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At least nine police officers were injured as violent clashes between students and police broke out in the German city of Nurnberg when a group of students tried to block the deportation of an Afghan fellow learner......

At least nine police officers were injured as violent clashes between students and police broke out in the German city of Nurnberg when a group of students tried to block the deportation of an Afghan fellow learner.
The incident occurred as a police van carrying the Afghan student tried to leave the grounds of a vocational-technical school located not far from Berliner Platz in Nurnberg. At first, a group of some 20 students attempted to block the vehicle by staging a sit-in strike on the road leading out of the school grounds. 
The spontaneous protest was soon joined by other students as well as by some people passing by. The crowd of protesters grew to 300 people in several hours, the German Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports, adding that after that the protest grew violent.
Protesters pelted the police officers, who arrived at the scene, with bottles and even “threw bicycles” at them, a spokesman of the regional police department told the German media. The police used pepper spray and batons on demonstrators.
Nine police officers were injured in the violent clashes, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports, citing police sources. Three protesters were detained during the incident. No demonstrators were injured, according to German media.
“Over time, more and more people joined the crowd, including sympathizers as well as just onlookers. Police repeatedly called on the people to disperse for several hours… but the protesters did not comply [with these demands] and refused to clear the road forcing [police] to engage,” Bert Rauenbusch, a spokesman for the regional police department, told Bavarian Radio.
Police managed to disperse the protesters and clear the road for the van carrying the detained Afghan student. However, the regional authorities called off his deportation later Wednesday and the refugee, 20, was released after questioning, Suddeutsche Zeitung reports.
In the meantime, the people apparently opposing his deportation convened another spontaneous demonstration via social networks. Some 100 protesters marched through the city towards the local office of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The second protest was peaceful and no clashes were reported.
According to the Bavarian Refugee Council, the refugee had lived in Germany for four years, while the vocational school’s teachers described him as a “well integrated, hard-working student.”
Meanwhile, the local office of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) sharply criticized the actions of the police, as well as the general practice of deportations. The Social Democrats denounced “taking students from a school” as an “absolutely unacceptable”approach in dealing with the issue.
“Young refugees must feel secure at school. Otherwise they will not attend lessons at all out of fear. It would be fatal for our integration efforts,” Thorsten Brehm, the head of the local SPD office, told Bavarian Radio.
In the meantime, the German Interior Ministry said that failed Afghan asylum seekers would not be sent back to Afghanistan in the next few days following a blast in Kabul that claimed lives of at least 80 people.
At the same time, the ministry also said that the policy of collective deportations of illegal Afghan migrants remains in place.
"The employees (at the embassy in Kabul) have an important logistical part to play in receiving the deported people… they cannot carry out this job properly so soon after the attack," the ministry’s spokesman said, adding that “there will be no collective deportations to Afghanistan in the next few days," Reuters reports.
"But it is and remains the case that deportations must be carried out according to our laws. This principle applies to Afghanistan, especially for criminals, and we will continue to go down this path," the spokesman also said.
Last year, the German government decided to accelerate the deportations of failed Afghan asylum seekers. In November 2016, German media reported that the government planned to repatriate more than 12,500 Afghan refugees.
According to the media reports, 27 rejected Afghan asylum seekers were deported from Germany in 2016, compared to nine in 2015. At the same time, nearly 247,000 Afghans had arrived in Germany by the end of September 2016, according to a German Interior Ministry document seen by Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung.
The German government also developed a plan to accelerate the process of deporting failed asylum seekers, including establishing special “departure centers” and more financial aid for those deciding to leave voluntarily following the December Berlin terrorist attack.
However, the government’s plans are facing resistance from some regions mainly governed by Social Democrats, as well as the representatives of the Left and the Green parties. Officials in Berlin, Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony, Bremen and Rheinland-Palatinate expressed their opposition to the idea of accelerating deportations to Afghanistan in February.

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A Moscow district court has ruled that a video released by opposition activist and anti-corruption blogger Aleksey Navalny that accuses top government officials and big businessmen of corruption is “inconsistent with reality” and must be deleted....

New on Pornhub: Corruption allegations video that court ordered Russia’s Navalny to delete


