US calls on Europe to return Islamic state fighters

US calls on Europe to return Islamic state fighters

The United States on Monday (18 November) stepped up its push for European countries to repatriate and put on trial their citizens who fought for the Islamic State, launching talks with officials in Brussels. Days after the US and European allies clashed over the fate of thousands of jihadists jailed in Syria, the State Department’s counterterrorism coordinator Nathan Sales arrived in Brussels to press Washington’s argument that returning fighters to their home countries is the most effective way to deal with them. Turkey started a programme to repatriate detained foreign…

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EU citizens face delays, difficulties with Brexit settlement scheme, according to new report

EU citizens face delays, difficulties with Brexit settlement scheme, according to new report

The difficulties facing EU nationals wishing to remain living in the UK have been highlighted in a report published by Migrant Voice on Tuesday (19 November). 49% of applicants said they had found the process difficult, while 35% said they faced complications in the application process. 38% of respondents had been asked to provide further evidence of their residence in the UK beyond their National Insurance Number. “It’s a slap in the face to pay taxes for 10 years and then find out that the state doesn’t even have your…

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Georgia demands release of doctor detained by separatists

Georgia demands release of doctor detained by separatists

Georgia on Sunday (17 November) demanded the release of a doctor detained by separatists after crossing into breakaway South Ossetia, which is controlled by Russia after a war between two ex-Soviet republics in 2008. Vazha Gaprindashvili, president of Georgia’s Association of Orthopaedist and Traumatologists, was taken to South Ossetia’s regional center Tskhinvali on Wednesday and given two months of pretrial custody by the separatists, Georgia’s State security service has said. The separatists say he crossed over illegally. Georgia’s foreign ministry said Gaprindashvili’s detention “highlights the alarming situation of human rights…

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