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Kosovo writer Jeton Neziraj says receiving a top EU award – while being denied a visa to the EU – highlights Europe’s absurd policies towards his country.

Kosovo playwright Jeton Neziraj’s recent “hero-to-zero” moment has highlighted the European Union’s inconsistent and odd policies towards Kosovo, he says.

It has also underlined the importance of Kosovo securing a visa-free regime with the EU, having fulfilled all of the conditions demanded, Neziraj says in an interview for...

High school textbooks in Texas have blamed the Arab world for its conflict with Israel — and they will continue to do so following a review of the state’s public school curriculum.

The Texas State Board of Education voted on September 21 to keep a social studies requirement that high school students learn that “Arab rejection of the State of Israel has led to ongoing conflict” in the section on “the rise of independence movements in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia and reasons...

A white Texas school superintendent who posted online that "You can't count on a black quarterback" -- in reference to Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson -- has resigned.

In a letter on September 22 to the Onalaska Independent School District board, Lynn Redden said his comment posted earlier in the week on the Houston Chronicle's Facebook page was "wrong and inappropriate."

He also apologizes to Watson, who is black, and points out that Watson could have criticized him...

Germany's far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has overtaken the co-ruling Social Democrats (SPD) in voter popularity to become the second-strongest party behind Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, the Deutschlandtrend poll by public broadcaster ARD has shown on September 21.

The AfD moved up two percentage points since the last survey on September 9, bringing it to 18 percent — one percentage point more than the junior coalition partner SPD, which lost a point.

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Two 15-year-old boys have been arrested on suspicion of planning to carry out far-right terrorism offences in Kent.

Police said the pair, both from Ramsgate, were arrested at their home addresses on suspicion of preparing for terrorist acts.

Both of the teenagers are being questioned at a police station in the South East.

The South East Counter Terrorism Unit has confirmed the alleged offences involved far-right ideology.

Det Supt Nigel Doak said: "We treat the...

An American Jewish woman was temporarily detained at Israel’s Ben-Gurion airport on September 12 and initially denied entry, on the basis that she had previously visited Palestinians facing home demolitions in the occupied West Bank, reported Haaretz.

Julie Shayna Weinberg-Connors, 23, who arrived on a flight from the United States in order to start studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, was finally “informed that she could enter Israel on condition that she...

The reported attack on a Jewish restaurant in the eastern German city of Chemnitz has shocked the Jewish community in Germany. The government's anti-Semitism commissioner has spoken of a "new quality" of offense.

 A Jewish restaurant in Chemnitz was attacked by a group of neo-Nazis at the end of August, and criticized authorities for downplaying the seriousness of the situation in the city.

"The reports of the attack by neo-Nazis on the kosher restaurant "Schalom" in Chemnitz...

An Australian newspaper has defended its decision to publish a provocative cartoon of the tennis star Serena Williams, using the image again — this time on its front page — and railing against “politically correct” critics who deemed the drawing racist.

The headline “Welcome to PC World” — accompanied by caricatures of Ms. Williams, Australian politicians, President Trump and Kim Jong-un of North Korea — was displayed on the front of the print edition of Tuesday evening’s Herald Sun,...

The office of the Chief Mufti, spiritual leader of Bulgaria’s Muslims, has strongly condemned the vandalising of more than 30 Muslim graves in the northern town of Dobrich and has called on law enforcement to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The desecration of the graves took place on the night of September 6, marked in Bulgaria as Unification Day, commemorating the accession of Eastern Roumelia to Bulgaria in 1885.

The Chief Mufti’s office said that photos of the desecrated...

Critics have burned Nike trainers and clothing in protest at Colin Kaepernick's appointment as the face of the brand's new advertising campaign.

The American football quarterback, 30, protested against racial injustice and police brutality by kneeling during the US national anthem.

In announcing the deal, Nike said he was "one of the most inspirational athletes of this generation".

But opponents took to social media, promising to destroy Nike products.

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A Syrian man has been brutally attacked in the German city of Wismar as clashes between anti-migrant demonstrators and counter-protesters sparked another night of violence.

According to Rostock police, the 20-year-old was walking home when he was stopped by three German-speaking people who started hurling racial abuse at him.

Two of the suspects hit him in the face before the third hit him on the shoulder and ribs with an iron chain, knocking him to the ground. The culprits...

Twitter bots supporting the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats have almost doubled in the past month ahead of the Swedish election, according to a government agency.

A study of 571,719 tweets sent during March to August showed the number of accounts with automated behavior "increased significantly" in recent weeks, the Swedish defense research agency said.

The bots were 40% more likely to express support for the Sweden Democrats than genuine accounts, according to the agency....

Education minister Ingrid van Engelshoven (D66) has called on schools, institutions and companies to end the discrimination of MBO vocational school students who apply for traineeships.

Figures from Maastricht university show that 24% of MBO students with a non-western background have to apply four times before bagging a work experience place compared to 11% of their native Dutch peers.

And while fewer than half the students with ethnic minority roots found a place first time,...

After years of persecution by Chinese police, Uighur businessman Mehmet fled his home in northern Xinjiang for neighbouring Kyrgyzstan, only to be harassed by Kyrgyz police and threatened with deportation.

On his sixth arrest in July last year, a Kyrgyz security officer brought Mehmet to the basement of a security facility and showed him about 70 Uighur men detained there.

“It was an intimidation tactic,” said Mehmet, who did not want his real name to be published. “The officer...

The United States is cutting more than $200 million in aid to the Palestinians, the State Department said on Aug. 24 amid a deteriorating relationship with the Palestinian leadership.

A senior State Department official said without elaborating that the funds, originally planned for programs in the West Bank and Gaza, would address “high-priority projects elsewhere.”

“We have undertaken a review of U.S. assistance to the Palestinian Authority and in the West Bank and Gaza to...