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29th Jan 2014

45,000 boat migrants made crossings of the Mediterranean

Some 45,000 boat migrants, including thousands of children, made dangerous crossings of the Mediterranean to land in Italy and Malta in 2013, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Most were fleeing wars or abuses, said the intergovernmental organization … Continued

28th Jan 2014

Snowden leaks reveal US and British spy agencies target phone apps

    Documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden suggest that US and British spy agencies have used smartphone apps to gather users’ personal data. The targeted apps include the popular Angry Birds game and Google Maps. The documents, published Monday … Continued

25th Jan 2014

Lebanon: Syrian refugees face sexual harassment, abuse

By Doha Shams   (Al-Akhbar): There is no respite for Syrian women refugees in North Lebanon’s Akkar from the daily humiliations of sexual harassment. Impoverished and desperate, they are forced to work under abusive bosses, rent from shady landlords, and … Continued

21st Jan 2014

Syria: Qatar-backed report accuses Syria of ‘systematic torture and killing’

A report by former international prosecutors has accused the Syrian government of large-scale killing and torture. The Qatar-backed report is based off of photographic evidence from a military police defector.  A team of three former international prosecutors has accused Syrian … Continued

18th Jan 2014

US: Obama NSA reform proposals receive mixed reaction in Berlin

Senior political leaders in Berlin have welcomed US President Barack Obama’s NSA speech as an important first step. But many have expressed scepticism that Washington will follow through with broad surveillance reform. President Obama’s proposals to reform US surveillance operations … Continued

17th Jan 2014

The Nethelands: Prosecution: Hariri’s killers stalked him for months

By Marc Abizeid Prosecutors in the trial of four Hezbollah members accused of orchestrating the 2005 assassination of Rafik Hariri laid out their evidence Thursday that allegedly shows the suspects stalking the former Lebanese premier in the months leading up … Continued

16th Jan 2014

Afghanistan: President Karzai says US strike responsible for children’s death

Afghanistan’s president has said seven children were killed as a result of a United States military attack. The NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan, however, said the operation was under the supervision of Afghan forces. Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai said via a … Continued

16th Jan 2014

Hariri murder trial opens in The Hague

  Former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri was on his way home for lunch when a van full of explosives equivalent to 2.5 tons of TNT detonated as his armored convoy passed in downtown Beirut. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)   The … Continued

13th Jan 2014

Britain rejects “systematic” torture of Iraqis by British forces

LONDON, (Xinhua): British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Sunday rejected accusations of “systematic” torture of Iraqis by the British armed forces in Iraq after lawyers and public interest groups made a formal complaint to the International Criminal Court (ICC), local … Continued

11th Jan 2014

UK: Call for ICC probe into British ‘war crimes’ in Iraq

  Two NGOs say they have asked the International Criminal Court to investigate allegations of abuse of prisoners in Iraq from 2003 to 2008. They say hundreds of former prisoners have complained. A German human rights group and a British … Continued

10th Jan 2014

France: Top French court upholds ban against comedian Dieudonne for ‘anti-semitic remarks’

  France’s top administrative court has upheld a ban against a comedian for using anti-semitic jokes. The top court’s decision came just hours before his opening night show in the western city of Nantes.   France’s judges in the Council … Continued

9th Jan 2014

UK: London jury vindicates police shooting

    A British inquest jury has found that police lawfully shot dead a man in London’s Tottenham suburb more than two years ago. Fatal nationwide riots were sparked by the death of Mark Duggan in 2011. The family of Mark … Continued

China: 14 killed in mosque stampede
7th Jan 2014

China: 14 killed in mosque stampede

[An injured woman receives medical treatment at a hospital in Xiji Town of Guyuan, northwest China's Ningxia region, injured in the stampede in a mosque. Photo: Li Ran,  Xinhnua News Agency] [A stampede that occurred during an event at a mosque in … Continued

India: Building collapses in India, killing several people and trapping others
5th Jan 2014

India: Building collapses in India, killing several people and trapping others

At least 14 workers have been killed after a building on a construction site in southern India collapsed. Dozens are feared trapped under the rubble, authorities say. A five-story building in the southern Indian state of Goa collapsed on Saturday, … Continued

4th Jan 2014

Bahrain detains soccer teams and scores of players and athletes

By James M. Dorsey   Bahrain has detained a soccer team as well as scores of other players and athletes since security forces squashed a popular uprising almost three years ago, according to human rights activists, journalists and officials.   … Continued

3rd Jan 2014

India: Manmohan alleges Narendra Modi ‘presided over 2002 massacre’

  PM Manmohan Singh blames Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi (below) of massacre of Muslims in 2002 New Delhi, (Hindustan Times): In a strongest ever attack on Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Friday … Continued

3rd Jan 2014

US: NSA seeking to develop ‘quantum computer’

  The NSA is seeking to build a quantum computer capable of breaking most encryption codes, the Washington Post has reported. Encryption is used to protect sensitive information including banking and emails.  The Washington Post cited documents leaked by former … Continued

29th Dec 2013

Saudi Arabia: 60 women to work at local courts

[Women working at the headquarters are involved in all branches of the court dealing with employees’ affairs]   RIYADH, (ARAB NEWS): Sixty Saudi women will begin work at local courts from Sunday, according to the Board of Grievances. Their duties … Continued

27th Dec 2013

India: Muzaffarnagar camp deaths: Akhilesh slams UP home sec for ‘nobody dies of cold’ comment

New Delhi (Hindustan Times): A top Uttar Pradesh government official is under fire for his “nobody can die of cold” remark over the deaths of 34 children in relief camps for riot victims in the state. Ikhlaq lost his grandfather … Continued

21st Dec 2013

Britain and US ‘targeted German government, top EU official’

The British and US secret services have been accused of bugging the telephone lines of German government agencies and ministries. London and Washington are also alleged to have spied on a top EU official.  In the latest revelations over US … Continued

Sectarianism in the Middle East and its rise in the UK, Standpoint, Sahar TV. Interview 29 May 2013 and aired on 12 June 2013


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