Alberta tells Catholic school trustees to ‘sort themselves out’ over LGBTQ issue

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EDMONTON – Alberta’s education minister says Edmonton Catholic School Board trustees need to “sort themselves out” when it comes to drafting a plan to help LGBTQ students.

David Eggen says the law demands equality for all students, and says board trustees need to do the job they were elected to do.

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    Eggen adds that the majority of Albertans want safe learning environments for all students, including those with different gender identities.

    “Alberta Education created the guidelines released last week in response to school board requests. They serve as a tool for boards working to submit and implement policies that ensure welcoming, caring and safe schools. Obviously, we are seeing a variety of opinions on these best practices, but I would remind everyone that this is about providing students with a sense of security in their place of learning,” Eggen said in a statement to Global News.

    “How an elected board of trustees chooses to communicate with its parents is up to them, but all boards are aware of my expectations around professionalism and decorum in public. We will continue to work actively with all school authorities to build greater understanding and acceptance.”

    All 61 school boards are drafting policies that must be submitted to the province by the end of March on how they will protect LGBTQ students.

    Calgary’s Catholic Bishop Fred Henry has denounced the plan as heavy-handed and contrary to church teachings.

    READ MORE: Alberta government establishes LGBTQ guidelines for schools

    In his letter, Henry wrote: “The Alberta Government “Guidelines” issued on January 13th show no evidence of consultation with or sensitivity to the Catholic community.

    “They breathe pure secularism.

    “This approach and directive smack of the madness of relativism and the forceful imposition of a particular narrow-minded anti-Catholic ideology. Such a totalitarian approach is not in accordance with the Supreme Court of Canada opinion (Loyola) delivered on March 19, 2015 and must be rejected.”

    This weekend, the Edmonton Catholic trustees sent Henry’s letter to all parents in their district.

    With files from Global News.

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Airbnb’s 10 most desired destinations and accommodations

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The two biggest things that travellers want, according to Airbnb, are a unique place to sleep and some sun.

Destinations like Belize, Turks and Caicos and Australia dominate the list of the company’s most coveted destinations.

Treehouses, meanwhile, top the list of most in demand properties. A cottage in B.C. made the list as well.

“Small is the new big,” reads a release from Airbnb.

“All 10 of the most wish-listed properties are not villas but rather tiny homes, treehouses, and cottages.”

The top 10 wish-listed property types are:

    TreehouseIglooVanLighthouseCaveIslandYurtTrainLoftCabin

READ MORE: 5 unique accommodations to add to your travel bucket list

The top 10 cities with the most wish-listed homes are:

    Belize City, BelizeOkinawa, JapanSavannah, GeorgiaTurks and CaicosMendocino, CaliforniaKyoto, JapanSan Juan, Puerto RicoMargaret River, AustraliaJervis Bay, AustraliaTamarindo, Costa Rica

Airbnb’s top 10 most wish-listed properties are:

1. Secluded Intown Treehouse in Atlanta, Georgia

The tree house consists of 3 separate rooms, each connected by rope-bridges.

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2. The Seashell House ~ Casa Caracol in Mexico

3. Casa Barthel in Tuscany, Italy

4. Unique Cob Cottage in Mayne Island, BC, Canada

5. Aroma(n)tica TreehouseinMonferrato in San Salvatore Monferrato, Alessandria, Italy

6. Mushroom Dome Cabin in Aptos, CA

7. Pirates of the Caribbean Getaway in Topanga Canyon, CA

8. Balian Treehouse with private pool in Bali

9. Brand New Mini Loft in Rome, Italy

10. Off the Gridit House, in Pioneertown, CA

SOUND OFF: What’s the coolest place you’ve ever stayed? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Human-caused heat dumped in oceans has doubled since 1997: Study

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WASHINGTON – The amount of man-made heat energy absorbed by the seas has doubled since 1997, a study released Monday showed.

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    Scientists have long known that more than 90 per cent of the heat energy from man-made global warming goes into the world’s oceans instead of the ground. And they’ve seen ocean heat content rise in recent years. But the new study, using ocean-observing data that goes back to the British research ship Challenger in the 1870s and including high-tech modern underwater monitors and computer models, tracked how much man-made heat has been buried in the oceans in the past 150 years.

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    The world’s oceans absorbed approximately 150 zettajoules of energy from 1865 to 1997, and then absorbed about another 150 in the next 18 years, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.

