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  • City Bodegas Will Close On Thursday To Protest Trump’s Immigration Ban

    Organizers in the city’s Yemeni community have also planned a meeting on Thursday evening to “share the impact the Ban has had on them and their loved ones.”

     

     

    Yemeni store owners in New York City will shut down over 1,000 stores across the city on Thursday to protest Donald Trump's recent executive orders, barring travel and immigration from Yemen and six other countries with majority-Muslim populations, BuzzFeed points out.

    “This shutdown of grocery stores and bodegas will be a public show of the vital role these grocers and their families play in New York’s economic and social fabric,” organizers wrote on Facebook. "During the shutdown, grocery store owners will spend time with their families and loved ones to support each other; many of these families have been directly affected by the Ban.”

    Stores participating in the strike will be closed from 12-8 p.m. on Thursday and organizers have planned a meeting on Thursday evening at Brooklyn Borough Hall, where “merchants will share the impact the Ban has had on them and their loved ones,” and "stories read on behalf of families who are afraid to come forward.”

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  • Ten countries host half of world's refugees: report

     

    Ten countries - which account for just 2.5 percent of the global economy - are hosting more than half the world's refugees, a rights group has said, accusing wealthy countries of leaving poorer nations to bear the brunt of a worsening crisis.

    In a report published on Tuesday, Amnesty International said the unequal share was exacerbating the global refugee problem, as inadequate conditions in the main countries of shelter pushed many to embark on dangerous journeys to Europe and Australia.

    The London-based group said 56 percent of the world's 21 million refugees are being hosted by just 10 countries - all in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

    Top refugee hosting countries
    1. Jordan (2.7 million) 
    2. Turkey (2.5 million)
    3. Pakistan (1.6 million)  
    4. Lebanon (1.5 million)
    5. Iran (979,400)
    6. Ethiopia (736,100) 
    7. Kenya (553,900) 
    8. Uganda (477,200)
    9. Democratic Republic of Congo (383,100)
    10. Chad (369,500)
     

    Jordan, which has taken in more than 2.7 million people, was named as the top refugee hosting country,  followed by Turkey, over 2.5 million; Pakistan, 1.6 million; and Lebanon, more than 1.5 million.

    The other top six nations were Iran, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad.

    "A small number of countries have been left to do far too much just because they are neighbours to a crisis," said Salil Shetty, Amnesty's secretary-general.

    "That situation is inherently unsustainable, exposing the millions fleeing war and persecution in countries like Syria, South Sudan, Afghanistan and Iraq to intolerable misery and suffering."

    Amnesty said many of the world's wealthiest nations "host the fewest and do the least", highlighting a stark contrast in the number of refugees taken in by countries near crisis-hit areas and by wealthier nations with similar populations elsewhere.

     

    Dangerous routes

    Britain, for example, has taken in fewer than 8,000 Syrians since 2011, while Jordan - with a population almost 10 times smaller than Britain and just 1.2 percent of its GDP - hosts more than 655,000 refugees from its war-torn neighbour, Amnesty said.

    Europe faces worsening refugee crisis in 2016

     

    "It is not simply a matter of sending aid money. Rich countries cannot pay to keep people 'over there'," it said.

    Amnesty proposed a solution, whereby the world's richest countries would find a home for 10 percent of the planet's refugees every year, and singled out Canada, which has resettled some 30,000 Syrian refugees in the past year, as a wealthy country doing its part.

    "It is time for leaders to enter into a serious, constructive debate about how our societies are going to help people forced to leave their homes by war and persecution," Shetty said.

    "They need to explain why the world can bail out banks, develop new technologies and fight wars, but cannot find safe homes for 21 million refugees, just 0.3 percent of the world's population."

    Kathleen Newland, cofounder of the Migration Policy Institute, said unless more countries step up their response, the refugees will continue to flee using dangerous routes

    "I think we'll see more people trying to move through clandestine channels using smugglers, putting themselves in great danger to try to reach a place where they can restart their lives," she told Al Jazeera.

    "The more governments try to close off those routes, the more dangerous the alternatives become."

     

     

    Source: Al Jazeera News And 

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  • Make your Facebook hack-proof: Social network now lets you log in with a physical key to boost security

     

    The key plugs into the USB port and is tapped, before entering your password
    This two-step verification process makes it ‘impossible’ for hackers to gain remote access to your account

    Facebook has introduced new security measures that allow account holders to use a physical key to access their social network profile.
    The social media firm has announced it now supports the FIDO U2F security key – a physical key that’s plugged into the USB-port on a computer and is tapped to confirm login, alongside a password to open Facebook.
    Facebook says that using the key will make accounts ‘immune’ to hackers.

    Facebook has introduced new security measures to logging in that allow account holders to use a physical key to access their social network profile

    Mobile users will also be able to use NFC (near-field communication) technology – the same software that powers contactless services – to connect the key with some Android devices.
    Facebook says it is still working on support for its official app.
    Once activated via Facebook’s security setting, both the key and the password are needed to log in – a set-up that’s known as two-factor authentication – and a set-up Facebook also says will make remote hacking into accounts impossible.
    The social network currently has more than 1.79 billion active users.
    Facebook said that if users have a U2F security key, they can register it with their account via the site’s settings and do not have to use it again to log in to Facebook on that device until they clear the browser’s cache.
    Keys can also be bought online, and cost around £16.99 ($21).

    Facebook said that if users have a U2F security key, they can register it with their account via the site’s settings and do not have to use it again to log in to Facebook on that device until they clear the browser’s cache

    The social network will consider the device ‘trusted’ for user convenience, and will also block anyone from accessing your Facebook from another device, unless they have both the security key and your password.
    Facebook security engineer Brad Hill said the site was ‘excited to offer security keys as an additional option to make login to Facebook even more secure’ and said that it had worked with security key experts, including Yubikey makers Yubico, to create the new system.
    The social network’s security team has previously estimated that around 0.06 per cent of Facebook accounts – around 600,000 profiles – are compromised every da

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  • Housemaid arrested for attempting to murder housewife and daughters

    attempting to murder a Saudi housewife and her two young daughters.

    Jazan Police said they received a call from neighbors saying the housemaid physically assaulted the woman of the house she worked in and her two daughters who are aged 9 and 6.

    The woman continuously banged her victims’ heads against the wall in an attempt to kill them. Hearing their cries, neighbors barged in and saved the mother and her daughters.

    The neighbors took the victims to hospital in an unconscious state. They had sustained fractures in their skulls as well as several injuries in their bodies.

    The housemaid tried to escape from the scene but she was caught and arrested a few meters away from the house. She was charged with attempted murder and handed over to the pertinent authorities.

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