A Moscow district court has ruled that a video released by opposition activist and anti-corruption blogger Aleksey Navalny that accuses top government officials and big businessmen of corruption is “inconsistent with reality” and must be deleted.
The court found that the “information presented [in the video] is inconsistent with reality” and “obliged Aleksey Navalny and [his NGO] Foundation for Countering Corruption to delete all the information and videos [containing it] from the Internet within ten days of the effective date of the court ruling,” Russian media report.
The court was ruling in favor of Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, who filed a lawsuit against Navalny in April accusing the activist of “tarnishing his honor, dignity and reputation.” Usmanov asked for no financial compensation, but wanted Navalny to retract the allegedly false information about him in the video.
The court also obliged Navalny and his NGO to issue an official retraction concerning the video and publish it on the Foundation for Countering Corruption website within three months.
The activist already said he would not delete the video even if the court ordered it.
“It is absolutely out of question,” he said in a Twitter post.
Суд обязал меня удалить расследование "Он вам не Димон". Да, конечно. Спешу и падаю. Это исключается полностью.
The corruption video was published on the PornHub adult video website soon after the court ruling was announced.
The video in question, which was released by Navalny and his NGO in March, accuses Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of owning large quantities of real estate through businessmen and companies close to him.
It also alleged that Usmanov’s donation of a piece of land and house to the Foundation for Support of Socially-Important State Projects in 2010 was, in fact, a bribe, as the businessman was seeking favors in business schemes involving government contracts.
The clip gained heavy traction on social media and was eventually used as the justification for unsanctioned protests in the capital and other Russian cities on March 26.
In April, Usmanov denounced the allegations presented in Navalny’s video as a “slander” and accused the activist of “deliberately misleading the public.” Several other people mentioned in the film also slammed the charges leveled in it as politically-charged propaganda.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also commented on the clip, calling it an “absolutely false product of political scoundrels,” while accusing Navalny of misleading the people in an attempt to “achieve his own obvious political goals.”
Navalny is one of three politicians that have already declared their intention to run for the Russian presidency in 2018. Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the head of the Liberal-Democratic Party, and Grigory Yavlinsky, the founder of the Yabloko Party, are the other two.
Under Russian law, Navalny technically cannot run because of a five-year suspended sentence he is serving that won’t expire before the next election. The activist has vowed to contest this rule in Russia’s Constitutional Court, however.

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This could be the most uncomfortable State Department press briefing moment yet. During a press conference about US President Donald Trump’s recent trip to the Middle East, AFP journalist Dave Clark asked a department official why the US criticizes the Iranian elections and its record on democracy, but not Saudi Arabia.......

State Dept official stumped for 20 seconds when asked why US slams Iran but not Saudis (VIDEO)


This could be the most uncomfortable State Department press briefing moment yet. 
During a press conference about US President Donald Trump’s recent trip to the Middle East, AFP journalist Dave Clark asked a department official why the US criticizes the Iranian elections and its record on democracy, but not Saudi Arabia.
"How do you characterize Saudi Arabia’s commitment to democracy, and does the administration believe that democracy is a buffer or a barrier against extremism?" Clark asked.
Stuart Jones, acting assistant secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, took a full 19-second pause before responding with a brief comment, saying that during this trip, the US made “significant progress with Saudi and GCC partners in both making a strong statement against extremism”.
@DaveClark_AFP Good God. That's the longest pause I've ever seen from a us official
@shadihamid It was pretty awkward being there, especially as I wasn't trying to embarrass Jones himself
Clearly, one source of extremism, one terrorism threat, is coming from Iran, and that’s coming from a part of the Iranian apparatus that is not at all responsive to its electorate,” Jones added.

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An investigation commissioned by former Prime Minister David Cameron into the revenue streams behind jihadist groups operating in Britain may never be published, the Home Office has admitted.......

Who’s funding Britain's terrorists? ‘Sensitive’ Home Office report may never be published


An investigation commissioned by former Prime Minister David Cameron into the revenue streams behind jihadist groups operating in Britain may never be published, the Home Office has admitted.
The inquiry is thought to focus on British ally Saudi Arabia, which has repeatedly been highlighted by European leaders as a funding source for Islamist extremists, and may prove politically and legally sensitive, the Guardian reports.
The UK has close ties with Saudi Arabia. Prime Minister Theresa May visited the country earlier this year.
In January 2016, a specialist Home Office unit was directed by Downing Street to investigate sources of overseas funding of extremist groups in the UK. The findings were to be shown to Cameron’s then-Home Secretary May.
Eighteen months later, however, the Home Office told the Guardian the report had not been completed and would not necessarily be published, calling the contents “very sensitive.”
A decision on the future of the investigation would be taken “after the election by the next government,” a spokesperson said.
Cameron was urged to launch an investigation in December 2015 as part of a deal with the Liberal Democrats in exchange for the party supporting the extension of British airstrikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) from Iraq into Syria.
According to the Guardian, Tom Brake, the Lib Dem foreign affairs spokesperson, has written to the prime minister asking her to confirm that the investigation will not be shelved.
“As home secretary at the time, your department was one of those reading the report. Eighteen months later, and following two horrific terrorist attacks by British-born citizens, that report still remains incomplete and unpublished,” Brake wrote.
“It is no secret that Saudi Arabia in particular provides funding to hundreds of mosques in the UK, espousing a very hard line Wahhabist interpretation of Islam. It is often in these institutions that British extremism takes root.”
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said he felt the government had not held up its side of the bargain.
The report must be published when it is completed, he said, even if its contents are sensitive.
“That short-sighted approach needs to change. It is critical that these extreme, hardline views are confronted head on, and that those who fund them are called out publicly.
“If the Conservatives are serious about stopping terrorism on our shores, they must stop stalling and reopen investigation into foreign funding of violent extremism in the UK.”

