Heartbreaking Photos Show Thousands Displaced After A Huge Fire Destroyed A Refugee Camp

Fires have ravaged Europe’s largest migrant camp, leaving about 12,000 people without shelter. Fanned by high winds, the blaze first broke out Tuesday at Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. Large stretches of the camp burned down. Only a medical facility and some small clusters of tents were left standing, according to the New York Times. No deaths were initially reported. The fires continued through Wednesday, leaving most of the camp’s residents homeless. Police reinforcements were brought in …

Libya’s eastern parliament meets after rare protests erupt

Libya’s east-based parliament has convened an emergency meeting to address the eruption of rare protests over dire living conditions across the country’s east By ISABEL DEBRE Associated Press September 11, 2020, 7:51 PM • 4 min read DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Libya’s east-based parliament convened an emergency meeting Friday to address the eruption of rare protests over dire living conditions across the country’s east, rallies that mirror similar recent protests in the west of the divided nation. Hundreds of …

Egypt journalist arrested over coverage of detainee’s death

An Egyptian news outlet says one of its reporters, who reported on a young man’s death in police custody, has been detained on charges of reporting fake news September 11, 2020, 7:32 PM • 3 min read CAIRO — A prominent Egyptian journalist who reported on a young man’s death in police custody has been detained on charges of reporting fake news, his employer said Friday, the latest blow to press freedoms in the country. The arrest of journalist Islam …

Activists Are Demanding Facebook Suspend An Indian Executive Who Shielded Anti-Muslim Hate Speech

NEW DELHI, India — More than 40 human rights groups and internet watchdog organizations including the Southern Poverty Law Center and Muslim Advocates are calling on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to suspend Ankhi Das, the company’s public policy director for India, South, and Central Asia, after the Wall Street Journal revealed that she decided not to apply the social network’s hate speech policies to politicians from India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata party who posted anti-Muslim hate speech. In an open letter, …

White lion cub involved in highway crash in Germany is fine

A reptile zoo in Germany says a white lion cub that was discovered in the trailer of a van following a highway crash is doing just fine September 9, 2020, 1:38 PM • 1 min read BERLIN — A white lion cub was discovered in the trailer of a van following a highway crash in southwestern Germany, but the 7-month-old female is doing just fine, a zoo that took in the animal said Wednesday. The rare cub was found inside …

Another leading opposition activist detained in Belarus

Belarusian authorities have detained one of the last leading members of an opposition council who remained free, moving methodically to end a month of protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko By YURAS KARMANAU Associated Press September 9, 2020, 1:31 PM • 5 min read KYIV, Ukraine — Belarusian authorities on Wednesday detained one of the two last leading members of an opposition council who remained free, moving methodically to end a month of protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. Lawyer …

Turkey Gives IS Militant 40 Life Sentences for 2017 Nightclub Attack

(ISTANBUL, Turkey) — A Turkish court on Monday sentenced an Islamic State group suspect to life in prison over the New Year’s Eve attack on a nightclub in Istanbul that left 39 people dead in 2017. The suspect, Albulkadir Masharipov of Uzbekistan, was convicted of 39 counts of murder and one count of attempting to overthrow the constitutional order. He was handed down 40 separate life sentences without parole. The court also sentenced him to a total of 1,368 years …

Turkey gives IS militant 40 life sentences for 2017 attack

A Turkish court has sentenced an Islamic State group suspect to life in prison over the New Year’s Eve attack on a nightclub in Istanbul that left 39 people dead in 2017 September 7, 2020, 5:35 PM • 2 min read ISTANBUL, Turkey — A Turkish court on Monday sentenced an Islamic State group suspect to life in prison over the New Year’s Eve attack on a nightclub in Istanbul that left 39 people dead in 2017. The suspect, Albulkadir …

Serena Williams’ Reaction To Seeing Daughter At U.S. Open Is So Pure

The U.S. Open might’ve ditched the crowd this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but Serena Williams couldn’t have asked for a more adorable cheering section.  The tennis pro inched one step closer to taking home her 24th Grand Slam title Saturday after besting Sloane Stephens on the court in the third-round matchup between the two champions.  While the typically packed Arthur Ashe Stadium remained almost completely empty over the weekend, players’ friends and family were allowed to watch the matches. …

Top Cop Ousted After Pursuing Felony Charges Against Civil Rights Leaders

The city manager of Portsmouth, Virginia, ousted the city’s police chief on Friday, weeks after the chief announced highly unusual felony charges against a sitting state senator, local civil rights leaders and city public defenders in connection with the destruction of a Confederate monument. Portsmouth Police Chief Angela Greene allowed Sergeant Kevin McGee to bring the felony charges against Virginia Sen. Louise Lucas (D), NAACP officials, and others under a 70-year-old state law that allows for felony charges involving “injury to” …

