16th Jul 2013

India: 20 men gang-rape four minor tribal girls in Jharkhand

By Brajesh Verma Times  Dumka, (Hindustan Times): A group of around 20 armed and inebriated men forced their way into a girls’ hostel in Maoist-hit Pakur district and gang raped four minor girls on Sunday night. The incident took place … Continued

13th Jul 2013

Russia: Snowden applies for temporary asylum in Russia

Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has announced that he will apply for asylum in Russia. His application has strained already tense US-Russian relations. The fate of fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden rose to the top of the US-Russian bilateral … Continued

13th Jul 2013

Saudi Arabia: Two Saudis sentenced to prison for protesting monarchy

A Saudi special court has sentenced two men to eight and nine years in jail, respectively, for taking part in protests in Eastern Province, SPA state news agency said on Friday. The first defendant was found guilty of joining three … Continued

12th Jul 2013

US ‘very disappointed’ with China over Snowden amid treaty talks

The United States has said it is “very disappointed” in China for not handing over intelligence leaker Edward Snowden while he was in Hong Kong. However, both powers did agree to restart investment treaty talks. During wide-ranging annual talks in … Continued

12th Jul 2013

US: Saudi princess arrested in US for human trafficking

Al-Akhbar: A Saudi princess was arrested on Wednesday and charged with human trafficking in the United States, after a domestic worker managed to flee and report abuse to the police, media reported. Meshael Alayban, who was was taken into custody … Continued

10th Jul 2013

European Court of Human Rights overrules Britain on murder jail terms

A European Court has ruled that Britain violated the rights of three convicted murderers by jailing them for life with no prospect of release. Britain’s Justice Secretary criticized the decision. The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has ruled … Continued

9th Jul 2013

Turkey: Harsh police crackdown empties Istanbul’s Gezi Park, Taksim Square

  [AA photo] Istanbul, (Hurriyet Daily News):  Riot police used tear gas, water cannon, and plastic bullets to disperse people who had arrived at Gezi Park in Istanbul’s Taksim Square tonight, despite the park earlier being officially opened to public. A … Continued

India: Nine dead in Secunderabad hotel building collapse
8th Jul 2013

India: Nine dead in Secunderabad hotel building collapse

[Photo: Debris of a 2 storey hotel that collapsed in Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh leaving several dead. (ANI)] Hyderabad, (Hindustan Times): A two-storeyed hotel building in Secunderabad collapsed on Monday morning killing nine people and injuring 20 others. Many of the … Continued

7th Jul 2013

Turkey: Police intervene on İstiklal Avenue against protesters gathering to re-enter Gezi

ISTANBUL, (Hürriyet Daily News):  Police have heaviliy intervened in the Taksim area with tear gas and water cannon, targeting protesters gathering on İstiklal Avenue ahead of a demonstration and continuing the intervention into the early hours. The pedestrian İstiklal Avenue is … Continued

6th Jul 2013

India: Odisha: tribal kills wife after she is unable to conceive

By Priya Ranjan Sahu Bhubaneswar, (Hindustan Times): Police in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district have arrested a tribal man who allegedly killed his wife just because she could not conceive six years after marriage. He was produced before a court in Rairangpur … Continued

6th Jul 2013

Nicaragua willing to grant Snowden asylum

MANAGUA, (Xinhua): Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said Friday his government would be willing to grant political asylum to Edward Snowden, the U.S. intelligence whistleblower, “if conditions permit.” Ortega also confirmed that his government had received a formal asylum request from … Continued

5th Jul 2013

UAE rearrests two civil society activists a day after acquittal

The United Arab Emirates’ secret services arrested and detained two activists Wednesday, a day after they were acquitted by an Emirati court, an NGO told Al-Akhbar. Ahmad al-Hammadi and Mohammed al-Shaami were part of the “UAE 94,” a diverse group … Continued

4th Jul 2013

Bolivia President Morales calls plane incident “open provocation” to South America

President Evo Morales has returned to Bolivia after his plane was rerouted in Europe on suspicions whistle-blower Edward Snowden was aboard. He called the affair an “open provocation” to South America. Morales arrived in Bolivia around midnight Wednesday (0400 GMT … Continued

4th Jul 2013

UK grants judicial immunity to Israel army chief suspected of war crimes

Israel’s army chief arrived in the United Kingdom on Tuesday, after the European nation decided to grant him judicial immunity during his official visit, Ma’an news agency reported. Lieutenant General Benny Gantz (above), the chief of staff of the Israeli … Continued

3rd Jul 2013

Pakistan: 18 people killed by US drone attacks in N Waziristan

NORTH WAZIRISTAN, (Dawn, The News): Unmanned US drones fired missiles in North Waziristan, killing eighteen people, sources said late Tuesday night.   According to sources, the drones attacked a residential compound and a vehicle in  Miramshah town, Danday Darpa Khel … Continued

3rd Jul 2013

Austria: Bolivia says president’s jet diverted over Snowden ‘rumor’

Bolivia’s foreign minister has said President Evo Morales’ plane was denied clearance over French and Portuguese airspace, forcing it to land in Vienna. He said this followed a “lie” that Edward Snowden was on board. Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca said … Continued

2nd Jul 2013

India urged to grant political asylum to Edward Snowden

New Delhi, (ACHR): Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) today urged the Government of India to grant political asylum to Mr Edward Snowden, a former technical contractor of the National Security Agency (NSA) of the United States. According to Wikileaks, Mr … Continued

2nd Jul 2013

Bahrain acquits police who tortured medics

A Bahraini court acquitted on Monday two police officers on trial for torturing six doctors during the 2011 uprising against the monarchy, a judicial source said. The two officers had been accused in March 2011 of having “used force, torture, … Continued

30th Jun 2013

Jammu & Kashmir: Indian army kills 2 civilians in Indian-controlled Kashmir

SRINAGAR, J & K, Indian-controlled Kashmir, (Xinhua): Indian army allegedly shot dead two youth and wounded three others in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said Sunday. The killings took place in village Markundal, Sumbal of Bandipora district, around 38 km north of … Continued

30th Jun 2013

Ethiopia: AU calls for eradicating hunger in Africa by 2025

ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua): The African Union (AU) on Saturday called on all stakeholders to have the will and determination for ending hunger on the African continent. The remarks were made at the opening of a multi-stakeholder meeting on Saturday at … Continued

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