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US student detained in Israel for alleged boycott support

US student detained in Israel for alleged boycott support

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In a groundbreaking case, Israel has detained an American graduate student at its international airport for the past week, accusing her of supporting a Palestinian-led boycott campaign against the Jewish state. The case highlights Israel's concerns about the boycott movement and the great efforts it has made to stop it. The grassroots campaign has made significant inroads in recent years, particularly among university students and millennials. Lara Alqasem, a 22-year-old U.S. citizen with Palestinian grandparents, landed at Ben-Gurion Airport last Tuesday with a valid student visa. But she was barred from entering the country and ordered deported, based on suspicions she is a boycott supporter. An Israeli court has ordered that she remain in custody while she appeals. The weeklong detent...
Pastor on trial for alleged terror ties, spying

Pastor on trial for alleged terror ties, spying

World
An American pastor imprisoned in Turkey is going on trial for alleged terror ties and spying in a case that has increased tensions between Washington and Ankara. Andrew Craig Brunson, a 50-year-old evangelical pastor from North Carolina, is facing up to 35 years in prison on charges of "committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member" and "espionage." The trial begins Monday in western Izmir province. Brunson was arrested in December 2016 for alleged links to both an outlawed Kurdish insurgent group and the network of the U.S.-based Muslim cleric who Turkey blames for a masterminding a failed military coup that year. The cleric, Fethullah Gulen, denies the claim. Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for 23 years, has denied all allegations, saying that he solely worked as ...
Russia warns of 'serious consequences' if US acts on alleged Syrian chemical attack

Russia warns of 'serious consequences' if US acts on alleged Syrian chemical attack

World
Warning: This story contains images that may be upsetting to some readers. Russia is warning the U.S. against any “military intervention” in Syria over the government's alleged chemical attack against civilians this weekend, saying any such response would be “unacceptable” and lead to the “most serious consequences”. The foreign ministry in Moscow also says in a statement on its website that allegations of the chemical attack are “fabricated,” suggesting the claims were invented by rebel forces and the Syrian Civil Defense known as the White Helmets. “It is necessary to warn again that military intervention under invented and fabricated pretexts in Syria, where at the request of the lawful government there are Russian military personnel, is absolutely unacceptable and can lead to the mos
Trudeau rescinds dinner invite to alleged extremist on India trip

Trudeau rescinds dinner invite to alleged extremist on India trip

World
Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday said he rescinded a dinner invitation to Jaspal Atwal after facing backlash over his plans to meet the alleged Sikh extremist on his trip to India.During Justin Trudeau's first state visit to India, Atwal, a Canadian citizen of Indian ethnicity, appeared in photographs next to the prime minister's wife, Sophie Trudeau, and a Canadian Cabinet minister.Atwal was convicted and later acquitted of attempting to assassinate Indian minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu in 1986 and has been accused of belonging to the International Sikh Youth Federation, which is banned in India.Atwal had been invited to a dinner for the prime minister hosted by Canadian High Commissioner Nadir Patel in Delhi.After uproar in India over the photographs, Jus...
Police shoot man dead after alleged Call of Duty 'swatting' hoax

Police shoot man dead after alleged Call of Duty 'swatting' hoax

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceA man has been arrested after an alleged "swatting" prank call led to police shooting dead a 28-year-old man.Andrew Finch was shot at his front door on 28 December in Wichita, Kansas.Police surrounded the home after receiving a hoax emergency call from a man claiming to have shot dead his father and taken his family hostage.The call stemmed from a row between two gamers playing Call of Duty online, US media say, although the address raided was apparently unconnected to either.Police have said they believe the report was an act of "swatting" where a person makes a false report to send police to another person or fake address. 'Innocent victim'Audio of the emergency call has been made public. A man can be heard telling authorities that he had shot ...