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Nationalist vote set to shatter Swedish calm

Sweden has long enjoyed a reputation for moderation and balance, but is its political landscape about to change dramatically with Sunday’s election, the tightest race in decades? By – Maddy Savage Scroll 4Video  The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats are on course to become Sweden’s second-biggest party, after a campaign that has focused on migration and integration. “They have the most things that ...

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Calais migrants: Five shot in mass brawl

At least five migrants have been shot during a mass brawl between Afghans and Eritreans in the French port city of Calais, local officials say.  By – bbc.com  A 37-year-old Afghan man is suspected of firing shots at a queue for food handouts. Four Eritreans aged between 16 to 18 are in a critical condition. Hundreds of migrants have converged on ...

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Swedish security chief warning on fake news

The head of Sweden’s security service has told the BBC the agency is not just dealing with an increased threat of terrorism but also the impact of disinformation and fake news. Anders Thornberg, the director of the service ( Sapo), says this year could be even busier than 2017 as the country prepares for an election in September. By – Gordon ...

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New Year’s Eve party in Berlin to have ‘safe zone’ for women

Organisers of Berlin’s New Year’s Eve celebrations are to set up a “safe zone” for women for the first time. By – bbc.com The new security measures planned for the Brandenburg Gate party come amid concerns about sexual assaults. A large number of assaults and robberies targeting women at Cologne’s New Year’s Eve celebrations two years ago horrified Germany. Hundreds of ...

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Iran building permanent military base in Syria

The Iranian military is said to have established a compound at a site used by the Syrian army outside El-Kiswah, 14 km (8 miles) south of Damascus. Via: Gordon Corera The report comes amid growing tensions over Iranian influence in Syria and across the region. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu recently warned that Iran wanted to establish itself militarily in Syria. “Israel ...

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German election: AfD vows to fight ‘invasion of foreigners

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she wants to win back the voters who deserted her party for right-wing nationalist AfD. Mrs Merkel is set for a fourth term in office, despite heavy losses for her party in Sunday’s election. Via: bbc.com She now faces months of coalition talks to try to form a stable government. After winning its first parliamentary seats, ...

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YouTube child protection mechanism ‘failing’

YouTube’s child protection mechanism is breaking down, according to some of the company’s volunteer watchdogs. Via: Mike Wendling    There’s a constant anxiety that those seeking to abuse or groom young children will use social media to reach them – and YouTube is aware of the problem. The video-sharing site has a special network of volunteers, called Trusted Flaggers, who help ...

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US special operation forces now assisting Filipino troops in Marawi City

US special forces are helping the Philippine military retake the southern city of Marawi from IS-linked militants, the Philippine army says. The forces are providing technical help and are not fighting, it said. Via: bbc.com President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier threatened to throw out US troops amid strained relations since taking office. Militants have been under siege since rampaging through the southern ...

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Qatar crisis: Germany seeks to bridge rift with Arab states

Germany has called for diplomatic efforts to resolve a growing crisis over Qatar, which is accused by four Arab neighbours of funding terrorism. Via: bbc.com Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain cut travel and diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday. Speaking after hosting his Qatari counterpart on Friday, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel called for the “sea ...

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Syria’s Saydnaya prison crematorium hid killings

The Syrian government has constructed a crematorium at a military prison to dispose of the remains of thousands of murdered prisoners, the US has alleged. Via: bbc.com The State Department has released satellite images of the facility which it said was used to hide evidence. Rights groups say thousands of inmates have been tortured and hanged at the military prison outside ...

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