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26th Jul 2013

Germany: Merkel’s top aide plays down allegations of bulk US spying on Germans

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief aide has tried to play down allegations of US bulk spying on German citizens. Recent revelations have fueled concern over US-German surveillance collaboration. Chancellory Chief of Staff Ronald Pofalla appeared before a three-hour-long hearing of … Continued

25th Jul 2013

India: Voters feel Muslims are ‘implicated’ in terror cases

  The Hindu Children hold placards denouncing arrest of innocent Muslim youth on eve of Mecca Masjid blast anniversary in Hyderabad on May 18, 2012. Photo: G. Krishnaswamy The Hindu All figures are in per cent and rounded off; hence … Continued

25th Jul 2013

Russia: Snowden remains at Moscow airport, exit date pending

MOSCOW, (Xinhua): Speculation that fugitive U.S. intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden had been granted approval to leave Sheremetyevo airport’s transit zone was quashed by his lawyer Wednesday. Anatoly Kucherena told reporters after meeting Snowden in the Terminal E of the airport … Continued

25th Jul 2013

Bahrain: Blind prisoner launches hunger strike

[Ali Saad, who is blind, started a #hungerstrike in protest of illtreatment, denial of adequate medical care pic.twitter.com/c7BhYmYP4h #Bahrain]   By Yuma Marwan A blind Bahraini prisoner began a hunger strike Wednesday to protest ill treatment and medical neglect at … Continued

24th Jul 2013

Bahraini forces escalate house raids, arbitrary arrests

 S.Yousif  Almuhafda          @SAIDYOUSIF #bahrain picture of house raids now in nabeh saleh pic.twitter.com/sPd3wGAlDV 2:44 PM – 23 Jul 2013 Security forces in Bahrain have been raiding dozens of homes each day since April, arbitrarily arresting young men, and torturing them … Continued

21st Jul 2013

India: Minor’s rape and murder triggers arson in Bihar’s Rohtas district

Sasaram, (Hindustan Times): Anger spilled out on to the streets of Rajpur bazaar in Bihar’s Rohtas district on Sunday after a 12-year-old girl was found murdered – possibly after rape – with both her eyes gouged out, in yet another … Continued

21st Jul 2013

US: Rallies for federal civil rights charges in Trayvon Martin case

Rallies have been held in US cities to protest the verdict in the death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin. The acquittal of his killer has sparked outrage and a renewed national discussion about racial profiling. Demonstrations began around noon on … Continued

21st Jul 2013

Germany: Magazine reveals German government using NSA spying data

Intelligence agencies in Germany and the US have been collaborating, according to a new report from a German magazine. The German government has been using bulk data collected by the National Security Agency. Germany’s foreign and domestic intelligence services have … Continued

20th Jul 2013

Jammu & Kashmir: 38 injured in Police action

By Shabir Ibn Yusuf   Srinagar/Jammu, India, (GKNN): At least 25 people were injured in clashes that erupted in most parts of Kashmir on Friday against the killing of four civilians by Border Security Force (BSF) in Gool area of Ramban … Continued

20th Jul 2013

US: Secret US court renews US phone surveillance program

A secret US intelligence court has renewed a surveillance program that orders Verizon to hand over millions of phone records to the government. The program was among those revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The office of National Intelligence Director James … Continued

19th Jul 2013

UAE: Foreigner jailed for filming local beating van driver

An Asian man has been arrested for filming a video that has gone viral on the Internet showing a UAE citizen beating up an Indian van driver in Dubai, local media reported Thursday. The witness, whose nationality was not known, … Continued

18th Jul 2013

UK: Parliament questions arms exports to flashpoints

A parliamentary committee in the UK has said the British government issued 3,000 licenses to export military equipment, worth more than $18 billion, to the 27 countries London considers possible human rights violators. According to a parliament report released on … Continued

17th Jul 2013

UN says Syria crisis ‘worst since Rwanda’

According to the United Nations, Syria’s civil war has now generated the worst refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Nearly 1.8 million people are now registered as refugees in countries surrounding Syria. Five thousand people a month are dying … Continued

17th Jul 2013

Kuwait’s foreign labour: Here today, gone tomorrow

By Yazan al-Saadi Kuwait City, (Al-Akhbar): On the morning of June 26, Kuwaiti security forces conducted one of their largest raids ever, in the poorer, neglected Kuwaiti governorates of Ahmadi and Hawally. According to the local press, 445 expats were … Continued

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

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