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More than 20 dead refugees discovered in truck in Austria

dead refugees found in Austrian truckAs many as 50 refugees were found dead in a parked truck in eastern Austria on Thursday, police said, marking what one Austrian official called a “dark day” in Europe’s escalating refugee crisis.

The vehicle, which contained between 20 and 50 bodies, was found on a parking strip off the highway in Burgenland state, police spokesman Hans Peter Doskozil said at a press conference with Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner. "This tragedy affects us all deeply," Mikl-Leitner said.

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Congresswoman Asks For Investigation Into Israeli Shooting Of Two Palestinian Teens

Palestinian teens killed by IDFRep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) has requested the State Department open an investigation into whether the killing of two Palestinian teenagers last year by Israeli security forces warrants withholding of military aid under the conditions of the Leahy Law.

“The murders of Nadeem Nawara and Mohammad Daher highlight a brutal system of occupation that devalues and dehumanizes Palestinian children," she wrote in a letter to two State Department officials, referring to the teenagers who were shot and killed May 15, 2014, during a protest at the Ofer prison in the West Bank. “It is time for a strong and unequivocal statement of U.S. commitment to the human rights of Palestinian children living under Israeli occupation,” McCollum continued in the letter, which was publicly released on Monday.

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Only three of 116 Guantánamo detainees were captured by US forces

Gitmo detaineesOnly three of the 116 men still detained at Guantánamo Bay were apprehended by US forces, a Guardian review of military documents has uncovered.

The foundations of the guilt of the remaining 113, whom US politicians often refer to as the “worst of the worst” terrorists, involves a degree of faith in the Pakistani and Afghan spies, warlords and security services who initially captured 98 of the remaining Guantánamo population.

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Saudi Arabia's executions increase in 2015

saudi executions increaseSaudi Arabia is carrying out executions at the rate of one every two days, an international human rights group noted Tuesday.

London-based Amnesty International said in a report that at least 102 people were executed in Saudi Arabia in the first six months of 2015; while 90 were executed in all of 2014. It noted that juvenile offenders and the mentally disabled are among those executed, and that roughly half of the 2,208 people put to death, generally by beheading, were from foreign nations typically denied translation services at their trials and forced to sign confessions they did not understan.

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Federal judge orders release of detained immigrant children, mothers

Judge orders release of detainee mothers and childrenA federal judge ordered the Obama administration to begin releasing hundreds of immigrant mothers and children being held in government family detention centers as they await asylum hearings.

U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles gave the government until Oct. 23 to begin releasing hundreds of immigrant children, repeating her July ruling that found the same. In Friday's ruling, Gee granted the government additional time, as much as 20 days, to continue to hold mothers and children under extenuating circumstances.

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Palestinian Prisoner Ends Hunger Strike After Court Suspends Detention

Oalestinian hunger striker releasedalestinian detainee Mohammed Allan ended his 65-day hunger strike against his detention without trial on Wednesday after the Israeli Supreme Court suspended his arrest warrant, his lawyer said.

Allan has sustained brain damage as result of his hunger strike and is hospitalized in Israel in critical condition. The court said that in his current condition he poses no threat and therefore suspended his arrest warrant.

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Palestinian ex-prisoner questions Israeli force-feeding law

Force feeding challenged by PalestinianFormer Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan has carried out several hunger strikes in prison to protest an Israeli policy that allows detainment without charge or trial.

Adnan, 37, who was recently detained for alleged ties to Islamic Jihad, was freed in July after his 54-day hunger strike ignited protests across the Palestinian territories and garnered international attention, including pressure from various human rights groups.

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