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Eric Allison and Simon Hattenstone // Home Office contractors ‘cuffed detained migrants’ inside coach on fire | UK news | The Guardian

Home Office contractors ‘cuffed detained migrants’ inside coach on fire | UK news | The Guardian: In interviews with the Guardian, the detainees said that just minutes before the vehicle exploded and as fumes filled the cabin, one of the guards started handing out handcuffs to his colleagues.

After the cuffing process, which took several minutes, staff working for the Capita-owned security firm Tascor took the detainees off the bus, they said. They were instructed to stand about 40ft away on the M25 as the vehicle exploded.

Home Office rules say that restraint during transit could amount to degrading or inhuman treatment, in breach of the European convention on human rights, “unless risk is properly assessed and the use of restraints fully justified”.


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Turkey orders detention of 170 soldiers for links to coup plotters - The National

Turkey orders detention of 170 soldiers for links to coup plotters - The National: Those targeted in the operation, which was centred in Istanbul and spread across 37 other provinces, included retired, suspended and serving soldiers, Anadolu said, adding 22 of them were detained on Tuesday morning.

The suspects are believed to have contacted imams of the network via payphones and landlines, the news agency said. The arrests are part of Turkey's far-reaching clampdown against the network of US-based Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara holds responsible for the coup bid.


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Arshad R. Zargar // #Rohingya refugee women and girls from #Myanmar face sexual violence in Bangladesh; artist Dibarah Mahboob tries to help - CBS News

Rohingya refugee women and girls from Myanmar face sexual violence in Bangladesh; artist Dibarah Mahboob tries to help - CBS News: There, the 28-year-old artist and activist spends the day hearing the displaced Rohingyas' stories of trauma and resilience, and helping the women and children in the camps deal with the lingering pain caused by the sexual violence they fled back home. And for many, the threat of sexual violence has followed them across the border.


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Peter Dizikes // New paper links ancient drawings and the origins of language

New paper links ancient drawings and the origins of language: [phys.org] In the new paper, this convergence of sound and drawing is what the authors call a "cross-modality information transfer," a convergence of auditory information and visual art that, the authors write, "allowed early humans to enhance their ability to convey symbolic thinking." The combination of sounds and images is one of the things that characterizes human language today, along with its symbolic aspect and its ability to generate infinite new sentences.


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Syria: 200 Killed in Two Days of Gov’t Bombing in Eastern Ghouta | Democracy Now!

Syria: 200 Killed in Two Days of Gov’t Bombing in Eastern Ghouta | Democracy Now!: The Syrian government is continuing its deadly barrage of airstrikes and artillery fire against the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, outside the capital Damascus. Aid workers report at least 200 people have been killed over the last 48 hours. Many of the victims are women and children. On Tuesday, the charity UNICEF released a nearly blank statement on the killings, writing, “No words will do justice to the children killed, their mothers, their fathers and their loved ones,” followed by quotation marks and 10 blank lines. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert called Tuesday for an immediate ceasefire.


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