    To put that in perspective, if you exploded one atomic bomb the size of the one that dropped on Hiroshima every second for a year, the total energy released would be 2 zettajoules. So since 1997, Earth’s oceans have absorbed man-made heat energy equivalent to a Hiroshima-style bomb being exploded every second for 75 straight years.

    “The changes we’re talking about, they are really, really big numbers,” said study co-author Paul Durack, an oceanographer at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab in California. “They are nonhuman numbers.”

    Because there are decades when good data wasn’t available and computer simulations are involved, the overall figures are rough but still are reliable, the study’s authors said. Most of the added heat has been trapped in the upper 2,300 feet, but with every year the deeper oceans also are absorbing more energy, they said.

    But the study’s authors and outside experts say it’s not the raw numbers that bother them. It’s how fast those numbers are increasing.

    “After 2000 in particular the rate of change is really starting to ramp up,” Durack said.

    This means the amount of energy being trapped in Earth’s climate system as a whole is accelerating, the study’s lead author Peter Gleckler, a climate scientist at Lawrence Livermore, said.

    Because the oceans are so vast and cold, the absorbed heat raises temperatures by only a few tenths of a degree, but the importance is the energy balance, Gleckler and his colleagues said. When oceans absorb all that heat it keeps the surface from getting even warmer from the heat-trapping gases spewed by the burning of coal, oil and gas, the scientists said.

    The warmer the oceans get, the less heat they can absorb and the more heat stays in the air and on land surface, the study’s co-author, Chris Forest at Pennsylvania State University, said.

    “These finding have potentially serious consequences for life in the oceans as well as for patterns of ocean circulation, storm tracks and storm intensity,” said Oregon State University marine sciences professor Jane Lubchenco, the former chief of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    One outside scientist, Kevin Trenberth, climate analysis chief at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, also has been looking at ocean heat content and he said his ongoing work shows the Gleckler team “significantly underestimates” how much heat the ocean has absorbed.

    Jeff Severinghaus at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography praised the study, saying it “provides real, hard evidence that humans are dramatically heating the planet.”

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Raptors’ DeRozan named finalist to U.S. Olympic team

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DeMar DeRozan is a step closer to making his Olympic debut.

The star Toronto Raptors guard was among 30 players selected Monday as finalists for the U.S. basketball team that will attempt in Rio de Janeiro to win a third straight gold medal.

DeRozan joins an elite group including LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, each looking for a fourth Olympic berth, and Stephen Curry, who is in line for his first.

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DeRozan was part of the American squad that finished 9-0 and won the gold medal at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain. He averaged 4.8 points, 1.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 11.7 minutes, while shooting .536 from the field.

DeRozan scored 10 points off the bench during the gold medal game against Serbia.

DeRozan and teammate Kyle Lowry are also hoping to play in the 2016 NBA All-Star game, which comes to Toronto in February. At last count, Lowry was third and DeRozan seventh in votes among Eastern Conference guards.

The native of Compton, Calif., has spent his entire seven-year career with the Raptors. He is averaging a team-best 22.6 points (11th in the NBA) through 40 games this season and ranks second in the league in free throws made (279) and attempted (330).

The final 12-player roster will be chosen this summer. If James and Anthony are on it they would become the first American men to play in four Olympics.

The other candidates for Rio are:

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City);Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan (Clippers);Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio);Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Harrison Barnes (Golden State);Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love (Cleveland);Dwight Howard and James Harden (Houston);Anthony Davis (New Orleans); Paul George (Indiana);DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay (Sacramento);John Wall and Bradley Beal (Washington);Jimmy Butler (Chicago); Mike Conley (Memphis);Andre Drummond (Detroit);Kenneth Faried (Denver) andGordon Hayward (Utah).

“The depth of talent that exists in the national team program is extraordinary. Repeating as gold medallists at the 2016 Olympics will not be easy, but we feel confident that we have 30 finalists who offer amazing basketball abilities and special versatility,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said in a statement.

Kobe Bryant, who is retiring after this season, took himself out of the running for a third Olympics this weekend.

James and Anthony have already joined Hall of Famer David Robinson as the only U.S. men to play in three Olympics, winning bronze in 2004 before leading the U.S. to gold in Beijing and London. Paul could join that list this summer.

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Two-four of beer, NHL cheap seats the same price as barrel of oil

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The price of oil is hovering just below US$30 a barrel, a 12-year low, which works out to about C$43.50 at current exchange rates.

Here’s an entirely unscientific look at a few things US$30 could buy you, some of which are definitely more fun than a barrel of oil.

