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Iran Arrests Prominent Human Rights Activist

Iranian opposition human rights activist, Narges Mohammadi in 2007

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Iranian authorities arrested a prominent human rights activist on Tuesday, leaving her friends and family with no idea of her whereabouts or exactly why she was being detained.

Narges Mohammadi is the deputy head of the Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC), an organization co-founded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi. Her husband told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that the authorities showed up at their house on Tuesday morning with an arrest warrant and took her away.

“We don’t know where she is as of this morning, and we don’t know where the security forces have taken her,” a friend of Mohammadi's told the New York Times.

This isn't the first time that the activist has been behind bars. She was meant to stand trial this week for her work at the DHRC — the regime has accused her of acting against Iran's national security through her activism. The hearing scheduled for this weekend was delayed after Mohammadi's lawyers said that they had not been given time to study the charges against her.

The U.S.-based group International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said that Mohammadi had informed them prior to her arrest that she was being charged with “propaganda against the state,” “assembly and collusion against national security,” and “establishing the anti-security and illegal 'Step by Step to Stop Death Penalty' group.”

In 2011, she was sentenced to 11 years in jail, a term that was reduced after she became ill while imprisoned. It is unclear still whether her arrest on Tuesday was due to the charges she is currently facing, related to her previous sentence, or a new set of charges altogether.

Watch This Color Footage Of Berlin Immediately After World War II

The color video captures a slice of life in the German capital just two months after the fall of the Nazis.

Seventy years ago this Friday, the Allies celebrated “V-E Day” — victory in Europe over the Nazis and the rest of the Axis powers.

Seventy years ago this Friday, the Allies celebrated "V-E Day" — victory in Europe over the Nazis and the rest of the Axis powers.

New Yorkers on V-E Day

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Ahead of the anniversary, German historical film company Chronos Media published on its YouTube channel a compilation of life in Germany just two months after the fall of Adolf Hitler.

Ahead of the anniversary, German historical film company Chronos Media published on its YouTube channel a compilation of life in Germany just two months after the fall of Adolf Hitler.

Chronos Media

Much of the early section of the video is devoted to showing Germans going about their lives after the war’s end, doing what they can amid the destruction.

Much of the early section of the video is devoted to showing Germans going about their lives after the war's end, doing what they can amid the destruction.

Chronos Media

And though the video can be jarring when you realize that all of the sound effects were added in later, it’s a pretty good slice of life.

And though the video can be jarring when you realize that all of the sound effects were added in later, it's a pretty good slice of life.

Chronos Media


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Bill Clinton Defends Donations His Foundation Got From Foreign Governments

The former president isn’t worried about the criticism but said he would consider taking “less of an executive role” in the Clinton Global Initiative if Hillary is elected president.

Bill Clinton defended his Clinton Global Initiative’s funding methods in an NBC News interview on Monday, responding to critics who raised concerns about donations the foundation took from foreign governments while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.

Bill Clinton defended his Clinton Global Initiative's funding methods in an NBC News interview on Monday, responding to critics who raised concerns about donations the foundation took from foreign governments while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.

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He said that foreigners and foreign government's donating money to a worthwhile cause is a “good thing.”

“I don't think there's anything sinister in trying to get wealthy people and countries that are seriously involved in development to spend their money wisely in a way that helps poor people and lifts them up,” Clinton said in the interview with NBC News's Cynthia McFadden in Nairobi, which appeared on the Today Show.

The former president said that there's been a “deliberate attempt to take the foundation down” since his wife announced her bid for president, adding that he'd be willing to step down as the head of the foundation if Hillary is elected president.

“I might if I were asked to do something in the public interest that I had an obligation to do. Or I might take less of an executive role,” Clinton said. “But we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.”

In an attempt to crack down on criticism's surrounding the acceptance of money from foreign governments, the foundation announced it would only take money from six western countries. A move Clinton said was “an acknowledgement” to come as close as they can to “follow in the rules we followed when [Hillary] became secretary of state.”

He added that the millions the foundation accepted from Saudi Arabia wasn't “against the interest of the United States.”

But that didn't stop him from singing the praises of the Clinton Global Initiative, mentioning the organization has raised more than $100 billion to help 43 million people in 180 countries.

At Least 6,800 Migrants Rescued In Mediterranean Waters This Weekend

Among those rescued was a woman who gave birth to a baby girl onboard an Italian navy ship.

