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Obama To Announce Release Of 15 Guantanamo Detainees In Largest Transfer Of Presidency

Obama to release more detaineesThe Pentagon is expected to announce the transfer of 15 prisoners out of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility on Monday evening, marking the largest single exodus of detainees from the infamous prison in Barack Obama’s presidency.

Multiple sources confirmed an AFP report, which broke the news of the transfer ahead of the Pentagon’s announcement. Sources say they expect the detainees to be sent to the United Arab Emirates, a country that accepted five Yemeni detainees last year since the U.S. ruled out repatriating them to their unstable home country. Because congressional restrictions currently outlaw transferring detainees to the U.S., the Obama administration has relied on other countries to take in prisoners who are cleared for release by an inter-agency review board.


Mothers launch hunger strike in migrant family detention center

Migrant women on hunger strikeNearly two dozen women held at a Berks County, Pennsylvania, migrant family detention center have launched a hunger strike to protest their and their children’s long detentions – some which have lasted over a year.

The 22 women say they’ve taken action in response to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s recent pronouncement that the average length of stay at family detention centers was 20 days or less.


Nauru: Leak reveals children sexually abused at prison

Autralia refugee child camp abuseMore than 2,000 incidents, including sexual abuse, assault and attempted self-harm, were reported over two years at an Australian prison for asylum seekers in Nauru, more than half involving children, the Guardian has reported.

Leaked documents published by the Guardian Australia on Wednesday detailed the level of abuse at the prison on tiny Nauru, one of two run by Australia on neighbouring South Pacific islands, and showed that children bore the brunt of the trauma.


Israeli Government Task Force Formed to Locate, Deport BDS Activists

BDS supporters to be deported from IsraelA new Israeli government task force is being formed to deport anti-Israel activists at work in the country.

The committee, announced on Sunday by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Interior Minister Arye Deri, will locate activists for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement who are in the country, and will prevent BDS activists from entering.


Israel razes West Bank homes of Palestinian attackers

Israel rzes West Bank housesIsraeli forces have razed the southern West Bank homes of two Palestinian men accused of shooting dead four Israelis at a popular Tel Aviv nightspot in early June, Palestinian sources have told Al Jazeera.

Mohammad Makhamrah, 22, and his cousin Khaled Makhamrah, 21, were charged last month with murder, conspiring to murder and attempted murder, along with a third suspect who allegedly provided them with guns before the attack at the Sarona market, an area with restaurants and cafes.


More than 300,000 children going hungry in Yemen: UN

300,000 children go hungry in YemenMore than 370,000 children are at risk of starvation in Yemen, the United Nations has said, 15 months into a devastating war.

According to new UN figures, more than 14 million people, about half of the population, are going hungry and are in urgent need of food and medical aid.


Australia deliberately ignores refugee abuse: report

Australian refugee abuseAustralia is deliberately ignoring the inhumane treatment of refugees held on the South Pacific island of Nauru as a means of deterring others from attempting the journey to Australia, two rights groups have said.

Under Canberra's immigration policy, people intercepted while trying to reach the country by boat are sent to a prison on Manus Island, in Papua New Guinea, or one in Nauru, both of which have been criticised for their harsh conditions and reports of abuse.


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