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EU laws target Muslims: Amnesty
BRUSSELS: A raft of new counter-terrorism laws across Europe discriminate against Muslims and refugees, spreading fear and alienation, Amnesty International (AI) said in a report on Tuesday. The human rights group sounded the alarm over security measures adopted over the past two years in 14 EU nations, including expanded surveillance powers. During that period, militant attacks have killed some 280 people in France, Belgium and
 
 
Ukraine files ‘terrorism’ case against Russia
The Hague: Ukraine has urged the UN’s top court to order Russia to pay damages for attacks on civilians during its bloody conflict with separatist pro-Russia rebels, accusing Moscow of “sponsoring terrorism,” officials said on Tuesday. In its filing, Kiev accused Moscow of “intervening militarily in Ukraine, financing acts of terrorism, and violating the human rights of millions of Ukraine’s citizens,” the International Court of
   
Turkish police detain New Year’s nightclub attacker
ISTANBUL: Turkish police have captured the gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Day at a hideout in an outlying suburb of the city after a two-week manhunt, officials said on Tuesday. Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin named the man as Abdulgadir Masharipov and said he was born in 1983 in Uzbekistan and received training in Afghanistan. Masharipov, who was captured with four others overnight, had
 
 
Son of Gambia’s president-elect killed by dogs
Banjul: An eight-year-old son of The Gambia’s president-elect Adama Barrow has died after being bitten by dogs, a family source said, days before his contested inauguration. Barrow, who is in Senegal, is scheduled to be sworn in on Thursday, but President Yahya Jammeh has declared he will not step down by then. “President-elect Barrow’s son, Habibou, died after he was bitten by dogs,” the family source said. Habibou was one of
   
Facebook launches startup programme in Paris campus
Paris: Facebook launched its first ever startup support programme in Paris on Tuesday, in a massive tech incubator funded by a French telecoms billionaire. The social media giant said it wanted to facilitate the emergence of “independent startups that contribute to the data economy of France and Europe.” Speaking at the site of the future 34,000 square-metre Station F campus, Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg
 
 
Top German court refuses to ban far-right party
BERLIN: Germany’s Constitutional Court on Tuesday said the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) resembled Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party, but ruled against banning it because it presented no threat to democracy. Germany’s intelligence agency described the NPD as racist and anti-Semitic and the attempt by the country’s 16 federal states to outlaw the party came amid rising support for right-wing groups stoked by popular
   
Police arrest priest over Mugabe death prophecy
Harare: Zimbabwe police detained a pastor who claimed that veteran President Robert Mugabe, who turns 93 next month, would die in October, his lawyer said. Gift Mtisi said Pastor Patrick Mugadza was arrested at the magistrate’s court in Harare where he was appearing on separate charges of wearing the national flag and charged over the prophecy made last week about Mugabe’s demise. “He was appearing at the court on a different
 
 
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