Mother, 5 children killed in Saudi-led airstrike in NW Yemen

A mother and her five children were killed in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Yemen’s northwestern province of Hajjah on Monday, local residents and medics said.

Three others from the same family were wounded in the air raid which hit their house in Yamanah village of Haradh district in the morning.

A day earlier, four people were killed and five others injured when a coalition airstrike hit a fuel station in Mastaba district in the same province, which borders Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia is leading an Arab military coalition that intervened in Yemen in 2015 to support the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after the Houthi rebels forced him into exile and seized much of the country’s north, including the capital Sanaa.

The four-year-long war has killed more than 10,000 people, mostly civilians, displaced 3 million others and pushed the country to the brink of famine.

The UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths left Sanaa on Saturday after a visit, during which the rebels pledged to attend the upcoming peace talks in Sweden.

US-Led Coalition’s Airstrike On Syrian Province Of Deir Ez-Zor Kills 14 Civilians- Reports

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DAMASCUS An airstrike carried out by the US-led coalition in the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor left 14 civilians killed, local media reported on Sunday.

According to the Ikhbariya broadcaster citing its sources in the area, 14 members of one family were killed in the village of Ash Sha’Fah.

The US-led coalition regularly carries out airstrikes in the Syrian eastern province of Deir ez-Zor. Syrian media often accuse the coalition of killing civilians and using weapons, prohibited by the international treaties, while the coalition refutes the accusations.

US investigating claims of civilian deaths from airstrike in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan — The military is investigating claims that a U.S. airstrike in southern Afghanistan killed dozens of civilians, including children and elderly people, officials said Wednesday.

Military officials in Kabul confirmed that U.S. aircraft conducted a strike in Helmand province’s Garmsir district on Tuesday as Afghan special forces and their U.S. advisers battled Taliban fighters. Officials were still trying on Wednesday to determine whether civilians were among the dead, a military statement said.

If proven, the deaths would add to a spike in civilian casualties caused by airstrikes. A rise in civilian deaths documented by the United Nations this year has corresponded with a surge in U.S. bombings.

Tuesday’s fatalities included children and the elderly, said Abdul Wadoud, a Helmand lawmaker. “Some of the bodies are unrecognizable,” he said in a phone interview.

The strike was carried out against an insurgent position after Afghan and U.S. ground troops came under heavy machine gun and rocket-propelled grenade fire from a compound in the area, the military said.

“At the time of the strike, the ground force was unaware of any civilians in or around the compound,” the military statement said. “They only knew that the Taliban was using the building as a fighting position.”

Militants had stockpiled ammunition in the area, which the military said could have caused civilian casualties.

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Brexit party leader hires prominent anti-Muslim extremist as adviser

Tommy Robinson given role by populist UK Independence Party despite convictions for violence and fraud

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The right-wing extremist dubbed the loudest Islamophobic voice in Britain has been appointed an adviser to the leader of a British political party that championed the campaign to leave the European Union.

Tommy Robinson has been brought in by Gerard Batten of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) to give his views on so-called grooming gangs and prison reform despite having a history of criminality and leading violent demonstrations against Islam.

UKIP has no MPs and has shifted to the political side lines after its charismatic former leader Nigel Farage quit having played a prominent role in persuading Britons to vote to quit the EU.

Under new leadership, UKIP has lurched further to the right culminating in the appointment of Mr Robinson despite him being barred from holding membership under party rules.

Mr Farage said on Friday that he was appalled at the appointment of Mr Robinson and called for Mr Batten, to be dumped.

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‘Jews Against Fascism’ Burn Anti-Muslim Election Propaganda

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Political lobby group Jews Against Fascism burned anti-Muslim election propaganda, authorised by the Australian Liberty Alliance, in a video uploaded to Facebook on November 24.

The right-wing Australian Liberty Alliance’s manifesto lists “Islamisation” and “integration” as key policies.

Controversial right-wing figure Avi Yemini, who identifies as an “Ozraeli” and is Jewish, is standing as a candidate for election for the seat of Southern Metropolitan Region. His Facebook page focuses mainly on anti-Muslim rhetoric, with posts such as: “Islam is not merely a religion, it is a totalitarian ideology with global aspirations. Islam uses the religious element as a means to project itself onto non-Islamic societies, which is manifest in the historical and ongoing expansion of Islam.”

Yemini also shared the placard-burning video to his page, writing: “Let the triggering begin.” Credit: Jews Against Fascism via Storyful

Sinclair Broadcasts Defense Of Far-Right Conspiracy Theorist Laura Loomer

Loomer was recently banned from Twitter for promoting hateful anti-Muslim views.

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Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns local news stations that reach a collective 40 percent of Americans, rolled out a “must-run” segment Wednesday morning that defended a far-right conspiracy theorist.

The segment, by former Trump campaign senior adviser Boris Epshteyn, blasted Twitter for banning Laura Loomer last week for promoting hate, Media Matters first reported. Loomer, an anti-Muslim extremist who had around 260,000 followers on the site, would use the platform to claim without evidence that Sharia law had gone into effect in places like Michigan.

In his segment, Epshteyn defended the tweet that finally got Loomer kicked off Twitter ― an attack on Muslim Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

Omar had condemned the “evil doings” of Israel in a 2012 tweet, writing, “Israel has hypnotized the world.” The message, as Omar explained more fully during her campaign, was a criticism of the nation of Israel and its violent conflict with neighboring Palestine, not of Jewish people.

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Calgary hair salon undeterred by offensive graffiti

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Karizma Hair Salon has been at the same northeast Calgary location for 14 years, and staff say they’ve never had any issues until this week.

On Tuesday, an employee discovered graffiti spray painted on the side door of the salon, shocking the entire staff.

“Go Home Dirty Muslims,” was crudely written in black spray paint.

“Really horrible,” owner of Karizma, Adam Zeinab, said. “It’s an insult.”

Several employees of the salon are of the Muslim faith and say they have no idea who would have vandalized the business.

They immediately called police, who said they weren’t as shocked to see the graffiti.

“We do see more instances than I’d like to admit to, unfortunately, it’s on the increase,” Calgary police hate crimes coordinator Craig Collins said.

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