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At least 6,800 migrants were rescued from smugglers boats in the Mediterranean sea this weekend, as traffickers took advantage of mild temperatures and calm waters, Reuters reported.

Among those saved by the Italian navy was a woman who gave birth to a baby girl onboard one of the rescue ships.

“Both mother and daughter are in good health,” the Italian navy said in a statement to Reuters.

On Saturday, over 3,500 were pulled from smugglers' boats in Mediterranean waters in an effort that took 17 different rescue operations.

The figures from this weekend come two weeks after at least 600 migrants died trying to make the perilous journey from north Africa to southern Europe.

So far this year, at least 1,700 people have died in Mediterranean waters.

Speaking to BuzzFeed News on Sunday, Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) Director of Humanitarian Affairs Hernan Del Valle said the sheer number of fatalities is alarming.

“If you look at the numbers of people dying, the figures are higher than in some of the world's war zones.”

Last year, the Italian government shut Mare Nostrum – a proactive search and rescue program, which costed a reported 9 million euros a month.

In addition to being costly, Rome claimed it only encouraged more migrants to undertake the perilous journey.

But with some 1,700 people dead in the Mediterranean so far this year, EU politicians are under pressure to both stop people from drowning at sea and take in those who are fleeing war-torn countries.

Immigration is a contentious topic in Europe at the moment, however, and with the rise of far-right parties in some of the EU's biggest economies, politicians seem reticent to open the floodgates.

“Regardless of your politics, it's shocking that people are willing to just sit back and refuse to help these people,” Valle said.

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Nepalis Trend #GoHomeIndianMedia In Protest Of Indian Publications’ Disaster Coverage

The hashtag #GoHomeIndianMedia began in Nepal on Saturday, and went on to gain traction in India and around the world over the weekend.

More than 7,000 people have been killed and 14,000 injured in the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015 and its subsequent aftershocks.

More than 7,000 people have been killed and 14,000 injured in the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015 and its subsequent aftershocks.

The powerful 7.8 magnitude quake left much of Nepal in wreckage and rescue efforts are still ongoing.

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In the days since, media houses from all around the world have been covering the disaster, a calamity of international interest.

In the days since, media houses from all around the world have been covering the disaster, a calamity of international interest.

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Ethiopian Israelis Protest Racism And Police Brutality In Tel Aviv

Thousands of people joined the rally and march, blocking a highway in the city. Several people were arrested, and police deployed stun grenades as night fell.

Thousands of members of the Ethiopian community in Israel protested police brutality and racism on Sunday.

Thousands of members of the Ethiopian community in Israel protested police brutality and racism on Sunday.

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Their march shut down a major highway in the city, and ultimately some clashed with police.

Their march shut down a major highway in the city, and ultimately some clashed with police.

Oded Balilty / AP

Oded Balilty / AP

More than 135,000 Ethiopian Jews live in Israel after two waves of migration in 1984 and 1991.

More than 135,000 Ethiopian Jews live in Israel after two waves of migration in 1984 and 1991.

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Freed Boko Haram Hostages Tell Of Deplorable Conditions In Captivity

A rescued child is examined by doctors

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Several of the 275 Boko Haram hostages who were freed from captivity by the Nigerian military told of the deplorable conditions in which they were held – and said some women were stoned to death as rescuers approached.

The accounts, reported by the Associated Press and Reuters, tell of the hostages –61 women and 214 children, nearly all women – being strictly confined, starved, and beaten while held in the forest.

Officials said the rescued hostages were not part of the schoolgirls taken from Chibok.

“Boko Haram came and told us they were moving out and said that we should run away with them. But we said no,” Lami Musa explained from a bed in the camp clinic.

“Then they started stoning us. I held my baby to my stomach and doubled over to protect her.”

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There was confusion during the rescue operation, many said. Nigerian soldiers accidentally ran over some of the hostages who were hiding under a bush, one survivor said. Another said several people were killed by stray military gunfire. Some were killed by a land mine.

“When we saw the soldiers we raised our hands and shouted for help. Boko Haram who were guarding us started stoning us so we would follow them to another hideout, but we refused because we were sure the soldiers would rescue us,” Asabe Umaru, a 24 year-old mother of two, told Reuters.

The prisoners suffered constant malnutrition and disease, she said. “Every day we witnessed the death of one of us and waited for our turn.”

