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Bodies of 120 refugees found on Libya shores in 10 days

Libyan bodies wash up on shoreThe bodies of 120 refugees have washed up on the shores of Libya in the past 10 days, from shipwrecks in the Mediterranean that were not previously known, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday.

A total of 4,027 refugees have died worldwide so far this year, three-quarters of them in the Mediterranean while trying to reach Europe, IOM spokesman Joel Millman told a briefing.

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ACLU: Chelsea Manning faces indefinite solitary confinement, no parole after suicide attempt

Chelsea ManningU.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning may face indefinite solitary confinement and a move into a maximum-security prison after a suicide attempt earlier this month, the American Civil Liberties Union said.

Manning, a transgender woman whose name was Bradley Manning when he was convicted of sending classified documents to WikiLeaks, is under investigation for resisting the force cell move team, prohibited property and conduct which threatens, the ACLU said. She is also facing an additional nine years in medium custody and the chance of no parole. She was treated after her suicide attempt and returned to prison.

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Report: Thousands of children arrested in war zones

Children detained in war zonesChildren caught in conflict-affected areas are often held without charge for months as national security threats, with some being tortured or dying in custody, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).

In a report released on Thursday, the US-based rights group said that countries embroiled in war or conflict are increasingly arresting children with alleged linked to armed groups, or "because of alleged terrorist activities by family members".

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Dozens of Palestinian leftists on hunger strike in Israeli jails

Palestinians on hunger strikeDozens of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have launched a hunger strike in solidarity with Bilal Kayed, a fellow detainee who has been hospitalised in Israel as his health plummets due to his own, extended hunger strike.

Kayed, a 35-year-old from the Nablus area of the occupied West Bank, has been on hunger strike for 37 days to protest against being held without charge or trial.

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Turkey to Suspend Human-Rights Convention

Human Rights Convention suspended in TurkeyTurkey will temporarily suspend the European Convention on Human Rights after announcing a state of emergency following the attempted coup.

Deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Thursday that Turkey would follow the example set by France when it did so following last November's attacks by Isis militants in Paris.

Earlier, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the three-month state of emergency in Turkey would enable authorities to act quicker and more efficiently against the coup plotters.

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Transgender rights bill dropped in Israeli Knesset

transgender bill pulled in Israeli knessetA bill in the Israeli parliament to protect transgender people from hate crimes was abruptly withdrawn from consideration Wednesday.

The legislation would have added "gender identity" to categories recognized in Israel's criminal code as targets of hate crimes. It would have eased the task of prosecutors seeking more severe punishments for those involved in attacks on transgender people, but was pulled from the Knesset's agenda by coalition chairman David Bitan of the Likud Party before it went to a preliminary vote.

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Israel seeks to 'publicly shame' human rights groups

Israel seeks to publicly shame NGO'sThe Israeli government stands accused of waging a campaign of incitement against human rights groups as it tries to hamper efforts by the international community to monitor abuses of Palestinians under occupation.

A so-called Transparency Law, passed by the Israeli parliament last week, compels some two dozen Israeli rights organisations to declare publicly that they receive a majority of their funding from foreign governments.

TVNL Comment:  Another example of the 'great democracy' that Israel pretends to be.

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