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german town on alert as neo-nazi festival, counter events held | news

ostritz, germany - over the past two days, the tiny border town of ostritz was turned into a heavily-securitised zone of compartments where different groups, under the watchful eye of police, descended to celebrate what they found worth defending: adolf hitler's birthday, peace or a world free of fascism.  first, people from several european countries - mainly germany, poland and the czech republic - were scheduled to attend the "shield and sword", or ss, festival - a two-day event of political speeches and music concerts topped with an mixed martial arts tournament and a tattoo convention.organised by the ultranationalist national democratic party of germany, the festival began on friday, the 129th anniversary of the german nazi leader's birthday.thanks to freedom of assembly guaranteed by germany's constitution, the event was organised in accordance with german law. in response, the local city council, dominated by the conservative christian democratic union, decided to host a peace festival on the main square of ostritz, a sleepy town with less than 2,500 residents just off the polish border.the apolitical event, featuring life music, family entertainment, food and beer, was meant to send a message of protest against the far right and show that the town would not succumb to nazi pressure.   {articleguid}"we want to show that protest against neo-nazism and right-wing extremism is not only something for small left-wing groups, but that we do it across parties, a...





palestinian scholar killed in kuala lumpur, family blames mossad | palestine news

a palestinian scholar has been shot dead by two assailants in the malaysian capital, kuala lumpur, as he was heading to a mosque for dawn prayers, according to local police.fadi al-batsh, a 35-year-old palestinian academic and member of hamas, was instantly killed by the unknown attackers in a residential neighbourhood of kuala lumpur on saturday.al-batsh's father told al jazeera that he accuses israel's intelligence agency, mossad, of being behind his son's killing and called on the malaysian authorities to look into who carried out the "assassination" as soon as possible. ahmad zahid hamidi, malaysia's deputy prime minister, said the suspects were believed to be europeans with links to a foreign intelligence agency, according to state news agency bernama.according to police chief datuk seri mansor lazim, the two attackers had waited for al-batsh in front of a residential building in setapak district for almost 20 minutes, and fired at least 10 bullets, four of which instantly killed him.al-batsh was shot in the "body and head", the police said, adding that they are investigating all angles including "terrorism".hazem qassem, spokesperson for hamas, the governing party in the gaza strip, confirmed to al jazeera that al-batsh was a member of the movement. in a statement on twitter, hamas described al-batsh as a "young palestinian scholar" from jabalia in the gaza strip. it called al-batsh a "martyr" and said he was a "distinguished scientist who has widel...





stephen lawrence: murder that shook uk's racial dynamics | uk news

from the "keep britain white" mobs who went "n**ger hunting" during the notting hill riots in 1958, through to the recent deportation of the children of the windrush generation, the marginalisation of black britons is an ancient british tale of a nation anxious of creeping multiculturalism and "dark strangers".following post-war commonwealth migration, racism, that ugly word that brings with it entire histories and generations of trauma, was relegated to the archives of britain's imperial past.but the murder of one black man in particular, 18-year-old stephen lawrence, permanently altered the social, political and cultural landscape of the entire nation.lawrence was stabbed to death in eltham, in southeast london, on april 22, 1993, in a racially motivated attack by five white youths.it took 18 long years marred by incompetence in the metropolitan police, corruption and racism in all its new unconscious forms, before stephen's parents neville and doreen lawrence, could bring two of his five killers to justice.the face of stephen lawrence smiling gently on newspapers and televisions across the country burned his face into british consciousness, revealing an irrefutable and unavoidable truth: racism was a british problem.for duwayne brooks, a stop-and-search consultant and independent mayoral candidate for lewisham, his life has become inseparable from the murder of his friend.he was only 18 when he witnessed stephen's murder and risked his own safety by standing in co...





