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Pakistan: Victim of ‘honour killing’ had wed a man who had strangled his first wife
30th May 2014

Pakistan: Victim of ‘honour killing’ had wed a man who had strangled his first wife

[Photo: Farzana Iqbal] WASHINGTON, (The News): On Tuesday, Farzana Iqbal, a 25-year-old pregnant woman, was confronted by a mob of 20 or so of her family members near the steps of the top court in Lahore, Pakistan’s second-biggest city.   … Continued

Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab, Bahrain’s rights activist, freed
25th May 2014

Bahrain: Nabeel Rajab, Bahrain’s rights activist, freed

  Bahrain released one of the Arab world’s best-known activists on Saturday after he served a two-year jail sentence for his role in pro-democracy protests in the US-allied kingdom, his son said and his lawyer said. Nabeel Rajab, co-founder and … Continued

UN committee criticizes Vatican over its handling of abuse allegations
24th May 2014

UN committee criticizes Vatican over its handling of abuse allegations

    The United Nations anti-torture watchdog has called on the Vatican to prosecute all members of the clergy suspected of sexual abuse. The Holy See has rejected the body’s criticism.  A report released by the UN Committee Against Torture … Continued

Bahrain sacks MP for criticizing prison conditions
21st May 2014

Bahrain sacks MP for criticizing prison conditions

  Bahrain’s parliament on Tuesday sacked an MP who had criticized conditions at a prison where inmates are mostly anti-government activists held over protests. Parliament speaker Khalifa al-Dhahrani said 31 MPs out of the 40-member chamber voted to eject Osama … Continued

ICC reopens probe into alleged British war crimes in Iraq
14th May 2014

ICC reopens probe into alleged British war crimes in Iraq

The ICC has said it will reopen an initial investigation into alleged war crimes carried out by British forces during the Iraq War. Burning, sexual assault and electrocution of detainees are among the alleged abuses.   The Hague-based International Criminal … Continued

Myanmar: Chinese tensions dominate ASEAN summit
11th May 2014

Myanmar: Chinese tensions dominate ASEAN summit

    The ten-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met on Sunday at a historic summit hosted for the first time by Myanmar — formerly known as Burma — in its remote showpiece capital Naypyidaw. Concerns over a stand-off … Continued

US: Oklahoma prison botches inmate execution
30th Apr 2014

US: Oklahoma prison botches inmate execution

A US inmate in the state of Oklahoma has died during a botched execution 40 minutes after officials ordered proceedings. His death raises questions about new drug cocktails used to carry out the death penalty. Clayton Lockett, 38, was declared … Continued

Vatican rejects accusations against Pope John Paul II ahead of canonization
23rd Apr 2014

Vatican rejects accusations against Pope John Paul II ahead of canonization

Less than a week before former Pope John Paul II is to be declared a saint, critics want answers about an abuse scandal involving an order of priests he had championed for years. The Vatican has refuted the claims. The … Continued

Yemen: US drone strike kills several people including civilians
19th Apr 2014

Yemen: US drone strike kills several people including civilians

A US drone strike has suspected militants travelling in a vehicle in Yemen. Civilians in a nearby car were also reported killed. Military officials in Yemen reported an  American drone strike in the al-Bayda province of central Yemen early on … Continued

Pakistan: Murder charge against Pakistani baby dropped
13th Apr 2014

Pakistan: Murder charge against Pakistani baby dropped

A nine-month old boy from the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, who had been charged with attempted murder, has been freed. The case drew widespread outrage and ridicule.  A judge in Lahore freed Mohammad Musa on Saturday after all charges … Continued

Bosnia & Hercegovina: Srebrenica relatives sue Dutch government
8th Apr 2014

Bosnia & Hercegovina: Srebrenica relatives sue Dutch government

  Relatives of victims from the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia have sued the Netherlands. They say the Dutch government should have done more to prevent the 1995 killings, which left more than 8,000 people dead. The Mothers of Srebrenica on … Continued

Central African Republic: Ban visits Bangui, warns against genocide
6th Apr 2014

Central African Republic: Ban visits Bangui, warns against genocide

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has visited refugees housed at a mosque in strife-torn Bangui in the Central African Republic. He also urged UN members to back his call for a peacekeeping force to end inter-religious violence.  Ban briefly visited the … Continued

US Senate votes to release CIA interrogation report
4th Apr 2014

US Senate votes to release CIA interrogation report

A US Senate panel has voted to declassify parts of its report on the CIA’s brutal interrogation methods under Republican President George W. Bush. The panel chair said the investigation results were “shocking.” The United States Intelligence Committee voted Thursday … Continued

Central African Republic: EU launches military mission
2nd Apr 2014

Central African Republic: EU launches military mission

    The EU has begun its military mission to the Central African Republic, where ethnic clashes have destabilized the country. The delayed deployment comes amid signs of increased violence against CAR’s Muslim population.  The European Union’s 1,000-strong military mission … Continued

Bahraini photographer among 29 jailed for up to 10 years
27th Mar 2014

Bahraini photographer among 29 jailed for up to 10 years

  [Photographer Ahmed Humaidan jailed] A Bahraini court on Wednesday jailed 29 people, including an award winning photographer, for up to 10 years for an alleged attack on a police center in April 2012. A judicial source and activists said … Continued

14th Mar 2014

Pakistan: Rape victim who set herself ablaze dies

[Dawn File photo] MUZAFFARGARH, (Dawn): A girl, who set herself ablaze in in Bet Mir Hazar area in protest against a police report which helped her alleged rapist obtain bail, succumbed to her injuries today, DawnNews reported. Sources told Dawn.com … Continued

12th Mar 2014

US Senate intelligence panel head accuses CIA of spying on panel’s computers

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Tuesday accused the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of illegally searching computers used by her staffers investigating CIA interrogation methods, but the CIA director quickly denied the allegation. … Continued

11th Mar 2014

Syria: Number of children affected by Syrian war doubled in last year, says UNICEF

    The number of children affected by Syria’s civil war has more than doubled in the last year, according to a UNICEF report. Child casualty rates are the highest of any recent conflict in the region.   The United … Continued

6th Mar 2014

Yemen: Suspected US drone strike kills three

A suspected US drone strike killed three people in northwestern Yemen on Wednesday, local officials said. The victims were traveling in a car in al-Jawf province when they were targeted, the officials said, adding that a local al-Qaeda leader, identified … Continued

6th Mar 2014

US hires Israeli company to retrofit Mexico border wall

By Chloe Benoist An Israeli military contractor, whose surveillance technology is used along Israel’s apartheid wall constructed in the Palestinian West Bank, has been chosen by the United States to provide similar services on the southern border with Mexico, Israeli … Continued

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