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[1/2]Black women inmates shackled during childbirth: reportPrison labour conditions compared to plantationsInvestigation set up after George Floyd killingGENEVA, Sept 28 – U.N. human rights experts have called for major reforms of the U.S. criminal justice system to combat systemic racism, citing testimonies that jailed Black women had been shackled during childbirth while male inmates were forced to work in “plantation-style” conditions.In a report published on Thursday, three U.N.-appointed experts said they had found practices in U.S. prisons that amounted to “an affront to human dignity” in visits in April and May.The U.S. diplomatic mission in Geneva declined to comment. The…

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Kosovo’s President Vjosa Osmani blamed Serbia and Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić for the shootout in northern Kosovo that left a policeman and three gunmen dead over the weekend.“Kosovo is under attack,” Osmani told Reuters on Thursday. “The [armed] group simply exercised the intentions and the motives of Serbia as a country and Vučić as the leader.”A group of about 30 heavily armed Serbs stormed a village in an ethnic Serbian-majority region of Kosovo on Sunday, ambushing a police patrol and then taking refuge in a nearby Orthodox monastery. A deadly shootout between the group and police resulted in the death…

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Sherry-Ann Jenkins, the former director of an Ohio memory loss clinic, has been sentenced to prison time alongside her physician husband, Oliver.The couple were convicted of falsely diagnosing memory-loss patients with Alzheimer’s disease and billing them for unneeded treatments.Dozens of patients recounted quitting their jobs, taking “final trips,” and considering suicide. One eventually did kill himself.A former director of an Ohio memory-loss clinic accused by dozens of patients of falsely diagnosing them with Alzheimer’s disease has been sentenced on federal fraud charges, along with her physician husband.Sherry-Ann Jenkins received nearly six years in prison on Tuesday, while Oliver Jenkins got…

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The women — four Vietnamese and two Iraqis — hid for hours in a truck loaded with boxes of bananas in northern France, believing the vehicle was on its way to the U.K. or Ireland.When they realized that the truck was going the opposite way, they started to panic in the cold and cramped, dark space. One of them managed to reach a BBC reporter in London, who then helped the women alert French police Wednesday.French prosecutor Laetitia Francart said the truck driver, who was in fact heading for Italy, was not at fault. The women told investigators that the…

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TEMPE, Ariz. — President Joe Biden will look to pay homage to democracy and bipartisanship on Thursday — twin traditions that he will argue Donald Trump’s MAGA movement is threatening to wipe from American political life.Biden’s speech in Arizona will be the fourth in a series centered on fortifying democratic values and institutions against attacks from what he describes as Republican extremists bent on eviscerating self-government.A heavy favorite to win the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, Trump faces federal and state indictment for using various levers of power to try to overturn his loss in the 2020 election.Biden has avoided mentioning…

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According to Dmitry Peskov, the spokesperson for the Russian government, as quoted by Russia Today, “Armenia is a sovereign state. We hope that decisions like this will not affect our bilateral relations. However, it’s an extremely hostile decision.”Armenia is currently embroiled in a fierce conflict with Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The country believes that joining the ICC would make sense as it could then bring cases against Azerbaijan.The issue for Russia and Putin is that Armenia is now committing to arrest Putin if he sets foot on Armenian soil, reports Russia Today. This situation also posed a problem for…

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The manhunt for a convict accused of murdering a Baltimore tech CEO, and who has also been linked to an attempted murder, arson and rape that occurred last week, has ended with the suspect’s arrest.The U.S. Marshals told ABC News late Wednesday night that Jason Dean Billingsley, 32, of Baltimore, who was wanted for first-degree murder, assault, reckless endangerment and other charges in connection with the death of Pava LaPere, 26, the founder of EcoMap Technologies, was arrested in Maryland.Police found LaPere dead with “blunt-force trauma wounds” in a Baltimore apartment building on Monday, within hours of being reported missing,…

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Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer has come under fire after video footage emerged in which he says low-income parents should feed their children burgers from McDonald’s.In the footage, Nehammer talks about poverty before complaining about how child hunger is dealt with in the press.“So what does it mean that a child doesn’t get a hot meal in Austria? Do you know what the cheapest hot meal in Austria is? It’s not healthy, but it’s cheap: a hamburger at McDonald’s — €1.40, if I buy fries with it, €3.50. Now someone is seriously claiming that we live in a country where parents…

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Beloved actor Michael Gambon has passed away at the age of 82, it has been confirmed. Renowned for his performances both on screen and on stage, Gambon died peacefully following an illness. “We are devastated to announce the loss of Sir Michael Gambon,” reads a statement on behalf of his wife Lady Gambon and son Fergus, released via his publicist. “Beloved husband and father, Michael died peacefully in hospital with his wife Anne and son Fergus at his bedside, following a bout of pneumonia. Michael was 82. We ask that you respect our privacy at this painful time and thank…

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WASHINGTON, Sept 28 – U.S. Army Private Travis King landed at a U.S. military base in Texas early on Thursday after being expelled from North Korea following his surprise dash across the heavily militarized border two months ago, a U.S. defense official told Reuters.King arrived on a U.S. military flight, landing at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston at about 0530 GMT, the official said.Television footage showed a group of people leaving a plane at the base at that time.King is expected to undergo a medical review at Brooke Army Medical Center, a hospital at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam…

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