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Europe failing to protect Roma from violence: Amnesty PARIS: European states are failing to protect their Roma communities, many of whom live in precarious conditions and are the victims of hate crimes sometimes perpetrated by police, Amnesty International warned Tuesday.In a report coinciding with International Roma Day, the rights group said many of the 10 to 12 million Roma living in Europe face "the daily threat of forced eviction, police harassment and violent attacks"."The conditions in which many Roma are forced to live are a damning indictment of years of official neglect and discrimination," the group said."Far from acknowledging that this situation is a result of their failure to ensure the human rights of the Roma, some European leaders are choosing to blame Roma themselves for 'failing to integrate'," it added.The Roma, a traditionally nomadic people whose ancestors left India centuries ago, have long suffered from discrimination.They were killed in their hundreds of thousands by the Nazis during ...

Spain lawmakers set to reject Catalan independence vote MADRID: Spanish lawmakers are expected Tuesday to shoot down Catalonia's bid to hold a referendum on independence from Spain, despite huge support in the wealthy region for the poll.Catalonia's president Artur Mas has vowed to go ahead with the referendum on November 9 even if Madrid rejects his request for the northeastern region to be granted the power to hold the ballot."If they say no, they will say no to a law. But they can't ...
Germany summons North Korean to protest against nuclear test BERLIN: Germany summoned the North Korean ambassador on Monday to protest against an announcement that the country is planning a new nuclear test, after it test-fired medium-range missiles."The Foreign Ministry summoned the North Korean ambassador, Ri Si Hong, in light of the announcement of a further nuclear test from the North Korean government," the ministry said."The Foreign Ministry emphatically calls upon the North Korean government to undertake efforts towards a de-escalation and to resume the ...
Protests in east Ukraine aimed at bringing in Russian troops: PM KIEV: Protests in eastern Ukraine in which pro-Russian activists seized public buildings in three cities are part of a plan to destabilise Ukraine and bring in Russian troops, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Monday.Saying Russian troops were within a 30 km (19 mile) zone from the Ukrainian border, Yatseniuk told a government meeting: "An anti-Ukrainian plan is being put into operation ... under which foreign troops will cross the border and seize the territory ...
Putin's party loses mayor race in Russia's third largest city MOSCOW: The Communist Party won a surprise victory against President Vladimir Putin's ruling party in a mayoral race in Russia's third largest city of Novosibirsk, election officials said on Monday.Communist lawmaker Anatoly Lokot won 43.75 percent of the vote against the acting mayor Vladimir Znatkov from the ruling United Russia party, who took 39.57 percent, the Siberian city's electoral commission said."We have created a unique situation in Russia where a united opposition managed to claim ...
Pro-Russian protesters in eastern Ukraine seize weapons: Interior Ministry KIEV: Pro-Russian protesters who broke into state security headquarters in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk have seized weapons and road police have closed down entrances into the city, local police said on Monday."Unknown people who are in the building have broken into the building's arsenal and have seized weapons," police said in a statement.Separately, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on his Facebook page that the regional administrative building in another eastern city, Kharkiv, had ...
Russia bans Ukrainian dairy imports from six companies MOSCOW: Russia's consumer protection agency said on Monday it had suspended imports from six Ukrainian dairy producers, the latest sign of worsening trade relations between the two countries since Russia annexed Crimea. Rospotrebnadzor said in a statement it had found that the products violated dairy regulations after conducting laboratory tests. "To ensure consumer rights Rospotrebnadzor has suspended imports into the Russian Federation of (six) Ukrainian dairy producers," the agency said. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

 



 
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