Interpol’s list of Africa's most-wanted ivory poachers and traffickers. Ali was recently extradited from neighboring Tanzania to face trial alongside four alleged accomplices in connection with 114 poached elephant tusks weighing more than two tons worth, $4.5 million, which were seized last year in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa. They walked to temporary freedom after Ali’s defense lawyers successfully petitioned the Mombasa c
New 'Rain Lizard' dinosaur from Stone Age discovered

New ‘Rain Lizard’ dinosaur from Stone Age discovered

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Researchers at South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand have discovered a new dinosaur species from the early Stone Age, and named it the “Rain Lizard." The moniker is derived from the species’ official name, the Pulanesaura eocollum. Roughly translated, “Pulane” means “comes with rain,” and Pulanesaura is said to have been excavated during a particularly rainy period. According to the researchers, the “Rain Lizard” was an early member of the long-necked sauropod lineage of dinosaurs, famously represented by the Brontosaurus. It was relatively small compared to ot

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