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Spanish police shoot five suspects dead after van rampage kills 13 in Barcelona
By Andrés González, Angus Berwick and Carlos Ruano BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spanish police shot dead five would-be attackers after confronting them early on Friday in a town south of Barcelona where hours earlier a suspected Islamist militant drove a van into crowds, killing 13 people and wounding scores of others. Islamic State said the perpetrators had been responding to its call for action by carrying out Thursday's rampage along Barcelona's most famous avenue, which was thronged with tourists enjoying an afternoon stroll at the peak of the summer season.
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New York to axe Confederate busts from 'hall of fame'
New York authorities are taking steps to remove two busts of Confederate commanders from a "Hall of Fame" as America's most populous city joins others in erasing symbols of the pro-slavery Civil War South. Bronx Community College said the bust of General Robert E. Lee, the commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, and another of one of his top generals, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, would be removed in two to three days. "We want to make it sure we get it done quickly, but without causing damage," said Karla Williams, executive legal counsel at the College, which is part of The City University of New York.
Anti-Muslim Australian senator wears burqa in Parliament
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) ? An Australian senator provoked an angry backlash from lawmakers by wearing a burqa in Parliament on Thursday as part of her campaign for a national ban on Islamic face covers.
'Bloodiest 24 hours' of Philippines drugs war, as 32 shot dead by Duterte's police
Thirty two suspected drug dealers were killed in police shootouts in the Philippines on Tuesday night, during the bloodiest 24 hours so far of a state war on drugs that has killed over 7,000 people in the last year. The police conducted 49 ?buy-bust? operations, using undercover officers to attempt to buy drugs from suspected dealers, and 14 raids, in the province of Bucalan, just north of the capital, Manila, said police superintendent Romeo Caramat. Filipino students stage a protest rally against the war on drugs in Manila Credit: EPA Describing his forces? actions as ?one time, big time?, he said that 25 of these operations had ?resulted in armed encounter? during which 32 were killed and 107 were arrested. Officers also confiscated over 200 grams of methamphetamine, 786g of marijuana, and firearms. Mr Caramat told reporters that while the police tried to avoid casualties during their operations, that ?we do not have control of the situation.? He repeated a common line issued by the Philippine authorities, that the suspects were killed because they fought back. ?The subjects are notorious drug pushers and we all know that they are called notorious because they will refuse to be caught alive,? he said, according to local news-site, Rappler. More than 3,200 alleged drug offenders have been killed in gunbattles with law enforcers since President Rodrigo Duterte unleashed a brutal war on drugs after coming to power last year. #Philippines mandatory student drug testing may create a "school-to-cemetery track" for kids testing positive @hrwhttps://t.co/OC0MQMce3upic.twitter.com/Jpysuh1pTs? Phelim Kine ?? (@PhelimKine) August 14, 2017 Human rights groups have accused the police of acting with impunity and deliberately staging shoot-outs to kill suspects without giving them the right to a trial. They report that at least 7,000 alleged drugs dealers and users in total have been killed, with the majority being gunned down by vigilante assassins accused of having links to the authorities. Critics of Duterte have demanded an investigation into his possible role in the violence. Rachel Chhoa-Howard, Philippines researcher at Amnesty International said it was ?extremely worrying? that the killings had picked up pace in recent weeks. ?This is another horrific milestone in President Duterte?s bloody ?war on drugs?,? she said of Tuesday night?s death toll. ?This shows clearly the urgent need to establish an international-led investigation into the carnage taking place every night.? Phelime Kine, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, added his voice to calls for an independent inquiry, urging the United Nations to investigate Duterte?s drugs war ?slaughter.? ?Duterte?s consistent cheerleading for an unlawful killing campaign that killed at least 7,000 ? and perhaps as many as 12,000 ? of the country?s most poverty-stricken citizens makes him complicit in the incitement and instigation of mass killings? he said. In quotes | Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines Meanwhile, HRW has warned that the safety of Philippine high school and college students could be endangered by government plans to introduce random mandatory drugs tests on campus. The ministry of education has approved a proposal to introduce drugs tests at the start of the school year to deter and determine the prevalence of drug abuse among students. ?Imposing mandatory drug testing of students when Philippine police are committing rampant summary killings of alleged drug users puts countless children in danger for failing a drug test,? said Mr Kine. ?Education officials should be protecting students, not putting them in harm?s way through mandatory drugs tests.?
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World's Saddest Right-Wing Protest Draws 7 People To Seattle's Lenin Statue
Far-right ?Pizzagate? conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec tweeted videos and photos Wednesday showing him leading a group of people protesting a Vladimir Lenin statue in Seattle. Video shows Posobiec leading the group in a chant of ?tear it down, tear it down? as the protesters ? wearing ?Make America Great Again? caps and holding placards bearing phrases like ?Lenin is Hitler? and ?Alt Left Hate? ? marched around the statue.It appears that about 7 people, including Posobiec, attended the demonstration. Trump Supporters Demand Marxist Statue of Lenin Must Be Torn Down pic.twitter. ...
KKK leader threatens to 'burn' black Latina journalist and calls her a 'n*****' during interview
An Afro-Latina journalist conducting an interview with a member of the Ku Klux Klan has said he threatened her so violently that she was concerned for her safety. Ilia Calderón, a Univision journalist with both African and Colombian heritage, agreed to visit KKK leader Chris Barker on his wooded North Carolina property. Almost immediately, Mr Barker asked her why she didn?t ?go back? to her country of origin.