colin kaepernick wins amnesty international top award | news

colin kaepernick, an american football player who in 2016 started kneeling during the national anthem played before matches in protest against police brutality against african americans, has been awarded the rights group amnesty international's top honour.the former san francisco 49ers star was handed the ambassador of conscience award at a ceremony on saturday in the dutch capital, amsterdam, by onetime teammate eric reid.amnesty says the award recognises "an inspiring contribution to helping human rights".in his acceptance speech, kaepernick described police killings of african americans and latinos in the us as lawful lynchings."racialised oppression and dehumanisation is woven into the very fabric of our nation - the effects of which can be seen in the lawful lynching of black and brown people by the police, and the mass incarceration of black and brown lives in the prison industrial complex," he said.protest iconkaepernick first took a knee during the pre-game playing of the us national anthem when he was with the 49ers in 2016."how can you stand for the national anthem of a nation that preaches and propagates, 'freedom and justice for all,' that is so unjust to so many of the people living there?" he said at the award ceremony.{articleguid}other players joined his protest in the 2016 season, drawing the ire of president donald trump, who called for team owners to fire such players.kaepernick was not signed for the 2017 season following his release in san fra...





egypt renews detention of al jazeera's mahmoud hussein | egypt news

egyptian authorities have extended the detention of al jazeera journalist mahmoud hussein, who has spent almost 500 days in jail without charge.the extension on saturday for another 45 days was to allow for further interrogation.hussein, an egyptian national who was based in qatar, was stopped, questioned and detained by authorities on december 20, 2016, after travelling to the egyptian capital of cairo for a holiday.five days after his initial arrest, egypt's interior ministry accused him of "disseminating false news and receiving monetary funds from foreign authorities in order to defame the state's reputation".read moresince then, he has been put in solitary confinement and denied his legal rights. he has yet to be formally charged.according to egyptian law, the maximum time a person can be held for interrogation is two years. if hussein remains imprisoned, he will hit that maximum in december 2018.before working at the network's headquarters in the qatari capital, doha, hussein was based in al jazeera's now-closed bureau in cairo.his family says the journalist is in poor physical and psychological condition, and is being denied adequate treatment for ailments.al jazeera has rejected the accusations against hussein and has called on egypt to unconditionally release its journalist. at the time of his arrest, sherif mansour of the committee to protect journalist said: "egyptian authorities are waging a systematic campaign against al jazeera, consisting of arbit...





india's cabinet adopts death penalty for rape of girls under 12 | india news

india's cabinet has approved the death penalty for rapists of girls below the age of 12, after narendra modi, the prime minister, held an emergency meeting in response to nationwide outrage in the wake of a series of cases.saturday's controversial executive order, or ordinance, amends the criminal law to also include more drastic punishment for convicted rapists of girls below the age of 16, government officials said.india launched fast-track courts and a tougher rape law that included the death penalty after an assault on a young woman shocked the country in 2012, but india's rape epidemic has shown no sign of dying down.there were 40,000 rapes reported in 2016. the victims were children in 40 percent of those cases.{articleguid}however, kirti singh, a women's right activist, says capital punishment is unlikely to act as a deterrent in such cases; instead, the authorities should instead focus on carrying out proper investigations and legal processes."studies have shown that death penalty does not act as a deterrent. our experience shows the same. we are against death penalty," she told al jazeera from new delhi."[in the recent child rape cases], there was a complete breakdown of law and order. it wasn't as if just because death penalty doesn't exist, there was this break down."some people in india act in with impunity, thinking that they won't be punished. the certainty of the punishment, rather than the severity of it, should be made sure."some activists want th...





debuting turkish party eligible to partake in snap elections | news

turkey's supreme election board has confirmed that the recently formed good (iyi) party is eligible to participate in the country's upcoming snap elections.prior to saturday's announcement, debates over whether or not the party would be able to take part in the june 24 vote had flooded turkish media, amid questions over whether it might fall foul of complicated rules suggesting it must have held its first congress at least six months before an election. iyi party was launched in october 2017 by meral aksener, a former minister. a january poll tipped it to win 15 percent of the votes in a parliamentary election.overall, the board said 10 parties were eligible to participate in the early presidential and parliamentary polls, called for by president recep tayyip erdogan on wednesday.aksener promised to shake up turkey's politics with the launch of her party, whose party has adopted a centre-right platform.using "turkey will be good" as its slogan and a bright sun as its logo, iyi party lists pluralism, democracy, the rule of law, freedom of speech and nationalist values as some of its founding principles.aksener rallied against constitutional changes narrowly passed in a referendum last april, which changed turkey's parliamentary system to an executive presidency. under the changes, the person who will be elected as president in 2019 will have new powers to appoint vice presidents, ministers, high-level officials and senior judges. the president will also be able to...





