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Israel renews detention of Palestinian scientist

Palestinian astrophysicist detained without chargesIsrael’s military has renewed the detention without charges of a renowned Palestinian astrophysicist, asserting he posed a “significant” security threat.

Imad Barghouthi, a professor at Jerusalem’s Al-Quds University who once worked on NASA-funded projects in the United States, was arrested in late April by Israeli security forces at a checkpoint near the village of Nabi Saleh, west of Ramallah in the West Bank.

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Children dying in Nigeria military detention: Amnesty

Children dying in Nigeria detentionBabies and children have died in squalid conditions in a military detention centre in northeast Nigeria, where suspected Boko Haram members are being held, often without any evidence, according to an Amnesty International report.

The UK-based human rights group said 149 people, including at least 12 children and babies, have died in the Giwa barracks, the main military prison in Maiduguri, because of appalling and unsanitary conditions, since the beginning of this year.

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Guantanamo: The last-chance hearings

GitmoKarim Bostan was forced to flee his village in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion and spent his formative years as a refugee in Pakistan.

In the early 1990s, Bostan made his way back to his home country to start anew. He married and had six children - one of whom, a girl, died in infancy. Bostan's youngest child was born after he was detained and then imprisoned by the United States in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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Albinos in Malawi face ‘total extinction,’ UN expert warns

Malawi albinos hunted downAn African country’s albino population faces complete extinction as killers hunt down the endangered group for their mythological “powers.”

Malawi’s small population of people with albinism — less than 10,000 — could be completely wiped out as the crisis continues, with 65 deaths recorded by police since late 2014, the United Nations revealed.

“Persons with albinism, and parents of children with albinism, constantly live in fear of attack,” Ikponwosa Ero, the UN’s expert on albino people said. “Many do not sleep peacefully and have deliberately restricted their movement to the necessary minimum.”

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Egyptian cleric defends CIA agent convicted over his rendition

Sabrina De SousaThe radical Egyptian cleric who was kidnapped in Milan by the CIA in 2003 has come to the defence of a former CIA officer convicted for her alleged role in his extraordinary rendition.

Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, who is known as Abu Omar, told the Guardian in a telephone interview that he believed Sabrina De Sousa, who faces imminent extradition to Italy, was a scapegoat and ought to be pardoned by Italy’s head of state, Sergio Mattarella. De Sousa, a 60-year-old dual American and Portuguese citizen, faces a four-year prison sentence and is due to be extradited from Portugal on 4 May.

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Ex-CIA agent loses appeal against extradition to Italy

Sabrina de Sousa

Portugal's Constitutional Court has rejected a former CIA operative's appeal against her extradition to Italy to serve a six-year sentence for her part in the U.S. extraordinary renditions program, a court official said Tuesday.

A judge ruled there were no constitutional grounds to reverse a decision by a lower court and the Supreme Court to send Sabrina de Sousa back to Italy, the official told The AP. He spoke on condition of anonymity in accordance with the Constitutional Court's rules.

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7 Extremist Jews Indicted for Terror Plot Against Palestinians

Jewish terrorists indictedSeven members of an alleged extremist Jewish terror cell were indicted in an Israeli court.

The cell, including an Israeli soldier and two minors, are accused of setting Palestinian vehicles on fire, throwing firebombs at Palestinian homes and assaulting Palestinians. They also are charged with membership in an illegal organization and causing grave bodily harm. They were indicted Monday in Petah Tikvah District Court.

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