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Irish pro-Palestine group calls Israeli blacklisting ‘appalling’

Israel’s decision to blacklist the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign and block the group’s more than 400 members from entering the country has been condemned as “appalling” by its chairwoman Fatin al-Tamimi. The Dublin-based volunteer organisation that campaigns for Palestinian rights is one of 20 activist groups to appear on the blacklist published by Israel’s strategic affairs ministry on Sunday. Individuals who hold senior positions in the blacklisted organisations along with key activists will be denied entry to Israel under a crackdown by the country on groups that call for a boycott of the Jewish state. The blacklist targets a grassroots movement known as Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS), which criticises Israel over its policies towards the Palestinians. “For me as a Palestinian, it means a lot that they are going to ban me from going to see my family and people. It is absolutely horrible,” said Ms Tamimi who will be blocked from visiting family in Hebron and Gaza. ..

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May last a month .. A huge fire in an Iranian tanker

The fire could still be on fire in an Iranian tanker on the East China Sea for about a month, while the fire still rages for the fourth day after the carrier collided with a Chinese cargo ship, the South Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said. Dozens of rescue boats are battling strong winds, high waves and poisonous smoke to locate 31 missing sailors and extinguish the fire amid growing fears of the tanker’s explosion or drowning, a ministry official said. “We believe the fire will continue for two weeks or a month in view of previous oil tanker incidents,” said Park Song-dong, an official with the South Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries. The tanker, which was operated by Iran’s national tanker carrier, collided with SeaFast, which transported a shipment of grains from the United States about 160 nautical miles (300 km) off China’s coast near Shanghai on Saturday night. The carrier was on its way from Iran to South Korea carrying 136,000 tons of flammable condensates, ..

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An old rape at the age of 89

An elderly woman with Alzheimer’s disease was raped on her bed by two young men in a horrific crime in the city of Paul in Dorset, England. The 89-year-old grandmother lives in her house. She called her daughter and told her about the attack on her house. She said she needed medical help, explaining that one of the young men who raped her on her chest, which led to her falling on her bed, before sexually assaulted her. Another young man was watching the crime and laughing. The victim was taken to the police rape section and underwent physical examinations. “I was worried about her, especially about letting strangers into the house and being beaten and robbed,” said her daughter. Her family confirmed that “no one broke into her house and was not robbed, but the criminals deliberately entered her house to rape her.” “We have been able to get full information from the victim, but they are at risk, and because of their health, their reminders of things are limited,” Metro quoted inves..

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International Centre for Relations & Diplomacy (ICRD) launched in London & Brussels

International Centre for Relations & Diplomacy (ICRD) launched in London & Brussels A think-tank organisation has been launched in London and Brussels. The organisation known as “International Centre for Relations & Diplomacy” (ICRD) is an independent, non-profit and non-partisan think-tank organisation based in Brussels and London with an international operation. According to ICRD “Statement of Establishment” the centre seeks to promote progressive strategic dialogues that encourage interaction between international political entities and citizen-based agendas. The Centre works with different world Parliaments with a prime focus on the European Parliament and local Western European Parliaments in addition to United Nations agencies. Our projects aim to promote conflict resolution through research, dialogue, integration with decision makers, publishing and media outreach. ICRD’s statement added that, “it strives to achieve our objectives by working interactively with international ..

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Human Rights NGO condemns Qatar siege

Amnesty International issued a statement denouncing the illegal and inhumane siege against Qatar. A statement issued by the organisation stated, "the lives of thousands of Gulf residents remain in turmoil as a consequence of the ongoing political dispute in the...

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NHRC Meet With Amnesty International In Doha

The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) received today a delegation of Amnesty International,  on their second visit since the beginning of the blockade to learn about the latest developments in the humanitarian situation resulting from the blockade on Qatar. The...

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