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Day: February 16, 2016

Prosecutors believe human error caused German train crash
ENGLISH, Europe

Prosecutors believe human error caused German train crash

    In this Feb. 9, 2016 file picture rescue personnel stand in front of two trains that collided head-on near Bad Aibling, southern Germany. Prosecutors said at a pressconference Tuesday Feb. 16, 2016, they believe the… Prosecutors say they believe the head-on train crash in southern Germany last week was caused by "human error" by the train dispatcher. Eleven people died and scores were injured when two commuter trains slammed into each other on a single-line track near Bad Aibling, 60 kilometers (40 miles) southeast of Munich. Chief prosecutor Wolfgang Giese says his office has opened a criminal investigation against the 39-year-old dispatcher. Giese said at a news conference on Tuesday that according to investigators "had he (the dispatcher) behaved according to the rules ...
Video of child bride in Lebanon shines spotlight on 37,000 child marriages every day
Arab world, ENGLISH

Video of child bride in Lebanon shines spotlight on 37,000 child marriages every day

    Some reacted with anger and confusion, while others looked on approvingly, even offering their congratulations. A 12-year-old girl, in a white wedding dress and veil, stands beside a man who looks like her grandfather. They are getting their wedding pictures taken by the sea. Passers-by question him and the photographer, one accusing the groom of being a “criminal”. The groom replies: “This is none of your business. I got permission from her parents." The bride and groom are actors, hired by the KAFA - “enough” in Arabic - Violence & Exploitation campaign in Lebanon. The video has gathered over 1.7 million views and shines a spotlight on the dire plight of thousands of young girls in Lebanon, Syria and around the world who are forced into marriage with much older men e...
Syria crisis: Strikes on hospitals war crimes
ENGLISH, Europe

Syria crisis: Strikes on hospitals war crimes

    France and Turkey have said that air strikes on hospitals in northern Syria constitute war crimes. Up to 50 people have been killed in missile attacks on schools and hospitals in the region, the UN said. Turkey's foreign ministry blamed Russia for the attacks. Moscow is yet to respond to the allegations. Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has cast doubt over plans to implement a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria. Last week world powers agreed to work towards a selective truce in Syria, to begin later this week. But in his first comments on the announcement, President Assad said such a ceasefire did not mean all the parties would put down their weapons. "So far they say they want a ceasefire within a week," he said in televised comments. "Who is capable of gather...
Life Inside IS: Kids Play Mock Execution Games
Arab world, ENGLISH

Life Inside IS: Kids Play Mock Execution Games

    Children as young as eight are being put on the front line by Islamic State, according to Syrian activists. Footage obtained by Sky News shows how youngsters play mock execution games. In one video, they kneel down and pretend to be shot, while in another a toddler tries to behead a teddy bear. "Those kids are a whole generation that's lost," said activist Sarmad al Jilane. He added: "There are a lot of suicide bombers that Daesh (IS) have orchestrated - as well as brainwashing the children. "They place them in the front line of battles and if they are killed then they are considered to be protecting Daesh lives." The group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) also warns Russian airstrikes are killing civilians and helping Daesh. Sarmad, who is co-founder of RBSS, sa...
Russia Has Killed More Syrian Civilians than Assad or ISIS Last Month: Report
ENGLISH, Europe

Russia Has Killed More Syrian Civilians than Assad or ISIS Last Month: Report

    Russia has killed more civilians than the Syrian army and Islamist group Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria as of January, according to the independent watchdog the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR). A report by the organisation, which uses Syrian civil servants in the country's provinces to verify news about deaths, alleges that throughout last month Russian airstrikes killed 679 civilians, of whom 94 were children and 73 were women. This is higher than the estimate of how many people the Syrian government has allegedly killed over the same timeframe. ISIS was the bloodiest Islamist group in January with the death of 98 civilians on its hands, which is more than the al-Qaeda affiliated, al-Nusra front that was responsible for 42 death. The total number of civilians killed ...