saudi forces shoot down 'toy drone' near royal palace | saudi arabia news

saudi forces have shot down a toy drone near the royal palace in the capital, riyadh, as videos posted online purported to show the area ringing with heavy gunfire.the official spokesman of riyadh police said on saturday that security forces "dealt with" an unauthorised, small drone-type toy after spotting it at a security point in khuzama neighbourhood, state-run news agency spa said.an investigation into the incident, which happened at 7:50pm (16:50 gmt), was under way, added spa.there was no immediate information about any injuries or damage.footage shared on social media appeared to show heavy shooting that lasted for at least 30 seconds, sparking speculation of political unrest.al jazeera could not independently verify the authenticity of the videos.an unnamed senior saudi official told reuters news agency that saudi arabia's king salman was not in his palace at the time of the incident."the king was at his farm in diriya," the official said, naming another area of riyadh.in october 2017, a gunman drove up to a gate of the king's palace in the red sea city of jeddah and opened fire, killing at least two security guards and wounding three others before being shot dead.the attacker, who was identified by the interior ministry as mansour al-amri, a 28-year-old saudi national, was armed with a kalashnikov rifle and three molotov cocktails.





chemical weapons inspectors reach douma to probe gas attack | news

inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog have finally reached a formerly rebel-held town in syria where a suspected gas attack took place two weeks ago.saturday's visit to douma came a week after the fact-finding mission of the organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons (opcw) first arrived in syria, and amid growing questions about whether there would still be enough evidence for the investigators to gather.in a statement, the opcw said its team had visited one of the sites of the alleged attack to collect samples for analysis."the opcw will evaluate the situation and consider future steps including another possible visit to douma," it said."based on the analysis of the sample results as well other information and materials collected by the team, the ffm (fact-finding mission) will compile their report for submission to the states parties to the chemical weapons convention for their consideration."earlier on saturday, the foreign ministry of russia, a major ally of syrian president bashar al-assad, had also said that the opcw inspectors had entered douma.the us and france have accused russia of blocking access to the site, where rescuers and medics say dozens of people were killed on april 7.the syrian government and moscow say the alleged chemical attack, which prompted a series of air strikes by western allies as an act of retaliation, was staged.security fearsthe opcw team arrived in damascus on saturday but had not been able to travel to doum...





egypt renews detention of al jazeera's mahmoud hussein | freedom of the press news

egyptian authorities have extended the detention of al jazeera journalist mahmoud hussein, who has spent almost 500 days in jail without charge.the extension on saturday for another 45 days was to allow for further interrogation.hussein, an egyptian national who was based in qatar, was stopped, questioned and detained by authorities on december 20, 2016, after travelling to the egyptian capital of cairo for a holiday.five days after his initial arrest, egypt's interior ministry accused him of "disseminating false news and receiving monetary funds from foreign authorities in order to defame the state's reputation".read moresince then, he has been put in solitary confinement and denied his legal rights. he has yet to be formally charged.according to egyptian law, the maximum time a person can be held for interrogation is two years. if hussein remains imprisoned, he will hit that maximum in december 2018.before working at the network's headquarters in the qatari capital, doha, hussein was based in al jazeera's now-closed bureau in cairo.his family says the journalist is in poor physical and psychological condition, and is being denied adequate treatment for ailments.al jazeera has rejected the accusations against hussein and has called on egypt to unconditionally release its journalist. at the time of his arrest, sherif mansour of the committee to protect journalist said: "egyptian authorities are waging a systematic campaign against al jazeera, consisting of arbit...