Buy (maybe half) a tank of gas

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    The price of oil has plummeted along with the loonie, but the price of filling up at the pumps has remained frustratingly high. The average price of gas in Canada Tuesday ranged from 77 cents per litre in Alberta to $1.10 in the Northwest Territories, according to GasBuddy长沙桑拿.

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    At those rates you could buy between 56 and 39 litres of fuel —; unlikely to fill up a large vehicle’s tank.

    Treat the office to a round of double-doubles

    For the price of a barrel of oil, you could treat your coworkers to Canada’s No. 1 human fuel —; coffee and donuts from Tim Hortons.

    Grabbing a dozen medium coffees (at $1.75 each) will run you $21, throw in a dozen donuts and Timbits and you’ll be everyone’s favourite officemate for the day.

    Coffee cups sit at a Tim Hortons in Oakville, Ont. on September 16, 2013.

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    Take in an NHL game

    OK, this one is a stretch. To catch the Habs host the Leafs Feb. 27 will run you $200 a ticket, with only single seats remaining.

    But you could catch the Edmonton Oilers (how appropriate!) hosting the Ottawa Senators Feb 23, starting at $21 a seat on StubHub.

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    Grab a two-four

    If catching the game live is off the table, grab some brewskies and stay in.

    For the cost of a barrel of oil you could get 24 cans of Molson Canadian —; $43.95 in Ontario and $44.58 in B.C.

    Cans of Molson Canadian beer are shown on the can line at Molson Breweries in Vancouver, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010. Beer is still the drink of choice for many Canadians who consume alcoholic beverages, in volume and dollar value.

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    Suit up in a Canadian tuxedo

    The denim-on-denim look can be yours with this sweet jean jacket from Mark’s Work Wearhouse, for only $34.88.

    It’s our formal wear, Canada, own it.

    How much to fill the barrel?

    A barrel of oil is 42 gallons, just shy of 160 litres.

    Bottled water goes for about $1.25 per 500 ml bottle or more, depending on how fancy your tastes are. At that rate it would cost at least $200 to fill a barrel with bottled water.Milk costs on average $2.33 per litre, totalling about $373 to fill a barrel.Maple syrup goes for about $12 for 500 ml; filling a barrel would run you about $3,840.

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Blue Monday: How a PR stunt created the ‘most depressing’ day of the year

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If you’ve got a case of the Monday blues don’t blame it on “the most depressing day of the year,” a debunked theory that experts warn could trivialize clinical depression and other mental health issues.

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The third Monday of January or “Blue Monday” has been around since 2005 when the now defunct Sky Travel holiday agency, based in the U.K., commissioned a former lecturer at Cardiff University to find the most depressing day of the year as a way to market winter vacations.

Cliff Arnall, part-time tutor at the university, developed a “mathematical formula” to find the most depressing day of the year by combining weather, debt, time since Christmas, motivation levels, the time since New Year’s resolutions were made and the need to take action.

What he allegedly found was the third Monday is the worst day of the year because your Christmas spirit has worn off, you’ve failed to keep your New Year’s resolutions, your credit card statements from holiday shopping are due and the weather is cold.

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The science behind the idea was immediately refuted by researchers looking to dispel the myth behind the public relations stunt.

Scott Patten, a psychiatrist and professor with the department of psychiatry at the University of Calgary, calls it “exploitive” pseudoscience.

“The formula itself is completely nonsensical,” Patten said. “If you’re used to working with formulas you would recognize that it subtracts and measures things that are not measured on the same scale or don’t have any units. It’s not clear how you subtract debt from weather.

Mental health experts have warned that the myth surrounding the so-called “most depressing day of the year” can be detrimental  to discussing real issues around mental health.

“There is a difference between the days when you don’t want to do anything compared to clinical depression where you can’t get out bed and you’re really struggling,” said Tana Nash, executive director Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention.

“We never want to trivialize how somebody is really feeling with clinical depression or to make light of it,” she said. “We are doing so much work about breaking down the stigma of [mental health] and doing a really great job of it and so we don’t want to go backwards with the progress we’ve created.”

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Mara Grunau, with Calgary’s Centre for Suicide Prevention, agrees.

“When we talk about depression, clinical depression or a major depressive disorder, people facing that face that all the time,” Grunau told Global News.  “It’s not something that can be cured with a new pair of shoes or a sunny holiday.”

While Blue Monday is the stuff of fiction, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression related to the changes in seasons according to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).

