Month: June 2018

‘Treated like dogs’: Italy’s minority on fringe of society

“I feel 100% Italian, but I regret being born here. We are being treated like dogs, and it’s not fair,” says Zanepa Mehmeti, who is 23. She belongs to the Roma (Gypsy) community, Italy’s largest ethnic minority that numbers up to 180,000. But lately the whole idea of what it means to be Italian for people like her has been called into question. The new Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, pledged this month to carry out a census of the Roma people, to find out “who and how many are here”. Italy’s most prominent right-wing populist went on to joke:...

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Bali airport reopens after ash threat stranded thousands

DENPASAR, Indonesia — The international airport on the Indonesian resort island of Bali reopened Friday afternoon after a nearly 12-hour closure due to a volcanic ash threat that disrupted travel plans for thousands. Nearly 450 flights were canceled Friday, affecting some 75,000 people, as the Mount Agung volcano gushed a 2,500-meter (8,200-feet) column of ash and smoke for a second day. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said tests showed there was no ash in Ngurah Rai International Airport’s airspace and the airport reopened at 2.30 p.m. Airlines are likely to remain wary, however. Australian airlines had canceled flights scheduled...

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Coroner: Father killed at Malibu campground was shot in head

Tristan Beaudette, a father who was killed while camping with his two young daughters at Malibu Creek State Park campground, was shot in the head, a coroner’s spokesman revealed Wednesday. The announcement comes as Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide detectives continue to investigate the slaying while examining a series of other shootings in the area of the state park off Las Virgenes Road. Los Angeles County coroner’s Deputy Chief Ed Winter said that an autopsy had determined that Beaudette, 35, of Irvine was killed by a gunshot to the head last Friday shortly before 5 a.m at the campground. Winter said...

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Ex-con accused of fatally stabbing man outside Brooklyn homeless shelter

An ex-con who served state prison time for a Manhattan robbery that left a man shot in the face is now charged with fatally stabbing a man outside a Brooklyn homeless shelter. Police on Thursday arrested Rickie Drawhorn, 38, charging him in the Feb. 25 murder of 21-year-old Miguel Acosta. Acosta and Drawhorn exchanged words outside the Atlantic Armory Shelter at Bedford and Atlantic Aves. in Crown Heights moments before the stabbing, cops said. Drawhorn plunged a knife into Acosta’s chest, cops said. The younger man limped a half-block, gasping “My bad! my bad!” as he collapsed, a witness...

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North Carolina prison violence stats show 4 assaults per day

RALEIGH, N.C. — About four assaults take place in North Carolina’s prisons every day, according to new data collected by officials working to address violence in the state system. The effort concentrating on the details of prison violence shows 227 workers and 349 inmates were attacked in the first five months of 2018. The state’s top prison official said that, based on observations and conversations with facility heads, the assaults this year seem roughly in line with recent years. “It is a dangerous environment,” Prisons Director Kenneth Lassiter said. “Every single assault on staff and an inmate is serious....

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