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The publisher of a Palestinian author denied a visa to appear at the Edinburgh book festival this year says the Home Office has effectively stopped her from speaking, despite reversing its decision.

Nayrouz Qarmout, who is also a TV journalist, was one of a dozen Middle Eastern and African writers and illustrators who had their applications for visitor visas refused, sometimes multiple times, ahead of this year’s festival, which began on Saturday.

With all but three having...

The Florida man who invoked the "stand your ground" self-defense law after shooting a black man in a dispute over a parking space was charged Monday with manslaughter, officials said.

Michael Drejka, 48, was arrested Monday morning in the fatal July shooting of Markeis McGlockton in Clearwater, Florida -- an incident that was caught on video which sparked an uproar after its release.

The announcement that Drejka was charged with manslaughter provided McGlockton's family with...

Chinese Super League team Shanghai Shenhua have accused an opposing player of racially abusing former Chelsea and Newcastle United striker Demba Ba.

Shenhua coach Wu Jingui told reporters that a Changchun Yatai player (midfielder Zhang Li) used racially insulting language toward Ba during an altercation late in a match on Aug. 4, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Chinese football authorities have banned Changchun Yatai midfielder Zhang Li for six games after he was found guilty of “...

An Indian MP attended parliament dressed as Adolf Hitler to protest against what he called a "broken promise" by the prime minister.

This is not the first time Naramalli Sivaprasad, 67, has used costumes to register dissent.

His costume choices in the past include a mythological character, a Hindu god, a spiritual guru and a woman.

"What I am doing will grab attention quickly. It will make people think," he told BBC Telugu's Ravi Shankar.

A former actor, Mr...

Nazi symbols can now appear in video games in Germany, ending a long-running and frequently ridiculed censorship.

Germany bans symbols belonging to unconstitutional groups, which has caused problems in games where the Nazis are a frequent adversary.

In games like the Wolfenstein series, German editions would change Hitler's name, remove his moustache, and replace swastikas with another shape.

The change means Nazi symbols used in an artistic way will be allowed.

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A woman who police pulled over for drink driving and speeding tried to convince officers that she shouldn’t be arrested as she’s a "very clean, thoroughbred, white girl."

Dashcam footage shows Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw appearing to slur her words with bloodshot eyes when police asked her to blow into a breathalyser in Bluffton, South Carolina.

Speaking to the arresting officer, the 32-year-old argued that she shouldn’t be sent to prison as she was a dancer, cheerleader and a...

In Naples, 32-year-old Senegalese street vendor Cisse Elhadji Diebel was about to collect his wares and go home, when he was shot three times by two strangers on a scooter by the central train station.

One of the bullets hit his femur, for which he has undergone surgery. Another missed him. The third is now lodged in the phone he was carrying in his pocket.

While gun and gang violence have long marred Naples, alarm bells are ringing over the rapid rise in racist assaults - at...

Swastikas have been daubed at the spot where a Syrian child was killed in an accident in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Local politicians condemned the graffiti, which is being investigated by police.

The small town of Schönberg in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has become the scene of an ugly neo-Nazi hate campaign after a young boy was hit by a tractor on June 20. Two men have since been identified in connection with the crime.

In the weeks after the...

The founder of an Jewish-American organisation that campaigns for Palestinian rights was detained for three hours on Aug. 5 evening at the crossing between Egypt and Israel.

Simone Zimmerman, a Jewish-American activist, was held by Israeli security services at the Taba crossing in northern Sinai for at least three hours on Sunday evening.

Zimmerman, who currently resides in Israel, said on Twitter that she had been asked what places she had visited in the West Bank and what she...

Romanian police have opened an inquiry into anti-Semitic graffiti sprayed on the home of Auschwitz survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel.

One of the comments said Wiesel, who died in 2016, was "in hell with Hitler."

Police are investigating after anti-Semitic slogans were scrawled on the home of late Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel. The small house, in the Romanian town of Sighetu Marmatiei, is a protected historical monument.

The graffiti, which appeared on Friday...

Two Canadian paramedics have been charged with "failing to provide the necessities of life" to a young Good Samaritan who had been shot.

Hamilton, Ontario resident Yosif Al-Hasnawi was shot and killed December 2017 after he came to the aid of an older man being accosted by two men.

His family alleges the paramedics accused Al-Hasnawi of faking his injury and delayed bringing him to hospital.

The charges follow a seven-month investigation by police.

Al-Hasnawi, a...

The incident was captured by Darsell Obregon, in the Park Slope neighbourhood, as she was making her way to a subway station. 

On her route, the heavens opened up and the nearest possible place to stay dry was the doorway of the apartment belonging to a woman who has since been identified as Arabella Juniper Torres.

According to a Facebook post by Obregon, she was only waiting in the location until an Uber arrived but, while she was waiting, Torres confronted her and demanded...

A central New York man who has been asked to remove a Nazi flag on his property says he’s being hacked and that it’s a “distress call.”

Preble resident Jody Fish told the Post-Standard in an interview on Aug. 2 that he raised the flag to get people’s attention. Fish says he’ll lower the flag when someone figures out who is hacking him.

Over 400 people have signed a petition asking town officials to do something about the Nazi flag.

Preble Town Supervisor Jim Doring says...

The flag of Nazi Germany was sighted atop a flagpole in a public park in Laramie, Wyoming.

The US flag that usually flies from the pole lay crumpled on the ground when police arrived on the scene morning of on July 30, according to Lieutenant Gwen Smith of the Laramie Police Department.

Shortly after police were notified of the incident, officers promptly removed the Nazi flag, which bore the swastika symbol. Upon retrieving the discarded American flag, the officers folded it...

Judges have decided Tommy Robinson should be released from prison after being jailed for contempt of court.

Earlier this month, the far-right leader's lawyers argued he should be freed because of “procedural deficiencies” in two court cases.

The Lord Chief Justice and two other judges have been considering calls to quash his 13-month-jail sentence and findings that he committed contempt of court in Canterbury and Leeds.

Protesters were expected to gather outside the...