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Day: April 3, 2016

Greece readies to send first migrants back in EU Turkey deal
ENGLISH, Europe

Greece readies to send first migrants back in EU Turkey deal

    Greek authorities are gearing up to send hundreds of failed asylum-seekers back to Turkey, which is racing to set up reception centres under a controversial EU deal. Some 750 migrants are set to be sent back between Monday and Wednesday, Greek state news agency ANA said, the first wave of deportations under the much-criticised agreement struck last month. All irregular migrants now face being sent back from the Greek islands to Turkey, as Europe grapples with its worst migration crisis since World War II. Greece has been struggling to get the infrastructure in place under its side of the deal, which has been met with scepticism by EU members like Austria, while the United Nations argues it is illegal. "Planning is in progress," Yiorgos Kyritsis, spokesman for Greece's refu...
Illegal Jewish schools: Department of Education knew about council faith school cover up as thousands of pupils disappeared
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Illegal Jewish schools: Department of Education knew about council faith school cover up as thousands of pupils disappeared

    Children were witnessed going into the building greeted by people who appeared to be teachers (Picture: [copyright]) A London council’s education authority destroyed evidence that children were being educated in illegal faith schools at the request of religious institutions, The Independent can exclusively reveal. The Department for Education has been aware of this cover-up since 2010 but does not appear to have taken any steps to act against the destruction of these records. An investigation by The Independent has also found that more than 1,000 children are currently missing from schools in London and are at risk of abuse in illegal faith schools. The schools are ultra-Orthodox Jewish faith schools at which boys are placed from the age of 13, and where they receive no ed...
Erdoğan inaugurates mosque in America: US based Ottoman-style mosque and cultural center opened with huge ceremony
America, ENGLISH

Erdoğan inaugurates mosque in America: US based Ottoman-style mosque and cultural center opened with huge ceremony

    The Turkish funded Diyanet Center of America was inaugurated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Washington DC area with a huge ceremony on Saturday. The facility, built on a 16-acre campus in Maryland, just 21 kilometers (13 miles) from the nation's capital, represents the 'kulliye' tradition of a complex of social and religious buildings which were common in Turkey's Ottoman period. Built to seek common ground between people of different faiths and cultures, the complex features a mosque, cultural center, guest house, traditional Turkish houses and a Turkish bath. An Islamic Research Center within the building will provide a consultancy service for undergraduate and graduate students coming from Turkey to the U.S. There is also an Islamic Arts Museum below t...
Plane Crashes Into Car Killing Passenger
America, ENGLISH

Plane Crashes Into Car Killing Passenger

    A light aircraft crash landed on a motorway, hitting a car and killing a passenger. The collision happened on the Interstate 15 freeway just outside Fallbrook, southern California on Saturday. The same plane made headlines when it landed safely on the same stretch of road 15 years ago. The black Nissan Altima sedan involved in the collision was parked on the hard shoulder of the highway at the time. It is understood the driver had stopped to synchronise a bluetooth device. Witnesses said the single-engine plane appeared to be having problems before it banked and came down. California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Parent said the Lancair IV landed on its belly and skidded about 250 feet before striking the rear of the vehicle. The impact crushed the back of the car, killing ...
Saudi Arabia prepares for post oil era by setting up world’s biggest sovereign investment fund
Arab world, ENGLISH

Saudi Arabia prepares for post oil era by setting up world’s biggest sovereign investment fund

    The $2tn (£1.4tn) wealth fund will be created by selling off state petroleum company Aramco's assets in a dramatic plan to transform the country's economy, which heavily relies on the oil industry. The megafund will be enough money to buy the four largest US companies, Apple, Google's parent company Alphabet, Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway. It will also be more than double Norway's sovereign wealth fund, regarded as the largest in the world by assets. The scheme is aimed to generate state revenue, which will be used to invest abroad and in new industries and tourism to diversify the economy and end the country's dependence on oil. Ras Tannura's oil production plant, Saudi Arabia (Rex) The 30-year-old son of King Salman and second-in-line for the throne Prince Mohammed bi...