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Cai Rang Floating – A must-see place in Mekong Delta

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EN VietNamNet - The Cai Rang Floating Market, a national intangible cultural heritage site, is on the 185-kilometre Hau River, a tributary of the Mekong River.

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Child of 'Britain's Schindler' appeals for help for refugees

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LONDON (AP) — The daughter of a stockbroker nicknamed 'Britain's Schindler' for saving Jewish children from the Nazis is appealing for today's child refugees to be treated with similar compassion.

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Dortmund claims 3 points against Sporting

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LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Julian Weigl scored in the first half to lead Borussia Dortmund to a 2-1 win over Sporting Lisbon in their Champions League match on Tuesday.

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Prosecutors request 20 years for Mauritanian anti-slavery activists

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Prosecutors request 20 years for Mauritanian anti-slavery activists

Nouakchott (AFP) - Prosecutors at a Mauritanian appeal court have requested 13 anti-slavery activists have their sentences increased to 20 years each for protesting against a forced slum clearance, a judicial source said.

Defence lawyers for the activists from the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA) had called this week for the case to be thrown out saying their clients were tortured in police custody.

The activists were intially sentenced to between three and 15 years at their trial in the capital in August, on charges of using violence, attacking security forces, gathering while armed and membership of an unrecognised organisation.

"The prosecutor demanded 20 years of imprisonment against the whole group," a judicial source told AFP on Wednesday.

The prosecutor argued that the activists had "directly taken part in the events", and accused them of "rebellion against the police and vandalism", the source added.

Local officials allege about 10 police officers were injured during the demonstration by a Nouakchott slum community that was being forcibly relocated as the city prepared for an Arab League summit on July 25.

The slum was home to many so-called Haratin -- a "slave caste" under a hereditary system of servitude whose members are forced to work without pay as cattle herders and domestic servants, despite an official ban.

Seven of the slum's residents are also appealing against their sentences.

One of the accused Balla Toure, vice-president of the IRA, denied having used violence.

"I'm a development worker and not a destructive person," Toure told the court, according to local media.

The appeal hearing in Zouerate in the north of the country should be completed by next week, according to a legal source.

Rights group Amnesty International have called the trial a "farce" and French lawyers for the accused have filed a criminal complaint in Paris for "torture and cruel treatment".

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Council of Europe calls on Slovenia to reject some amendments on migrants

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - The Council of Europe, the continent's leading human rights organization, called on Slovenia's parliament to reject some legal changes affecting migrants that the government proposed earlier in January in a set of amendments.In a letter to parliamentary speaker Milan Brglez, the Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks said amendments that "are contrary to international law and undermine human rights" should be rejected.The changes, expected to be debated in parliament… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

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