A 10-Minute Trial, a Death Sentence: Iraqi Justice for ISIS Suspects

A 10-Minute Trial, a Death Sentence: Iraqi Justice for ISIS Suspects Photo People fleeing clashes between Iraqi security forces and the Islamic State in Mosul last year. Iraq captured thousands of fighters, functionaries and their families in the battle with the Islamic State. Credit Ivor Prickett for The New York Times BAGHDAD — The 42-year-old housewife had two minutes to defend herself against charges of supporting the Islamic State.
Amina Hassan, a Turkish woman in a flowing black abaya, told the Iraqi judge that she and her family had entered Syria and Iraq illegally and lived in the Islamic State’s so-called caliphate for more than two years. But, she added: “I never took money from Islamic State. I brought my own money from Turkey.”
The whole trial lasted 10 minutes before the judge sentenced her to death by hanging.
Another accused Turkish woman entered the courtroom. Then another, and another.
Within two hours, 14 women had been tried, convicted and sentenced to die.
Iraq’s ju..

Israeli nationalists rage & burn Palestinian flag outside joint Memorial Day service (VIDEO)

Far-right Israelis have tried to prevent thousands of Jews and Arabs from jointly attending an alternative memorial service in honor of fallen victims on both sides of the protracted Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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4 injured in knife & arson attack at school in Russia’s Bashkortostan republic – reports

At least four people have been injured after a student armed with a knife stormed his school in the Republic of Bashkortostan in Russia’s Urals, and attempted to set it on fire, according to local media and officials.
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Fight Over Values Risks a ‘European Civil War,’ Macron Says

Fight Over Values Risks a ‘European Civil War,’ Macron Says Photo President Emmanuel Macron of France told the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday that Europeans must turn away from “selfish nationalism.” Credit Vincent Kessler/Reuters BRUSSELS — Emmanuel Macron, who beat back the far-right National Front to win the French presidency, said on Tuesday that there was “an increasing fascination with illiberalism” in Europe and that divisions over values within the European Union were like “a European civil war.”
Speaking after the re-election this month in Hungary of Viktor Orban, the professed champion of “illiberal democracy,” and moves against the judiciary in Poland, Mr. Macron said that Europe was in a battle between the liberal democracy that shaped its postwar vision and a new populist authoritarianism that brushes aside dissents and cares little about the rule of law.
Europeans must turn away from “selfish nationalism,” he told the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Franc..

Moscow slams western media ‘disinformation campaign’ about OPCW experts being denied entry to Douma

Western media are waging an “unscrupulous disinformation campaign” by claiming Moscow and Damascus are “blocking” OPCW inspectors from accessing the site of an alleged chemical attack in Douma, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
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OPCW chemical weapons inspectors enter Douma – Syrian state media

A team of inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has arrived in the Syrian town of Douma, to investigate a reported attack from two weeks ago, Syrian state media reported.
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Kim Jong-un Plans Formal Nod to Denuclearization, South Korea Says

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The statement is expected to be part of a joint declaration that the two leaders will adopt when they meet on April 27, said Mr. Moon’s chief of staff, Im Jong-seok. Negotiators from both Koreas have agreed on a rough framework for the joint declaration, he said.
They are still discussing other aspects of the joint statement, such as whether the two Koreas would commit to holding further summit meetings on a regular basis, Mr. Im said. South Korea is also trying t..

Immigration minister’s office evacuated after Govt may have deported legal citizens by mistake

A “suspicious substance” has been discovered at the constituency office of immigration minister Caroline Nokes, who has made headlines this week due to the Windrush crisis. An address in the UK town of Romsey has been evacuated.
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