Archive for: January 2015

German anti-Islam rally hits record numbers

REF: At least 18,000 people in the eastern German city of Dresden have taken part in rallies opposing Islamic influence in Western nations, prompting massive counter-protests in several cities.

The record number of people that took to streets in support of the right-wing populist movement known as the “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisisation of the Occident” (PEGIDA) on Monday came despite a call by Chancellor Angela Merkel to snub such demonstrations deemed racist by many.

 

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Bangladesh rivals trade blame amid protests

REF: Bangladesh’s opposition leader is accusing Sheikh Hasina Wajed, the prime minister, of trying to cling to power by force, as police clamp down on protests on the first anniversary of disputed elections.

 

Riot police have confined Khaleda Zia, leader of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), to her office since Saturday to stop her from leading rallies in protest against alleged vote-rigging a year ago.

 

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New Year’s stampede kills 35 in Shanghai

REF: At least 35 people have been killed and dozens injured after a stampede broke out during New Year’s celebrations in the Chinese city of Shanghai, state-run media has said.

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Citing Sina News, CCTV America said the the cause of the stampede on the Bund, the financial hub of Shanghai’s popular waterfront area, was still unclear.

 

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Palestinians request membership of ICC

REF: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has signed a document at a meeting in Ramallah requesting membership of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

 

Abbas signed the document on Wednesday, a day after a UN Security Council (UNSC) failed to pass a resolution that had aimed to set a deadline for Israel to end its occupation of territories sought by the Palestinians.

 

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