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Ukraine's Roma under attack in wave of hate crimes

Lviv - Blood-stained clothes, shoes and kids' toys lie scattered in several old tents where a Roma man was murdered in an attack on a forest camp in western Ukraine last week.

Two Ukraine minors in custody over deadly Roma attack

Lviv - A Ukrainian court has ordered that two minors suspected in a deadly attack on a Roma camp be held in custody for 60 days, officials said Tuesday, as concern grows over a wave of hate crimes.

In Latvia, school language reform irks Russian minority

Riga - Riga's plans to impose Latvian as the main teaching language in minority schools has created tension among some of its ethnic Russian population, resurrecting a long-running dispute with Latvia's former Soviet masters.

Jailed Kurdish leader makes first TV appeal ahead of Turkey vote

Istanbul - Turkey's leading Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas on Sunday appeared on state television from his prison cell to denounce the government's "repressive regime", ahead of the presidential election next weekend.

Jailed Kurdish presidential candidate appears on TV from jail

Istanbul - Turkey's leading Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas on Sunday appeared on state television from his prison cell to denounce the government's "repressive regime", ahead of the presidential election next weekend.

Divided Kurds face losses in Iraq's election

Arbil - As if the loss of oil-rich territory last year wasn't painful enough, Iraq's divided Kurds are bracing for a blow on the political front in the country's May 12 elections.

Tribal protesters march on Brazil congress over land threats

Bras - About 2,000 members of Brazil's indigenous tribes, decked out in traditional feathers and body paint, marched Thursday on Congress to demand protection for ancestral lands from ever expanding farm businesses.

Try stealing less, Italian League head tells Roma

Rome - International Roma Day inspired contrasting remarks on Sunday, as Pope Francis welcomed a chance to engage with the culture of an often marginalised group, while the leader of Italy's far-right League urged them to "steal less".

Four 'terrorists' killed in attack on Iran military checkpoint

Tehran - Four "terrorists" were killed after infiltrating Iran and attacking a military checkpoint in a southeastern border area, officials said on Monday.

Tibetans greet new year with giant Buddhas, dancing and lamb carcasses

- Despite a few elbows to the face, Tsering pushed through the broil of Tibetan worshippers and lifted her bawling two-year-old over the mad crush, briefly pressing the girl's forehead to a passing sacred scroll.

Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party replaces jailed chief

Ankara - Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party elected two new leaders on Sunday, one of whom replaced its charismatic jailed co-chief Selahattin Demirtas, ahead of elections in 2019.

Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party to replace jailed chief

Ankara - Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party will elect two new leaders on Sunday, one of whom will replace its charismatic jailed co-chief Selahattin Demirtas, ahead of elections in 2019.

US citizenship query could threaten 2020 census: experts

Washington - The United States is gearing up to conduct its next population census in 2020 but a thorny question on citizenship has ignited controversy even before it has begun.

Minorities in north Iraq look to post-jihadist future

Al Hamdaniyah - A Christmas tree stands on a roundabout in Bartalla in northern Iraq, its base adorned by posters of Shabak martyrs killed in the fight against the Islamic State group.

Jailed pro-Kurdish leader appears in court for first time

Istanbul - The jailed co-leader of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party on Friday appeared in court for the first time since his arrest in late 2016, insisting that his detention was unlawful.

Jailed pro-Kurdish leader appears in court for first time

Istanbul - The jailed co-leader of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party on Friday appeared in court for the first time since his arrest in late 2016, insisting that his detention was unlawful.

Ukraine language reform fuels identity fears among ethnic Hungarians

Uzhgorod - The central street in a small town in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains in western Ukraine is buzzing with life.

Despite Greek shelter, Yazidis struggle to integrate

S - Although Ibrahim Hondeta's Yazidi family reached Greece a year ago after fleeing persecution, they still fear being the target of violence and are fighting to keep their community together.

Rights activists condemn police violence in California

Los Angeles - Rights activists singled out police in southern California on Monday for excessive use of force and the high number of deaths involving officers, particularly among ethnic minorities.

Black leaders who urged farmers to dump coca on run from Colombia gangs

Tumaco - There is a price on their heads, and one of them has already been gunned down.

Kenya's disputed poll turns neighbours against each other

Nairobi - "That was the bedroom," said Steven Chege pointing to a tangle of charred wire, blackened metal sheets and burned wood.

Balance of power shifts in Iraq's multi-ethnic Kirkuk

Kirkuk - With the return of Kirkuk to Iraqi control, the balance of power appears to have shifted between the ethnic communities in the Kurdish-majority city, to the delight of its Turkmen residents.

Cameroon probes deadly unrest in restive anglophone region

Yaound - Cameroon has launched a probe into recent deadly violence linked to a symbolic declaration of independence in the west African nation's English-speaking region, the defence minister said Friday.

Bulgaria's tough test in bringing Roma back to school

Plovdiv - Small armies of teachers, social workers and police officers are swarming across Bulgaria to carry out a Herculean task -- convince tens of thousands of Roma parents to send their children to school.

Saudis redevelop flattened Shia town after clashes

Awamiya - Posters of sumptuous villas and palm-fringed boulevards hang in the battle-scarred old quarter of Awamiya, symbols of a controversial Saudi plan to redevelop the Shia-majority town which triggered months of deadly clashes.

'Hundreds' dead in Ethiopia ethnic clashes

Addis Ababa - Clashes that erupted in Ethiopia this month between two of the country's largest ethnic groups have killed hundreds of people and displaced thousands, the government said Monday.

Baha'is welcome release of member imprisoned in Iran

Geneva - The Baha'i community on Tuesday welcomed the release of a member serving a 10-year prison term in Iran, but expressed concern for six co-religionists tried alongside her.

Muslim nations condemn Myanmar's 'brutal acts'

Astana - The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Sunday condemned Myanmar for "systematic brutal acts" against its Muslim Rohingya minority and asked it to accept international monitors.

Brazilian tribes celebrate court ruling on land rights

Bras - Brazilian indigenous activists celebrated Wednesday after the Supreme Court ruled against a state seeking compensation for land that had been declared tribal reserves.

Kosovo Roma seek justice for lead-poisoned children

Mitrovica - Kosovo's Roma minority "are not treated as humans," laments Florim Masurica, who is seeking justice for his disabled son, one of the children suffering from suspected lead-poisoning contracted at post-war United Nations camps.
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