palestinian scholar killed in kuala lumpur, family blames mossad | palestine news

a palestinian scholar has been shot dead by two assailants in the malaysian capital, kuala lumpur, as he was heading to a mosque for dawn prayers, according to local police.fadi al-batsh, a 35-year-old palestinian academic and member of hamas, was instantly killed by the unknown attackers in a residential neighbourhood of kuala lumpur on saturday.al-batsh's father told al jazeera that he accuses israel's intelligence agency, mossad, of being behind his son's killing and called on the malaysian authorities to look into who carried out the "assassination" as soon as possible. ahmad zahid hamidi, malaysia's deputy prime minister, said the suspects were believed to be europeans with links to a foreign intelligence agency, according to state news agency bernama.according to police chief datuk seri mansor lazim, the two attackers had waited for al-batsh in front of a residential building in setapak district for almost 20 minutes, and fired at least 10 bullets, four of which instantly killed him.al-batsh was shot in the "body and head", the police said, adding that they are investigating all angles including "terrorism".hazem qassem, spokesperson for hamas, the governing party in the gaza strip, confirmed to al jazeera that al-batsh was a member of the movement. in a statement on twitter, hamas described al-batsh as a "young palestinian scholar" from jabalia in the gaza strip. it called al-batsh a "martyr" and said he was a "distinguished scientist who has widel...





north korea from up close: the self-reliance philosophy | north korea news

pyongyang, north korea - this is certainly the cleanest, the most orderly and probably the most controlled place i have ever visited.during rush hour here, traffic is light and the roads are quiet, although all of them a little bumpy.pyongyang's portraits and statues tell the story of an isolated nation run by three men, all from one family.the grandfather and the country's founder was kim il-sung; the father was kim jong-il; and the son is the current leader, kim jong-un, who we were told is too modest to have mosaics made of him.nevertheless, he is everywhere on the state-controlled media - on television and in the newspapers.in the centre of this city is the tallest landmark, the juche tower.juche, or "self-reliance", is the governing principle of this nation of 25 million people.all about self-relianceour guide explained: it is not about self-reliance of the individual but instead that individual koreans must do all they can to make their nation self-reliant.for years, north koreans have been told the nuclear programme is something that will keep their country strong, and that the us is their mortal enemy.both are messages that will now need modification as talks approach.under some of the stiffest international sanctions ever imposed, north koreans say juche is the answer.in the subway, trains inherited from east germany are growing old.a handful of new carriages were produced in north korea, including some seats designed ostensibly by kim jong-un himself.it seems th...





yemen war survivor struggles to provide education to women | yemen news

in yemen, a makeshift school run by a remarkable survivor of the three-year-long civil war is teaching a fortunate few women to read and write. taiz province is sandwiched between houthi rebels in the north and government-controlled areas in the south.al jazeera's mereana hond reports on one woman’s battle to empower others there in taiz.





israel control of palestinian water supply hits farmers | news

israel has controlled water supplies in the occupied west bank since seizing the territory during the 1967 war. palestinians have long complained about not getting their agreed share and now rights groups believe israel is deliberately limiting the water supply to farmers in an attempt to force them out.al jazeera's charles stratford reports from the occupied west bank.





cubans sceptical of new president's promises | cuba news

havana, cuba - the new president of this country, miguel diaz-canel, is promising to defend the socialist revolution while also modernising the economy.however, cubans are sceptical about seeing many improvements even though diaz-canel is the caribbean country's first leader - after more than half a century - who is not from the castro family.for them, just to get their daily bread means having to stand in queues with their ration cards in hand.what they receive at the end of the wait is one roll of bread a person each day at the state-subsidised price, a system that dates back to the soviet union.in recent years, the government has been forced to cut back on ration-card items such as rice, beans, sugar, salt and occasionally meat, paid with cuba's national currency - the peso, also known as the "national peso"."if we didn't have this option, those on a worker's wage could not afford to buy almost anything," says miladis, a havana resident.one can also use national pesos to buy fruits and vegetables. but for almost everything else - from shampoo to shoes - citizens need "convertible pesos" (cuc), the cuban government's replacement for the us dollar, which had been temporarily accepted as legal tender following the loss of value in the national peso in 1993. the cuc is pegged at 1:1 with the us dollar and is worth about 24 national pesos.on an average monthly wage, paid in national pesos, a cuban can buy 30 cuc, which is not enough to fill a car with petrol.cuba...





