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Read the Full Text of President Obama’s Speech on Immigration

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In a primetime address to the nation Thursday night, President Obama announced sweeping executive action to change U.S. immigration policy. His plan — the largest overhaul of the immigration system in five decades — will protect nearly 5 million unauthorized immigrants from deportation. Eligible immigrants can begin applying for protections in the spring. Here are the president’s remarks as prepared ... Read More »

EU court rules UK government must clean up dangerous air pollution

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UK government must urgently improve air quality in British cities following a landmark case that could see more vehicles restricted from city centres The government will be forced to urgently clean up illegal air pollution in British cities following a ruling on Wednesday in the European court of justice. It is likely to see many diesel cars and heavy goods ... Read More »

Prominent men urged to join fight against family violence

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Issue has become factor in Victorian election, with Labor promising a royal commission andfunding for support services Jump to comments The sex discrimination commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, says she has phoned 24 of the most powerful men in government and business to make a personal plea on family violence. “Will you use your power and influence, your collective voice and wisdom ... Read More »

Virginity tests for female Indonesian police force applicants ‘discriminatory’, Human Rights Watch says

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Indonesia’s national police to halt “discriminatory” virginity tests for women applying to join the force. The rights group says women applicants are required to be both unmarried and virgins, and the virginity test is still widely used, despite the insistence of some senior police officials that the practice has been discontinued. In a series ... Read More »

If you can’t talk about rape without blaming victims, don’t talk about rape

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Rape apology isn’t edgy, counterintuitive, thought-provoking or new. It’s stale, mainstream, thoughtless and old as man Jump to comments How we think about rape matters. It determines how we talk about rape, it determines how the media writes about rape and, ultimately, it determines what we as a society do about rape. And right now, we are not doing enough. ... Read More »

A million crimes reported by public left out of police figures

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Watchdog warns that police are failing to record one in five crimes because of the ‘target culture’ in forces. Comments Almost a million crimes a year are disappearing from official figures as chief constables attempt to meet targets, a study by the police watchdog has disclosed. Its report exposed “indefensible” failures by forces to record crime accurately, and said that in ... Read More »

Police gun, baton use rises as officers face more drug-fuelled violence

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POLICE are being forced to pull out their guns more than ever before, after being swamped with violent and drug-addled offenders. Statistics released to the Herald Sun paint a “grim picture” of the public acting more violently towards police. Police were spat at, kicked, punched, stabbed or grabbed about 20 times a day this year. Since 2011, police use of ... Read More »

Art Collective Sues German Politician for Libel: “It Is About Freedom of Art”

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The German art collective known as the Center for Political Beauty (CPB) doesn’t mess around. In a strange twist, the group has sued Berlin’s interior minister for defamation after he publicly criticized them for moving a Berlin Wall memorial without authorization, RBB has reported. The 1971 memorial consists of seven white crosses bearing the names of people killed attempting to escape across the Berlin Wall ... Read More »

Turkish Constitutional Court urges investigation of civil servants for Dink murder

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Civil servants and institutions allegedly implicated in the murder of the Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink should be investigated, the Constitutional Court stated in its detailed ruling on the case on Nov. 12. The top Turkish court said the case was not probed efficiently and the victim’s rights were violated, in a ruling issued last July. In its detailed ruling, the ... Read More »

High Court win for asylum seekers against relocation argument. Stop the deportation of Afghan asylum seekers

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The High Court finding that the Refugee Review Tribunal had failed to properly consider whether it was reasonable for an Afghan asylum seeker to relocate to Kabul because security for Hazaras was ‘relatively good’ has serious implications for the government’s recent moves to deport Afghan asylum seekers (See the decision here). “We are calling on the government to immediately halt ... Read More »