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Bahrain opposition Chief goes on trial, rejects all charges
29th Jan 2015

Bahrain opposition Chief goes on trial, rejects all charges

[Photo: Sheikh Ali Salman denies all charges] Bahraini opposition chief Sheikh Ali Salman, arrested for allegedly trying to overthrow the kingdom’s regime, rejected the charge as his trial opened Wednesday, a judicial source said. The judge decided to keep Salman … Continued

US executes man despite disability claim
28th Jan 2015

US executes man despite disability claim

  A man has been executed in the US after a final appeal by his lawyers who said he was intellectually disabled was turned down. Warren Hill was killed by lethal injection in the southeastern state of Georgia. The 54-year-old … Continued

Egypt: Grand Mufti backs Brotherhood crackdown
28th Jan 2015

Egypt: Grand Mufti backs Brotherhood crackdown

  [Photo: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein]   The United Nations human rights chief voiced deep concern on Tuesday over the killing of at least 20 people in clashes between demonstrators and security forces in Egypt … Continued

Europe: Torture rampant across Europe
22nd Jan 2015

Europe: Torture rampant across Europe

  A day after Amnesty International published a report on Europe’s collusion with the CIA’s torture program, the Council of Europe published its own shocking survey of abuse in detention centers across the continent. Guards in several European countries carried … Continued

US condemns ICC probe into Israeli war crimes
18th Jan 2015

US condemns ICC probe into Israeli war crimes

The United States joined Israel in condemning the International Criminal Court decision to open a preliminary probe Friday into possible war crimes committed against Palestinians, blasting it as a “tragic irony.” ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said her office would conduct … Continued

ICC opens preliminary inquiry into Gaza war crimes
17th Jan 2015

ICC opens preliminary inquiry into Gaza war crimes

    [Photo: 18 members of a family killed in Gaza by Israeli bombing]   Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court said on Friday they had opened a preliminary inquiry into possible war crimes in Gaza and the West Bank, … Continued

Egypt:  Court overturns Mubarak’s prison sentence
14th Jan 2015

Egypt: Court overturns Mubarak’s prison sentence

    An Egyptian court on Tuesday overturned a three-year prison sentence against ousted president Hosni Mubarak on corruption charges and ordered a retrial. A lower court had handed down the jail term in May last year after convicting him … Continued

Bahrain summons Lebanon Ambassador over Nasrallah remarks
12th Jan 2015

Bahrain summons Lebanon Ambassador over Nasrallah remarks

    The Bahraini regime on Sunday summoned Lebanon’s ambassador to Manama over remarks made by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah regarding the arrest of a prominent Bahraini opposition leader. In a speech on Friday, Nasrallah criticized the Bahraini … Continued

Over 7,000 flee to Chad after violence in Nigeria
10th Jan 2015

Over 7,000 flee to Chad after violence in Nigeria

[Photo: Nigerian refugees arrive on Lake Chad islands in Niger after fleeing attacks in Doron Bagga in Borno state, Nigeria.]     UNITED NATIONS, (Xinhua): Around 7,300 Nigerian refugees fled attacks in northeastern Nigeria to Chad over the past 10 … Continued

Lebanon: Three Syrian refugees freeze to death in brutal storm
8th Jan 2015

Lebanon: Three Syrian refugees freeze to death in brutal storm

    Three Syrian refugees, including a five-year-old, have reportedly frozen to death in Lebanon as a major storm dumped snow and rain on the country, sources told Al-Akhbar on Wednesday. Three refugees, 5-year-old Majd Kheir al-Badawi, 33-year-old Ammar Ahmed … Continued

Bahrain extends detention of opp leader for second time
6th Jan 2015

Bahrain extends detention of opp leader for second time

  [Photo: A Bahraini citizen holds the picture of Sheikh Ali Salman, head of al-Wefaq opposition movement, during a protest against Sheikh Salman’s arrest in Manama, Bahrain on January 03, 2015. Anadolu/Ayman Yaqoob]   The head of the Bahrain’s main … Continued

Kuwait jails activist for “insulting” emir, “misusing cell phone”
6th Jan 2015

Kuwait jails activist for “insulting” emir, “misusing cell phone”

    Kuwait’s supreme court sentenced Monday an opposition activist to another 20 months in jail on charges of insulting the oil-rich state’s emir on Twitter. According to a judicial source, the court found Saqr al-Hashash guilty of insulting the … Continued

Bahrain: Forces clash with citizens protesting detention of Salman
3rd Jan 2015

Bahrain: Forces clash with citizens protesting detention of Salman

    Clashes between forces loyal to the Bahraini regime and pro-democracy protesters demanding the release of Bahrain’s opposition chief Sheikh Ali Salman continued for the fifth day in a row, witnessed said, as countries and international organizations worldwide condemned … Continued

India: Two cops rape 14-year-old in police station
2nd Jan 2015

India: Two cops rape 14-year-old in police station

Badaun, UP, (PTI): Two constables have been suspended for allegedly abducting and gang-raping a 14-year-old girl in Musajhag police station premises, police said on Friday. The girl was abducted from her house on December 31 by two constables Veer Pal … Continued

Bahrain detains head of al-Wefaq opposition movement
30th Dec 2014

Bahrain detains head of al-Wefaq opposition movement

AFP, Reuters, Al-Akhbar:  Bahraini authorities on Sunday detained the head of the kingdom’s main opposition group after he was summoned for questioning over unspecified and unknown violations. The Interior Ministry said in a statement Sunday that Sheikh Ali Salman – … Continued

Bangladesh: Anti-Govt protests turn fatal
29th Dec 2014

Bangladesh: Anti-Govt protests turn fatal

  [Photo: Sheikh Hasina And Khaleda Zia] A nationwide strike called by an alliance of Bangladesh’s opposition political parties has turned fatal. Tensions are rising ahead of the first anniversary of controversial elections. A female school teacher was killed Monday … Continued

Mexico holds rallies over missing students
27th Dec 2014

Mexico holds rallies over missing students

(AFP, AP, Reuters): Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Mexico City to commemorate the disappearance of 43 students three months ago from the city of Iguala. The pupils were likely massacred by a police-backed militia. TThe Friday demonstrations … Continued

Italian navy rescues hundreds of migrants during Christmas
27th Dec 2014

Italian navy rescues hundreds of migrants during Christmas

    The Italian navy rescued some 1,300 migrants in several operations late on Christmas Day, among them a Nigerian woman who gave birth on board one of the rescue vessels, local media said Friday, a day after hundreds of … Continued

India: Conversions come to Delhi on Christmas day
24th Dec 2014

India: Conversions come to Delhi on Christmas day

    [Youth Congress activists in Noida protest against the BJP and its ideological mentor, RSS, following the alleged forced conversion of around 300 Muslims to Hinduism in Agra earlier this month. (Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)   By Vikas Pathak   … Continued

India: Assam attack: Toll rises to 40
24th Dec 2014

India: Assam attack: Toll rises to 40

  [Adavasi men stand guard after houses belonging to Bodos were burnt down in Tenganala village, Sonitpur district, Assam, on Wednesday. Photo:Ritu Raj Konwar]   The Hindu: The toll in the series of attacks by suspected Bodo militants belonging to NDFB-S … Continued

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