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A German city has reversed its decision to hand a literary prize to the novelist Kamila Shamsie because of her support for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The British-Pakistani author was announced as the winner of the Nelly Sachs Prize, named after a Jewish poet and Nobel laureate and organised and funded by the city of Dortmund, on 10 September.

But in a statement on Wednesday, organisers said the jury had reversed its decision to honour...

Turkey condemned mistreatment of a Turkish sport club during an international handball match in Greece.

On Friday, the women’s handball team of local Turkish club Muratpasa Belediyespor faced Greece’s PAOK in the first round of EHF European Cup in Veria.

The managers of the Turkish team said Greek authorities did not allow the Turkish flag to be hung at the Filippio Sports Hall, despite the Greek flag hang on in the hall’s wall.

Separately, Greek fans reportedly threw...

A football pundit has been banned from an Italian TV station after making a shocking racist comment about Inter Milan's Romelu Lukaku.

Luciano Passirani said of the former Manchester United striker: "If they go one-on-one with you you're dead, you fall to the ground. 

"The only way to out-muscle him is to give him ten bananas to eat..."

Director of the station Fabio Ravezzani went on air almost immediately and apologised for the comments, making clear that Passirani...

One of the lawyers working to hold the German neo-Nazi group NSU responsible for a string of murders has received several death threats, local media reported on Monday.

Hessische Rundfunk reported that Turkish-German lawyer Seda Basay Yildiz most recently got a fax with a death threat just three days after the murder of German politician Walter Lubcke.

Lubcke, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in the city of Kassel, was murdered by a...

Institutional racism is prevalent in criminal justice systems across the European Union and has created a "justice gap" in such cases, a new study has found.

The research, carried out by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), has found "deeply-rooted institutional racism" affects all parts of the justice process, from the very reporting of the crime to sentencing.

This is despite data suggesting that the occurrence of racially-motivated crimes are on the rise in many EU...

Theodoros Giannaros, member of ruling conservative New Democracy party and the party’s working group for Health launched a vicious racist attack on a refugee, describing him as a “monkey”.

Arash Hampay, a refugee from Iran living in Greece, posted a photo on twitter and wrote: “Fascists, I’m OK with my new homeland, I will continue to work to change my city. Our city must be cleansed of fascism. ”

Giannaros commented on this post in an extremely racist way and wrote: “You are...

A German soldier with Turkish roots was assaulted by two men in Berlin on Monday in a suspected racist hate attack.

The police said in a statement that the assailants punched and kicked the 25-year-old soldier from behind while he was walking in his military uniform in Berlin’s Neukoelln district.

Before fleeing the scene, one of the assailants shouted at him and said he didn’t have the right to wear a German military uniform, according to the statement.

The soldier...

Nearly two million people have been excluded from a list of citizens in India's northeastern Assam state, raising fears they could be rendered stateless. 

The list, known as the National Register of Citizens (NRC), was published on Saturday after a years-long exercise aimed at identifying legal residents in the impoverished border state.

A total of 31.1 million people were included in the final list, leaving out 1.9 million people, according to a statement from the Assam...

A black news anchor was compared to a gorilla by a colleague during a live broadcast, and while he accepted his coworker's apology, he's using it as a powerful lesson to remind people that "words matter."

During a broadcast last Thursday, Alex Housden, a morning anchor for KOCO, a TV news station in Oklahoma City, ended a segment about a gorilla at the Oklahoma City Zoo by comparing the animal to her coanchor, Jason Hackett, saying, "Kind of looks like you."

Hackett responded...

The investigation into the unrest in Chemnitz in August 2018 shows that extremists made plans to “hunt” migrants and people who appeared to be foreign, German media has reported. 

According to police documents seen by the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, and broadcasters WDR and NDR, the Saxony Criminal Police Office tracked down chat messages exchanged between known members of Chemnitz's extremist far-right scene between August 26th and 28th.

Police found that these...

When Harvard University's dorms opened their doors to first-year students on Tuesday, one was missing. Ismail Ajjawi, an incoming first-year student, was denied entry to the United States last week, according to the university.

"The University is working closely with the student's family and appropriate authorities to resolve this matter so that he can join his classmates in the coming days," Harvard spokesperson Jason Newton wrote in an email to CNN.

US Customs and Border...

Hundreds of spectators cheered and applauded as the chief protagonist of a Belgian parade - "the Savage" - appeared in the town of Ath on Sunday (Aug 25), but anti-racism groups strongly criticised the character and his blackface disguise.

The folk festival called Ducasse d'Ath, which traces its roots back to the 16th century and is endorsed by UNESCO as a cultural heritage, takes place every August in the small town about 60km west of Brussels.

On Sunday, as it does every year...

Two white police officers who led a black man by a rope down a street in Galveston, Tex., this month will not face criminal charges, the authorities said on Sunday, resolving one of two outside inquiries into the officers’ conduct.

The Galveston Police Department had asked the Texas Ranger Division of the state’s Department of Public Safety to review whether the officers committed any...

Open Arms say they understand that the Spanish government will allow them to disembark in Mallorca, as it is the nearest Spanish port to the embattled vessel.

"Now, after 18 days of stagnation, Italy and Spain seem to have reached an agreement, identifying Mallorca as a port of disembarkation," it said in a press release.

However, the charity have expressed concern over the time it would take to sail the boat to a Balearic port as they are currently based off the coast of Italy...

Israel barred two Muslim US congresswomen from a planned visit to East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, after pressure from US President Donald Trump, who has accused the Democratic politicians of anti-Semitism.

Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, who have been scathing critics of both Mr Trump and Israeli human rights violations, will not be allowed into the country, Tzipi Hotovely, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, told Israel’s Reshet Bet Radio. 

The government...