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Minors as young as 11yo already married when seeking asylum in Norway: Zio-Watch, February 2, 2016


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From Russia Today

Minors as young as 11yo already married when seeking asylum in Norway – govt data

Published time: 2 Feb, 2016 15:51

© Darrin Zammit Lupi At least 61 minors were married when they sought asylum in Norway last year, several of whom were under the country’s age of sexual consent. The youngest was an 11-year-old girl, according to government figures.

At least 10 girls were under the age of 16, which is the age of sexual consent in Norway. Forty-nine girls and two boys were 16 or 17 when they arrived in the country, NRK reported, citing figures from the Norwegian Immigration Directorate (UDI) and the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufdir). At least two of the girls under the age of 18 were expecting their second child.

Most of the married minors came from Syria, Iraq, or Afghanistan.

The figures have prompted Bufdir to investigate situations where minors are potentially being abused.
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From Ynet News

Iran: $100b. in assets ‘fully released’ under nuclear deal

Tehran gains accesses to frozen assets that have been piling up in banks in China, India, Japan, South Korea and Turkey since sanctions were tightened in 2012.

TEHRAN – Iran said Monday it now has access to more than $100 billion worth of frozen overseas assets following the implementation of a landmark nuclear deal with world powers.

Government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht said much of the money had been piling up in banks in China, India, Japan, South Korea and Turkey since international sanctions were tightened in 2012 over Tehran’s nuclear program.
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From The Daily Mail

EXCLUSIVE – The lawless asylum centre where migrants rule: Inside squalid Swedish shelter that police will not enter, where 10-year-old boy was raped and that has just TWO staff on duty for 600 refugees

  • MailOnline reveals rooms ‘so overcrowded that youths were free to rape’
  • Migrants claim six people are crammed in on mattresses and bunk beds
  • Ten-year-old was sexually abused at Signalisten Asylum Centre in Sweden
  • Police were then chased from the corridors after being surrounded by mob 
  • Officers now refuse to enter and just two staff guard 600 migrants at night
  • Activists ten children have been raped because of overcrowding 
  • Sweden struggling to cope with 160,000 new arrivals

The tiny room is crammed full of all the family’s worldly possessions. Dirty dishes, baby bottles and an old kettle fight for space with a glowing tablet computer, in a room eight metres square that is now home to six people.

Amid the squalor, a sick child lies sleeping on an old mattress on the floor, inches from a filthy sink that doubles as bathroom and kitchen.

These are the conditions inside one of Sweden’s most notorious asylum centres – where youths were free to rape a ten-year-old boy and where police now refuse to enter after being chased away in a riot.

Signalisten Asylum Centre  in Västerås, an hour west of Stockholm, was once a hotel welcoming people to the town of 133,000 people.

Today, 600 men, women and children sleep in its grubby rooms, guarded by just two night-time staff who are too scared to leave their rooms.

As MailOnline gained exclusive access to the centre, campaigners claimed that overcrowding in Sweden’s asylum centres is so severe that as many as ten children have been raped.

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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Israel’s Knesset passes ‘stop and frisk’ law

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Knesset passed a “stop and frisk” law allowing police to search individuals if there is a “reasonable suspicion” they will commit a crime or are carrying an illegal weapon.

The law passed by a vote of 39-31 in its second and third readings on Tuesday.

A temporary provision allows police to stop and frisk even without reasonable suspicion based on the fear that an individual is planning to carry out a terror attack. The provision will remain valid for a year.

In a debate before the vote, those opposed to the legislation said it would increase discrimination against minorities such as Arabs, haredi Orthodox, Ethiopians and Russians.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Report: Pro-settlements firm forged 14 of 15 West Bank land deals

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Nearly all of the West Bank real estate acquisitions made by a company run by a pro-settlement activist were forged.

The details of the transactions by the Al-Watan company, owned by the Amana housing company and run by director-general Zeev Hever, were broadcast Monday on Israel’s Channel 1. A full report was to be broadcast Tuesday night on the Channel 10 news program “HaMakor with Raviv Drucker.”

According to the investigation, the documents used by illegal outposts to prove they had purchased land from their Palestinian owners were forged. Some 14 of 15 real estate transactions were found to be forged, according to the report.

The report was based on two Palestinians who acted as straw men for Al-Watan, purchasing property from landowners and then transferring it to Amana.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

5 questions Jews should be asking after Iowa

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, won the Republican caucus on Monday night, relegating Donald Trump, the real estate billionaire, to second place. Both Trump and Cruz ran insurgent anti-establishment campaigns. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., made a strong showing for third place, well ahead of the other “establishment” candidates.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., effectively tied for first.