Police probe alleged violence at Paris station cited in book

The Paris police chief ordered an investigation Thursday after a new book published accounts of alleged violence and racism at a police station by a man who says he “infiltrated” the police force by becoming an officer September 3, 2020, 7:43 PM • 3 min read PARIS — The Paris police chief ordered an investigation Thursday after a new book published accounts of alleged violence and racism at a police station by a man who says he “infiltrated” the police …

Mark Zuckerberg Says Facebook’s Decision to Not Take Down Kenosha Militia Page Was a Mistake

In a video posted to Facebook on Friday, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said that the social media giant made a mistake by not removing a page and event that urged people in Kenosha, Wis., to carry weapons amid protests. On Tuesday night, a 17-year-old named Kyle Rittenhouse allegedly fatally shot two people and injured a third. Zuckerberg admitted that “a bunch of people” had reported the page and said the decision to not remove it was “largely an operational …

Belarus cracks down on journalists, 2 AP staff deported

The Belarus government has cracked down hard on the news media, deporting some foreign journalists reporting in the country and revoking the accreditation of many Belarusian journalists By JIM HEINTZ Associated Prress August 30, 2020, 2:30 AM • 4 min read MOSCOW — Belarus, shaken by three weeks of massive protests against its authoritarian president, on Saturday cracked down hard on the news media, deporting some foreign journalists reporting in the country and revoking the accreditation of many Belarusian journalists. …

White Supremacists Were ‘On A Hunting Spree’ In Kenosha, Says Local Lawmaker

A Wisconsin lawmaker has accused armed vigilantes in Kenosha of organizing a “hunting spree” against protesters with little interference from local police. “I literally witnessed firsthand a massive amount of organized white supremacists driving around in pickup trucks, targeting protesters,” Democratic state Rep. David Bowen of Milwaukee said in an interview Thursday on “Democracy Now.” “They were there not there to try to defend businesses,” added Bowen, who was at the protest Tuesday night when two demonstrators were fatally shot. …

Putin: Russia is ready to provide security help to Belarus

MINSK, Belarus — Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that he stands ready to send police to Belarus if protests there turn violent but sees no such need yet, while Belarusian police dispersed a protest in the capital with renewed vigor Thursday, detaining about 180 people and raising pressure on the opposition. Belarus’ authoritarian president of 26 years, Alexander Lukashenko, has been facing weeks of protests against his reelection to a sixth term in the Aug. 9 vote, which the opposition …

Hurricane Laura blasts a destructive, life-threatening path through Louisiana and Texas

Hurricane Laura pounded the Gulf Coast for hours with ferocious wind, torrential rains and rising seawater as it roared ashore over southwestern Louisiana near the Texas border early Thursday, threatening the lives of people who didn’t evacuate. Authorities had ordered coastal residents to get out, but not everyone did in an area devastated by Rita in 2005. Laura’s howling winds battered a tall building in Lake Charles, blowing out windows as glass and debris flew to the ground. Police spotted …

Wisconsin Attorney General Identifies Officer In Jacob Blake Shooting

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul identified the police officer who shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha on Sunday as Rusten Sheskey.  Sheskey, who appears to be white, shot Blake, who is Black, in the back seven times on Sunday as he opened the door of his car. The officers present were responding to a call from a woman about a domestic issue and attempted to arrest Blake. They were “unsuccessful” in using a Taser on him, Kaul said. As Blake returned …

‘Inside The NBA’ Host Kenny Smith Walks Off Set In Support Of Players’ Boycott

“Inside The NBA” host Kenny Smith walked off set on Wednesday to show solidarity with the NBA players who boycotted their games to protest racial injustice and police brutality. “As a Black man, as a former player, I think it’s best for me to support the players and just not be here tonight,” the commentator said before removing his microphone and leaving the studio. “I just don’t feel equipped to be here.” Ernie Johnson said he respected Smith’s decision. He, Shaquille …

Israeli police say Palestinian has stabbed Israeli to death

A Palestinian who entered Israel from the occupied West Bank on a work permit has stabbed an Israeli to death August 26, 2020, 3:15 PM 1 min read JERUSALEM — A Palestinian who entered Israel from the occupied West Bank on a work permit stabbed an Israeli to death on Wednesday and was later arrested, Israeli police said. The stabbing took place at a junction near Petah Tikva, in central Israel. Police said the suspect, a 46-year-old man from Nablus, …

Hong Kong police arrest 2 opposition lawmakers over protests last year

Hong Kong police arrested 16 people Wednesday on charges related to anti-government protests last year, including two opposition lawmakers. Pro-democracy legislators Ted Hui and Lam Cheuk-ting were arrested early Wednesday, according to posts on their Facebook pages. Posts on Lam’s Twitter account said he had been arrested on charges of conspiring with others to damage property and obstructing the course of justice during a protest in July 2019. The tweets said he has also been accused of rioting on July …