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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

28th Nov 2013

Bahrain arrests human rights activist for “inciting hatred” against the monarchy

Bahraini human rights defender Hussain Jawad was arrested on Saturday over allegations of inciting hatred against the government, his organization confirmed in a statement on Wednesday. Hussein Jawad is a human rights activist, and Chairman of European-Bahraini Organization for Human … Continued

28th Nov 2013

Saudi Arabia: More than 50,000 Ethiopians leave in migrant crackdown

Ethiopia has flown home over 50,000 citizens in Saudi Arabia after a crackdown against undocumented immigrants in the oil-rich state, the foreign ministry said Wednesday. “We projected the initial number to be 10,000 but it is increasing,” foreign ministry spokesman … Continued

25th Nov 2013

India: 93 schoolgirls sexually harassed aboard Patna train

A group of 93 schoolgirls travelling on a train from Patna to Dhanbad were sexually harassed for more than four hours in the wee hours of Sunday. The students along with three women teachers from Carmel School in Dhanbad and … Continued

22nd Nov 2013

Pakistan: Shi’a Muslim community rejects Lahore High Court judicial commission on anti Shi’a violence

KARACHI, (Express Tribune): Political entities representing the Shia community have rejected the judicial commission formed by the Lahore High Court (LHC) to probe the Rawalpindi incident, and demanded that no less a person than the chief justice himself should lead the … Continued

22nd Nov 2013

UK: Police make domestic slavery arrests

Three women have been rescued by police after thirty years of domestic slavery in a south London house. Two arrests have been made. Three women have been freed after spending 30 years held captive in a south London home. One … Continued

22nd Nov 2013

US: Washington has “nothing to apologize for” in Afghanistan

Washington’s UN representative Samantha Power said Thursday Afghanistan is owed no apology for US actions in the country since the overthrow of the Taliban 12 years ago. “We have nothing to apologize for. Our soldiers have sacrificed a great deal,” … Continued

21st Nov 2013

Pakistan: 2.3m children remain out of school in Balochistan

The number of ghost and dysfunctional schools in Balochistan is reported to be more than 6000. -Photo by Syed Ali Shah The number of ghost and dysfunctional schools in Balochistan is reported to be more than 6000. -Photo by Syed … Continued

19th Nov 2013

Germany: Merkel says U.S. spying claims threaten transatlantic ties

BERLIN, (Xinhua): German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that transatlantic ties, including the negotiations on a free trade deal, are being tested by the alleged extensive U.S. spying in Germany and Europe. “The transatlantic relationship and also the negotiations for … Continued

12th Nov 2013

Saudi Arabia: 17,000 illegals surrender in Riyadh

By Md Rasooldeen Riyadh, (Arab News): Nearly 17,000 illegal foreigners, including women and children, have surrendered to Riyadh police until Monday evening. Riyadh police spokesman Brig. Gen. Nasser bin Saeed Al-Qahtani said: “Arrangements will be made to deport them immediately … Continued

11th Nov 2013

Germany: Telecoms plan shielded European Internet

Deutsche Telekom says the scandal over US and British eavesdropping has prompted German providers to contemplate an inner-German or inner-European Internet. Data would no longer be routed and stored via other continents. Germany’s state-backed Telekom confirmed on Sunday that German … Continued

10th Nov 2013

Qatar “reacting” to criticism of mistreating migrant labourers

Qatar will amend its widely criticized labor practices, according to world soccer chief Sepp Blatter after talks with Qatari officials. Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup was “not reversible,” he added. After meeting senior officials on Saturday, including Emir … Continued

8th Nov 2013

Britain’s spy chiefs accuse Snowden of damaging operations

[Sir Robert John Sawers, chief of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) EPA] London, (Voice of Russia): The heads of the three British spy agencies, MI5, MI6 and GCHQ have appeared before a televised parliamentary committee for the first time. They … Continued

8th Nov 2013

Germany, Brazil introduce anti-spying resolution at UN General Assembly

Brazil and Germany have presented a resolution to the UN General Assembly calling for an end to undue electronic spying. The document urges all countries to extend internationally guaranteed rights to privacy. Revelations of surveillance of foreign leaders by the … Continued

6th Nov 2013

NSA, GCHQ spy on Middle East via Cyprus

US and British spy agencies rely on a data transmission center in Cyprus to intercept phone and Internet records from users in the Middle East, new reports showed Tuesday. Investigation by three European news publications used documents leaked by former … Continued

5th Nov 2013

Turkey: Turkish Parliament to solve ‘trousers problem’

[Parliamentary regulations currently prevent women deputies, such as the CHP's Şafak Pavey, from wearing trousers. Photo: DAILY NEWS]   Ankara, (Hürriyet Daily News): Parliament’s Constitution Commission will hold a meeting in the coming days in a bid to resolve the controversy … Continued

4th Nov 2013

India: 16-year-old forced to drink alcohol, raped by four

Mumbai, (Hindustan Times): A 16-year-old girl from Mumbai’s Goregaon (East) was allegedly raped by four men after being forced to drink alcohol, on Friday. Two others have been booked for their roles as accomplices. All the accused, who are in … Continued

4th Nov 2013

Philippines: Philippine leftist group condemns U.S. for allegedly using Manila as spy hub in Asia

MANILA, (Xinhua): The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) condemned the United States Sunday for allegedly setting up telecom facilities in the Philippines to intercept internet traffic and telephone calls as part of its network of international intelligence network. In … Continued

3rd Nov 2013

Niger arrests 150 migrants in crackdown over Sahara bodies find

Niger has arrested close to 150 people crossing the Sahara to Algeria over the past couple of days. The crackdown comes after the bodies of 92 migrants were found along the same route last month.   Authorities arrested the migrants … Continued

3rd Nov 2013

Germany admits Europe’s spy agencies cooperate on surveillance

  Germany’s foreign intelligence agency has confirmed it swaps information with European counterparts that carry out mass surveillance. However, it denied that it was working with the British to change and circumvent laws.  The Guardian newspaper reported on Saturday that … Continued

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