The survivors were brought to a refugee camp in Yola. Those who suffered the worst injuries, such as bullet wounds and bone fractures, were taken to a hospital. At the camp, health workers put babies – who the AP said were so starved their rib cages were protruding – on intravenous drips.

Many of the freed hostages still can't believe they've been rescued, the outlets reported.

Ships Rescue Over 3,500 Migrants From Mediterranean Sea

Smugglers are said to have taken advantage of calm waters and favorable weather to move the latest group of African migrants desperate to reach European shores.

An estimated 3,690 migrants were pulled out of smugglers’ boats in the Mediterranean sea off the Libyan coast on Saturday.

An estimated 3,690 migrants were pulled out of smugglers' boats in the Mediterranean sea off the Libyan coast on Saturday.

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It took 17 different rescue operations to get people to safer ships, after smugglers took advantage of calm waters and favorable weather conditions to attempt the deadly crossing, the Italian Coast Guard told the Associated Press.

While the weather was not a problem this time, smugglers are known to use aging wooden vessels packed to the brim to maximize profits – those who attempt the journey pay hundreds of euros for a “seat.”

The migrants rescued on Saturday are expected to be taken to ports in Sicily and Calabria. They should arrive either later on Sunday or early Monday, according to theAP.

Their health condition is still unknown and will only be assessed once they reach Italian shores.

Medecins Sans Frontieres

As the Mediterranean crossing season reaches its peak and the Italian Coast Guard struggles to cope with the sheer volume of migrants fleeing war and poverty in Africa, Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) on Saturday launched “The Phoenix” – a 43-meter state-of-the-art ship which for the next six months will undertake search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean.

With a crew of 20 and a capacity to take in about 400 people, The Phoenix's mission is to save as many migrants as possible and take them to safety – either in Italy or Malta. Once on board they will be given food, water, clean clothes and medical assistance.

This is the alternative MSF officials found to last year's shuttering of Mare Nostrum – Italy's proactive search and rescue program, which costed a reported 9 million euros a month.

In addition to being costly, Italian officials claimed it only encouraged more migrants to undertake the perilous journey.

But with some 1,700 people dead in the Mediterranean so far this year, EU politicians are under pressure to both stop people from drowning at sea and take in those who are fleeing from war-torn countries.

Immigration is a contentious topic in Europe at the moment, however, and with the rise of far-right parties in some of the EU's biggest economies, politicians seem reticent to open the floodgates.

“Regardless of your politics, it's shocking that people are willing to just sit back and refuse to help these people,” MSF's Director of Humanitarian Affairs Hernan Del Valle told BuzzFeed News.

Valle pointed out there are a lot of poorer countries, such as Lebanon and Turkey, showing a greater willingness to host refugees.

“The idea that Europe doesn't have the resources needs to be questioned, definitely.”


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World Renowned Ballerina Maya Plisetskaya Reportedly Dies

Plisetskaya was reported dead of a heart attack Friday in Germany at age 89. She leaves behind her husband, Radion Schedrin.

Maya Plisetskaya, one of the most celebrated ballerinas and choreographers of the 20th century, reportedly died of a heart attack Friday in Germany at age 89.

Maya Plisetskaya, one of the most celebrated ballerinas and choreographers of the 20th century, reportedly died of a heart attack Friday in Germany at age 89.

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The director of the renowned Bolshoi Ballet, Vladimir Urin, was quoted by Russian media as saying the great ballerina died of a severe heart attack.

“The doctors tried everything, but there was nothing they could do,” he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also reportedly sent his condolences to Plisetskaya's family.

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Milan Expo Starts Amid Violent Demonstrations

Protesters clashed with police at the start of the international fair which the Italian government hopes will show Italy in a different light after years of economic austerity.

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Police in the northern Italian city of Milan fired teargas at anti-globalisation demonstrators on Friday, overshadowing the first day of the Milan Expo- a six-month long global fair with more than 140 participating countries which this year will focus on food and combating global hunger, the BBC reported.

The demonstrators, many wearing masks as protection from the fumes, took to the streets to vent their anger at some of the world's biggest companies, such as McDonald's and Coca-Cola, as well as the public money used for the staging of the event which they claim was swallowed by corruption.

“Our generation does not want this corporate bullshit,” one militant, who gave her name as Annalisa, told AFP.

"Our generation does not want this corporate bullshit," one militant, who gave her name as Annalisa, told AFP.

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