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Zschäpe is found guilty of killing 10 people, being member of far-right group and bomb attacks

A German court has found the main defendant in a high-profile neo-Nazi trial guilty of killing 10 people – most of them migrants – who were gunned down between 2000 and 2007 in a case that has shocked Germany and prompted accusations of institutional racism in the country’s security agencies.

The judges sentenced Beate Zschäpe to life in prison for murder, membership of a terrorist organisation, bomb attacks that injured dozens, and several lesser crimes including a string of robberies. Four men were found guilty of supporting the group in various ways and sentenced to prison terms of between two and a half to 10 years.

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German authorities' many failures in investigating the NSU

After five years, the verdicts in the trials of members of the National Socialist Underground are due to be handed down. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's promised clarification efforts have not become reality.

The first victim of the serial murders died on September 11, 2000, the last on April 6, 2006. Eight of the victims were men of Turkish heritage; one was from Greece. They were all shot with the same gun. The investigators initially assumed, without evidence, that the killings must have involved drugs — sometimes they even accused relatives of taking part in the murders. Racism was quickly ruled out as motive.

When police officer Michele Kiesewetter was shot in Heilbronn on April 25, 2007, in the southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg, no connection to the other murders was made. It wasn't until four and a half years later that police pieced the events together, almost accidently — and following yet another crime.

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If you want to know more about the case:

NSU Watch: The NSU Case in Germany - as of July 3rd, 2018
Wikipedia: National Socialist Underground murders
The Local: Are Germany's spy agencies partly culpable for the NSU's murder spree?

Trump-Nato summit or how the United States president does not understand basic math

(see also 'jingoism')

Trump-Nato summit: EU's Tusk warns president to appreciate allies

(OP: Source has video that won't embed)

"Appreciate your allies... you don't have that many," Trump is warned.
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Man's World Cup? Sexism and harassment at Russia 2018

Concerns for female reporters, sexist advertising and media coverage have tainted football's mega event in Russia.

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Laura Codruța Kövesi was praised in the West for going after corrupt officials.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis signed a decree Monday to dismiss the country’s leading anti-corruption figure, Laura Codruța Kövesi, in a move to comply with a ruling by the Constitutional Court.

“The fight against corruption must not, in any case, be abandoned or slowed down,” the president’s spokeswoman Mădălina Dobrovolschi said at a press conference in Bucharest. “Corruption affects the lives of every citizen and the development of Romania.”

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Revealed: how US sex traffickers recruit jailed women for prostitution

Guardian investigation finds incarcerated women are groomed by pimps and forced into sex work once released

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Germans Appalled by Threat From Trump’s Ambassador to Help Far-Right Nationalists Take Power Across Europe

The German government demanded a formal explanation from the United States on Monday of what, exactly, the new U.S. ambassador in Berlin, Richard Grenell, meant when he promised to use his office to help far-right nationalists inspired by Donald Trump take power across Europe.

In an interview with Breitbart News, published on Sunday, Grenell said he was “excited” by the rise of far-right parties on the continent and wanted “to empower other conservatives throughout Europe, other leaders.”

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Nathan Larson also ran online forums for pedophiles and misogynists.

By Jesselyn Cook and Andy Campbell

Nathan Larson is running for Congress as an independent in Virginia. In an interview with HuffPost,
he was open about his pedophilia.

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The anti-Obama: Trump's drive to destroy his predecessor's legacy

Donald Trump advertised his ambitions to dismantle Barack Obama’s achievements throughout the election campaign.

From the Iran deal to TPP to climate change, ‘the whole thing that animates and unites his policy views is antipathy towards Obama’

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OP: Come on Dems, get it together...
OP: Domestic and migrant worker abuse is a huge problem across the world. "[M]any domestic workers are still excluded from provisions that other workers take for granted with respect to essential working conditions, such as paid annual leave, working time, minimum wage coverage and maternity protection." (From this reference.) Many people still live in slavery around the world today, including in North America (i.e. US and Canada).
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OP: This post does not really focus on the scourge that is sex trafficking and sexual slavery/exploitation in the world today, but I am aiming for a separate post about this.
'They don't belong': police called on Native American teens on college tour

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