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Nigeria holds mass burial for 73 people killed in communal violence

Nigeria holds mass burial for 73 people killed in communal violenceBy Alexis Akwagyiram MAKURDI, Nigeria (Reuters) – Seventy-three people killed since the start of the year in communal violence between semi-nomadic herdsmen and farmers were buried in Nigeria on Thursday highlighting a bloody conflict over fertile land that is taking on political significance. The mass burial took place in Makurdi, in the central state of Benue, where thousands of mourners took to the streets to watch the funeral procession. The killings occurred in remote parts of Benue, the state worst hit by clashes that have killed at least 83 people since Dec. 31.



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Study: Young male migrants fuel rise in violence in Germany

Study: Young male migrants fuel rise in violence in GermanyBERLIN (AP) — The recent influx of mostly young, male migrants into Germany has led to an increase in violent crime in the country, according to a government-funded study published Wednesday.



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Four killed in London New Year knife violence: police

Four killed in London New Year knife violence: policeFour young men were stabbed to death in unrelated incidents in London on New Year’s Eve, while a fifth is in a critical condition in hospital, police said Monday. The unusually concentrated spate of violence will add to growing concerns about knife crime in the British capital, which is at its highest level for five years. At least 80 people were killed in stabbings in London in 2017, more than half of them under the age of 25.



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Iran's Rouhani rejects violence but vows 'space for criticism'

Iran's Rouhani rejects violence but vows 'space for criticism'Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that government bodies must provide “space for criticism” as he sought to head off days of unrest, but warned protesters that violence was unacceptable. “Criticism is different to violence and destroying public property,” he said in a cabinet meeting, according to the state broadcaster. “Government bodies should provide space for legal criticism and protest,” Rouhani said in his first public comments since the protests began on Thursday.



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Ten people killed in night of Iran protests violence, state TV reports

Ten people killed in night of Iran protests violence, state TV reportsAt least ten people were killed during protests in Iran on Sunday night, according to state media, as the death toll from the country’s largest demonstrations since 2009 continued to rise.  Six people were killed in the western town of Tuyserkan after shots were fired, state television reported, while a local MP said two people had been shot dead in the southwestern town of Izeh. It was not clear whether they were killed by security forces or protesters.  Two others, included a teenage boy, were run down and killed by a fire engine stolen by protesters in the western town of Dorud, a flashpoint for the protests, the state broadcaster said Two other people were killed by security forces in Dorud on Saturday, putting the official death toll at at least at 12, but the real figures may be higher.   State television also claimed that protesters were trying to storm into police stations and government offices across the country. "Some armed protesters tried to take over some police stations and military bases but faced serious resistance from security forces," the broadcaster said. #BREAKING: Protesters in Iran storming headquarters of Revolutionary Guards in Ahvaz (@Othmanbay) pic.twitter.com/IjD9xIjmcN— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) January 1, 2018 Unverified footage on social media purported to show protesters storming a Revolutionary Guard office in the southwestern city of Ahvaz and pulling down a portrait of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic. The killings came despite President Hassan Rouhani calling for calm and vowing more "space for criticism” in a televised address on Sunday.  "The people are absolutely free in expressing their criticisms and even protests," Mr Rouhani said on state television. "But criticism is different to violence and destroying public property.” Hassan Rouhani, Iran's president, warned protesters against violence The demonstrations began on Thursday in the northeastern city of Mashhad, largely over the rising cost of living, but quickly spread to other cities and became more explicitly critical of Mr Rouhani and of Ayatollah Khamenei, the country’s unelected supreme leader.   Demonstrators in cities across the country have torn down billboards showing Ayatollah Khamenei’s face amid chants of “death to the dictator”.  Donald Trump, the US president, has been vocal of his criticism of Iran since the protests began and last night tweeted about reports that the Iranian government had cut internet access in Tehran as the protests spread.  “Iran, the Number One State of Sponsored Terror with numerous violations of Human Rights occurring on an hourly basis, has now closed down the Internet so that peaceful demonstrators cannot communicate. Not good!” Watching events in Iran with concern. Vital that citizens should have the right to demonstrate peacefully.— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) December 31, 2017 Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, said he was “watching events in Iran with concern. Vital that citizens should have the right to demonstrate peacefully.”  Hedayatollah Khademi, the MP for Izeh, said that two people had been shot to death during demonstrations on Sunday.  "People of Izeh, like some other cities, held a protest against economic problems and unfortunately it led to the killing of two people and injuries to some others," he told the ILNA news agency. "I do not know yet whether last night's shooting was by the protesters or by police," he added. While Iran’s security forces showed relative restraint in the first 48 hours of the protests, they have grown more aggressive since the protests spread on Sunday.  Videos posted on social media showed police on motorbikes driving into crowds and attacking demonstrators with batons.  #Iran: peaceful but brave protesters in the city of #Karaj are assaulted by regime forces on motorcycles but refuse to run away. #IranProtestspic.twitter.com/rfLlcWmNdw— Thomas van Linge (@ThomasVLinge) December 30, 2017 Demonstrators are angry over corruption and economic hardship in a country where youth unemployment reached 28.8 per cent last year. Police in the centre of Tehran fired water cannon on Sunday to try to disperse demonstrators, according to pictures on social media. Demonstrations turned violent in Shahin Shahr in central Iran. Videos showed protesters attacking the police, turning over a car and setting it on fire. There were also reports of demonstrations in the western cities of Sanandaj and Kermanshah as well as Chabahar in the southeast and Ilam and Izeh in the southwest.



