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Doctors blast Trump's mental illness focus to fight violence

Frustration is mounting in the medical community as the Trump administration again points to mental illness in response to yet another mass shooting. “The concept that mental illness is a precursor to violent behavior is nonsense,” said Dr. Louis Kraus, forensic psychiatry chief at Chicago’s Rush University Medical College. “The vast majority of gun violence is not attributable to mental illness.” Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old charged with killing 17 people on Valentine’s Day at his former high school in Parkland, Florida has been described by students as a loner with…

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Study: Young male migrants fuel rise in violence in Germany

The recent influx of mostly young, male migrants into Germany has led to an increase in violent crime in the country, according to a government-funded study published Wednesday. The study used figures from the northern state of Lower Saxony to examine the impact of refugee arrivals on crime in 2015 and 2016, a period when the number of violent crimes reported increased by 10.4 percent. The authors concluded that 92 percent of the additional crimes recorded could be attributed to the increase in refugee numbers. It noted that the demographic…

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Iran unrest: New protests as Rouhani plays down violence

Media playback is unsupported on your device There are reports of protests breaking out in Iran for a fifth day, despite a statement from the president that the unrest “is nothing”. Anti-government chanting and burning cars were reported as night fell in the capital, Tehran, with other demonstrations across the country. President Hassan Rouhani said protests were an “opportunity, not a threat” but vowed to crack down on “lawbreakers”. The US meanwhile stepped up support for the protesters’ “bold resistance”. The protests began last Thursday in the city of Mashhad,…

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Iran protests: Violence on third day of demonstrations

Media playback is unsupported on your device Some anti-establishment protests happening in Iranian cities have turned violent, video footage shows. They began three days ago – initially in protest at falling living standards – and are the biggest show of dissent since huge pro-reform rallies in 2009. Demonstrators have ignored a warning by Iran’s interior minister to avoid “illegal gatherings”. Two demonstrators are reported dead in Dorud after sustaining gunshot wounds in a video posted on social media. Videos filmed elsewhere in the country show protesters setting fire to a…

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Do urban rap videos glamorise violence?

Urban rap videos should be closely monitored and even removed from online platforms such as YouTube to save lives, officials say. The BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme met the rappers and directors who say they are just describing their lives. A rapper performs in front of a Lamborghini for a music video, not in a swanky studio but in the car park of some flats in east London. As the engine revs, concerned residents peek out of the windows. Others get closer to the action. S-Rose, who changed his name from…

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If you care about men, join the fight against male violence

 Last week, a young boy was taken to a Sydney hospital in critical condition after a brawl at a house party. Gatecrashers had allegedly come to blows with guests, with one of the former assaulting the teenager and inflicting life threatening head injuries. On Saturday night, a man started a violent riot at a Melbourne bar. After being ejected by bouncers, the man called for backup from his friends and launched a vicious assault that put four of the security guards in hospital. Play VideoDon’t Play Up Next Trump and…

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Do parents of boys view sexual violence differently to parents of girls?

  In the weeks since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, we have heard quite a lot of “as the father of a daughter…”, implying it takes the birth of a daughter for men to truly appreciate all the discrimination, harassment and assault women seem to be on about. Play VideoDon’t Play Up Next Harvey Weinstein effigy burns in massive bonfire Play VideoDon’t Play Video duration 01:03 More Entertainment News Videos Previous slideNext slide Rose McGowan: It’s time to rise Actress Rose McGowan takes to the stage in her first public comments since…

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