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Sweden plans to crack down on gang crime

Nobody should have to live in fear of shootings or gang crime, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven told reporters after a meeting with the government’s council on security politics on Thursday morning.  Via: thelocal.se  “Common strategies against organized crime are needed. Nobody should have to fear shootings where they live or organized crime,” he said. “Criminals should be worried and sleep poorly ...

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Protesters in Barcelona urge Spain to take in more immigrants

Tens of thousands of people marched through Barcelona on Saturday urging the Spanish government to immediately meet its pledge to take in thousands of immigrants.  Via: theguardian.com  Ada Colau, the mayor of Spain’s second city, had called on Barcelona residents to “fill the streets” and march under the slogan volem acollir (“We want to welcome them” in Catalan). Local police said ...

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Turkish minister claims ‘holy wars will soon begin in Europe’

A Turkish minister has claimed “holy wars will soon begin” in Europe, in spite of the defeat of far-right leader Geert Wilders in the Netherlands elections. Via: independent.co.uk Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister, did not welcome the victory for Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s centre-right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). “Now the election is over in the Netherlands…when you look ...

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Islamic State fighters surrounded in Mosul by Iraqi army

Islamic State fighters are in disarray and struggling to fend off a rapid offensive by Iraqi forces to recapture Mosul and expel the militants from their last major stronghold in the country, a top US military official said. Via: AP “They’re lacking purpose, motivation and direction,” Army Major General Joseph Martin said in a phone interview from Baghdad. “I’ve never ...

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Behind the hack on Yahoo, Russian agents who had been courted by FBI

Just two years ago, the Obama White House welcomed Russia’s top internal security official, Alexander Bortnikov, to Washington, as the head of a Kremlin delegation attending a highly publicized U.S. government summit on countering violent extremism. Via: yahoo.com What U.S. officials did not then know is that officers of the agency that Bortnikov heads, the FSB or Federal Security Service, ...

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Swastika tweeted from Swedish university Twitter account in massive hacker attack

Stockholm University’s English-language Twitter account posted a swastika and a message in Turkish after it was one of several targeted in a cyber attack.  Via: thelocal.se Thousands of accounts, as diverse as Amnesty International, Forbes, German media giant Welt and tennis legend Boris Becker, tweeted Turkish propaganda relating to its ongoing diplomatic row with Germany and the Netherlands about its April ...

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Three Muslims charged over Uppsala ‘Facebook rape video’

Three Muslims are to face trial in Sweden in connection with the alleged rape of a woman in an Uppsala apartment which was live streamed on Facebook. Via: thelocal.se  The men were arrested in January after police were alerted to a suspected ongoing sexual assault by witnesses, who reported seeing it live in a closed Facebook group. Two of the men, a ...

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Russia deploy forces in Egypt, eyes on Libya role

Russia appears to have deployed special forces to an airbase in western Egypt near the border with Libya in recent days, U.S., Egyptian and diplomatic sources say, a move that would add to U.S. concerns about Moscow’s deepening role in Libya. Via: reuters.com The U.S. and diplomatic officials said any such Russian deployment might be part of a bid to support ...

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Is Turkey Still a Democracy?

n a half-destroyed temple overlooking the Turkish capital, there is a carved inscription of a text known as “The Deeds of the Divine Augustus.” It is the most complete surviving version of the funerary inscription of the first Roman emperor, Augustus. Following its hagiographic accounts of wars won, gladiatorial spectacles commissioned, and money showered upon the populace, it concludes with ...

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Tillerson To U.N. Rights Council: Reform or We’re Leaving

The Trump administration is threatening a withdrawal from the U.N. Human Rights Council if it does not undertake “considerable reform,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned a group of nine non-profit organizations in a letter this week. Via: foreignpolicy.com The correspondence, obtained by Foreign Policy, explains the Trump administration’s rationale for considering a departure from the 47-member organization. An immediate withdrawal from ...

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