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

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

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