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Nikki Haley: Assad's overthrow no longer a priority

haley: Assad no longer priorityThe United States has said that it is no longer focused on ousting President Bashar al-Assad as it seeks a new strategy to end Syria's civil war.

American officials have been shifting away from their former insistence that he must go for some time, but now they have made it explicit.

In New York on Thursday, the US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley condemned Assad's history of human rights abuses against his own people.

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Land Day 2017: Israel's relentless land grab continues

Land Day 2017Today's commemoration of Land Day is an emblematic reminder of the countless human rights violations that have characterised half a century of Palestinian land confiscation and dispossession.

During the first Land Day in 1976 Palestinian citizens of Israel protested against the Israeli government's expropriation of 2,000 hectares of land surrounding Palestinian villages in the Galilee. Six Palestinians were killed and more than 100 were injured when Israeli forces crushed the protests.

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Brexit sovereignty plan set out in Great Repeal Bill

Brexit sovereignty plans setThe government will set out how it plans to remove EU law from the statute book later by publishing details of its Great Repeal Bill.

Having formally triggered Brexit, ministers are promising a "smooth and stable transition" with legislation ending the supremacy of EU judges.

It will also incorporate thousands of pieces of EU law into UK legislation.

The publication comes the day after the UK started two years of talks using Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

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Turkey's Halkbank executive detained and charged in US

Turkish KalkBankAmerican prosecutors have charged a senior executive at state bank Halbank with participating in a multi-year scheme to violate US sanctions against Iran.

Halkbank confirmed on Wednesday that Mehmet Hakan Atilla, its deputy general manager, had been detained in the United States and said it and the Turkish government were working on the issue.

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Eight students dead after avalanche at Japanese ski resort

Japanese students killed in avalancheRescuers recovered the bodies of eight high school students after an avalanche struck a Japanese ski resort on Monday, emergency officials said.

Another 40 people were injured, the local fire department reported, in the avalanche at the Nasuonsen Family Ski Resort, in Nasu, 93 miles north of Tokyo. They were part of a group of 60 students from seven high schools involved in a climbing exercise when they were buried by the avalanche.

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Opposition leader Alexei Navalny jailed for 15 days

Alexsi NavalnyRussian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been sentenced to 15 days in prison after being detained at a major opposition protest that he had organised.

A Moscow court issued the verdict on Monday against Navalny for resisting police orders on Sunday when he walked to the protest in the Russian capital.

Navalny, 40, posted a selfie on Twitter from the courtroom, saying: "A time will come when we'll put them on trial too - and that time it will be fair."

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Iran sanctions 15 U.S. firms, citing human rights abuses and Israel ties

Iran sanctions 15 US firmsIran has imposed sanctions on 15 U.S. companies for alleged human rights violations and cooperating with Israel, the state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday, in a tit-for-tat reaction to a move by Washington.

The agency quoted Iran's foreign ministry as saying the companies had "flagrantly violated human rights" and cooperated with Israel in its "terrorism" against the Palestinians and the expansion of Jewish settlements.

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