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6 killed in northern Mexico as violence threatens Los Cabos

6 killed in northern Mexico as violence threatens Los CabosMEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities are investigating the murders of six people, four of whom were hung from highway overpasses, near the twin beach destinations of Los Cabos in Baja California Sur state, which has seen an explosion of violence this year.



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Track Palin, Son of Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Arrested For Domestic Violence

Track Palin, Son of Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Arrested For Domestic ViolenceSarah Palin's oldest son Track was arrested on domestic violence and other charges. Elizabeth Keatinge (@elizkeatinge) has more.



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Australia's Child Sex Abuse Commission Exposes National Tragedy Of Systemic Violence

Australia's Child Sex Abuse Commission Exposes National Tragedy Of Systemic ViolenceSYDNEY ― Australia’s child sex abuse Royal Commission on Friday handed over its final report to the government in a move that increases pressure on lawmakers, religious groups and civic institutions to immediately adopt more than 400 recommendations.



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Jerusalem row ignites Beirut violence as protesters clash with police outside US embassy

Jerusalem row ignites Beirut violence as protesters clash with police outside US embassyProtesters clashed with police outside the US embassy in Lebanon on Sunday amid an on-going fall-out from Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Demonstrations outside the embassy in Beirut grew violent with some protesters throwing stones and burning US and Israeli flags as Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water cannon. Lebanon’s Shiite group Hezbollah has reacted strongly to the US decision on Israel, backing calls for a new Palestinian uprising against Israel.  Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah also called for a protest against the decision in the Hezbollah-controlled southern suburbs of Beirut on Monday. It followed comments from a high-ranking Israeli politician who said that Arabs who violently protested President Trump's decision are "not part of us" and called for a boycott of their businesses. Protesters are seen near the U.S. embassy in Awkar, in Beirut Credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir The statements by defence minister Avigdor Lieberman, made Sunday morning on Israel's Army Radio, are part of an ongoing wave of reverberations following Mr Trump’s contentious Wednesday announcement. Mr Lieberman today called on Jewish Israelis to no longer visit the Arab villages of Wadi Ara and to cease buying any products sold there.  A group of demonstrators gather near the police barricades to enter US embassy in Beirut Credit: Furkan Guldemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Mr Lieberman's comments may serve to deepen the divide between Israel’s Jewish and Arab communities at a time when the few strands holding them and the two-state solution together have never been more fragile. Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu took a similarly offensive tack on Sunday, saying he was ready to stand up to any European critics on the matter of Jerusalem. Protesters are sprayed with water near the U.S. embassy in Awkar east of Beirut Credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir Departing for a diplomatic mission to Paris, which vocally protested Mr Trump’s declaration, Mr Netanyahu said he "will present Israel's truth without fear and with head held high". In a separate development, a military spokesman said Sunday that Israel’s military has destroyed a Hamas tunnel burrowed from Gaza hundreds of yards into Israel. It is the second Gaza tunnel destroyed in six weeks by the Israeli military and comes amid seething tensions over Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.  Jerusalem – Israel The tunnel began in Khan Younis in the central Gaza strip and snaked underground across the border into Israel, said Lt Col. Jonathan Conricus, a spokesman for the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF).  He said that no Palestinians had been killed in the destruction of the tunnel, as far as the IDF was aware. At least 12 Palestinian militants from both Hamas and the Islamic Jihad group were killed when the last tunnel was destroyed in October.  Lt Col Conricus said the tunnel destruction was “not part of the same situation” as the unrest that followed that followed Mr Trump’s announcement and the two were “separate events”.  About | The two-state solution The discovery of the tunnel was made possible by “a new system” which was significantly enhancing Israel’s ability to detect tunnels from the Gaza strip, he said.  “I’m cautious of saying that we’re over the threat but this is a significant step forward improving security against terror tunnels emanating from Gaza,” he said. Israel has invested heavily in technologies to detect the underground tunnels but has kept its systems secret.  He said the IDF “does not seek to escalate the situation” with Hamas. Two Hamas fighters were killed by an Israeli airstrike on Saturday launched in response to rockets fired from Gaza. Two other Palestinian men were shot dead during clashes in Gaza on Friday.   “We are defending Israeli sovereignty and will continue to do so,” Lt Col Conricus said. He said the tunnel was very substantial and communications systems, air vents, electricity and reinforced concrete. 



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Trump's ‘Pocahontas’ Punchline Ignores The Violence Native Women Face Every Day

Trump's ‘Pocahontas’ Punchline Ignores The Violence Native Women Face Every DayMost people are horrified when President Donald Trump uses “Pocahontas” as a racial slur to attack Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).



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