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World celebrates International Human Rights Day

  • 10 December 2016 - 21:26
World celebrates International Human Rights Day

The world celebrates Human Rights Day every Dec. 10, honoring the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which enshrines the global rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled. But the world is still very far away from realizing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. While...

Germany bans burkas, Chancellor Merkel agrees

  • 6 December 2016 - 21:15
Germany bans burkas, Chancellor Merkel agrees

BBC - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the wearing of full-faced veils should be prohibited in the country "wherever it is legally possible". At a meeting of her CDU party, she backed a burka ban in schools, courts and other state buildings. It is widely accepted that a total ban...

Fiat heir faked his owned abduction to extort own family

  • 30 November 2016 - 18:38
Fiat heir faked his owned abduction to extort own family

BBC - An heir to the Fiat fortune stands accused of falsely claiming he had been kidnapped by a transgender prostitute. Lapo Elkann called his family from New York to demand a $10,000 (£8,000) ransom "to guarantee his safety", a US official told the Associated Press. But having found him...

New £5 note contains animal fat and vegans demand it removed

  • 29 November 2016 - 22:10
New £5 note contains animal fat and vegans demand it removed

Sky News - Campaigners have started a petition to urge the Bank of England to remove animal fat from the new £5 note. There was anger among vegans and vegetarians after the bank confirmed the fivers contain tallow, a suet derivative. Doug Maw, who started the petition, said he was...

Syria’s White Helmets received Alternative Nobel Prize

  • 27 November 2016 - 20:29
Syria’s White Helmets received Alternative Nobel Prize

  DPA - The leader of a voluntary Syrian aid group that assists civilian victims of the country's civil war was honored Friday with an award often called "the Alternative Nobel prize". "Our greatest contribution has not been to save 73,000 lives but to bring hope where previously...

Lebanon pauses building a wall around Palestinian Ain Al-Hilweh refugee camp

  • 26 November 2016 - 11:36
Lebanon pauses building a wall around Palestinian Ain Al-Hilweh refugee camp

Al Jazeera - The Lebanese army has "paused" construction of a controversial "security" wall being built around the country's largest Palestinian refugee camp, Ain al-Hilweh, near the southern port city of Sidon. While it is unclear whether construction will continue, a military spokesman told Al...

Over 20 million children need immediate help in the Middle East, UNICEF says

  • 20 November 2016 - 20:05
Over 20 million children need immediate help in the Middle East, UNICEF says

Anadolu Agency - More than 20 million children in the Middle East need immediate help, the UN children’s agency said. Sunday is Universal Children’s Day and UNICEF has called for the rights of every child to be protected. “More than 20 million children, who have been affected by wars...

Record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson blasted off into space for 3rd mission

  • 19 November 2016 - 21:42
Record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson blasted off into space for 3rd mission

BBC - Record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson has blasted off into space for her third mission to the International Space Station - and hopes to break some more records while she's there. The veteran Nasa astronaut is the first woman to have commanded the ISS and already holds the record for the...

Paper helmet has won James Dyson international award

  • 17 November 2016 - 13:15
Paper helmet has won James Dyson international award

BBC- A recyclable, folding cycling helmet made of paper has won this year's international James Dyson Award. The EcoHelmet is designed for people who use bike-sharing schemes and might not always have a helmet with them. Designer Isis Shiffer is delighted with the win but admits that a paper...

Bob Dylan won’t attend Nobler Prize festival for his Literature award

  • 16 November 2016 - 17:19
Bob Dylan won’t attend Nobler Prize festival for his Literature award

Bob Dylan will not travel to Sweden to receive his Nobel Prize for Literature in person, it has been announced, the BBC said. The Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel prizes, said it had received "a personal letter" saying he was unable to attend next month's Nobel ceremony "due to...