The New Hampshire primary is on Feb. 9, with Nevada and South Carolina later this month.
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From PressTV

Tue Feb 2, 2016 6:24PM

An Israeli court has convicted former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who is to start serving jail term for bribery, on two counts of obstruction of justice.

The Jerusalem Magistrates Court’s ruling came after Olmert pleaded guilty to pressuring a confidant to not testify against him in several cases of bribery and corruption.

Olmert made the confession as part of a plea bargain, which required him to confess to the charges in return for the six-month imprisonment for those felonies being served concurrently with a separate 18-month prison sentence he already received over the bribery scandal.

Judge Avital Chen, however, said that “the court was not committed to the arrangement” of the bargain plea, adding, “The default would be consecutive, not concurrent sentences.”

In March 2014, Olmert was sentenced to six years in jail over two separate charges of accepting bribes in the early 2000s to promote a controversial real estate project in al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Last December, however, Israel’s Supreme Court commuted the sentence to 18 months in jail.
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From PressTV

Tue Feb 2, 2016 4:47PM

The main Syria opposition coalition, the so-called High Negotiations Committee (HNC), says it will not attend a planned meeting with the United Nations special envoy for Syria.

“There is no meeting with (Staffan) de Mistura,” planned for Tuesday afternoon, HNC member Farah Atassi told reporters outside of the UN headquarters in the Swiss city of Geneva, where the Syria peace talks are going on.

“We presented the demands that we wanted to demand. At this moment, there is no reason to repeat ourselves with de Mistura,” she added.

The gathering was to be the opposition delegation’s second meeting with the Swedish-Italian diplomat as part of the UN-brokered peace Geneva negotiations aimed at finding a political solution to the conflict in Syria.

United Nations spokeswoman Khawla Mattar also confirmed that there would be “no other meetings today” in Geneva with de Mistura.

Earlier in the day, the UN envoy held talks with the Damascus government delegation. The meeting came one day after de Mistura announced the beginning of peace talks proper in the Swiss city of Geneva.
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From Russia Today

Western criticism of Russian operations in Syria is groundless – Moscow

Published time: 2 Feb, 2016 15:11

Moscow is used to “unsubstantiated claims” coming from Western capitals, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said in a strong response to his British counterpart’s statement that Russia is undermining international peace efforts in Syria.

“Concerning the statements from London and other Western capitals claiming that our Air Force operations in Syria are not contributing to the resolution of the conflict – we are used to such statements. They are completely groundless,” Lavrov said following a meeting with United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Tuesday.

Such statements “reflect the anxiety of our Western partners that our Air Force is operating effectively in Syrian airspace,” he added.

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Turkish artillery shells Syrian territory – Russian military presents video proof

On Monday, the head of the British Foreign Office, Philip Hammond, accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of undermining international efforts to end the Syrian civil war by bombing opponents of President Assad who are countering Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).
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From Russia Today

Weeding out words: Pot sends verbal memory ability up in smoke, new report shows

Published time: 2 Feb, 2016 11:17

© Rick Wilking © Rick Wilking / Reuters

Those smoking marijuana for years might find their ability to remember words is waning, a new study claims. Five years of smoking weed causes every second person to remember one word fewer from a list of 15, LiveScience reports.

A study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine on February 1 maintains that a longstanding pot habit does not necessarily influence other cognitive or executive functions, be it processing speed, focusing or planning capabilities.

The effects of years-long marijuana consumption has been studied using the existing Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) program, which has over 5,000 adults aged between 18 and 30 enrolled.

The CARDIA program is now 25 years old and, among many others issues, its participants regularly report whether or not they used marijuana over the last month.

On CARDIA’s 25th follow-up, the participants were put through a series of cognitive tests checking their executive function, processing speed and verbal memory.
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From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

‘Son of Saul’: For Claims Conference, Oscar nominee was a big gamble

By Cnaan Liphshiz

BERLIN (JTA) — Set amid a 1944 prisoner uprising at Auschwitz, “Son of Saul” stood out as a long shot when its producers first applied for funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. The film’s director, Laszlo Nemes, had no experience with feature films; its lead actor hadn’t been on a film set in 15 years; and its script included long, silent and out-of-focus shots.

But the Claims Conference, which negotiates restitution for Nazi victims, ultimately decided to help bankroll the film. It’s a gamble that now seems prescient, as “Son of Saul” is favored to win best foreign language film at the Oscars on Feb. 28.

Worldwide ticket sales for the Golden Globe-winning film are north of $2 million, already exceeding the film’s slim $1.6 million budget.

“People all over the world are realizing we’re facing the last generation of Holocaust survivors, so we’re in a race against time to cling to the experiences of the survivors still amongst us,” Greg Schneider, the Claims Conference’s vice president, told JTA.
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