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UK foreign aid money ‘diverted to extremists’ in Syria

The police cooperation has continued despite allegations of torture and summary executions involving the court at al-Qasimiyeh. Tory MP Crispin Blunt, former chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, said the FSP should not be supporting extremist courts. He said: “You’ve got people being sentenced to death for homosexuality. “Clearly that is completely and utterly unacceptable by any…

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Pope defends Myanmar silence, says he spoke truth in private

Pope Francis on Saturday defended his silence in Myanmar over the plight of Rohingya refugees, saying a public denunciation would have “slammed the door in the face” of his hosts and prevented his message from being heard. Francis said he chose instead to speak in general terms about human rights in public so that he could engage more frankly in ...

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