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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

5th Mar 2014

Bahrain blacklists three anti-government groups

Bahrain blacklisted three anti-government groups as terrorist organizations on Tuesday, a day after a bomb killed two local policemen and an officer from the United Arab Emirates, state news agency BNA said. The attack has raised fears of more violence … Continued

1st Mar 2014

Myanmar orders Doctors without Borders to cease activities

Myanmar’s government has ordered Doctors without Borders to halt all of its work in the country. The order came after the humanitarian group treated Rohingya Muslims injured in communal violence. Doctors without Borders said on Friday that it was “deeply … Continued

24th Feb 2014

Germany: NSA spying on Merkel aides

  A major newspaper in Germany claims that the US National Security Agency has switched to monitoring officials close to Chancellor Angela Merkel. They include Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere.   US intelligence switched to spying on senior German officials … Continued

18th Feb 2014

Qatar: More than 450 Indian migrants dead in Qatar in 2012-13

More than 450 Indian migrants working in Qatar have died in the last two years, data shows as the Gulf state is under pressure over its rights record ahead of the 2022 World Cup. In response to a Right to … Continued

6th Feb 2014

Drone usage on the rise, China drives Asia military spending increase says IISS report

Drones are becoming increasingly common in warfare as their operating costs go down, according to a new report by the IISS think tank. It added that China is driving an increase in military spending in Asia. The use of unmanned … Continued

6th Feb 2014

UN ‘gravely concerned’ about Vatican’s child abuse record

A UN committee has issued a report assessing Vatican policies concerning children in the wake of worldwide abuse scandals. It said it was “gravely concerned” about how the Church has handled the crisis. The United Nations Committee on the Rights … Continued

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

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