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Sweden plans to expel up to 80,000 asylum-seekers

Sweden to expel tens of thousands of immigrantsSweden intends to expel up to 80,000 asylum-seekers who arrived in 2015 and whose applications for asylum have been rejected, Interior Minister Anders Ygeman said Wednesday.

"We are talking about 60,000 people, but the number could climb to 80,000," the minister was quoted as saying by Swedish media, adding that the government had asked the police and authorities in charge of asylum-seekers to organize their expulsion.

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Former Auschwitz prisoners mark Holocaust Remembrance Day

Holocaust Remembrance DayInternational Holocaust Remembrance Day was observed Wednesday, with several dozen surviving prisoners returning to the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz in southern Poland.

"I came to pay tribute to those who did not make it out of here. As long as I have the strength I will continue to come here. Thank God that I survived," said Jadwiga Bogucka, who was a teenager in 1944 when she was taken to Auschwitz from Warsaw.

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Former spy seeks to show UK knew of Guantanamo torture: Sunday Times

Thames House, LondonA former senior British intelligence officer wants to give evidence that the country's security services knew about the torture of inmates at the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, a newspaper reported.

The former officer is seeking permission to present evidence to a forthcoming parliamentary inquiry that British officials saw detainees being tortured in December 2002, the Sunday Times said quoting senior security sources.

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Obama Administration Keeps Fighting To Keep Gitmo Force-Feeding Videos Secret

Gitmo forced feeding videoThe Obama administration indicated on Thursday that it would seek to continue to keep secret heavily redacted videos showing a former Guantanamo Bay detainee being force-fed.

Justice Department attorneys notified a federal court in Washington on Thursday that the government would appeal an order that would have allowed the public to see the videos on Friday. A federal judge last year had ordered the release of the edited videos showing former Guantanamo prisoner Abu Wa'el Dhiab being force-fed and forcibly extracted from his prison cell.

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UN: Islamic State holds 3,500 slaves in Iraq, mostly Yazidi women and children

ISIS holds women and children as slavesThe United Nations estimates the Islamic State has about 3,500 people held as slaves in Iraq who are mostly women and children from the Yazidi Kurdish religious group.

The Islamic State -- also known as ISIS, Daesh and ISIL -- is accused of various international human rights abuses.

In some cases, actions by the Islamic State may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and "possibly genocide," according to a report released Tuesday by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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Ten more inmates leave Guantanamo prison; 93 remain

Gitmo releases nine more prisonersTen more inmates at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been transferred, the Department of Defense announced Thursday.

The inmates were transferred to the custody of the government of Oman, leaving the population of prisoners, all suspected of terrorism or links to terrorism, at 93.

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Methodist Church blacklists 5 Israeli banks

Methodist Churches boycotts Israeli bankThe pension fund for the United Methodist Church has blocked five Israeli banks from its investment portfolio in what it describes as a broad review meant to weed out companies that profit from abuse of human rights.

The fund, called the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits, excluded Bank Hapoalim, Bank Leumi, First International Bank of Israel, Israel Discount Bank, and Mizrahi Tefahot Bank, according to the pension board's website.

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