CMHA says some people “are vulnerable to a type of depression that follows a seasonal pattern. For them, the shortening days of late autumn are the beginning of a type of clinical depression that can last until spring.” Sunnybrook hospital in Toronto says light therapy is one of the most effective treatments for SAD and help with “winter blues” as well.

The city of Winnipeg is working with the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba and has installed light therapy lamps at libraries across the city to help combat SAD symptoms.

*With a file from Carolyn Kury de Castillo

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‘It’s killing me’: Rising cost of food hitting restaurants, impacting menu prices – Halifax

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Foodies can expect to shell out more money when eating at restaurants in the near future, thanks to the skyrocketing cost of food.

Six in 10 restaurant operators plan to raise their menu prices over the next six months, according to the fourth quarter results of the 2015 Restaurant Outlook Survey.

The survey hasn’t been released yet, but Global Halifax has learned that the rising cost of food is now the number one issue impacting the food service industry.

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“It’s killing me,” said Bill Pratt, owner of restaurants Habaneros, Cheese Curds and Truck-Side.

“I cannot continue to jack the prices up for the customers because then you scare them away.”

According to vice president of Restaurants Canada, Luc Erjavec, the weakening Canadian dollar is driving the food costs up. He adds that the impacts of the rising food costs really depends on who restaurants cater to.

“If you’re someone whose using a lot of root vegetables, local potatoes, there’s probably not as much pressure as if your someone whose importing peppers or fresh fruits,” Erjavec said.

Many food service operators say the rising cost for beef and chicken is putting a strain on them, but the cost of fresh fruits and vegetables is also putting a lot of pressure on small business owners.

“We’ve seen inflation in the range of about 10 per cent for beef, dairy, fruit, vegetables and with the dollar continuing to go down, we’re going to see more and more pressure on food costs,” said Erjavec.

A worker at Habaneros in Dartmouth serves up tacos to a customer.

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Being a business that relies on almost entirely fresh food and produce, Pratt says he’s really feeling the burn of rising costs.

“It’s dramatic, simply because the price of tomatoes in the summer is $20, and now I’m paying $70,” said Pratt.

“What makes it difficult for us is that we’re not using all the processed products and that we’re making this stuff from scratch and the scratch products, the raw product, costs are going so high, it’s making it difficult to do that.”

If the cost of food continues to go up, Pratt says he will have no choice but to look at adjusting his menus.

“We’re going to have to raise the prices to keep up to that. We cannot stay in business you know, if we’re losing money on that.”

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Female refugees endure sexual violence, exploitation as they escape war-torn Syria, Iraq: Amnesty

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Female refugees face violence, sexual exploitation and harassment as they make their journey from Syria and Iraq to Europe, Amnesty International said in a report released Monday.

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The report comes as anti-refugee sentiment throughout Europe is fueled the sexual assaults of dozens of women at New Year’s Eve celebrations in Cologne, Germany, by alleged asylum seekers. So far only one person, an asylum seeker from Algeria, has been charged in connection with the assaults.

READ MORE: 1st suspect held over Cologne New Year’s sex assaults

Amnesty accuses governments and aid agencies of not doing enough to protect women and girls seeking asylum.

“After living through the horrors of the war in Iraq and Syria these women have risked everything to find safety for themselves and their children. But from the moment they begin this journey they are again exposed to violence and exploitation, with little support or protection,” Crisis Response director Tirana Hassan said in a statement.

According to Amnesty, refugee women say they are being victimized by smugglers, security guard and male asylum seekers.

“At the hotel in Turkey, one of the men working with the smuggler, a Syrian man, said if I sleep with him, I will not pay or pay less. Of course I said no, it was disgusting,” Amnesty quoted 23-year-old Hala, from Aleppo, Syria as saying.

“My friend who came with me from Syria ran out of money in Turkey, so the smuggler’s assistant offered her to have sex with him [in exchange for a place on a boat]; she of course said no, and couldn’t leave Turkey, so she’s staying there.”

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While some women described the threats they faced from smugglers, others said they lived in fear of the male asylum seekers, police, and security officers they were forced to share space with in transit camps.

“They hit me on my arm with a stick. They even hit younger kids. They hit everyone even on the head. I got dizzy and I fell, people were stepping on me. I was crying and was separated from my mother,” 16-year-old Maryam from Syria told Amnesty of the situation she experienced in Greece.