mother of killed palestinian youth: 'how could he pose a threat?' | news

calls for investigation of the shooting death of 14-year-old mohammed ayoub have increased, but despite arab nation's rejections of an israeli probe, the trump administration has endorsed the self-investigation.a former israeli military spokesman responded to the outrage by blaming hamas and claiming it is organising riots. at least 39 people have now died in four weeks of protests as palestinians call for the right to return to their ancestral lands.al jazeera's bernard smith reports from gaza.





exclusive report from n korea capital on 'self-reliance' | north korea news

north korea's governing ideology is called "juche", which is directly translated as self-reliance.al jazeera's james bays has been given rare access to the capital pyongyang to see the ideology in action.





saudi-led coalition air raid kills 20 yemeni civilians: residents | yemen news

twenty people have been killed in an air strike by a saudi-led military coalition in southwestern yemen, residents said.the attack on friday hit a car transporting 20 passengers in the south of taiz province, locals told reuters news agency.six bodies had been identified but the rest were charred beyond recognition, the residents added.{articleguid}a spokesman for the saudi-led coalition said it would investigate the report, but declined to comment further."we take this report very seriously," he was quoted as saying by reuters.the coalition intervened in yemen's civil war in 2015 against houthi rebels who overthrew the internationally recognised government of president abd-rabbu mansour hadi.the rebels control the capital, sanaa.coalition air raids have repeatedly struck civilian targets while trying to target houthi forces during the three-year war. the coalition says it does not target civilians. the stalemated war has rendered yemen the world's worst humanitarian crisis.separately, the international committee of the red cross (icrc) said a staff member was killed on saturday in a shooting in yemen. {articleguid}yemeni security officials also said hanna lahoud, a lebanese national, was killed in the southwestern province of taiz when gunmen shot at a vehicle carrying icrc staff members, according to the associated press news agency. the officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief the media, the agency added.the yemen war ha...





chemical weapons inspectors reach douma to probe gas attack | news

inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog have finally reached a formerly rebel-held town in syria where a suspected gas attack took place two weeks ago.saturday's visit to douma came a week after the fact-finding mission of the organisation for the prohibition of chemical weapons' (opcw) first arrived in syria, and amid growing questions about whether there would still be enough evidence for the investigators to gather.in a statement, the opcw said its team had visited one of the sites of the alleged attack to collect samples for analysis."the opcw will evaluate the situation and consider future steps including another possible visit to douma," it said."based on the analysis of the sample results as well other information and materials collected by the team, the ffm [fact-finding mission] will compile their report for submission to the states parties to the chemical weapons convention for their consideration."earlier on saturday, the foreign ministry of russia, a major ally of syrian president bashar al-assad, had also said that the opcw inspectors had entered douma.the us and france have accused russia of blocking access to the site, where rescuers and medics say dozens of people were killed on april 7. the syrian government and moscow say the alleged chemical attack, which prompted a series of air strikes by western allies as an act of retaliation, was staged.security fearsthe opcw team arrived in damascus on saturday but had not been able to travel to d...





un tries to restart syria talks after regime advances | russia news

syrian rebels have reportedly agreed to withdraw from their last stronghold near the country's capital. it is in the south of damascus and includes the yarmouk palestinian refugee camp. the area has been divided between rebels and isil. while the rebels are said to be moving out, there is no word yet on what isil will do.and as more rebel territory falls to syria's government, the un is trying to re-start talks that it hopes will lead to peace. any new negotiations would see the regime, and its allies, in a stronger position than ever.al jazeera's rory challands reports from moscow.