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

20th Dec 2013

The Hague: ICC prosecutor seeks to delay Kenyatta war crimes trial

The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor has requested judges delay the war crimes trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, citing inadequate evidence against the former leader.  ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said on Thursday that one of the prosecution’s key witnesses … Continued

19th Dec 2013

US: Obama panel recommends NSA overhaul

    A panel set up by US President Barack Obama to examine the vast surveillance programs of the National Security Agency (NSA) has recommended an overhaul. It includes new criteria for surveillance of foreign leaders.  A report on controversial … Continued

19th Dec 2013

Bahrain’s activists survive off the Island

By March Abizeid On-the-ground sources are running out fast in Bahrain. Those who have not been locked up or tortured for opposing the ruling monarchy are finding themselves with no option but exile. Thirty-one-year-old Yousif al-Muhafda is the latest activist … Continued

17th Dec 2013

Saudi Arabia:King Khaled Foundation receives EU rights award

[Princess Banderi Abdulrahman Al-Faisal, director general of the King Khaled Foundation, receives the Chaillot Prize for Human Rights from Ambassador Adam Kulach, head of the European Union Delegation, in Riyadh. (AN photo by Khalid Al-Khamis)]   By Ghazanfar Ali Khan … Continued

16th Dec 2013

India: Delhi sees 125% jump in number of rape cases since December 16 rape case

By Jatin Anand New Delhi, (Hindustan Times): In the year since a brutal gang rape took the life of a young woman and made the entire country stand up and say enough is enough, there has been a 125% jump … Continued

Central African Republic: 39 Muslims, incl pregnant woman and 10 children killed by Christians
14th Dec 2013

Central African Republic: 39 Muslims, incl pregnant woman and 10 children killed by Christians

[Photo: FOMAC troops, regional peacekeepers, fire their guns as they rescue Muslim scholars in Bangui on Dec 13]   World Bulletin/News Desk & The Muslim News: A militia group has killed 27 Muslims in a village in the Central African Republic, … Continued

13th Dec 2013

Bangladesh: Execution of Abdul Qadir Molla, ‘a gross injustice’

JUST: The International Movement for a Just World (JUST) strongly feels that the execution of Abdul Qadir Molla, an opposition leader in Bangladesh, would be a gross injustice to humanity. Mr Molla has been convicted of mass killing and other … Continued

13th Dec 2013

Syria: Winter storm “Alexa” sweeps across Middle East, affecting refugees

A strong winter storm brought severe weather to the Middle East Thursday, forcing the closure of roads and schools and blanketing already miserable Syrian refugee camps with snow. The nearly three-year-old conflict in Syria has killed an estimated 120,000 people … Continued

9th Dec 2013

Malaysia: Unconstitutional to redefine Islam as ‘Sunni’ in constitution, lawyers say

By Boo Su-lyn   Kuala Lumpur : It would be unconstitutional to specify “Islam” in the Federal Constitution as the Sunni denomination as it violates the basic structure of the law of the land, several legal experts told Putrajaya. Criticising the … Continued

5th Dec 2013

India: UP turns its back on Muzaffarnagar’s gang-rape victims

By Furqan Ameen Siddiqui   Muzaffarnagar, (Hindustan Times): Sixteen killed, six gang-raped, 24 accused – but not a single arrest has taken place even two months after the horror of riots visited Fugana village in Muzaffarnagar. The women of the … Continued

5th Dec 2013

US: NSA tracks billions of records on mobile phone locations daily

  The US National Security Agency collects nearly 5 billion records each day on mobile phone locations around the world, including those of Americans, the Washington Post has reported, citing documents from Edward Snowden. The records are added to a … Continued

4th Dec 2013

Poland faces ECHR in Strasbourg over CIA prison

  Poland has declined to tell the European Court of Human Rights whether it hosted a secret CIA jail. Rights campaigners say the case could help dismantle the wall of secrecy around extraordinary rendition. For the first time, judges questioned … Continued

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