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Assad Under Pressure, Japan's Dolphin Slaughter, "Personal" Stash

Blast site in Beirut
Blast site in Beirut
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PRESSURE MOUNTING ON ASSAD AHEAD OF GENEVA 2

  • A report released yesterday evening by CNN and The Guardian shows “direct evidence of the regime's killing machine,” its authors have said, likening the bodies of starved prisoners to those of the concentration camps after World War II. The report was commissioned by Qatar, a country known for its support of some of the rebel and jihadist groups fighting in Syria, and its release just ahead of tomorrow’s Geneva 2 peace conference will increase the pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

  • After the United Nations withdrew its invitation to Iran to join the conference, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi expressed doubts that the meeting would reach a “real solution” without his country, AFP reports. Speaking at a press conference, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the UN’s decision was “a mistake” but not a “catastrophe.”

CLASHES CONTINUE IN KIEV
Violent clashes continued in Kiev for the second night in a row, with pro-EU protesters torching vehicles and throwing Molotov cocktails at riot police, who replied with plastic bullets and stones, Ria Novosti reports. The protest movement, which started in November, was recently reignited by a controversial anti-protest law, which comes into force today. Read more from AFP.

BLAST IN HEZBOLLAH STRONGHOLD IN WEST BEIRUT
At least four people died as a suspected suicide bomb exploded in a Hezbollah stronghold in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, leaving another 31 injured, according to The Daily Star. The Shia group, a fierce supporter of the Syrian government, has been the target of several attacks over the past few weeks.

ANNUAL DOLPHIN KILLING BEGINS IN JAPAN
Japanese fishermen began their annual killing of dolphins this morning amid growing international pressure to put an end to the hunts, The Guardian reports. The governor of the Wakayama prefecture, where some 250 dolphins will be culled, dismissed critics as hypocrites, likening the killing of dolphins for meat to the slaughter of cows and pigs.

BY THE NUMBERS
Almost half of South Koreans started the week with a horrible surprise... Read about it here.

CRIME INT’L

A burglar in Belgium was caught with 28,500 euros stuffed in his underwear before he ever had a chance to steal anything.

A DISH BEST SERVED COLD?
Tony Blair was placed under “citizen’s arrest” for his involvement in the Iraq war as he was having dinner in a London restaurant.

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A Mother In Spain Denied Child Custody Because She Lives In Rural Area

A court in Spain usurps custody of the one-year-old boy living with his mother in the "deep" part of the Galicia region, forced to instead live with his father in the southern city of Marbella, which the judge says is "cosmopolitan" with good schools and medical care. Women's rights groups have taken up the mother's case.

A child in Galician countryside

Laure Gautherin

A Spanish court has ordered the withdrawal of a mother's custody of her one-year-old boy because she is living in the countryside in northwestern Spain, where the judge says the child won't have "opportunities for the proper development of his personality."

The case, reported Monday in La Voz de Galicia, has sparked outrage from a women's rights association but has also set off reactions from politicians of different stripes across the province of Galicia, defending the values of rural life.


Judge María Belén Ureña Carazo, of the family court of Marbella, a city on the southern coast of 141,000 people, has ordered the toddler to stay with father who lives in the city rather than with his mother because she was living in "deep Galicia" where the child would lack opportunities to "grow up in a happy environment."

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - October 25, 2021

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - Monday 25 October, 2021

La Voz de Galicia

Better in a "cosmopolitan" city?


The judge said Marbella, where the father lives, was a "cosmopolitan city" with "a good hospital" as well as "all kinds of schools" and thus provided a better environment for the child to thrive.

The mother has submitted a formal complaint to the General Council of the Judiciary that the family court magistrate had acted with "absolute contempt," her lawyer told La Voz de Galicia.

The mother quickly accumulated support from local politicians and civic organizations. The Clara Campoamor association described the judge's arguments as offensive, intolerable and typical of "an ignorant person who has not traveled much."

The Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, has addressed the case, saying that any place in Galicia meets the conditions to educate a minor. The Socialist party politician Pablo Arangüena tweeted that "it would not hurt part of the judiciary to spend a summer in Galicia."

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