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Greek parents padlock school against refugee children as education plan gets underway

Greek parents padlocked the gates of a school on Tuesday in protest against a controversial plan to allow refugee children access to education.<p>The parents waved Greek flags outside the school in the village of Profitis, about 15 miles east of the northern city of Thessaloniki, with some saying they …

Doctors In China Get Attacked So Often They Now Need Armed Police Guards

Like most people, Chen Zhongwei knew his killer, though not terribly well. The 60-year-old retired dentist had treated him 25 years previously in …

China launches drive to eradicate violence against hospital staff

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China is kicking off a year-long campaign this month to stamp out persistent violence in its overcrowded hospitals by angry patients targeting medical staff, state news agency Xinhua said on Saturday.<p>Healthcare is a flashpoint for many people in China, who have long faced …

North Africa

This Is How Brexit Could Be Good For the World

There is no lack of apocalyptic handwringing about the UK’s vote last night to leave the European Union—the so-called Brexit. But a more optimistic …

Has ISIS Learned to Weaponize America's Homegrown Spree Killers?

Or was Omar Mateen just a very scary, successful murderer? Or both?<p>Since the second the breathless rumors emerged that a horrific shooting was taking place at an Orlando nightclub this past Sunday—what would become the worst spree killing in US history—the public has been trying to figure out what …

Terrorism
Stephen Paddock
CNN

Teenage girls who kidnapped a toddler from a high street store had researched 'rape' online, court hears

Two teenage girls have admitted kidnapping a toddler from a Primark store in Newcastle.<p>The pair, aged 13 and 14, appeared at a youth court in North Shields, North Tyneside, to admit abducting the two-year-old girl from the Newcastle branch of the fashion chain on April 13.<p>The toddler was …

Family planning not for Muslims, says Turkey's president Erdogan

Family planning and contraception are not for Muslim families, the Turkish president has said, in his latest comments promoting population growth that angered women's activists.<p>Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday it was the responsibility of mothers to ensure the continued growth of Turkey's …

North Africa

Afghanistan's 'ghost soldiers': thousands enlisted to fight Taliban don't exist

Investigation found that 40% of troops in Helmand province are fake names or dead men, leaving Afghan border patrol filling the front line void indefinitely<p>From about 8.30pm until well after midnight, the dark blue sky above Babaji lit up, as rockets and flares crisscrossed above this cluster of …

School principal: 'Harry Potter' and 'Lord of the Rings' cause brain damage

Can reading "Harry Potter," "The Hunger Games" and "The Lord of the Rings" cause brain damage in children?<p>The principal of a British private school says yes.<p>In a lengthy blog post that went viral over the weekend, Graeme Whiting, the headmaster of the Acorn School in the English town of Nailsworth, …

Books

Greek debt crisis threatens to flare up ahead of Brexit vote

Greece faces another stormy summer as the country’s embattled leaders prepare to fight for more leniency from their creditors.<p>An emergency Eurogroup session will see the issue of Greece’s perilous finances return to center stage on Monday when creditors and Athens leaders meet to discuss the €86bn …

Europe

Afghanistan: Nato soldiers killed in 'green-on-blue' attack

<b>Two Nato soldiers have been killed in the south of Afghanistan and a third was wounded when two attackers wearing the uniform of Afghan security forces opened fire on them, Nato has said.</b><p>Romanian defence ministry officials are reported to have said those killed were members of the Romanian special …

Afghanistan

Margot Honecker, the 'Purple Witch' of East Germany, dies aged 89

Margot Honecker, the widow of former East German leader Erich Honecker and the most powerful woman in the Communist state until its collapse in 1989, died on Friday in Santiago, Chile, at the age of 89.<p>She had been living as a recluse in Chile for more than two decades, and had been suffering from …

Germany

Think Your Child Wouldn't Pick Up a Gun? Think Again.

A terrifying new video will open your eyes to just how easy it could be for your child to get involved in a devastating gun accident.<p>The <i>New York Times</i> recently reported that in one week in April, four toddlers found guns and shot themselves to death.<p>Of course, many parents probably read the …

Guns
Lionel Messi

Islamic State threatens to expose British military secrets after publishing US Air Force 'hit list'

Islamic State terrorists have threatened to publish details of British military personnel after exposing a “hit-list” of American drone pilots and urging fanatics to “kill them wherever they are”.<p>The jihadi extremists circulated the names, home addresses and photographs of 76 United States Air …

Jimmy Savile victims told sex abuse claims would 'open can of worms'

A former police worker has revealed new details of how detectives missed a chance to catch Jimmy Savile for molesting children more than 40 years ago.<p>The civilian employee was manning the front counter of a police station in 1975 when two schoolgirls walked in with their parents to report the BBC …

Anti-gun professor wrestles over whether to write reference for pro-gun student

A science professor’s personal feelings about firearms is leading her to consider instituting her own form of gun control -- refusing to write a letter of recommendation for a student gun enthusiast.<p>Writing under a pseudonym, Myrtle Lynn Payne, the instructor at an unidentified western college, …

Guns

IS claims murder of Bangladesh professor for 'call to atheism'

Militant group "Islamic State" has claimed responsibility for the murder of a secular Bangladeshi professor. Karim Siddique was hacked to death in an …

EU lodges formal antitrust complaint against Android

The European Union has notified Google of formal antitrust charges against the company relating to its Android mobile operating system. The charge sheet focuses on the company's prioritizing of its own services on Android devices, including practices that mean that Google Search is "pre-installed …

North Korea bans jeans and piercings in crackdown against Western culture

North Korea has embarked on a nationwide crackdown on residents who wear Western clothing or have Western hairstyles. This includes wearing jeans and …

North Korea

Junior doctors reject call to maintain paediatrics during strike

BMA chair argues withdrawing children’s medical care during first ever all-out strikes is difficult to justify<p>Junior doctors have rejected a call by their own leader to keep working in children’s medical units during the forthcoming all-out strikes.<p>Dr Johann Malawana, the chair of the British …

Panama Papers: China detains lawyer after he shares details of leaders online

Ge Yongxi, a known defender of activists and church leaders, taken into custody after posting messages on WeChat account<p>A well-known Chinese civil rights lawyer has been taken into police custody after sharing information about the Panama Papers on social media, human rights groups have said.<p>Ge …

Spain: Princess Cristina's tax fraud accuser is arrested

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police on Friday arrested the leader of an anti-corruption group that brought criminal tax fraud charges against Princess Cristina amid allegations the group had asked for a big payoff to drop the case.<p>Miguel Bernad, leader of the Manos Limpias (Clean Hands) group, was taken …

Corruption
Peshmerga

Shocking video shows petrol station thugs beat man unconscious

<b>Warning: contains footage some may find distressing.</b><p>Two men, aged 19 and 21, have been arrested on suspicion of assault following an attack in which a man was beaten unconscious at a petrol station in Birmingham.<p>The 25-year-old victim miraculously escaped with non-serious injuries after what police …