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Russia grants tax amnesty to encourage troops fighting in Ukraine

Russian authorities have announced that soldiers and state employees deployed to fight in Ukraine will be exempt from income tax, Moscow’s latest effort to encourage support for a military campaign against Kyiv that has suffered multiple setbacks and defeats. The new tax measure concerns all Russian troops fighting in the four Ukrainian territories Moscow has […]

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Pet-license fee amnesty available until Dec. 31 for some Long

Residents are eligible if they live in any of the city’s Community Development Block Grant-designated areas. CDBG is a federal grant program that assists the development of neighborhoods with high concentrations of people with low or moderate incomes. That largely includes parts of Downtown, Central, West, and North Long Beach, though small portions of East […]

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Elon Musk will offer ‘amnesty’ to banned Twitter accounts amid more layoffs | Engadget

Twitter owner and CEO Elon Musk says a “general amnesty” for banned accounts will begin next week for those who “have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam.” He polled users on whether Twitter should offer the amnesty, seemingly overlooking the fact that such polls can be easily gamed by bots. Over 72 […]

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Myanmar releases 6,000 prisoners in mass amnesty

The Myanmar military has released 6,000 prisoners including four foreign captives under an amnesty, their media has reported. Myanmar Now, an independent news outlet in the country, cited the military council as saying the prisoners had been granted their freedom due to it being Myanmar National Day on November 17. The Irrawaddy on Twitter posted […]

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Leading men’s tennis players urged to speak out at Saudi event by Amnesty

Cameron Norrie and other top men’s players appearing at the Diriyah Tennis Cup in Saudi Arabia have been urged by Amnesty International to use their platforms to speak out against the country’s human rights abuses. “Everyone playing in Diriyah will surely realise that this tennis tournament is yet another example of Saudi Arabia trying to […]

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Science

Amnesty urges dropping of defamation charges against Bosnia environment activists

SARAJEVO, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Amnesty International has urged a Belgian-owned hydro-power company to drop defamation charges against young Bosnian activists who publicly criticised the environmental impact of their projects in Bosnia, saying they were baseless. BUK, a company owned by Belgian-based Green Invest which operates one small hydro-power plant on the Kasindolska river in […]

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Having Amnesty International as lunch in Ukraine, By Owei Lakemfa

The Amnesty International, in deflecting the attacks declared that the attacks on it is: “called war propaganda, disinformation, misinformation. This won’t dent our impartiality and won’t change the facts.” This statement further infuriated its attackers who want the Amnesty International on their lunch table. The Amnesty International, which is 61 years, having been established in 1961, is […]

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Opinion | What Amnesty got wrong in Ukraine and why I had to resign

Placeholder while article actions load Oksana Pokalchuk is a Ukrainian lawyer and human rights activist. She was the executive director of the Ukrainian office of Amnesty International from 2016 to Aug. 5. On Aug. 4, Amnesty International issued a report that accused the Ukrainian army of violating the laws of war by placing military bases […]

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‘Victim-blaming!’ Amnesty International slammed for criticising Ukraine over urban combat

The press release, which was published on Thursday, said that Ukraine had “violated international humanitarian law”. It added Ukraine’s military forces had been “launching strikes from within populated residential areas” and using “hospitals for military purposes”. It also said they had been setting up bases “in schools in towns and villages in Donbas and in […]

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Amnesty regrets ‘distress and anger’ caused by Ukraine report

A controversial report alleging Ukraine military violations of international law caused the head of Amnesty Ukraine to resign in protest. Amnesty International said it “deeply regrets the distress and anger” caused after it alleged Ukrainian forces were flouting international law by exposing civilians to Russian fire. The rights group said “we fully stand by our […]