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Madeleine McCann investigation scaled back as police downsize team of officers from 29 to 4

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has today, 28 October announced the new structure and changes to the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. The investigation into what happened to Madeleine continues but with a smaller team of officers. Officers investigating her disappearance have completed the huge task of bringing together and investigating the massive […]

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Privatizing Censorship, Eroding Privacy: Freedom on the Net 2015 New Findings Released

Washington October 27, 2015 Internet freedom around the world declined for the fifth consecutive year in 2015 as more governments censored information of public interest while also expanding surveillance and cracking down on privacy tools, according toFreedom on the Net 2015, released today by Freedom House. “Governments are increasingly pressuring individuals and the private sector to take […]

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Space Station Crew Celebrates 15 Years of Human Space Exploration in Low-Earth Orbit

All six members of the Expedition 45 crew aboard the International Space Station will participate in a news conference at 10 a.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 2 to mark the start of continuous work by humans aboard the space-based laboratory 15 years ago. The 30-minute news conference will air live on NASA Television and agency’s […]

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Military Airstrikes Target ISIL Terrorists in Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA, October 25, 2015 — U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports. Airstrikes […]

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Hurricane Patricia Still a Threat to Hard-to-Reach Communities in Mexico

A satellite image of Hurricane Patricia / Photo: NOAA FAIRFIELD, Conn., Oct. 24, 2015/ Hurricane Patricia made landfall on the western coast of Mexico last night, bringing heavy downpours, surging seas and cyclonic winds. The full extent of the damage is yet to be fully understood, but reports suggest that heavy damage appears to have been avoided. However, heavy rains […]

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Feeding Africa conference resolves to accelerate agriculture transformation

Delegates attending talks on transforming African agriculture rose from three days of talks, from October 21-23, on the outskirts of Dakar, Senegal, excited about new commitments to grow agri-business. “You need high-profile events like these to get things done. It was important for the new President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) to make this […]

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UN human rights chief urges Czech Republic to halt detention of migrants and refugees

A refugee family from Myanmar in Osecek, Czech Republic. Photo: UNHCR 22 October 2015 – The top United Nations human rights official today strongly criticized the detention of migrants and refugees in the Czech Republic, drawing attention to the violations of the rights of children among them and to credible reports that authorities are routinely […]

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EUROPOL: 17 Lithuanians detained during international operation against car theft

An organised crime network originating from Lithuania and specialised in the theft of vehicles from Germany has been dismantled this week by the Lithuanian police, who worked closely with German law enforcement agencies and were supported by Europol and Eurojust. Operation Kasimir resulted in 17 arrests, and a number of European arrest warrants have been […]

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Counter Terrorism Command arrest in east London

Officers from the MPS Counter Terrorism Command [SO15] this morning, Wednesday 21 October, attended a residential address in east London and arrested a 23-year-old man under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism. Officers continue to search the address and a second residential address in […]

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Migrant crisis: Arrivals to Greece top 500,000

GENEVA, Oct 20 (UNHCR) – Sea arrivals so far this year to Greece have now passed the half-million mark with the arrival yesterday on the Aegean Islands of nearly 8,000 people, the UN refugee agency said today. It added that the latest arrivals had taken the overall total to some 502,500 for this year and […]

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: More than 300 people killed in hundreds of Russian airstrikes over 20 days

SOHR documented 39891 airstrikes carried out by the regime air force since 10/20/2014 until this morning 10/20/2015, where the airstrikes targeted several villages, towns and cities in 13 provinces. The regime helicopters dropped 21285 barrel bombs on different areas in the provinces of Rif Dimashq, Aleppo, Homs, Hama, al- Hasakah, Deir Ezzor, al- Quneitera, al- Suwaydaa, Daraa, Idlib and […]

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DEPUTY OF TOWN DUMA AND HIS RELATIVE SUSPECTED OF FRAUD WITH MILLIONS RUBLES WORTH PROPERTY IN VOLGOGRAD REGION

The Volgograd Region investigating bodies of the Russia’s Investigative Committee have opened a criminal investigation against Gorodishche Town Duma and his relative. They are suspected of a crime under part 4 of article 159 of the RF Penal Code (fraud committed by a group of people in a conspiracy on a very large scale). According […]

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:NATO: Alliance kicks-off live military exercise Trident Juncture in Italy

NATO Allies and partner nations kicked off the Alliance’s Trident Juncture live military exercise on Monday (19 October 2015) during an opening ceremony at the Trapani air force base in Italy, launching three weeks of intensive training involving 36,000 troops from more than 30 nations across Italy, Spain and Portugal. Trident Juncture is the largest […]

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The World Council of Churches (WCC) expresses concern over renewed violence in Jerusalem

The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has expressed deep concern over the renewed wave of violence in Jerusalem. In a letter to WCC member churches in Palestine and Israel issued on 19 October, he expressed solidarity with the churches and peoples of the land, and affirmed WCC’s commitment […]

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Coalition Airstrike Kills Khorasan Group Leader

Killed … Sanafi al-Nasr, a Saudi national whose full name is Abdul Mohsen Adballah Ibrahim al Charekh, has been killed in a US strike. Picture: HandoutSource:Supplied WASHINGTON, October 18, 2015 — An Oct. 15 coalition airstrike in northwest Syria killed Abdul Mohsen Adballah Ibrahim al Charekh, also known as Sanafi al-Nasr, a Saudi national and […]

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OSCE Representative calls on authorities in Montenegro to investigate detentions of journalists and to ensure journalists’ safety

18 October 2015 – OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today expressed concern about the arrests of two journalists covering public protests in Podgorica, Montenegro, and urged for swift and transparent investigations of the cases. “Members of the media must be able to report on matters of public interest in a free […]

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U.S Interior Department Cancels Arctic Offshore Lease Sales

A drilling ship Polar Pioneer in the Chukchi Sea, August 2015 Photographer – Mark Fink Beaufort and Chukchi Sea Lease Sales will be Cancelled in Current Five Year Oil and Gas Program Washington, D.C. – In light of current market conditions and low industry interest, the U.S. Department of the Interior today announced that it will […]

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Terrorist Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Providing Material Support to Al Qaeda

Haroon Rashid Aswat Haroon Aswat, 41, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge Katherine B. Forrest of the Southern District of New York to 20 years in prison for terrorism offenses relating to Aswat’s efforts to establish a terrorist training camp in the United States.  Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin […]

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ISIL-Linked Hacker Arrested in Malaysia on U.S. Charges

Defendant Charged with Providing Material Support to ISIL and Computer Hacking Related to the Theft and Distribution of U.S. Military and Federal Employee Personal Information Malaysian authorities have detained Kosovo citizen Ardit Ferizi in Malaysia on a U.S. provisional arrest warrant alleging that he provided material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the […]

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Over 20 tonnes of cannabis seized after huge international operation

On 15 October, an international operation led by Italy and closely supported by France, Spain and Europol, resulted in the discovery and seizure of over 20 tonnes of cannabis resin. The drugs were hidden in the deck of a merchant vessel called Jupiter, flying the flag of the Cook Islands. Ten Syrian citizens were arrested, […]

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