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Israel re-arrests Palestinian hunger striker

Palestinian hunger strikerA Palestinian prisoner who nearly died during a 66-day hunger strike resumed his protest Wednesday after he was re-arrested following his release from an Israeli hospital.

The move sparked renewed Palestinian outrage after days of unrest at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site and a spurt of violence that killed an Israeli motorist on the Jewish New Year. The unrest has raised fears of a new outbreak of heavy violence in the holy city.


Where thousands of women vanish every year without a trace

Where women vanish Thousands of women and girls disappear in Mexico every year - many are never seen alive again. When one couple realised their daughter was missing, they knew they didn't have long to find her.

Elizabeth realised something was terribly wrong within 15 minutes of her teenage daughter, Karen, disappearing.

"I just knew it, I had an anguish that I'd never felt before. I searched the streets, called friends and family, but no-one had seen her," she says.


Israel resumes ethnic cleansing of the Negev

Israel resumes ethnic cleansing of NegevIn Israel's Negev desert, ethnic cleansing is once again rearing its ugly head.

The unrecognised Bedouin village of Umm Al Hiran faces demolition and replacement with a Jewish town, Hiran. Seven hundred villagers face displacement, and only because they are of the wrong ethnicity.

Umm Al Hiran is one of tens of unrecognised villages in the Negev, inhabited by descendants of the Abu al-Qian tribe. Located in the area of Wadi Attir, the village is divided into two areas: Umm Al Hiran and Attir.


LA garment workers suffer health, safety violations, wage theft

Garment workers in LAA new report on the health and safety conditions of garment workers in Los Angeles may give pause to shoppers who buy garments “Made in the USA,” in an attempt to avoid participating in the exploitation of workers in foreign sweatshops.

A survey of garment workers in Los Angeles by the Garment Worker Center found an alarming number of health, safety and wage violations in the garment industry that employs an estimated 45,000 in Los Angeles County.


Investigation into Mexico's 43 missing students dismisses official story

Mexican student investigation challengedAn official government account of the disappearance of 43 students that sparked a wave of public outrage in Mexico is scientifically impossible, according to an investigation by independent experts assembled by the Inter-American human rights commission.

The six-month investigation also highlighted numerous other doubts about the government’s version of events surrounding the incident on 26 September last year that left six people dead as well as the 43 disappeared.


Germany: EU nations must abide by asylum rules

Syrian refugeesGermany has warned other European Union members that they must abide by the bloc's rules on processing asylum seekers.

The country's interior ministry says the so-called Dublin rules, which require asylum requests to be processed in the first EU country they arrive in, are still valid.


Ohio death row quandary: 2 dozen executions, no lethal drugs

Ohio executions lack lethal drugsThe number of condemned Ohio killers is now at two dozen even though the state can't find supplies of lethal drugs to execute them.

The prison system now has just over four months to obtain the drugs if it hopes to execute the first inmate of 24 scheduled to die beginning in January.

On Wednesday, the Ohio Supreme Court set a March 2017 date for Gary Otte (OH'-tee) of Cleveland for the shooting deaths of two people in a 1992 robbery spree.


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