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‘Israeli authorities are planning to build some 15,000 new settlements in East Jerusalem, Reuters and local media reported, citing the Housing Ministry. Palestinian authorities condemned the decision, calling it the “deliberate sabotage” of peace talks.

The Housing Ministry and the Jerusalem Municipality are working on the plan, with proposals for 25,000 homes in Jerusalem, 15,000 of which would be in East Jerusalem, Housing Minister Yoav Galant told Israeli Radio, Reuters reports. The authorities plan to implement the project within two years, he added.

“We will build 10,000 units in Jerusalem and some 15,000 within the [extended] municipal boundaries of Jerusalem. It will happen,” he said.’

Read more: Israel plans construction of 15,000 new settlements in East Jerusalem

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‘There’s very little doubt among critics as to whether or not solitary confinement is torture. Nevertheless, the practice continues throughout many of the nation’s prisons. But when solitary confinement is combined with deprivation of the basic necessities of life, like water, a murder can take place. That’s what many people are calling what happened at the Milwaukee County Jail to Terrill Thomas.

Thomas was forced into solitary confinement and then his water was cut off — for over 7 days.

According to the Journal Sentinel, “Thomas started the weeklong stretch at the Milwaukee County Jail belligerent and loud, the result of an untreated mental illness, prosecutors said. But as the days wore on, he grew weak and dehydrated. He lost nearly 35 pounds and turned quiet, never asking for or receiving medical attention.”’

Read more: Officers Deprive Man Water in Solitary for Seven Days And Dehydrate Him to Death

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‘Police have launched an investigation after baton-wielding officers were caught on camera repeatedly beating a teenager.

The footage shows a boy being forced to lie on the ground by three Metropolitan police officers, while one of them repeatedly hits him with a baton.

The officers can be heard shouting for the boy to release his hands so that they are in full sight.’

Read more: Police pin teen to ground, beat him with baton in shocking footage 

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‘Dozens of people have sustained injuries when clashes broke out between Palestinians demonstrating in solidarity with prisoners on an open-ended hunger strike in Israeli jails and Israeli military forces across the occupied West Bank.

Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Palestinians staged rallies in front of the Israeli-run Ofer prison in the West Bank city of Betunia, Qalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem al-Quds, the towns of Silwad and Sinjil, as well as the small village of Nabi Salih on Friday, Arabic-language Palestine al-Yawm news agency reported.

Violent confrontations also erupted in the towns of Beita, Naqurah, Beit Furik, Beit Ummar, New Askar refugee camp on the outskirts of Nablus as well as Arrub refugee camp in the southern West Bank.

Israeli soldiers used tear gas and fired live and rubber-coated steel bullets to disperse the crowd.’

Read more: Dozens of Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers

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‘A woman has been shot by police and four people arrested as part of an ongoing counter-terrorism operation in London and Kent.

The woman in her twenties was injured during the swoop at an address in Harlesden Road, north London, shortly before 7pm on Thursday.

In unverified footage from the scene, firearms officers can be seen outside a home before a number of loud bangs which sounded like gunshots were heard.

The operation was not connected to an earlier incident where a man carrying knives was arrested on suspicion of planning a terror attack near Downing Street, Scotland Yard said.

Police said a 16-year-old boy and a 20-year-old woman were arrested at the address where the woman was shot and a 20-year-old man was detained nearby.’

Read more: Police shoot woman and arrest four in counter-terror operation across London and Kent

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‘An Oregon resident trained in engineering in Sweden says he’s developed a safer method for timing traffic lights, and the state engineering board fined him for talking about it.

Mats Jarlstrom says Oregon laws make it illegal for anyone who isn’t a licensed engineer to criticize the state’s methods for timing traffic lights. Jarlstrom calls that an unconstitutional prohibition on free speech.

In a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday, Jarlstrom claims Oregon’s Professional Engineer Registration Act illegally restricts discussion of public engineering projects to state-licensed engineers and creates a “government-run monopoly on engineering concepts.”

The act, and the board that enforces it, keep people from discussing the safety and fairness of traffic lights and the formulas engineers use to coordinate their timing, Jarlstrom claims.’

Read more: Oregon Man Fined for Talking About Traffic Lights Sues

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‘On January 1, 2017 a revised statute went into effect that changes the laws on what punishments can and should be handed out to children who have fights in school. Previously a child could be charged with a misdemeanor and released to their parents. Now they will get plugged into the school to prison pipeline just that much faster.

However, with the new law going into effect on January 1, that student will now head to a juvenile detention center and be charged with a Class E felony.

That means they could spend up to four years in jail.’

Read more: Perverse New Missouri Law Could Sentence Grade Schoolers to Four Years of Prison Time

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‘Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir have ordered internet service providers to block popular social media services as New Delhi forces intensify a crackdown across the Muslim-majority Himalayan region.

Local authorities said in a statement on Wednesday that the services should be blocked for one month or until further notice “in the interest of maintenance of public order.”

The statement added that the services were “being misused by anti-national and anti-social elements.”

Authorities say pro-independence groups are using social media sites to rally support.

Sources say several social networking websites including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp had been blocked across the disputed valley.’

Read more: Authorities order block on social media in Indian-controlled Kashmir

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‘Turkey has suspended over 9,000 members of the country’s police force as part of its post coup crackdown.

On Wednesday, CNN Turk reported that the law enforcement personnel were suspended for alleged ties to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who, Ankara claims orchestrated the failed putsch last year coup.

Turkey witnessed a coup attempt on July 15, 2016, when a faction of the Turkish military declared that the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was no more in charge of the country.

A few hours later, however, the coup was suppressed. Almost 250 people were killed and nearly 2,200 others wounded in the abortive coup.’

Read more: Turkey suspends 9,000 police personnel over alleged ties to failed coup

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‘Nigerian police have reportedly used live bullets to disperse protesters demanding the release of Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, the revered leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

Local media in Kaduna state said a peaceful protest held on Tuesday for the release of Zakzaky turned violent after police and accomplices fired live bullets at the demonstrators.

The protest came as people in northern Nigeria, where the IMN is based, continue to hold marches to demand the release of Zakzaky based on a court order.

Reports said hundreds of thousands of IMN supporters attended peaceful rallies in cities such as Katsina, Bauchi, Gombe, Minna and other places on Tuesday to urge Zakzaky’s immediate release.’

Read more: Police fire ‘live bullets’ at Nigerians urging Zakzaky’s release

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