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Day: October 21, 2015

Refugee boats wash up at UK military base in Cyprus
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Refugee boats wash up at UK military base in Cyprus

    Three overloaded boats carrying 140 refugees from Syria have washed up at Britain’s military base in Cyprus, potentially opening up a new front line in the migration crisis. The refugees, believed to include women and children, have been transferred to a temporary reception area at the sovereign base at Akrotiri on southern coast of the Mediterranean island. A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence confirmed that four boats had arrived at the base, which has been used to launch airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. The MoD is still gathering details about the incident, including the number of refugees involved. “I believe it is more than a hundred, but there is no confirmation of the exact number at the moment,” the spokesman said. He said it was unc...
More than 22,000 die in Scotland’s deadliest winter in 15 years
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

More than 22,000 die in Scotland’s deadliest winter in 15 years

  The IndependentLast winter was the deadliest that Scotland has experienced for 15 years, official statistics have revealed, leading to calls for ministers to take action against the “scourge” of homes which are cold or difficult to heat. More than 22,000 deaths were registered in Scotland between December and March, according to data published by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) on 20 October – the highest overall number since the winter of 1999. The spike follows a record low of 18,675 deaths in the winter of 2013/14. The Scottish Government said the rise in the death toll could reflect the growing number of elderly people living in Scotland with multiple health problems. Respiratory and circulatory diseases were responsible for many of the deaths. Last winter’s “seasonal i...
Gay Muslims campaign at Whitechapel station to encourage support for LGBT worshippers
London

Gay Muslims campaign at Whitechapel station to encourage support for LGBT worshippers

Two gay London Muslims are launching a street campaign to change attitudes towards homosexuality within the Islamic community. Ejel Khan and Sohail Ahmed will set up a stall outside Whitechapel station today where they will hand out leaflets and talk to the public. With support from activist Peter Tatchell, they hope to give confidence to gay Muslims and persuade mosques to welcome gay worshippers. Mr Ahmed, 23, said the campaign could change lives and encourage young Muslims to be more open about their sexuality. He said: I always feared that Muslims and non-Muslims alike would view me negatively for being both Muslim and gay. I thought that no one would understand me. I wish I had come across something like this during my darkest moments as a young gay Muslim. No one deserves to be alon...