“I felt safer in movements, especially on the bus, the only place I could shut my eyes and sleep. In the camps we are so prone to being touched, and women can’t really complain and they don’t want to cause issues to disrupt their trip,” 20-year-old Reem from Syria told Amnesty.

“I never got the chance to sleep in settlements. I was too scared that anyone would touch me. The tents were all mixed and I witnessed violence.”

“If this humanitarian crisis was unfolding anywhere else in the world we would expect immediate practical steps to be taken to protect groups most at risk of abuse, such as women travelling alone and female-headed families,” Amnesty’s Hassan said.

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“More steps need to be taken to ensure that refugee women, especially those most at risk, are identified and special processes and services are put in place to ensure that their basic rights, safety and security are protected.”

Amnesty is not alone in calling for more measures to be taken to protect female refugees on their way to Europe — where more than a million refugees and migrants fled to last year.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees raised the same concerns in October, noting 34 per cent of those who had arrived in Europe by sea were women and children.

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Murder trial in death of Tim Bosma begins with jury selection

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HAMILTON – Jury selection began Monday at the trial of the accused killers of a Hamilton man whose body was found “burned beyond recognition.”

Tim Bosma left his home on May 6, 2013 to take two men for a test drive in his truck that he advertised for sale online.

Dellen Millard, of Toronto, and Mark Smich, from Oakville, Ont., are both charged with first-degree murder in Bosma’s death. Their lawyers have said both men will plead not guilty.

READ MORE: Tim Bosma: A timeline of the police investigation

Hundreds of potential jurors went before a judge Monday in the first phase of jury selection, which is expected to last two weeks.

Justice Andrew Goodman said the trial is set to begin Feb. 1 and is expected to last at least four months.

Both Millard and Smich were in the courtroom Monday, each eyeing jury candidates as they walked up to speak to the judge.

“It’s a privilege to sit on a jury,” Goodman told potential jurors.

“Despite the potential length of this trial, I have no doubt you’ll find it an interesting, challenging and worthwhile endeavour.”

The case of the missing 32-year-old Hamilton man – who had a wife and a two-year-old daughter – and later the discovery of his remains, rocked his tight-knit Dutch community in rural Hamilton and made headlines across the country.

Some potential jurors asked to be excused because of health or financial reasons. The judge excused one man who said his sons went to school with Bosma’s daughter, and another who said she had contact with Bosma’s family. Both were deferred to other jury panels.

Bosma’s parents and wife were not in court Monday.

“The family is grateful for the love and support shown by their community,” said Peter Lowe, the Bosma family spokesman.

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1st suspect held over Cologne New Year’s sex assaults

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BERLIN – A 26-year-old Algerian man has become the first person arrested in connection with a string of sexual assaults during New Year’s celebrations in Cologne that sparked a debate about Germany’s ability to integrate migrants.

Prosecutors said Monday that the unidentified asylum-seeker was arrested at a refugee home in the nearby town of Kerpen over the weekend. He is accused of groping a woman and robbing her cellphone, prosecutor’s office spokesman Ulrich Bremer told The Associated Press.

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Two other Algerian asylum-seekers, aged 22 and 24, were also arrested in Kerpen and the western city of Aachen, respectively, over the weekend, both for robbery, Bremer said. The number of people accused of committing crimes in Cologne at New Year’s now stands at 21, of whom eight are in detention, he said.

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Almost three weeks after the incident, 838 people have filed criminal complaints, including 497 women alleging sexual assault. Some of the victims have jointly filed a single complaint, so that the number of alleged crimes stands at 766, of which 381 are sexual offences, including three rapes.

The scale and nature of the crimes in Cologne, coupled with police descriptions of the perpetrators as being part of a large crowd of drunken men of “Arab or North African” origin, has fanned the debate about Germany’s approach to migration. Almost 1.1 million asylum-seekers arrived in the country last year, many of them from countries where women face greater discrimination than in Germany.

While the incidents were seized on by those in Germany who had already argued for stricter immigration rules, left-wing parties have also voiced concern.

The opposition Green Party said Monday that senior members passed a resolution calling for better integration measures to counter the message about “the superiority of men and the inequality of women” that many of the alleged perpetrators would have grown up with.

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It warned, however, that some of those now voicing outrage about the attacks in Cologne were doing so to incite racism rather than out of concern for women.

Berlin police issued a statement Monday denying reports – widely shared on social media – that a 13-year-old girl had been kidnapped and raped by an alleged migrant in the German capital last week.

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