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Ninety people have been killed and 400 injured in a powerful car bomb blast that ripped through a diplomatic district in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, the government's media center has reported, according to AP. The Afghan Interior Ministry previously said that 64 people had been killed, according to AFP.....


Ninety people have been killed and 400 injured in a powerful car bomb blast that ripped through a diplomatic district in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, the government's media center has reported, according to AP. 
The Afghan Interior Ministry previously said that 64 people had been killed, according to AFP.
The blast is believed to have come from a car bomb. Reuters reported that the powerful bomb was hidden inside a sewage tank on a truck. The precise target was not immediately clear, but many embassies and government buildings are located in the area.
Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani condemned the devastating attack, which happened just days into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. In a statement quoted by Reuters, Ghani said “the terrorists, even in the holy month of Ramadan, the month of goodness, blessing and prayer, are not stopping the killing of our innocent people.”
The blast struck at around 8:30am local time Wednesday.
Several hours after the attack, AFP reported that ambulances were still taking the wounded to hospital and rescuers were retrieving bodies from the rubble while firefighters struggle to extinguish flames in adjacent buildings.
More than 50 vehicles were either destroyed or damaged. @moiafghanistan 
The powerful blast destroyed more than 50 vehicles in the area, Pajhwok News reports.
Photos posted on Twitter showed a thick pillar of smoke rising from the site of the explosion.

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Update: Dozens killed and more than 100 wounded in 
Photos from Social Media
Most victims are thought to be civilians, including employees of a local mobile phone company, Roshan, according to TOLO News.
Eyewitnesses on social media said the blast was so strong it shattered all windows in nearby buildings. 
“At around 8.30am the room was shaken and then we heard a very huge explosion. It was scary, for a moment I thought we were attacked and the explosion was in our office,” Ramzir Bakhtiar, a Kabul resident, told RT. He said the diplomatic quarter where the blast actually took place is situated around 500 meters (1,600ft) away from his office, but the shockwave was so powerful that it still caused damage to the building.
The BBC has confirmed in a statement that Mohammed Nazir, a driver who worked at the corporation’s Afghan office for four years, died in the explosion. Four BBC journalists were injured and taken to hospital.
Despite the high death toll among local residents, the foreign embassies have not reported any fatalities among their staff.
The US State Department said 11 American citizens employed as contractors in Kabul suffered non-life-threatening injuries in Wednesday’s attack.
The German Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying that a local security officer guarding the embassy premises has been killed in the blast. Though several embassy workers were injured, all employees are now safe.
The car bomb went off in the close proximity to the diplomatic mission, the ministry said, adding that it targeted people who “worked for the better future of their country.”
AM @sigmargabriel: Bestürzende Nachrichten aus . Verurteile Anschlag auf das Schärfste. Unsere Gedanken sind bei Angehörigen der Opfer
German authorities said they would temporarily suspend deportations of failed Afghan asylum seekers or migrants following the blast in Kabul.
"The employees [at the embassy in Kabul] have more important things to do than to prepare the organizational measures needed. Therefore there will be no collective deportations to Afghanistan in the next few days," a German government official told Reuters.
"But it is and remains the case that deportations must be carried out according to our laws. This principle applies to Afghanistan, especially for criminals, and we will continue to go down this path," the official added.
I condemn the horrific attack in .My thoughts are with all those affected.  stands w/ Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism.
The Indian embassy has said its staff is safe, though the building was damaged in the blast. Two employees of the Japanese embassy were mildly injured, suffering cuts, according to AFP.
In the meantime, France’s foreign minister, Marielle de Sarnez, said the French embassy in Kabul has been damaged, but there are “no signs” at this stage indicating that there were victims among the employees.
Hugo Llorens, charges d'affaires of the US embassy in Kabul, slammed the "horrific and shameful attack," saying Washington is committed to helping the Afghan government defeat "small but despicable and barbaric cults" that undermine security in the country.
Statement by U.S. Embassy Kabul Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens on the Attack Near the German Embassy in Kabul.
Several journalists tweeted that their offices were damaged in the blast, including Jessica Donati, who writes for the Wall Street Journal, and the BBC’s Kabul bureau manager, Karim Haidari, who said the BBC staff were affected in the blast.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the insurgent movement had no involvement in the attack, according to Reuters. Mujahid claimed that the Taliban condemns indiscriminate attacks that cause civilian casualties.
Last month, the Taliban announced the beginning of a “spring offensive,” promising to attack US-trained Afghan forces and foreign troops.
 At least 40 killed or wounded in Kabul blast in diplomatic quarter Wednesday: interior ministry spokesman @AFP
The other possible culprit, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), is yet to claim responsibility. In the past, the terrorist group launched several high-profile attacks targeting Afghan and foreign forces in various parts of the country. 
The US has 8,000 troops in Afghanistan to train Afghan forces and render support during counter-insurgency operations.

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