1000s join rally in Turkey in solidarity with detained Kurdish lawmaker

Thousands of people have taken part in a rally in the main Kurdish city of Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey to express solidarity with a detained lawmaker from a pro-Kurdish party who launched a hunger strike in November. According to Press TV, Leyla Guven, a member of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), is protesting against the prison conditions of Abdullah Ocalan, the Head of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Guven, 55, launched a hunger strike on November 8 to pressure the Turkish government into allowing lawyers and family members to…

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5,000 prisoners of conscience in Bahraini regime’s detention, says rights group

An independent human rights group says it has documented the arrest of more than 5,000 prisoners of conscience in addition to 200 victims of excessive use of force, murder and torture in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom, as the ruling Ale Khalifah regime presses ahead with its heavy clampdown on political dissidents and pro-democracy activists. According to Press TV, the Head of the Bahrain Center for Dialogue and Tolerance, Sheikh Maytham al-Salman, said in a statement during a conference held in Lebanese capital Beirut that “human rights as well as…

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China will ‘soon’ begin construction of world’s most powerful hyper-gravity centrifuges

China will “soon” begin the construction of two hyper-gravity centrifuges that, once completed, will dethrone their American counterpart as world’s largest centrifuges in terms of capacity, a new report has revealed. The report by Reuters on Sunday came after Beijing’s recent approval of a feasibility study report by the country’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). One of the two centrifuges will be designed to have a capacity of up to 1,500 gravity tons (gt), which makes it far more powerful than the current record holder, a 1,200-gt centrifuge developed…

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Magnitude 6.7 quake hits Chile’s coast, no damage reported

A strong 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit north-central Chile on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said. According to Press TV, USGS said the quake struck at a depth of 53 kilometers (32 miles) with an epicenter some 15 kilometers southwest of Coquimbo. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center discarded a tsunami threat shortly after the tremor. No initial damage or injuries have been reported, though there were sporadic reports of power outages near the epicenter of the quake. Chile is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries. The 1960 Valdivia earthquake in Chile…

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Merkel calls for EU weapons system independent of US

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on EU countries to share their capabilities in order to build weapons systems independent of the United States. Speaking to her Christian Democrats party in the northern city of Rostock, Merkel said Europe had many more systems than the US which has threatened to “go its own way” under President Donald Trump. Merkel called on EU members to ease up their strict controls on exports and technologies and refrain from competing among themselves for new projects and fighter planes. Her remarks were apparently aimed at France which…

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